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Faculty of Classics



My primary areas of research are Latin literature, particularly of the Late Republic (and especially Lucretius), textual criticism, codicology and the history of scholarship. I am currently finishing the new Oxford text of Lucretius.


Key publications: 


The Early Textual History of Lucretius’ De Rerum Natura (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013)

Varro Varius: The Polymath of the Roman World (editor; Cambridge: Cambridge Philological Society, 2015)

A.E. Housman: Classical Scholar (London: Duckworth, 2009; edited with C.A. Stray)

Penguin Latin Dictionary (London: Penguin, 2007; New York: 2008; edited with R. Shorrock)


‘N.H. Romanes and the text of Lucretius’, Illinois Classical Studies 31-2 (2006-7), 75-115

‘The poetic treatment of atque from Catullus to Juvenal’, Mnemosyne 61 (2008), 386-413

‘Sigmatic ecthlipsis in Lucretius’, Hermes 136 (2008), 188-205

 ‘On the avoidance of eius in Latin poetry’, Rheinisches Museum 151 (2008), 151-67

 ‘Housman on Metre and Prosody’, in Butterfield & Stray (2009) (q.v. supra), 117-37

‘Housman and W.M. Lindsay’, in Butterfield & Stray (2009) (q.v. supra), 193-216

 ‘Unidentified and misattributed verses in the Opus prosodiacum Miconis’, Museum Helveticum 66 (2009), 155-62

 ‘Three unidentified verses in the Florilegium Sangallense’, Maia 61 (2009), 348-52

 ‘Housman’s Cambridge Lectures’, Housman Society Journal 35 (2009), 113-39

 ‘Prop. IV 2,40: Vertumnus in the dust?’, Eikasmos 20 (2009), 195-8

 ‘Nine unidentified verses in the Exempla diuersorum auctorum’, Classica et Mediaevalia 60 (2009), 327-34

 ‘A Classical Library in Cambridge: Contemporary Collectors LVII’, Book Collector 59 (2010), 71-95

 ‘Not a ghost: the 1496 edition of Lucretius’ (with M.F. Smith), Aevum 84 (2010), 683-93

Gradus ad Parnassum’ in C. Stray (ed.), Classical Dictionaries (London: Duckworth, 2010), 71-93

 ‘Housman’s public use of reproof’, Housman Society Journal 36 (2010), 158-70

‘Fournival and Propertius: A note on the early history of Leiden Voss. Lat. O 38’ (with S.J. Heyworth), Revue d’Histoire des Textes 6 (2011), 385-94

 ‘Lucretius 1.657: the problems of a crux cruciata’ in P. Millett, S.P. Oakley & R.J.E. Thompson (edd.), Ratio et res ipsa: Classical Essays Presented by Former Pupils to James Diggle on his Retirement (Cambridge: CCJ suppl. 36, 2011), 153-66

‘Neo-Latin’, in J. Clackson (ed.), A Companion to the Latin Language (Oxford: Blackwell, 2011), 303-18

 ‘Duae coniecturae Catullianae’, Paideia 66 (2011) 541-4

 ‘Classical verse translations of the poetry of Housman’, Housman Society Journal 37 (2011), 185-8

‘Classical Scholarship, The History of’ for R. Bagnall et al. (edd.), The Encyclopedia of Ancient History (Oxford: Blackwell, 2012)

‘Introduction’ to A.E. Housman: A Shropshire Lad (London: Macmillan, 2011), 7-23

contempta relinquas: anxiety and expurgation in printed editions of Lucretius’ De rerum natura’ in C. Stray & S.J. Harrison (edd.), Expurgating the Classics (London: Duckworth, 2012), 95-114

The Newcastle Scholarship: A Historical Survey (Eton, 2013)

‘Classical Texts at Reichenau and St Gall’ for The St Gall Project online (

 ‘Lucretius auctus?’, in J. Martinez (ed.), Fakes, Forgeries and Issues of Authenticity in Classical Literature (Leiden: Brill, 2014), 15-42

‘Latin and Social Media’ and ‘The Gradus ad Parnassum and other verse manuals’, in P. Ford, J. Bloemendal & C. Fantazzi (edd.), Encyclopedia of Neo-Latin Studies (981-3, 1014-16; Leiden: Brill, 2014)

‘Five Housman notes and queries’, Housman Society Journal 40 (2014) 86-96.

‘cui uideberis bella: the influence of Baehrens and Housman on the text of Catullus’, in D. Kiss (ed.), What Catullus Wrote (Swansea: Classical Press of Wales, 2015), 107-28

‘Introduction’ to Varro Varius (q.v. supra), 1-15.

‘Texts and Contexts’, in D. Norbrook (ed.), Lucretius and the Early Modern (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015) 45-68

‘Some problems in the text and transmission of Lucretius’ in R.L. Hunter and S.P. Oakley (edd.), Latin Literature and its Transmission (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015), 22-53

'Lucretius the madman on the gods' in J. Bryan, R. Wardy and J. Warren (edd.), Authors and Authorities in Ancient Philosophy (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2018), 222-41

 ‘Critical Method in Lambinus’ Lucretius: Collation and Interpolation’ in G. M. Cao, A. Grafton and J. Kraye (edd.), The Marriage of Philology and Scepticism (London: Warburg Institute Colloquia 33, 2019), 95-122

'Critical responses to the most difficult textual problem in Lucretius,’ in D. O’Rourke (ed.), Approaches to Lucretius: Traditions and Innovations in Reading the De Rerum Natura (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2020), 19-39

Oxford Bibliographies Online entries for 'Marcus Terentius Varro' (2014) and 'Ancient Classical Scholarship' (2017)

'Latin in the Lexicon', in C.A. Stray et al. (edd.), Liddell and Scott: The History, Methodology, and Languages of the World's Leading Lexicon of Ancient Greek (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2019), 45-60

‘The metre of Catullus’, in I. Du Quesnay and A.J. Woodman (edd.), The Cambridge Companion to Catullus (forthcoming; Cambridge: Cambridge University Press)

'Latin metre and textual criticism', in A. Becker and J. Lidov, The Oxford Handbook of Greek and Latin Metre (forthcoming; Oxford: Oxford University Press)


I have offered conjectures on the text of Lucretius’ DRN in: Eranos 104 (2006-7), 83-92; Philologus 152 (2008), 111-27; Exemplaria Classica 12 (2008), 2-23; Latomus 67 (2008), 634-42; Acta Antiqua 48 (2008), 351-64; Materiali e Discussioni 60 (2008), 177-89; Hyperboreus 14 (2008), 117-24; Arctos 42 (2008), 17-30; Invigilata Lucernis 30 (2008), 49-51; Eos 95 (2008), 97-108; Wiener Studien 122 (2009), 109-19; Prometheus 35 (2009), 81-9; Helmantica 60 (2009), 211-20; Euphrosyne 37 (2009), 309-16; Cambridge Classical Journal [=PCPS] 55 (2009), 49-56; Rivista di Filologia e di Istruzione Classica 137 (2009), 110-17; Ziva Antika 59 (2009), 11-16; Emerita 78 (2010), 67-76; Sileno 36 (2010), 221-6;  Faventia 32-3 (2010-11) 87-91; Athenaeum 100 (2012) 475-8; Symbolae Osloenses 91 (2017) 81-92.

I have published Latin verses in D. Money, D. Verbeke & T. Deneire (edd.), Ramillies (Cambridge-Boston-Leuven: Bringfield’s Head Press, 2006) and D. Money (ed.), Oudenarde (Cambridge: Bringfield’s Head Press, 2008).


H. Nikitinski (ed.), David Ruhnkenius: Elogium Tiberii Hemsterhusii (Leipzig: Teubner, 2006), BMCR 2007.05.34

A. Burnett (ed.), The Letters of A.E. Housman (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2 vols, 2007), BMCR 2007.08.40

A.S. Hollis, Fragments of Roman Poetry c. 60 B.C. – A.D. 20 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007), BMCR 2007.12.30

N. Baechle, Metrical Constraint and the Interpretation of Style in the Tragic Trimeter (Lanham: Lexington, 2007), Classical Review 58 (2008), 350-2

J.M. Trappes-Lomax, Catullus: A Textual Reappraisal (Swansea: Classical Press of Wales, 2007), Classical Review 59 (2009), 117-20

S.J. Heyworth (ed.), Sexti Properti Elegi (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007), Journal of Roman Studies 99 (2009), 261-2

S. Gillespie & P. Hardie (edd.), The Cambridge Companion to Lucretius (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007), Latomus 69 (2010), 213-17

M. Sanz Morales & M. Librán Moreno (edd.), Verae Lectiones: Estudios de Crítica Textual y Edícion de Textos Griegos (Huelva: Universidad de Huelva, 2009), BMCR 2010.05.46

P. Hardie, Lucretian Receptions: History, The Sublime, Knowledge (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009), BMCR 2010.09.23

C. Kallendorf, A Catalogue of the Junius Spencer Morgan Collection of Virgil in the Princeton University Library (New Castle, DE: Oak Knoll Press, 2009), Book Collector 60 (2011),

G.B. Conte (ed.), P. Vergilius Maro: Aeneis (Berlin: W. de Gruyter (Teubner), 2009), Exemplaria Classica 15 (2011), 397-401

E. Flores (ed.), Titus Lucretius Carus: De Rerum Natura. Volume terzo (Libri V e VI) (Naples: Bibliopolis, 2009), Gnomon 83 (2011), 597-608

S. Gurd (ed.), Philology and its Histories (Columbus, OH: Ohio State University Press), BMCR 2011.09.13

L. Morgan, Musa Pedestris: Metre and Meaning in Roman Verse (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010), Journal of Roman Studies 102 (2012), 367-9

P.G. Naiditch, The Library of Richard Porson (Bloomington, IN: XLibris, 2011), Classical Review 63 (2013), 306

R.H. Rodgers (ed.), L. Iuni Moderati Columellae Res Rustica. Incerti auctoris liber de arboribus (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010), Gnomon 85 (2013), 561-4

P. d’Alessandro, Varrone e la Tradizione Metrica Antica (Hildesheim: Georg Olms Verlag, 2012) BMCR 2013.05.27

C. Salemme, Lucrezio e la formazione del mondo. De Rerum Natura 5, 416-508, & id., Infinito Lucreziano. De rerum natura 1, 951-1117 (Naples: Loffredo, 2010, 2011), Classical Review 63 (2013), 419-21

K. Haugen, Richard Bentley: Poetry and Enlightenment (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press) Classical Review 63 (2013), 610-12

S. Gatzemeier, Ut Ait Lucretius: Die Lukrezrezeption in Der Lateinischen Prosa Bis Laktanz (Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2013) (for CR)

L.D. Reynolds and N.G. Wilson, Scribes and Scholars: A Guide to the Transmission of Greek and Latin Literature (4th ed., Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013)

G. Jackson, Commento a Lucrezio De Rerum Natura Libro V 1-280 (Pisa-Rome: Fabrizio Serra Editore, 2013) (BMCR 2014.06.06).

G.B. Conte, Ope Ingenii: Experiences of Textual Criticism (Berlin: De Gruyter, 2013) Ex. Class. 19 (2015) 197-201

R. Gaskin, Horace and Housman (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013) JRS 105 (2015), 435-6

L. Fratantuono, A Reading of Lucretius’ De rerum natura (Lanham: Lexington Books, 2015) BMCR 2016.10.36

J. Velaza (ed.), From the Protohistory to the History of the Text (Studien zur klassischen Philologie 173, Bern: Peter Lang) BMCR 2018.10.33

Senior Lecturer in Classics (Ancient Literature)
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