Christiane Reitz studied Classics and Comparative Linguistics at the universities of Bonn and Heidelberg. After working as Assistant Professor and Lecturer at the University of Mannheim as well as Deputy Chair at the universities of Gießen and Heidelberg, Christiane Reitz became Chair of Classics at the University of Rostock in 2000. She has continuously worked on epic poetry and its individual structural components.
Among her latest publications are Does mass matter? The epic catalogue of troops as narrative and metapoetic device, in: Flavian Epic Interactions, Berlin 2013, 229-43; Describing the Invisible – Ovid’s Rome. Hermes 141 (2013), 283-93; and Ursprünge epischer Helden. Mythologie, Genealogie und Aitiologie im Argiverkatalog von Statius‘ Thebais, in: Von Ursachen sprechen. Eine aitiologische Spurensuche, Hildesheim 2014, 59-78.
Besides Roman and Greek epic poetry her main research interests are reception and transmission history of ancient literature, as well as authors of specialist literature. She is one of the editors of the series "Litora Classica" (VML-Verlag) and "Hypomnemata" (Vandenhoeck und Ruprecht) and has initiated and edited several companions on epic poetry.
Since 2009 Christiane Reitz has been a member of the Selection Committee of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, from 2007 until 2009 she was Chair and from 2009 until 2011 Vice Chair of the Mommsen-Gesellschaft and from 2014 onwards she has been Vice President of the FIEC.