Oxford : Undergraduate Teaching

College Tutorials and Classes. Since 1987 at Corpus I have taught to groups ranging from one to ten virtually all the Latin options in all the Classical courses, ranging chronologically from Terence to Apuleius. I have also taught some Greek tragedy, esp. Sophocles, and some Homer. I have taught Latin and Greek language (unseens, proses, reading classes), and specialist papers on Latin textual criticism, the ancient novel and the reception of Greece and Rome in English 19C and 20C texts and culture.

University Lectures and Seminars. Since 1987 I have given a range of lecture courses on Latin literature and its reception, e.g.  'Horace Odes 1 and Epodes', 'Horace Odes 3', 'The Roman Novel', 'The Textual Criticism of Catullus' (jointly with Dr S.J.Heyworth), 'The Ancient Epic Tradition and its Reception', 'Latin Satire : Lucilius and Horace', ‘The Victorians and Ancient Rome’ and ‘Twentieth-century poets and the Classics’. I have been involved in leading various graduate reading classes on Latin poetry (e.g. on Ovid and Vergil, on Claudian, and on neo-Latin poetry).

Oxford (and elsewhere) : Graduate Supervision

Since 1987 at Oxford I have supervised more than twenty graduates for the M.St. and M.Phil. taught Masters’ degrees, and have taught a number of others at this level for individual subjects or dissertations (especially the latter). I have supervised or co-supervised eight completed D.Phil.theses (two on Vergil, one on Ovid, two on Apuleius and three on 19C classical reception, six of which have been or will be published as academic monographs; six of their authors currently hold university posts in UK or continental Europe), and often served as assessor for transfer to or confirmation of D.Phil. status. I have also acted as external adviser for two successful Princeton theses (on Latin didactic poetry and on Vergil), and for a Groningen thesis on Apuleius. In 2004-7 I supervised two successful doctoral theses at the University of Bergen (one on Vergil, one on Ovid; both authors now work in Norwegian universities, and the Ovid book is about to be published by CUP), and I am currently supervising or co-supervising five at Oxford – one on repetition in Lucretius, one on the combination of aesthetics, ethics and politics in Horace’s Odes, on Milton’s reception of classical epic, on the reception of classics in the novels of Sir Walter Scott , and on the reception of classical epic in 20C US poetry. I have also been formal part-supervisor or advisor to doctoral students from Madrid, Salerno, Campinas (Brazil), and Malta as well as acting informally in many other overseas cases.

Doctoral theses supervised, co-supervised or co-advised now published


Michael Lipka, Language in Vergil's Eclogues (De Gruyter, 2001)

Anastasios Nikolopoulos, Ovidius Polytropos: Metanarrative in Ovid's Metamorphoses (Olms, 2004)

Regine May, Apuleius and Drama: The Ass on Stage (OUP, 2007)

Heather Ellis, Generational Conflict and University Reform: Oxford in the Age of Revolution (Brill, 2012)

Alexander Riddiford, Madly After the Muses: Bengali Poet Michael Madhusudan Datta and His Reception of the Graeco-Roman Classics (OUP, 2013)

Nora Goldschmidt, Shaggy Crowns: Ennius' Annales and Virgil's Aeneid (OUP, forthcoming 2013)


Katharina Volk, The Poetics of Latin Didactic (OUP, 2002)


Thea Selliaas Thorsen, Ovid's Early Poetry: from his single Heroides to his Remedia amoris (CUP, forthcoming 2014)


Lecturing outside Oxford

Since 1985 I have given invited lectures or conference papers at almost all the other 22 universities in the UK which have classical departments (Birmingham, Bristol, Cambridge, Durham, Exeter, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Lampeter, Leeds, Liverpool, KCL, UCL, Manchester, Newcastle, Nottingham, the Open University, Reading, Royal Holloway, St Andrews, and Swansea). I regularly give classical talks to UK schools, sixth-form conferences, local branches of the Classical Association, and other classical groups ; I gave the George Tait Lectures (five talks) at Eton College in 1998 and 2011.

Since 1990 I have given invited lectures in other parts of Europe, at the Universities of Amsterdam, Bergen, Bologna, Bonn, Crete, Geneva, Groningen, Heidelberg, Ioannina, Jena, Krakow, Lausanne, Leiden, Mannheim, Montpellier-III, Munich, Oslo, Padua, Pisa, Posnań, Thessaloniki, Uppsala and Verona. Outside Europe, in 1990 I was a visiting lecturer in Australia, speaking at the Universities of Sydney, Melbourne, Monash, Adelaide and Perth. In 1995 I was a visiting lecturer at the University of Cape Town, South Africa, and also gave lectures and seminars at the universities of Stellenbosch, Western Cape, Orange Free State, Witwatersrand, South Africa (UNISA, Pretoria) and at the Rand Afrikaans University and Rhodes University. In 1997 I was a visiting lecturer in the USA, giving invited lectures at Columbia, Princeton, Wesleyan, Yale and Harvard Universities; I did the same in 1999, giving invited lectures at Emory and Stanford Universities and at the Universities of Florida, Virginia, California at Berkeley and Washington (Seattle) and in 2003, giving invited lectures at Baylor University, the University of Dallas and the University of Texas at Austin. In 2002 I gave lectures at Tel-Aviv University and at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. In 2005 I gave a course of lectures in Florence for the Istituto dei Studi Classici. In spring 2006 I was William Evans Fellow at the University of Otago in Dunedin, NZ, giving a course of lectures, with visiting lectures in Wellington and Sydney, and was also a visiting lecturer at the Scuola Normale Superiore in Pisa (another course of lectures). In 2010 I gave the keynote lecture at the Australasian Society of Classical Studies conference in Sydney, and visiting lectures at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Johns Hopkins, and at the University of Tokyo, Tokyo Metropolitan University, the International Christian University in Tokyo, Nagoya University and Kyoto University; I also gave the Lezioni Comparetti (five lectures) at the Scuola Normale Superiore in Pisa. In 2011 I have given lectures in South Africa again (UCT, University of Pretoria, University of Stellenbosch and University of KwaZuluNatal at Durban), in 2012 in Brazil at UNICAMP (Campinas, short lecture course), UFF (Rio) and USP (Săo Paulo), and in 2013 at the University of Malta.

Amongst conferences overseas, I have given papers at the 1989 Second International Conference on the Ancient Novel in Dartmouth, N.H., the 1992 Entretiens of the Fondation Hardt in Geneva, the 19th and 20th Groningen Colloquia on the Novel (1996, 1997), the conference 'La poesia giambica in Grecia e Roma' in Trento (1998), the conference 'Vom Text zum Buch' in Mannheim (1999), the 2000 Third International Conference on the Ancient Novel in Groningen, NL, the inaugural Celtic Conference in Classics at Maynooth, Ireland (2000), the first five of the Rethymnon conferences on the Ancient Novel in Crete (2001, 2003, 2005, 2007 and 2009), the OIKOS gathering at Groningen (2001), the 2003 APA conference in New Orleans, the 2004 APA conference in San Francisco, a conference on Latin linguistics and narratology in Amsterdam (2006), the conference ‘Apuleius and the Second Sophistic’ at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2007), the 2008 Fourth International Conference on the Ancient Novel in Lisbon, the 2010 Trends in Classics conference in Thessaloniki on Genre in Latin literature, a 2011 conference at the Sorbonne on prefaces in Latin literature and a 2012 conference on Lyon on lyric and the city.

In December 2005 I contributed to the Radio 4 Today programme on the topic of ‘Who runs Britain?’, on Augustus’ careful concealment of his actual power and some contemporary analogues, in December 2007 to a programme on Radio 3 on contemporary receptions of Horace with the poet Maureen Almond, with whom I have also appeared in Newcastle and Milton Keynes, and in July 2008 to a Radio 4 programme presented by the novelist Tibor Fischer on the ancient novel. In March 2010 I contributed to a panel on ‘Fighting for the Soul of English’ at the Oxford Literary Festival chaired by the writer Julie Summers.

Research-linked administration and service

I have organised or co-organised international conferences in Oxford on 'Horace' (1992, to mark the retirement of Robin Nisbet), 'Intertextuality and Latin Poetry' (1995) , 'The Prologue to Apuleius' Metamorphoses' (1997), 'Vergil's Aeneid : Augustan Epic and Political Context' (1996), 'Working Together : Classical Scholarship and Literary Theory' (1997), and ‘Versions of Ovid’ (2003), of all of which the proceedings have been or are being published (see my list of publications above), several smaller day-colloquia and seminar series and many visiting lectures. I was a member of the organising committees for ICAN 3 2000 (the third International Conference on the Ancient Novel in Groningen, NL) and ICAN 4 2008 (Lisbon), and chair of the Oxford Triennial Conference in 2008, and co-organiser of the Trends in Classics conference on Genre in Latin Literature in 2011. I am a founder member and co-co-ordinator of the Classical Reception Studies Network (http://www2.open.ac.uk/ClassicalStudies/GreekPlays/crsn/index.shtml). For further editorships etc go back to the page on ‘Other Career Details’.

Other administration and service

Within Oxford. Within Corpus I have been Tutor for Admissions 1990-3, editor of the College magazine 1994-1998, and in 1998-2001 Senior Tutor. In 1996-8 and 2004-5 I was the Director of the Corpus Christi Centre for the Study of Greek and Roman Antiquity, the College's co-ordinating body for graduate and research activities in Classics. Within the University I was Secretary of the Senior Tutors’ Committee and of the Academic Sub-Committee of the Council of Colleges 1999-2001 (acting Chair of both in Trinity Term 2001), which confers membership of a number of intercollegiate bodies, and co-organised the Classics submission to and visit of  the governmental Subject Review (QAA) in 2000; I was Language Teaching Co-ordinator 1994-6, which involved supervision of the whole centralised programme of classical language teaching at the University level and entire responsibility for organising and staffing some forty weekly classes. I was also Sub-Faculty bibliographer (1994-7), responsible for reading lists in classical languages and literature, and (1994-9) a member of the Planning Committee, the main policy-making body for classical languages and literature in Oxford; in 2002-4 I served on the committee revising the literary options for Literae Humaniores and on the faculty IT Committee and Graduate Studies Committee for Classical Languages and Literature (i.e. panel of graduate admissions selectors). In 2004-6 I was Senior Nominator (chief examiner selector for Classics). I have examined or assessed for the University most years at either undergraduate or graduate level, including M.St., M.Phil., M.Litt. and D.Phil. dissertations (eleven of the last so far); I was Chair of Examiners for Lit.Hum. in 2004. I was a founder member of the University's Equal Opportunities Committee (1990-93), a member of the main University Admissions Committee (1990-93), and a member of the Crouch Committee (1993-4), whose report led to major changes in Oxford's admissions procedures. I was secretary of the Oxford branch of the Classical Association 1987-9 and of the Oxford Philological Society 1989-91 (of which I was also President, 2004-5). In 2006-9 I was Director of Graduate Studies for Classical Languages and Literature, and since 2011 I have been chair of the university’s Graduate Admissions Committee and a member of its Education Committee and other central bodies.


Outside Oxford. I have been external examiner at the universities of London (1988-9), Newcastle (1994-6), Swansea (2011-) and Cambridge (2012-), and have been external examiner of masters’ dissertations at the Universities of Birmingham and Leeds. In recent years I have examined more than twenty doctoral dissertations, including at the Universities of Adelaide, Cambridge (twice), Cape Town, Geneva, Groningen, Leeds, London, Newcastle, Open University, Pisa (five times), Princeton, and the Witwatersrand, and tenure/promotion/search/prize referee at Bristol, Cambridge, Chapel Hill, Columbia, Jerusalem, Ohio State, Princeton, Reading, Stanford,  Tel-Aviv, Warwick and Yale, the University of Florida at Gainesville, the University of British Columbia, the University of Maryland at College Park, the University of Virginia, Scripps College, Smith College and the Universities of Ličge, Salzburg, Sydney and Thessaloniki. I was external reviewer of the School of Classics at Leeds (2004) and of the Dept of Classics at Royal Holloway (2005). I was a member of the Council of what was then UCCA (now UCAS, the national body on university admissions) 1990-3, and of the Council of the Roman Society 1991-4. I was Local Secretary for the 1995 Triennial Conference of the Greek and Roman Societies (in Oxford), and helped with the JACT Latin Summer School at Kingswood 1993-6; I was chair of the 2008 Triennial at Oxford. I was a school governor (girls' independent) 1994-7, and am since 2008 on the governing body at my old school (Christ's Hospital); I have examined school prizes at Eton and Winchester. I have acted as referee for book proposals for OUP and CUP (often), Brill, Routledge and Blackwell/Wiley, and as a referee for many journals (often).