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Faculty of Classics



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

(2021) “Ancient Rome as Melting Pot: Cooking goes Global”, in Ex-Position 45: 103-16.

(2021) “Afterword: Lights Out”, in T. Geue and E. Giusti, eds., Unspoken Rome: Absence in Latin Literature and its Reception. Cambridge (Cambridge University Press), 324-33.

(2021) “Pun-Fried Concoctions: Wor(l)dplay in the Roman Kitchen”, in M. Fantuzzi, H. Morales and T. Whitmarsh, eds, Reception in the Greco-Roman World:  Literary Studies in Theory and Practice. Cambridge (Cambridge University Press), 241-65.

(2021) “Lucan’s (G)natal Poem: Statius’ Silvae 2.7, the Culex, and the Aesthetics of Miniaturization”, Classical Antiquity 40: 45-75.

(2020) “Why isn’t Homer in Virgil’s Underworld? – and Other Notable Absences”, in C. – and other notable absences”, in C. Gladhill and M. Myers, eds., Walking Through Elysium: Aeneid 6 and the Poetics of Tradition. Toronto (University of Toronto Press), 206-23.

(2019) “Knight’s Moves: The Son-In-Law in Cicero and Tacitus”, Classical Antiquity 38: 2-35.

(2017) “Tasting the Roman World”, in K. Rudolph, ed., Taste and the Ancient Senses. London (Routledge), 90-103.


On leave, Michaelmas Term 2021 and Lent Term 2022


Professor of Latin Literature
Fellow of St John's College

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Latest news

Regius Professorship of Greek

16 January 2023

The Faculty is delighted to announce that Professor Tim Whitmarsh FBA has been elected Regius Professor of Greek from 1 April 2023. He is currently the A. G. Leventis Professor of Greek Culture in the University. Looking ahead to his new role, Professor Whitmarsh commented: ’I am thrilled and honoured to be taking up this...

Mary Beard receives THE Outstanding Achievement Award

18 November 2022

Professor Mary Beard received the Outstanding Achievement Award at the 2022 Times Higher Education Awards . The citation hailed how she had “broken through the ivory tower’s walls and brought her unique enthusiasm for her subject – and crucially, what it can teach us about contemporary life and politics – to the world”...

University Assistant Professorship in Classics

15 November 2022

The Faculty of Classics is seeking to appoint an Assistant Professor in Classics (Ancient Greek History and/or Archaeology) from 1 September 2023. The role is open to those, at any stage in their career, with a primary research interest in Archaic/Classical/Hellenistic Greek History and/or Archaeology. We welcome...

Brian Leech Memorial Fund

10 November 2022

The Faculty of Classics is delighted to announce the establishment of the Brian Leech Memorial Fund. The Fund comes about thanks to a generous donation by Emma Gleave, and is made in memory of her late father, Brian Leech. Brian Leech had a long and successful career as both barrister and judge. He also greatly enjoyed classical studies – with a life-long passion for ancient Greek and Latin languages.