Kirk Summers

Kirk  Summers

Professor of Classics | Director, Classics Program; Undergraduate Major Advisor

Office Hours

Tuesday & Thursday 11:00 am to noon or by appointment.


MA, Biblical Studies, Reformed Theological Seminary

MA, Latin, University of Nebraska

PhD, Classical Philology, University of Illinois

Curriculum Vitae

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Calvin Studies Society

Sixteenth Century Society

Society for Reformation Research

Research Interests

Dr. Summers’s research interests include Reformation (especially the Reformed/Calvinist movement), Neo-Latin; Roman religion, Lucretius, and Cicero.

Spring 2018 classes:

  • LA 302/490: The Latin Bible
  • LA 202: Vergil

Selected Publications


1. Morality after Calvin: Theodore Beza’s Christian Censor and Reformed Ethics (Oxford University Press, 2016); for more info, go here. For a review in Themelios, go here.

2. The Iuvenilia of Marc-Antoine Muret (Ohio State University Press, 2006). ISBN: 0-8142-1037-6 (cloth); 0-8142-9114-7 (CD)

3. A View from the Palatine: The Iuvenilia of Théodore de Bèze. Text, Translation and Commentary, Medieval & Renaissance Texts and Studies 237 (Arizona State University Press, 2002). Published with the help of a grant from Pegasus Limited for the Promotion of Neo-Latin Studies. ISBN: 0-86698-279-5



1. “Philippians 1:21-22: Revisiting John Calvin’s Innovative Interpretation,” forthcoming in Calvin Theological Journal (April, 2018). With Abby Holland.

2. “The Logike Latreia of Romans 12:1 and Its Interpretation among Christian Humanists,” Perichoresis 15.1 (2017): 47-66.  View online here.

3. “The Theoretical Rationale for the Reformed Consistory: Two Key Works of Theodore Beza,” Archive for Reformation History/Archiv für Reformationsgeschichte 105 (2014):  159-179.

4. “Prudentius’ Psychomachia 317,” Vigiliae Christianae 66 (2012): 426-29.

5. “The Classical Foundations of Beza’s Thought,” in Théodore de Bèze (1519-1605). Actes du Colloque de Geneve, September, 2005 (The Proceedings of the International Symposium “Théodore de Bèze: Réformateur et Homme de Lettres” held in Geneva, Switzerland, 2005), ed. Irene Backus (Geneva, 2007).

6. “The Origins of the Title of Muret’s Iuvenilia,” International Journal of the Classical Tradition 10.3 (2004): 407-15.

7. “Catullus’ Program in the Imagination of Later Epigrammatists,” Classical Bulletin 77 (2001): 1-13.

8. “The Books of Phaedrus Requested by Cicero (Att. 13.39),” Classical Quarterly 47.1 (1997): 309-311.

9. “Lucretius’ Roman Cybele,” in Cybele, Attis, and Related Cults: Essays in Memory of M. J. Vermaseren, ed. Eugene Lane (Leiden, 1996), 337-365.

10. “Hippocratic Medicine and Aristotelian Science in Andrea Cesalpino,” w/Mark Clark, Bulletin of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences, 69 (1995): 527-541.

11. “Theodore Beza’s Reading of Catullus,” Classical and Modern Literature 15 (1995): 233-245.

12. “Lucretius and the Epicurean Tradition of Piety,” Classical Philology 90 (1995): 32-57.

13. “An Unpublished Fragment of Poggio’s An seni sit uxor ducenda,” w/W. Spencer, Manuscripta 38 (1994): 156-170.

14. “Early Criticism of Erasmus’ Latin Translation of the Bible,” Comitatus 22 (1991): 70-86.

15. “Theodore Beza’s Classical Library and Christian Humanism,” Archive for Reformation History/Archiv für Reformationsgeschichte 82 (1991): 193-207.


1. Contributed the Latin translations for the Reformation Commentary on Scripture Series (InterVarsity Press). Contributed to the following volumes: Acts, Philippians & Colossians, Psalms, and Matthew. Published to date: Philippians, Colossians, ed. Graham Tomlin (Downers Grove, IL; 2013) [translations from Girolamo Zanchi, Johannes Brenz, Heinrich Bullinger, Philipp Melanchthon, Gasparo Contarini, Aegidius Hunnius, and the Confessio Bohemica of 1619.  Acts, ed. Todd R. Hains and Esther Chung-Kim [translations from Konrad Pelikan, Otto Brunfels, and eight homilies of Johannes Brenz].