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Dr Christopher Whitton

Dr Christopher Whitton

Senior Lecturer in Classics (Classical Literature)

Fellow, Director of Studies in Classics and Director of Music at Emmanuel College

Emmanuel College
Cambridge
CB2 3AP

Office Phone: 01223 334252

Research Interests

I work on Latin literature of the early Roman empire, especially prose and Trajanic literature, with particular interests in prose style, intertextuality and the intersection of literature and history. I recently completed a commentary on Pliny Epistles 2 for the Cambridge ‘green and yellow’ series; current projects include several articles on prose intertextuality in Trajanic literature, a monograph on Cicero’s reception in the early empire, an edited volume (with Roy Gibson) of Oxford Readings in Pliny the Younger, and a commentary (with Myles Lavan) on Tacitus Annals 14. I write regularly for Classical Review and the Times Literary Supplement and am co-investigator in the collaborative project ‘Literary Interactions under Nerva, Trajan and Hadrian’ based at St Andrews University.


Research Supervision

I teach Greek and Latin language and literature, and have supervised undergraduate dissertations and MPhil work on a range of topics and authors from Homer to Wieland. I have supervised doctoral work on Roman gardens, Juvenal’s Satires and oratory in Tacitus. I welcome enquiries from potential graduate students, especially (but not only) those working on imperial Latin prose and the Trajanic period.

Key Publications

Monograph

Pliny the Younger. Epistles book II, Cambridge (2013).

Reviews: J. Carlon, CR 65 (2015) 149-51; N. Zeiner-Carmichael, BMCR 2015.05.41; T. Strunk, JRS 105 (2015); D. Barber, CJ online (2015.12.07).

 

Edited volumes

R. K. Gibson and C. L. Whitton, eds. Pliny the Younger, Epistles. Oxford readings in Classical studies, Oxford (fthc. 2016)

A. König and C. L. Whitton, eds. Literary interactions under Nerva, Trajan and Hadrian (fthc. 2016)

 

Articles & Chapters

‘Pliny, Epistles 8.14: senate, slavery and the Agricola’, JRS 100 (2010) 118-39. http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0075435810000043

Dubitatio comparativa: a misunderstood idiom in Pliny (Natural History 7.150), Tacitus (Histories 4.6) and others’, CQ 61 (2011) 267-77. http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0009838810000534

‘“Let us tread our path together”: Tacitus and the Younger Pliny’, in V. E. Pagán, ed. Blackwell companion to Tacitus, Malden, MA (2012) 345-68.

‘Seneca, Apocolocyntosis’, in E. Buckley and M. T. Dinter, eds. Blackwell companion to the Neronian age, Malden, MA (2013) 151-69.

‘Trapdoors: false closure in Pliny’, in F. Grewing, B. Acosta-Hughes and A. Kirichenko, eds. The door ajar: false closure in Greek and Roman literature and art, Heidelberg (2013) 43-61.

‘Minerva on the Surrey Downs: reading Pliny (and Horace) with John Toland’, CCJ 60 (2014) 127-57. http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S1750270514000074

‘Grand designs: unrolling Epistles 2’, in I. Marchesi, ed. Pliny the book-maker: betting on posterity in the Epistles, Oxford (2015), 109-43.

‘Pliny on the precipice (Ep., 9.26)’, in O. Devillers, ed. Autour de Pline le Jeune. En l’honneur de Nicole Méthy, Bordeaux (2015), 217-36.

‘Pliny’s progress: on a troublesome Domitianic career’, Chiron 45 (2015), 1-22.

 ‘Biography and praise in Trajanic Rome: Tacitus’ Agricola and Pliny’s Panegyricus’, in K. de Temmerman, ed. Oxford handbook of ancient biography, Oxford (fthc. 2016).

‘Quintilian, Pliny, Tacitus: intertextuality up close and personal’, in A. König and C. L. Whitton, eds. Literary interactions under Nerva, Trajan and Hadrian (fthc. 2016).

C. L. Whitton and R. K. Gibson, ‘Readers and readings of Pliny’s Epistles’, in R. K. Gibson and C. L. Whitton, eds. Pliny the Younger, Epistles. Oxford readings in Classical studies, Oxford (fthc. 2016).

M. J. Squire and C. L. Whitton, ‘Machina sacra: Optatian and the lettered art of the Christogram’, in I. Garipzanov, C. Goodson and H. Maguire, eds. Graphic signs of identity, power and faith in late antiquity and the early Middle Ages, Turnhout (fthc. 2016)

 

Encyclopedia entries

‘Juvenal (D. Iunius Iuvenalis)’, in Blackwell encyclopedia of ancient history, Malden, MA (2012).

‘Pliny the Younger’, in Literary encyclopedia, www.litencyc.com (2013).

 

Book reviews

Krebs, C. B. 2005. Negotiatio Germaniae: Tacitus’ Germania und Enea Silvio Piccolomini, Giannantonio Campano, Conrad Celtis und Heinrich Bebel. Hypomnemata 158, Göttingen. BMCR 2005.12.17. http://bmcr.brynmawr.edu/2005/2005-12-17

Giua, M. A., ed. 2007. Ripensando Tacito (e Ronald Syme): Storia e storiografia, Florence. BMCR 2008.09.53. http://bmcr.brynmawr.edu/2008/2008-09-53

Marchesi, I. 2008. The art of Pliny’s letters. A poetics of allusion in the private correspondence, Cambridge. NECJ 36.1 (2009) 65-8.

Rimell, V. 2008. Martial’s Rome: empire and the ideology of the epigram, Cambridge. NECJ 36.4 (2009) 300-2.

Sailor, D. 2008. Writing and empire in Tacitus, Cambridge. Phoenix 65 (2012) 194-6.

Braund, S. 2009. Seneca: De Clementia, Oxford. Classical World 104 (2011) 368-9. http://dx.doi.org/10.1353/clw.2011.0048

Carlon, J. 2009. Pliny’s women: constructing virtue and creating identity in the Roman world, Cambridge. CR 60.2 (2010) 463-5. http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0009840X10000636

Lefèvre, E. 2009. Vom Römertum zum Ästhetizismus: Studien zu den Briefen des jüngeren Plinius, Berlin. CR 61.1 (2011) 147-9. http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0009840X10002301

Krebs, C. B. 2011. A most dangerous book: Tacitus’s Germania from the Roman Empire to the Third Reich, New York. TLS 24.2.2012, p.24.

Roche, P. A., ed. 2011. Pliny’s praise: The Panegyricus in the Roman World, Cambridge. CR 62.2 (2012) 521-3. http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0009840X12000868

Zehnacker, H. and N. Méthy. 2011. Pline le Jeune Lettres. Tome II: Livres IV–VI, Paris. CR 63.1 (2013) 125-7. http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0009840X12002661

Glare, P. G. W. et al., ed. 2012. Oxford Latin Dictionary, 2nd edition, Oxford. TLS 20.7.2012, p.28.

Peirano, I. 2012. The rhetoric of the Roman fake: Latin pseudepigrapha in context, Cambridge. TLS 26.4.2013, p.23.

Winsbury, R. 2014. Pliny the Younger. A life in Roman letters, London. Gnomon 87.6 (2015), 559-61.

Devillers, O., ed. 2014. Les opera minora et le développement de l’historiographie tacitienne, Bordeaux. JRS 105 (2015), 447-8.

Geisthardt, J. M. 2015. Zwischen Princeps und Res Publica. Tacitus, Plinius und die senatorische Selbstdarstellung in der Hohen Kaiserzeit, Stuttgart. Histos 9 (2015) xlvi-liv. http://research.ncl.ac.uk/histos/documents/2015RR08WhittononGeisthardt.pdf

Jenkyns, R. 2015. Classical literature. A Pelican introduction, London. TLS 29.5.15, p.11.

 

 

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Sometimes all that glitters is gold

Oct 10, 2016

Faculty of Classics, Room G.19

Mycenaean Seminar

Oct 12, 2016

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Literature Seminar

Oct 12, 2016

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Oct 17, 2016

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Oct 18, 2016

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Professor Jack Davis and Dr Sharon Stocker (Department of Classics, University of Cincinnati), ‘Sometimes All That Glitters Is Gold: The Tomb of the Griffin Warrior at Pylos’, 5 pm on Monday 10 October. To reserve your place please reply to pylos.lecture@classics.cam.ac.uk by Monday 3 October.

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Aug 31, 2016

Applications are welcome for two temporary lectureships in Classics (Ancient History) from 01 January 2017. Please see the Jobs & Vacancies page for further information.

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Aug 30, 2016

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Celebrating Cambridge Classics

Aug 19, 2016

Tim Whitmarsh, A. G. Leventis Professor of Greek Culture, will deliver his Inaugural Lecture, “Oedipus the Atheist”, on Friday 14 October at 5pm in the Little Hall, Sidgwick Site. This begins a weekend of Classics celebrations including the Greek Play and a Symposium on Greek Drama at Newnham College.

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