Susan Satterfield | Assistant Professor
Office: 402 Halliburton | Phone: (901) 843-3763 | Email:


Professor Satterfield received a BA in Classics from the University of Alabama in 2002, and a PhD in Classics from Princeton University in 2008. Her dissertation was entitled "Rome′s Own Sibyl: The Sibylline Books in the Roman Republic and Early Empire." Her primary fields of research include Roman republican religion (especially prodigy and expiation) and Roman republican history.






Professor Satterfield shares reasons why Latin is important to learn (e.g. in preparation for standardized tests) and how much of today’s terminology derives from Latin. She also explains some common Latin phrases.



B.A., University of Alabama (Phi Beta Kappa)
Ph.D., Princeton University

Selected Publications

“Notes on Phlegon′s Hermaphrodite Oracle,” published in Rheinisches Museum für Philologie vol. 154, pp. 117-124, April 2011.

“Intention and Exoticism in Magna Mater’s Introduction to Rome,” to be published in Latomus, May 2012.

“Livy and the Timing of Expiation in Rome,” article in progress.

“The Sibylline Books,” “The Pax Deorum,” “The Quindecemviri Sacris Faciundis,” “Cumae”: entries to be published in the Cambridge Dictionary of Ancient Mediterranean Religions, Eric Orlin, Lisbeth Fried, Nicola Denzey Lewis, and Michael Satlow (eds.)

“The Sibylline Books in the Early Roman Empire,” paper to be presented at the annual meeting of the Classical Association of the Middle West and South, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, March 2012.

“Prodigy Reports and Roman Identity,” paper presented at the Society of Ancient Mediterranean Religions panel of the annual meeting of the American Philological Association in Anaheim, California, January 2010.

“Alien Insiders: The Etruscan Haruspices in Rome,” paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Philological Association in Chicago, Illinois, January 2008.

“In Need of No Introduction: Livy and the Origins of the Sibylline Books,” paper presented at the Centennial Meeting of the Classical Association of the Atlantic States, Washington, DC, October 2007.

“A Question of Timing: Roman Expiation and the Calendar,” paper presented at the annual meeting of the Association of Ancient Historians, Princeton University, May 2007.