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, where she was active until 2019. She has continuously worked on epic poetry and its individual structural components.
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.
From 2009 until 2018 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 until 2019 she has been Vice President of the FIEC.