David B. Wharton

David B. Wharton

Associate Professor (Linguistics, Latin poetry)
Email: wharton@uncg.edu
Office: 1115 MHRA
Phone: no direct line; leave message on general office phone: 336-334-5214
At UNCG Since: 1989 / 1993
teaching only Spring semesters 2024, 2025, 2026


Ph.D. University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill – 1992
M.A.  University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill – 1984
B.A.   Cornell College – 1979

Research Interests

Dr. Wharton is interested in Latin language and literature, ancient philosophy and science, and ancient color cognition and language. His current book project is A Cultural History of Color in Antiquity (forthcoming, Bloomsbury Academic, 2020).

Selected Publications

  • “Prestige, Color, and Color Language in Imperial Rome,” 66e Entretiens sur l’Antiquité classique de la Fondation Hardt. “Psychologie de la couleur dans le monde gréco romain – Colour Psychology in the Graeco-Roman World (forthcoming 2020)
  • “Abstract and Embodied Color in Pliny the Elder’s Natural History” in Wm. Short (ed.) Embodiment in Latin Semantics (John Benjamins), 2016.
  • “Linguistic Semantics and the Representation of Word Meanings in Latin Dictionaries,” in Formal Linguistics and the Teaching of Latin, ed. Renato Oniga, Rosella Iovino, and Giuliana Giusti, Cambridge Scholars: Newcastle upon Tyne, 2011, 255-78.
  • “On the Distribution of Adnominal Prepositional Phrases in Latin Prose,” Classical Philology 2009 104:2, 184-207.
  • “Sunt Lacrimae Rerum: A Linguistic Exploration,” Classical Journal 2008 103:3: 259-79.

Selected Awards and Honors

  • National Science Foundation Grant, 1998-1999

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