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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 History Seminar

Oct 24, 2016

Faculty of Classics, Room G.21

Happy Families?

Oct 25, 2016

Museum of Classical Archaeology

Archaeology Seminar

Oct 25, 2016

Faculty of Classics, Room 1.04

Literature Seminar

Oct 26, 2016

Faculty of Classics, Room 1.04

Strike a Pose

Oct 27, 2016

Museum of Classical Archaeology

Upcoming events

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Vacancy - Research Associate, ‘Contexts of and Relations between Early Writing Systems’ Project (CREWS)

Oct 20, 2016

Applications are sought for a Research Associate who will be a member of the ‘Contexts of and Relations between Early Writing Systems’ (CREWS) project, led by the Principal Investigator Dr Philippa Steele.

How to write a Greek Dictionary

Oct 06, 2016

Watch the film about the Faculty's Greek Lexicon Project, working towards a a new dictionary of Ancient Greek.

New Discovery

Sep 20, 2016

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 in Room LG.17, Faculty of Law, Sidgwick Site. To reserve your place please reply to by Monday 3 October.

Temporary University Lectureships in Classics (Ancient History)

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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