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Michael Hendry, PhD


Curculio Indexing Services
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Staunton, Virginia 24401-4380 USA

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Michael Hendry, PhD

Michael Hendry, PhD

My primary expertise is back-of-the-book indexes and ‘indices locorum’ for scholarly monographs, commentaries, and textbooks in Classical Philology: Ancient Greek, Classical Latin, also Ancient Philosophy and Ancient History. If there is any demand, I can proofread Latin and Greek texts and ‘apparatus critici’: I can find unmetrical lines ‘on the fly’ in any ancient poet except Plautus.

A secondary interest is Early Modern English Drama. I spend my spare time at the Blackfriars Playhouse down the street from my house and have developed a solid amateur knowledge of Shakespeare and other English playwrights of his age. I can therefore gladly and competently index editions of these dramatists, or monographs on them.

Caveat: Whether dealing with ancient or relatively modern authors, critical theory is not my strong point.

I did a six-month apprenticeship at Coughlin Indexing Services ( in 2004-05, during which I indexed between fifty and a hundred books and journal articles in a wide range of subjects, none of them listed above. I was not kept on after my probationary period because I was not quite fast enough, but there were no problems with the quality of my work. Of course, my speed in pages per hour is not your problem, since indexers charge by the page, not per hour. Before and since then, I have earned my living teaching Latin, Ancient Greek, and a bit of Shakespeare, Geography, and Geometry, in various colleges, high schools, and middle schools, and also done some technical writing. In the years since my apprenticeship, I have indexed a few books in my spare time, including:

1-3. ‘Latin for a New Millennium’ (textbook), volumes I-III, Bolchazy-Carducci, 2008-2012

4. Joseph Howley, ‘Aulus Gellius and Roman Reading Culture’, Cambridge University Press, 2018

5. Stephanie Frampton, ‘Empire of Letters: Writing in Roman Literature and Thought from Lucretius to Ovid’, Oxford University Press, 2019.

6. Stuart McManus, ‘Empire of Eloquence: The Classical Rhetorical Tradition in the Early Modern World’, Cambridge University Press, 2021.

6. Olavo de Carvalho, ‘Machiavelli or The Demonic Confusion’, Ashman Free Press, 2021.

8. Bobby Xinyue, ‘Politics and Divinization in Augustan Poetry’, Oxford University Press, 2022.

9. Serena Connolly, ‘Wisdom from Rome: Reading Roman Society and European Education in the Distichs of Cato’, DeGruyter, forthcoming.

10. Rachel Lesser, ‘Desire in the Iliad’, Oxford University Press, forthcoming.

I am now retired from teaching and can devote all of my time to your indexing project. I am particularly interested in indexing books like #4-5 and #8-10 above, books I would have bought and read when they came out if I hadn’t already seen them in page proof. I can charge less per page for such books, especially if you promise to send me a free copy when the book is published.

I earned my PhD in Classics (Latin) from the University of Virginia with a dissertation on the Augustan love elegist Sextus Propertius. I have since published 47 articles or notes in journals: 37 on Roman authors, 9 on Greek authors, 1 on Edith Wharton. Most are textual or exegetical: attention to detail is one of my strong points. Most are available in PDF on my website (, along with numerous on-line-only notes that will be included eventually in larger works. I blog on a variety of mostly-classical subjects at and tweet as @Curculiunculus. My blog-site also includes the first classical texts with ‘apparatus criticus’ ever put on-line, starting with Juvenal in 1998, as well as some index-like things such as a cross-reference page showing which of 25+ commentators and translators have covered which of Seneca’s 124 ‘Epistles to Lucilius’ ( I hope to turn the latter into a database at some point. (I worked as a database programmer many years ago, and still use my skills on my website.)

Software expertise and production skills:
CINDEX indexing software

Language Specialties:

Subject Specialties:
Linguistics & Language Studies
Literature & Poetry
Other Specialities: Name Indexes
Scholarly Publishing

Type of Materials Specialties:
Journals and Periodicals
Scholarly Books

Updated: August 3, 2022