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Professor Emily Gowers

Professor Emily Gowers

Professor of Latin Literature

Fellow of St John's College

St John's College

Office Phone: 337869

Key Publications


Horace Satires I (Cambridge Greek and Latin Classics, 2012)

Ennius Perennis: The Annals and Beyond, ed. with William Fitzgerald (Cambridge Classical Journal Supplementary Volume, 2007)

The Loaded Table: Representations of Food in Roman Literature (Oxford, 1993)

Recent articles

"Trees and Family Trees in the Aeneid", Classical Antiquity 30 (2011) 87-118.

"Augustus and 'Syracuse'", Journal of Roman Studies 100 (2010) 69-87.

"Dangerous Sailing: Valerius Maximus and the Suppression of Sextus Pompeius", Classical Quarterly 61 (2010) 446-9.

“The Ends of the Beginning: Horace, Satires I", in Perceptions of Horace: A Roman Poet and his Readers, ed. L. Houghton and M. Wyke, Cambridge (2009) 39-60. 

In press

"Under the Influence: Maecenas and Bacchus in Georgics 2", in Augustan Poetry and the Irrational, ed. P. Hardie (OUP)

"Noises Off: The Thyestes Theme in Tacitus' Dialogus", in 8th Trends in
Classics: Roman Drama, ed. S. Frangoulidis and A. Rengakos (De Gruyter)

"Tasting the Roman World", in Taste and the Ancient Senses, ed. K. Rudolph (Acumen)

"Rus in urbe: l'intimité urbaine dans la poésie d'Horace", in L'invention de la vie privée et le modèle horatien, ed. N. Dauvois and B. Délignon (Editions Garnier)

"Dido and the Owl", in Wordplay and Powerplay in Latin Poetry, ed. P. Mitsis and I. Ziogas (De Gruyter)

"Girls will be Boys and Boys will be Girls, Or, What is the Gender of Horace's Epodes?", in Horace, Epodes: Literary Contexts, ed. P. Bather and C. Stocks (OUP)


  • On leave 2014-2016, supported by a Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship.

Upcoming events

Ancient Philosophy Seminar

Apr 27, 2017


Ancient Philosophy Seminar

May 04, 2017


The B Club

May 08, 2017


The B Club

May 15, 2017


Upcoming events

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Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships

Apr 21, 2017

Information on the next round of Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships is now available online.

Craven Seminar, 1-3 June 2017

Apr 04, 2017

A provisional programme for this seminar on ‘Eschatology and Apocalypse in Graeco-Roman literature’ in now online.

Greek Play 2016 Videos now on line

Feb 07, 2017

Highlights and a full length video of the Cambridge Greek Play 2016, a double bill of Antigone and Lysistrata, are now available to view on line.

Understanding Relations Between Scripts II: Early Alphabets

Jan 05, 2017

21-22 March 2017. This conference, the second in the Understanding Relations Between Scripts series, focuses on the development of alphabetic writing systems in the later second and earlier first millennia BC.

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