• Assistant Professor of Classics


  • Brown University (PhD, 2007)
  • University of Arizona (MA, 2000)
  • Pitzer College (BA, 1996)


My primary research interests revolve around the works of Seneca, an important philosopher, tragedian, and politician of the 1st C. CE.  Here at Oberlin I teach a variety of language courses (Latin and Greek), Roman history, as well as special topics courses in Latin literature.



  • Chris Trinacty Presents and Publishes

    December 12, 2016

    Assistant Professor of Classics Chris Trinacty gave two papers at the University of Cincinnati on October 4 and 5, 2016. The papers, “Humanius est deridere vitam quam deplorare: Seneca on Comedy” and “Earthquakes and Trauma: Seneca’s Naturales Quaestiones 6” will be featured in edited volumes.

    Chris also recently published an article “Intertextual Translation in Seneca, Ovid, and Hughes” in the Classical Receptions Journal. The article investigates how these poets use translation to position themselves in relation to their poetic predecessors.

  • Chris Trinacty Publishes Essay, Book Review

    February 23, 2016

    Assistant Professor of Classics Chris Trinacty has published the essay Imago Res Mortua Est: Senecan Intertextuality" in Brill's Companion to the Reception of Senecan Tragedy, an edited volume on the reception of Senecan tragedy. The essay establishes the importance of intertextuality for understanding Seneca's relationship to his literary, philosophical, and rhetorical predecessors.

    Trinacty also published a book review on E.M. Young’s Translation as Muse: Poetic Translation in Catullus’s Rome in the Classical Journal online.