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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

Jan 19, 2017


Literature Seminar

Jan 25, 2017

Faculty of Classics, Room 1.04

Ancient Philosophy Seminar

Jan 26, 2017


Upcoming events

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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.

'The Impact of the Ancient City': PhD Studentship

Dec 02, 2016

Applications are invited for a 3-year fully-funded PhD studentship in the context of the ERC Advanced Grant project, 'The Impact of the Ancient City', supervised by Professor Andrew Wallace-Hadrill.

Mary Beard addresses Italian parliament

Nov 24, 2016

Mary Beard addresses the Italian parliament (Camera dei Deputati) on the subject of violence against women in Ancient and Modern times, Rome 22 November 2016.

Curator (Maternity Cover)

Nov 18, 2016

The Museum of Classical Archaeology is seeking to appoint a temporary Curator from February 2017. See the Jobs and Vacancies page for further information.

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