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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

Nov 26, 2015


The B Club

Nov 30, 2015


Ancient History Seminar

Nov 30, 2015

Room G.21, Faculty of Classics

Philology Seminar

Dec 02, 2015

Room 1.11, Classics Faculty

Literature Seminar

Dec 02, 2015

Room 1.04, Classics Faculty

Upcoming events

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Vacancy - Project Archivist (Mycenae Archive)

Nov 09, 2015

The Faculty wishes to recruit a fixed term Archivist as part of the Mycenae Archive Project from 01 January 2016. Please see the Jobs & Vacancies page for more information

Calais Collection

Nov 09, 2015

Many thanks to all those who donated so generously to the collection for Calais refugees - in just over a week we collected around 40 bags of winter clothing and equipment!

Classics? (Wed 4 November 2015, 6-7.15pm)

Oct 27, 2015

Held at the British Academy and chaired by Professor Oliver Taplin FBA, University of Oxford, this lecture will delve into the study of Classics today, nationally and internationally, now and in the future – from philology to interdisciplinarity, from nostalgia to impact with Professor Mary Beard FBA. Mary Beard is one of Britain’s best-known Classicists: her BBC TV series Meet the Romans aired in 2012, and she writes an engaging and thought-provoking blog, A Don’s Life.

Philip Leverhulme Prize 2015

Oct 20, 2015

The Faculty is delighted to announce the award of a Philip Leverhulme prize to Renaud Gagné, University Reader in Ancient Greek Literature and Religion. Philip Leverhulme Prizes recognise the achievement of outstanding researchers whose work has already attracted international recognition and whose future career is exceptionally promising.Each prize has a value of £100,000. Congratulations Renaud!

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