Patrick Owens

Patrick M. Owens

Visiting Assistant Professor
Nam vita humana prope uti ferrum est. Si exerceas, conteritur; si non exerceas, tamen robigo interficit. Item homines exercendo videmus conteri; si nihil exerceas, inertia atque torpedo plus detrimenti facit quam exercitio.

[Human life is almost like iron. If you use it, it wears away; if you don’t use it, however, rust destroys it. Similarly we see humans worn away by hard use; if you use nothing at all, lassitude and apathy do more harm than use.
— Cato Maior | (Cato the Elder) (cfr. apud Gell. 11, 2, 5-6) ]


Ph.D. in Classics, Institutum Altioris Latinitatis at UniversitĂ  Pontificia Salesiana (Rome)

M.A. in Classics, University of Kentucky

B.A. in Classics, Fordham University


Patrick M. Owens was born and raised in New York City and moved to Italy to become a fellow and eventual instructor at the Accademia Vivarium Novum in Avellino and Rome. Priory to joining the faculty at Hillsdale College in 2019, Dr. Owens lived in rural Wyoming, where he spent his leisure time climbing snowy peaks with Latin speaking students.

Dr. Owens teaches a wide variety of courses in Classics at Hillsdale, but his interests lie especially in Latin literature from Antiquity through the Renaissance. His academic publications have mostly centered around Neo-Latin literature and Classical language pedagogy. Dr. Owens is a proponent of active language pedagogy and speaks Latin whenever possible. When not on campus, you can often find him running around Baw Beese Lake.