Education and Career History


Undergraduate and graduate student, Balliol College, Oxford, 1978-85

Junior Lecturer in Latin, Magdalen College, Oxford, 1984-5

Woodhouse Junior Research Fellow in Classics, St. John’s College, Oxford, 1985-7

A.E.Haigh Teaching Fellow in Classics, Corpus Christi College, Oxford, 1987-92

Mynors and Charles Oldham Fellow and Tutor in Classics, Corpus Christi College, Oxford, 1992-2020

University Lecturer in Classical Languages and Literature, University of Oxford, 1993-2000

Reader in Classical Languages and Literature, University of Oxford, 2000-2004

Professor of Classical Languages and Literature, University of Oxford, 2004-8


Adjunct Professor (Professor II), University of Bergen, Norway, 2004-2007

William Evans Visiting Fellow in Humanities, University of Otago, New Zealand, 2006

Adjunct Professor (Professor II), University of Copenhagen, Denmark, 2010-2020

Adjunct Professor (Professor II), National University of Technology, Trondheim, Norway, 2015-2020

Edwin C. and Elizabeth A. Whitehead Fellow, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, Winter Term 2015

William H. Bonsall Visiting Professor in the Humanities, Stanford University, Winter Terms 2017, 2018, 2019

Sackler Lecturer, Mortimer and Raymond Sackler Institute of Advanced Studies, University of Tel-Aviv, 2019

Erskine Oxford Fellow, University of Canterbury, New Zealand, 2020

Visiting Professor, Sapienza Università di Roma, 2020

Visiting Professor, Mandel School for Advanced Studies in the Humanities, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 2021

Visiting Professor, Università  di Siena, 2022

Visiting Professor, Sorbonne Université (Paris IV), 2023

Visiting Professor, Università di Torino, 2023


Professor of Latin Literature, University of Oxford, 2008-

Senior Research Fellow in Classics, Corpus Christi College, Oxford, 2020-

Extraordinary Professor, Department of Ancient Studies, University of Stellenbosch, S.Africa, 2018-


Degrees, Grants, Awards, Memberships


Degrees: First Class, Literae Humaniores (BA in Classics), 1982,

MA 1985, DPhil 1987  ('A Commentary on Vergil, Aeneid 10',  supervisor

Prof.R.G.M.Nisbet, examiners Prof.E.J.Kenney and Miss M.Hubbard)

Oxford University Prizes and Awards: Hertford Prize 1980, Second Craven Scholarship

1980, Passmore Edwards Prize 1984, Schmidt Scholarship 1984, Gaisford Dissertation Prize 1986,

Teaching Award 2008


External Research Awards and Grants: British Academy/Leverhulme Senior

Research Fellow 1997-8 (£20,000); British Academy  Conference Grant 1997

(£800); British Academy Joint Activities Fund grantholder for 2001-3 (£1000),

British Academy Overseas Conference Grant 2003 (£350), Research Leave

grant from Loeb Classical Foundation 2009 ($30,000), British Academy Small

Research Grant 2010 (£1760), fellowship at Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton 2015

($50,000), Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship 2017-20 (£154,000)


Professional Memberships: Classical Association, Society for the

Promotion of Roman Studies, Joint Association of Classical Teachers,

Oxford Philological Society, Cambridge Philological Society, American

Philological Association, Horatian Society, Vergilian Society, Society for Neo-Latin Studies


Academic Honours: elected to Academia Europaea 2007, to Accademia Vergiliana di Mantova 2012

(Accademico ordinario), to Norwegian Academy of Sciences 2014 (Historical/Philosophical Class),

to Polish Academy of Arts and Sciences (Foreign Member) 2016, to Australian Academy of Humanities

(Corresponding Fellow) 2022; awarded honorary doctorates, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, 2019,

Norwegian National Technical University (Trondheim) 2022.



Editorial, strategic and advisory roles


Founder member, Classical Reception Studies Network (UK), 2004- [joint co-ordinator 2011-14]

Member of comité scientifique, Réseau international de recherche et de formation à la recherche sur la

poésie augustéenne (France), 2006-

Member, Flavian Epic Network (UK), 2012-

Member, Epic Poetry Network (EPN), Germany, 2016-


Member, AHRC Peer Review College 2009-12

Fellowship assessor, Institute for Advanced Studies, Princeton, 2011 and 2012

Grant assessor, MIUR/ANVUR/VQR (Italian education ministry), 2012-

Panel member, APELLA (Greek academic appointments), 2014-

Assessor, doctoral and post-doctoral proposals, Irish Research Council 2017-

Member, University Network of International Academic Contacts, La Sapienza, Rome 2019-

Member, doctoral college, University of Bari, Italy, 2019-22

Member, advisory board, AHRC research network ‘Baroque Latinity’, UCL, 2019-2022

Member, advisory board, ERC project Classical Influences and Irish Culture, Aarhus University 2019-2024


Founding member of editorial board, Ancient Narrative, (Netherlands), 2000-2022 (advisory board 2022-)

Member of advisory committee, Oxford Classical Texts, 2003-18

Latin Literature associate editor, Bryn Mawr Classical Review (USA), 2003-2020

Associate editor for Latin Literature, Oxford Classical Dictionary, 2009-2020 (advisory editor 2020-)

Associate editor for Latin Culture, Blackwell Encyclopedia of Ancient History, 2008-2013

Advisory board member, The Virgil Encyclopedia (USA), 2008-14

European Advisory board member, Princeton University Press, 2011-15

Advisory board member, I.B.Tauris Classics and Ancient History, 2011-15

Classical Delegate (board member), Oxford University Press, 2015-2021

Co-Curator, Babel: Adventures in Translation, Exhiibition, Bodleian Library, Oxford, 2019


Founder co-editor, Neo-Latin Series, Bloomsbury Academic, 2018-

Founder member, Advisory Board, Trends in Classics – Scholarship in the Making (De Gruyter), 2020-

Founder co-editor, Oxford Classical Reception Commentaries, 2020-


Editorial board member, Acta Classica (S.Africa), 2006-

Member of Scientific Committee, Ordia Prima (Argentina), 2006-

Founder member of advisory board, New Voices in Classical Reception Studies (UK), 2006-

Founder editorial board member, Trends in Classics (Greece/Germany), 2007-

Editorial board member, Classica et Mediaevalia (Denmark), 2007-

Editorial board member, Vergilius (USA), 2009-2018

Editorial board member, Classical Bulletin (USA), 2009-

Founder advisory board member, Classics Reception Journal (UK), 2009-

Founder advisory board member, Trondheim Studies in Greek and Latin (Norway), 2009-

Advisory board member, Testi e manuali per l’insegnamento universitario di latino (Italy), 2011-

Advisory board member, Aevum antiquum (Italy), 2011-

Advisory board member, Studi di filologia classica (Italy), 2011-

Advisory board member, Mnemosyne (Netherlands), 2012-19

Founder advisory board member, «Permanenza del Classico – Testi» (Italy), 2012-

Advisory board member, Minerva (Spain), 2012-

Editorial board member, Eirene (Czechia), 2013-

Advisory board member, Paideia (Italy), 2014-

Editorial board member, Invigilata Lucernis (Italy), 2017-

Advisory board member, Littera Aperta (Spain), 2018-

Editorial board member, Athenaeum (Italy), 2020-

Advisory board member, Exemplaria Classica (Spain), 2020-

Member of comitatto scientifico, Erant Olim (Italy), 2021-

Member of comitato scientifico, Dicti Studiosus (Italy), 2022-

Member of Editorial Board,  IConiC (= Innovative Contributions in Classics), Brepols, 2023-