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Dr Ingo Gildenhard

Dr Ingo Gildenhard

University Reader in Classics and the Classical Tradition

Fellow of King's College

Schools Liaison Officer

King's College

Office Phone: 01223 761005

Research Interests

Latin literature (especially Cicero, Virgil, Ovid), Roman culture, the classical tradition

Research Supervision

Recent topics supervised include: Seneca’s tragedies and the aesthetics of pantomime, Images of Virgil, Legitimacy and res publica in the late republic.

Key Publications


The Classical Tradition: Art, Literature, Thought (with Michael Silk and Rosemary Barrow) (Wiley-Blackwell, 2014)

Creative Eloquence: The Construction of Reality in Cicero’s Speeches (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011)

Paideia Romana: Cicero’s Tusculan Disputations (Cambridge: Cambridge Philological Society, 2007)

Edited volumes:

Transformative Change in Western Thought: A History of Metamorphosis from Homer to Hollywood (Oxford: Legenda, 2013) (with Andrew Zissos)

Beyond the Fifth Century: Interactions with Greek Tragedy from the Fourth Century BCE to the Middle Ages (Berlin and New York: de Gruyter, 2010) (with Martin Revermann)

Out of Arcadia: Classics and Politics in Germany in the Age of Burckhardt, Nietzsche and Wilamowitz (London: Bulletin of the Institute of Classical Studies Supplement Series, 2003) (with Martin Ruehl)

A-Level Commentaries

Cicero, On Pompey's Command (De Imperio), 27-49. Latin Text, Study Aids with Vocabulary, Commentary, and Translation (with Louise Hodgson, et al.) (Cambridge: Open Book Publishers, 2014)

Tacitus, Annals, 15.20-23, 33-45. Latin Text, Study Aids with Vocabulary, and Commentary (with Mathew Owen) (Cambridge: Open Book Publishers, 2013)

Virgil, Aeneid, 4.1–299: Latin Text, Study Questions, Commentary and Interpretative Essays (Cambridge: Open Book Publishers, 2012)

Cicero, Against Verres, 2.1.53–86: Latin Text with Introduction, Study Questions, Commentary and English Translation (Cambridge: Open Book Publishers, 2011)

Selected Articles

‘Of Cicero’s Plato: Fictions, Forms, Foundations’, in M. Schofield (ed.) Aristotle, Plato and Pythagoreanism in the First Century BC, Cambridge 2013, 225-75.

‘Buskins and SPQR: The Roman Reception of Greek Tragedy’, in I. Gildenhard and M. Revermann (eds.) Beyond the fifth century: interactions with Greek tragedy from the fourth century BCE to the Middle Ages, de Gruyter 2010, 153-85

‘Virgil vs. Ennius - or: The Undoing of the Annalist’, in W. Fitzgerald and E. Gowers (eds.) Ennius perennis: the Annals and beyond, Cambridge 2007, 73-102

‘Barbarian Variations: Tereus, Procne and Philomela in Ovid (Met. 6.412-674) and beyond’, Dictynna 4, 2007, 1-25 (with A. Zissos)

‘Ovid’s “Hecale”: Deconstructing Athens in Ovid’s Metamorphoses’, JRS 94, 2004, 47-72 (with A. Zissos)

 ‘The “Annalist” Before the Annalists: Ennius and his Annales’, in U. Eigler et al. (eds.) Formen römischer Geschichtsschreibung von den Anfängen bis Livius. Gattungen, Autoren, Kontexte, Darmstadt 2003, 93-114

 ‘Ovid’s Narcissus: Echoes of Oedipus’, AJP 121, 2000, 129-47 (with A. Zissos)

‘Inspirational Fictions: Autobiography and Generic Reflexivity in Ovid’s Proems’, Greece & Rome 47, 2000, 67-79 (with A. Zissos)

Upcoming events

Ancient Philosophy Seminar

Oct 15, 2015


The B Club

Oct 19, 2015


Art under Fire: Art Crime in Times of War and Peace

Oct 20, 2015

Classics Faculty, room G19 AND Museum of Classical Archaeology

Ancient Philosophy Seminar

Oct 22, 2015


Casts by Candlelight

Oct 23, 2015

Cast Gallery, Museum of Classical Archaeology

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German History Journal's Best Article of 2015

Sep 14, 2015

The Faculty is very proud to announce that Dr Helen Roche has been awarded the Best Article of 2015 prize by the journal German History for her article, 'Surviving Stunde Null: Narrating the fate of Nazi elite-school pupils during the collapse of the Third Reich'.

Cambridge Classics Graduate Open Day - Saturday 14th November

Sep 07, 2015

Cambridge Classics Graduate Open Day - Saturday 14th November

Following Hercules: the Story of Classical Art

Aug 19, 2015

A colossal polystyrene statue of Hercules by contemporary artist Matt Darbyshire will be the star exhibit in a new exhibition at the Fitzwilliam Museum exploring the story of classical art.

Classics in Communities Conference (19 Sept 2015)

Jul 30, 2015

This conference aims to bring together all those interested in the teaching and learning of Latin and Greek in schools, colleges, universities and communities in the UK and around the world. Building on the success of the first ‘Classics in Communities’ conference in Oxford in November 2013, the themes of this year’s conference will include: widening access to Classical languages; emerging practices in Classics pedagogies; improving community cohesion through Classics; the cross-curricular value of Classical languages and the appeal/merits of non-linguistic Classics. Keynote speakers will be Tim Whitmarsh, A.G. Leventis Professor of Greek Culture at the University of Cambridge and Tom Holland, celebrated British novelist and ancient historian.

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