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Professor Karla Pollmann

Professor of Classics


Office: CW157


After finishing her PhD (1990), Karla worked as Assistant Professor at Konstanz University (Germany), where she completed her habilitation (1994), and spent two years as Alexander-von-Humboldt-Fellow (Feodor-Lynen-programme) at University College, London, before becoming lecturer and subsequently professor of Classics at St Andrews University (Scotland).

Karla has taught at all levels in the areas of Latin language, literature and culture, and of Classical Studies. Topics she has taught include Roman epic, historiography, epistolography, elegy and lyric, early Christian society and literature (prose and poetry), ancient and modern cultural theories and the socio-cultural phenomenon of ‘authority’ from a multi-disciplinary perspective. She has had teaching engagements in the UK, Germany, Switzerland, USA, South Africa, Canada, Denmark and the Netherlands. She currently holds an Adjunct Professorship in Århus, Denmark, and is Professor Extraordinary at Stellenbosch University, South Africa.

Karla serves on several editorial boards of classical journals and monographs, and is a member of the Peer Review College of the AHRC. She frequently advises on academic manuscript proposals, academic grant applications and career promotions nationally and internationally. Recently, she has been appointed as member of an international university evaluation committee in the Netherlands.

Karla has examined and supervised PhD students to completion on a wide range of topics in the areas of classical literature, the history and culture of early Christianity, and the reception of early Christianity in later ages. She likes working with critical and curious students and welcomes applications from prospective PhD students interested in Classical, especially Latin, literature and culture, early Christian thought, exegesis, and patristics, classical and late antique reception, and in particular students with interdisciplinary interests in the field between Classics and theology, religious studies, sociology, anthropology, and/or modern literature.

Karla is the founder of the Centre for Early Christianity and Its Reception and currently its director.

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Pollmann, K. (2013). Entre del la ciencia y la salvacion. La interpretacion Genesis en San Augustin. Madrid: Fundación Federico Fliedner.
Pollmann, K. (2013). Augustinus, Christliche Bildung (Stuttgart 2002, 2nd edition, 2013). Stuttgart.
Pollmann, K. (2007). St Augustine the Algerian (2003; 2nd edition, 2007). Göttingen: Edition Ruprecht.
Statius, P. and Pollmann, K. (2004). Statius, Thebaid 12: Introduction, Text, and Commentary. Schoeningh: Paderborn.
Pollmann, K. (1996). Doctrina Christiana, Untersuchungen zu den Anfängen der christlichen Hermeneutik unter besonderer Berücksichtigung von Augustinus, De Doctrina Christiana. Freiburg.
Pollmann, K. (1991). Das Carmen adversus Marcionitas : Einleitung, Text, Übersetzung und Kommentar. Göttingen.
Edited book
Pollmann, K. and Harich-Schwarzbauer, H. eds. (2013). Der Fall Roms Und Seine Wiederauferstehungen in Antike Und Mittelalter. Walter De Gruyter Inc.
Pollmann, K. (2013). The Oxford Guide to the Historical Reception of Augustine. Otten, W. and Pollmann, K. eds. Oxford University Press.
Pollmann, K. and Gill, M. eds. (2012). Augustine Beyond the Book. Intermediality, Transmediality and Reception. Leiden: Brill.
Pollmann, K. and Bergjan, S.P. eds. (2010). Patristic Tradition and Intellectual Paradigms in the 17th Century . Tübingen: Mohr.
Wischmeyer, O., Luther, S. and Pollmann, K. eds. (2009). Lexikon der Bibelhermeneutik: Begriffe - Methoden - Theorien - Konzepte. de Gruyter.
Otten, W. and Pollmann, K. eds. (2007). Poetry and Exegesis in Premodern Latin Christianity : The Encounter between Classical and Christian Strategies of Interpretation. Leiden ; Boston: Brill.
Pollmann, K. and Drecoll, V. eds. (2007). Augustinrezeption durch die Jahrhunderte. Zeitschrift für antikes Christentum 11/1. Berlin: De Gruyter.
Pollmann, K. and Vessey, M. eds. (2005). Augustine and the Disciplines: From Cassiciacum to Confessions. Oxford University Press.
Todd, R.B. and Pollmann, K. eds. (2004). The Dictionary of British Classicists (3 Volumes Complete). London: Bloomsbury.
Pollmann, K. ed. (2000). Double Standards in the Ancient and Medieval World. Göttingen.
Vessey, M., Pollmann, K. and Fitzgerald, A.D. eds. (1999). History, Apocalypse, and the Secular Imagination: New Essays on Augustine's City of God. Villanova University Press.
Fontaine, J., Herzog, R. and Pollmann, K. eds. (1993). Patristique et antiquité tardive en Allemagne et en France de 1870 à 1930 : Influences et échanges: Actes du colloque franco-allemand de Chantilly (25-27 octobre 1991). Paris: Brepols.
Pollmann, K. (2013). Establishing Authority in Christian Poetry of Latin Late Antiquity. Hermes - Zeitschrift für Klassische Philologie [Online] 141:309-330. Available at:
Pollmann, K. (2010). Human Sin and Natural Environment Augustine’s Two Positions on Genesis 3:18. Augustinian Studies [Online] 41:69-85. Available at:
Pollmann, K. (2010). PhilologiaPerennis: Ever-green and Ever-pruning. Frons. Blad voor Leidse Classici 30:90-98.
Pollmann, K. (2010). Alium sub meo Nomine: Augustine between his Own Self-fashioning and his Later Reception. Zeitschrift für Antikes Christentum 14:409-424.
Pollmann, K. (2008). How to Do Things with Augustine. Patristics and Reception Theory. Journal for Church Studies 5:31-41.
Pollmann, K. (2007). Einleitung / Editorial. Zeitschrift für Antikes Christentum [Online] 11:3-5. Available at:
Pollmann, K. (2007). Augustine, Genesis, and Controversy. Augustinian Studies [Online] 38:203-216. Available at:
Pollmann, K. and Lambert, D. (2004). After Augustine, a Survey of His Reception from 430 till 2000. Millennium [Online] 1:165-183. Available at:
Pollmann, K. (2001). Hypocrisy and the History of Salvation. Wiener Studien 114:469-482.
Pollmann, K. (2001). Statius' Thebaid and the Legacy of Vergil's Aeneid. Mnemosyne [Online] 54:10-30. Available at:
Pollmann, K. (1999). Moulding the Present: Apocalyptic as Hermeneutics in City of God 21-22. Augustinian Studies [Online] 30:165-181. Available at:
Pollmann, K. (1998). Panegyrische Technik in Horaz, Ode 4,9. Würzburger Jahrbücher für die Altertumswissenschaft 22:159-175.
Pollmann, K. (1996). Die Funktion des Mythos in den Satiren Juvenals. Hermes - Zeitschrift für Klassische Philologie [Online] 124:480-490. Available at:
Pollmann, K. (1993). Etymologie, Allegorese und Epische Struktur. Zu den Toren der Träume bei Homer und Vergil. Philologus - Zeitschrift für antike Literatur und ihre Rezeption [Online] 137:232-251. Available at:
Pollmann, K. (1992). Der sogenannte Heptateuchdichter und die Alethia des Claudius Marius Victorius. Anmerkungen zur Datierungsfrage und zur Imitationsforschung. Hermes - Zeitschrift für Klassische Philologie [Online] 120:490-501. Available at:
Pollmann, K. (1991). Göttlichkeit im Alltag. Eine spätantike Version der Verkündigung an Maria. Katechetische Blätter 116:155-158.
Book section
Pollmann, K. (2014). Christianity and Authority in Late Antiquity: The Transformation of the Concept of Auctoritas. in: Harrison, C., Humfress, C. and Sandwell, I. eds. Being Christian in Late Antiquity: A Festschrift for Gillian Clark. Oxford University Press, pp. 156-174.
Pollmann, K. (2014). Augustine's Legacy: Success or Failure? in: Meconi, D. V. and Stump, E. eds. The Cambridge Companion to Augustine. Cambridge University Press, pp. 331-348.
Pollmann, K. (2013). Augustinus, in P. v. Möllendorff. in: Möllendorff, P. von, Simonis, A. and Simonis, L. eds. Historische Gestalten der Antike: Rezeption in Literatur, Kunst und Musik. Metzler, J B, pp. 140-150.
Pollmann, K. (2012). Tradition and Innovation. The Transformation of Classical Literary Genres in Christian Late Antiquity. in: Ulrich, J., Jacobsen, A. -C. and Brakke, D. eds. Invention, Rewriting, Usurpation : Discursive Fights Over Religious Traditions in Antiquity. Frankfurt am Main, pp. 103-120.
Pollmann, K. (2012). “And Without Thorn the Rose”? Augustine’s Interpretations of Genesis 3:18 and the Intellectual Tradition. in: MacDonald, N., Elliott, M. W. and Macaskill, G. eds. Genesis and Christian Theology. Grand Rapids: William B Eerdmans Publishing Co, pp. 216-227.
Pollmann, K. (2011). Virtue, Vice and History in Ammianus Marcellinus’ Obituaries on the Emperor’s Julian and Valentinian I. in: Suchla, B. R. and Wlosok, A. eds. Von Homer bis Landino : Beiträge zur Antike und Spätantike sowie zu deren Rezeptions- und Wirkungsgeschichte ; Festgabe für Antonie Wlosok zum 80. Geburtstag. Berlin, pp. 355-384.
Pollmann, K. (2011). Unending Sway: The Ideology of Empire in Early Christian Latin Thought. in: Vessey, M. et al. eds. The Calling of the Nations: Exegesis, Ethnography, and Empire in a Biblical-Historic Present. University of Toronto Press, pp. 176-199.
Pollmann, K. (2010). Five Contributions to Latin Philology AD. in: Brandes, W. et al. eds. Millennium : Yearbook on the Culture and History of the First Millennium C.E. Walter de Gruyter, pp. 1-8. Available at:
Pollmann, K. (2010). Epikur als Typos Christi? Lukrez und die christlichen Folgen. in: Zimmerl-Panagl, V. and Weber, D. eds. Text und Bild : Tagungsbeiträge. Vienna: Austrian Academy of Sciences Press, pp. 41-55.
Pollmann, K. (2010). Non est masculus et femina – Gal 3,28 in Kommentarauslegungen des 4./5. und des 20. Jahrhunderts: Ein nicht eingelöstes Vermächtnis? in: Förster, G., Grote, A. E. J. and Müller, C. eds. Spiritus et Littera. Beiträge zur Augustinus-Forschung, Festschrift C.P. Mayer. Würzburg, pp. 681-695.
Pollmann, K. (2010). “The same scene, and the same things acted”. Augustine as Intellectual Paradigm in Alexander Ross (1590-1654). in: Bergjan, S. -P. and Pollmann, K. eds. Patristic Tradition and Intellectual Paradigms in the 17th Century. Tübingen (Mohr Siebeck), pp. 35-55.
Pollmann, K. (2009). Exegesis without End?! Forms and Functions of Exegesis. in: Rousseau, P. ed. A Companion to Late Antiquity. Wiley-Blackwell, pp. 258-269.
Pollmann, K. (2009). Populus surgit melior? Dekadenz und Fortschritt im pseudo-hilarianischen Doppelgedicht Metrum in Genesin-Carmen de Evangelio. in: Harich-Schwarzbauer, H. and Schierl, P. eds. Lateinische Poesie der Spätantike. Schwabe Verlag Basel, pp. 179-195.
Pollmann, K. (2009). Populus surgit melior? Dekadenz und Fortschritt im pseudo-hilarianischen Doppelgedicht Metrum in Genesin-Carmen de Evangelio. in: Harich-Schwarzbauer, H. and Schierl, P. eds. Lateinische Poesie der Spätantike: Internationale Tagung in Castelen bei Augst. Basel: Schwabe Verlag, pp. 179-195.
Pollmann, K. (2009). Nullus quippe credit aliquid, nisi prius cogitaverit esse credendum: Augustine as Apologist. in: Jacobsen, A. C., Ulrich, J. and Kahlos, M. eds. Critique and Apologetics: Jews, Christians and Pagans in Antiquity. Peter Lang, pp. 301-327.
Pollmann, K. (2009). Von der Aporie zum Code. Aspekte der Rezeption von Augustins De genesi ad litteram bis auf Remigius von Auxerre († 908). in: Fischer, N. ed. Augustinus - Spuren und Spiegelungen seines Denkens: Von Descartes bis in die Gegenwart. Meiner (Stuttgart), pp. 19-36.
Pollmann, K. (2009). In ecclesia praesens – Zur Augustinrezeption im 5. und 6. Jahrhundert. in: Dittrich, C., Fischer, N. and Naab, E. eds. Augustinus, ein Lehrer des Abendlandes Einführung und Dokumente. Harrassowitz Verlag: Wiesbaden, pp. 1-14.
Pollmann, K. (2009). Normativity, Ideology and Reception in Pagan and Christian Antiquity: Some Observations. in: Jacobsen, A. -C. ed. Discursive Fight Over Religious Texts in Antiquity. Aarhus University Press, pp. 51-59.
Pollmann, K. (2008). Der Metatext Bibel zwischen Wissenschaft und Glauben. Augustinus’ De Genesi ad litteram und die möglichen Folgen. in: Wischmeyer, O. and Scholz, S. eds. Die Bibel als Text. Tübingen/Basel: Francke, pp. 121-134.
Pollmann, K. (2008). Ambivalence and Moral Virtus in Roman Epic. in: Freund, S. and Vielberg, M. eds. Vergil und das antike Epos. Stuttgart: Franz Steiner Verlag, pp. 355-366.
Pollmann, K. (2008). Exegese ohne Grenzen – Augustins Genesisauslegungen im Kontext. in: Fuhrer, T. ed. Die christlich-philosophischen Diskurse der Spätantike: Texte, Personen, Institutionen : Akten der Tagung vom 22.-25. Februar 2006 am Zentrum für Antike und Moderne der Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg. Franz Steiner Verlag Stuttgart, pp. 99-111.
Pollmann, K. (2007). Varia rerum novitate (Prud. C. Symm. 2,329): Zwei frühchristliche Kulturentstehungslehren bei Prudentius und Avitus. in: Panagl, V. ed. Dulce Melos. La poesia tardoantica e medievale, Atti del III Convegno internazionale di studi, Vienna, 15–18 novembre 2004. Alessandria, pp. 53-71.
Pollmann, K. (2007). Poetry and Suffering: Metrical Paraphrases of Eucherius of Lyons´Passio Acaunensium Martyrum. in: Otten, W. and Pollmann, K. eds. Poetry and Exegesis in Premodern Latin Christianity. Brill (Leiden; Boston), pp. 293-313.
Pollmann, K. (2006). Wann ist der Mensch ein Mensch? Anthropologie und Kulturentstehung in spätantiken Autoren. in: Feichtinger, B., Lake, S. and Seng, H. eds. Körper und Seele. Aspekte spätantiker Anthropologie. München, pp. 181-206.
Pollmann, K. (2005). Poetische Paraphrasen der Actio Acaunensium Martyrum des Eucherius von Lyon. in: Wermelinger, O. et al. eds. Mauritius und die Thebäische Legion /Saint Maurice et la Légion Thébaine: Actes du colloque, 17-20 Sept. 2003, Fribourg, Saint-Maurice, Martigny. Academic Press Fribourg, pp. 227-254.
Pollmann, K. (2005). Augustine’s Hermeneutics as a Universal Discipline!? in: Pollmann, K. and Vessey, M. eds. Augustine and the Disciplines : from Cassiciacum to Confessions. Oxford University Press, pp. 206-231.
Pollmann, K. (2005). Marriage and Gender in Ovid’s Erotodidactic Poetry. in: Smith, W. S. ed. Satiric Advice on Women and Marriage : from Plautus to Chaucer. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, pp. 92-110.
Pollmann, K. (2004). Re-appropriation and Disavowal: Pagan and Christian Authorities in Cassiodorus and Venantius Fortunatus. in: Frishman, J., Otten, W. and Rouwhorst, G. eds. Religious Identity and the Problem of Historical Foundation The Foundational Character of Authoritative Sources in the History of Christianity and Judaism. Leiden, pp. 289-316.
Pollmann, K. (2004). The Universality of Augustine’s Hermeneutics. in: Bouayed, F. -Z. ed. Le philosophe algérien saint Augustin. Haut conseil islamique, pp. 149-165.
Pollmann, K. (2004). Sex and Salvation in the Vergilian Cento of the Fourth Century. in: Rees, R. ed. Romane memento : Vergil in the Fourth Century. London, pp. 79-96.
Pollmann, K. (2002). Kontiguität und Eklipse: Zwei Auffassungen von Heiligkeit im hagiographischen Epos der lateinischen Spätantike. in: Erler, M. and Kobusch, T. eds. Metaphysik und Religion. Saur München, pp. 611-638.
Pollmann, K. (2002). Apocalypse now?! – Der Kommentar des Tyconius zur Johannesoffenbarung. in: Geerlings, W. and Schulze, C. eds. Der Kommentar in Antike und Mittelalter : Beiträge zu seiner Erforschung. Leiden: Brill, pp. 33-54.
Pollmann, K. (2002). Philologie und Poesie. Zu einigen Problemen der Textgestaltung in CSEL 16. in: Primmer, A., Smolak, K. and Weber, D. eds. Textsorten und Textkritik Tagungsbeiträge. Wien: Austrian Academy of Sciences Press, pp. 211-230.
Pollmann, K. (2001). The Transformation of the Epic Genre in Late Antiquity. in: Wiles, M. F. and Yarnold, E. J. eds. Critica et philologica, Nachleben, First Two Centuries, Tertullian to Arnobius, Egypt before Nicaea, Athanasius and his Opponents Papers Presented at the Thirteenth International Conference on Patristic Studies Held in Oxf. Leuven : Peeters, pp. 61-75.
Pollmann, K. (2001). Das lateinische Epos in der Spätantike. in: Rüpke, J. örg ed. Von Göttern und Menschen erzählen : Formkonstanzen und Funktionswandel vormoderner Epik. Franz Steiner Verlag Stuttgart, pp. 93-129.
Pollmann, K. (2000). Introduction. in: Pollmann, K. ed. Double Standards in the Ancient and Medieval World. Duenrkohp and Radicke Wissenschaftliche Publikationen, pp. 11-20.
Pollmann, K. (2000). The Splitting of Morality in Matthew 23 and its Exegetical Consequences. in: Pollmann, K. ed. Double Standards in the Ancient and Medieval World. Göttingen, pp. 263-285.
Pollmann, K. (1999). Zwei Konzepte von Fiktionalität in der Philosophie des Hellenismus und in der Spätantike. in: Fuhrer, T., Erler, M. and Schlapbach, K. eds. Zur Rezeption der hellenistischen Philosophie in der Spätantike : Akten der 1. Tagung der Karl-und-Gertrud-Abel-Stiftung vom 22.-25. September 1997 in Trier. Franz Steiner Verlag Stuttgart, pp. 261-278.
Pollmann, K. (1999). The City of God in Current Research (1991-1999). in: Vessey, M., Pollmann, K. and Fitzgerald, A. D. eds. History, Apocalypse, and the Secular Imagination. New Essays on Augustine's City of God. Bowling Green State University Philosophy, pp. 16-20.
Pollmann, K. (1997). Jesus Christus und Dionysos. Überlegungen zu dem Euripides-Cento Christus patiens. in: Jahrbuch der Österreichischen Byzantinistik. VÖAW, pp. 87-106.
Pollmann, K. (1997). Augustins Transformation der traditionellen römischen Staats- und Geschichtsauffassung in De civitate 1-5. in: Horn, C. ed. Augustinus De Civit. Weinheim: Akademie Verlag, pp. 26-40.
Pollmann, K. (1994). La genesi dell'ermeneutica nell'Africa del secolo IV. in: Cristianesimo e specificità regionali nel Mediterraneo latino (sec. IV-VI) : XXII Incontro di studiosi dell'antichità cristiana. Roma : Institutum Patristicum Augustinianum, pp. 137-145.
Pollmann, K. and Herzog, R. (1993). Chronology. in: Fontaine, J., Reinhart, H. and Pollmann, K. eds. Patristique et antiquité tardive en Allemagne et en France de 1870 à 1930 : Influences et échanges: Actes du colloque franco-allemand de Chantilly (25-27 octobre 1991). Paris, pp. 297-313.
Pollmann, K. and Fugmann, J. (1993). Wissenschaftsgeschichtliche Tendenzen zwischen Frankreich und Deutschland in der Patristik von 1870-1930 am Beispiel von Rezensionen. in: Fontaine, J., Herzog, R. and Pollmann, K. eds. Patristique et antiquité tardive en Allemagne et en France de 1870 à 1930: Influences et échanges : Actes du Colloque franco-allemand de Chantilly (25-27 octobre 1991). Paris: Paris : Études Augustiniennes, pp. 239-271.
Total publications in KAR: 78 [See all in KAR]
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Karla Pollmann teaches modules on the Latin language.

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