Classics Department
Lara Winters

Laura Winters

Job Title
Visiting Assistant Professor of Classics
Lamont House 207

Research interests

Ancient Mathematics; History of Science; Palaeography and Manuscript Studies; Papyrology; Indo-European Poetics; Greek & Latin Novels.


Her course offerings cover a range of Greek and Roman history and literature, and include Ancient Medicine, Ancient Astronomy, and the History of the Book.


Prof. Winters' research is rewriting the history of ancient mathematics to show that Greek mathematicians worked in various distinct traditions of practice, contrary to the accepted model of a standard Euclidean methodology. She has worked with the Vatican manuscript library identifying unknown scientific texts and has taught for a study abroad program in Greece. Before becoming a classicist, she worked as a physicist in heavy ions research and taught physics at Austin Peay State University in Tennessee.

Academic credentials

B.A. Liberal Arts, St. John's College Santa Fe (2006); B.S. Physics, Austin Peay State University (2008); M.S. Physics, University of Illinois at Chicago (2012); Ph.D. Classical Studies, Duke University (2020)