Susanna Braund

  •     imperial Latin literature especially epic, Roman tragedy, Roman satire, panegyric;
  •     reception of Roman antiquity;
  •     translation studies;
  •     interface between literature, rhetoric and philosophy

My Canada Research Chair project is a large and collaborative project on the reception of Latin Poetry as measured through translation history.  This will build on my preliminary work on the translation history of Virgil (in Russian) and of Lucan and Seneca’s tragedies. I am especially interested in how the translation history of different authors into different European languages (English, French, Italian, Russian, Spanish, German, Dutch) reflects trends in wider intellectual history. I am fortunate to have been invited to contribute a number of papers in this area to Companion volumes.


1.         Beyond Anger: A Study of Juvenal’s Third Book of Satires viii + 302 pages (Cambridge University Press, 1988)

2.         Satire and Society in Ancient Rome 151 pages (Exeter Studies in History no.23, 1989) (editor, author of introduction and of chapter entitled ‘City and Country in Roman Satire’ pages 23‑47)

3a.       Lucan, Civil War lvi + 335 pages (Oxford University Press, 1992) (verse translation, introduction, notes)

3b.       Lucan, Civil War (as above) (Oxford University Press, 1992) (paperback, The World’s Classics series)

4.         Roman Verse Satire 65 pages, Greece & Rome New Surveys in the Classics, No. 23 (Oxford University Press, 1992)

5.         Juvenal, Satires Book I viii + 323 pages (Cambridge University Press, 1996) (introduction, text and commentary, Cambridge Greek and Latin Classics series)

6.         The Roman Satirists and their Masks 66 pages (Bristol Classical Press/Duckworth, 1996) (The Classical World series)

7.         The Passions in Roman Thought and Literature x + 266 pages (Cambridge University Press, 1997) edited with C. Gill, co‑authored introduction; essay entitled ‘A Passion Unconsoled?  Grief and Anger in Juvenal Satire 13’ pages 68-88

8.         Vile Bodies: Roman Satire and Corporeal Discourse, co‑editor Barbara Gold (Arethusa 31.3, Fall 1998, 247-386), guest editor with Barbara Gold, co-authored introduction with Barbara Gold; essay co-authored with Paula James entitled ‘Quasi homo: distortion and contortion in Seneca’s Apocolocyntosis’ 285-311

9.         amor : roma. Love and Latin Literature, Festschrift for E.J. Kenney,Cambridge Philological Society, Supplementary Volume no. 22 (1999), co-edited with Roland Mayer, 208 pages, including an essay entitled ‘Moments of Love: Lucretius, Apuleius, Monteverdi, Strauss’ 174-98

10.       Latin Literature xvi + 304 pages (London and New York, 2002), for Routledge’s Classical Foundations series

11.       Ancient Anger: Perspectives from Homer to Galen co-edited with Glenn Most, Yale Classical Studies 32 (Cambridge, 2003), x + 325 pages, including an article jointly authored with Giles Gilbert (Royal Holloway, University of London) entitled ‘An ABC of epic ira: anger, beasts and cannibalism’ (pages 250-85)

12.       Loeb Classical Library vol. 91, Juvenal and Persius xi + 536 pages (Cambridge, Mass., 2004)

13.       A Lucan Reader. Selections from Civil War xxxiv + 134 pages (Mundelein, IL, 2009), the launch volume for Bolchazy-Carducci Latin Readers

14.       Seneca De Clementia (text, translation, commentary, introduction) xiii + 456 pages (Oxford University Press, 2009)

Books in Preparation

15.       Seneca De Clementia and Apocolocyntosis (translation and brief commentary geared to the translation) which I have been invited to offer for consideration for the Clarendon Ancient History series published by Oxford University Press

16.       Translations of Seneca’s OedipusAgamemnon and Phoenissae for the Chicago Seneca Project, to be published by Chicago University Press (under contract; translation of Oedipus submitted and accepted)

17.       Companion to Seneca’s Oedipus for Duckworth

18.       Blackwell Companion to Persius and Juvenal, co-editor Josiah Osgood

Articles, Chapters, Encyclopedia Entries, Introductions, Radio & TV Broadcasts

NOTE: Essays in volumes which I have edited appear under BOOKS, items 2, 7, 8, 9, 11

1.         ‘Juvenal 8.59‑60’, The Classical Quarterly n.s. 31 (1981) 221‑223

2.         ‘Juvenal: a diptych’, co‑author J.D. Cloud, Liverpool Classical Monthly 6 (1981) 195‑208

3.         ‘Juvenal’s Libellus ‑ A Farrago?’, co‑author J.D. Cloud, Greece and Rome 29  (1982) 77‑85

4.         ‘Juvenal 7.50‑52’, Phoenix 36 (1982) 162‑166

5.         ‘Juvenal’s traducement again (2.153‑163)’, co‑author J.D. Cloud, Liverpool Classical Monthly 8 (1983) 50‑51

6.         ‘The Satirist ‑ Dr Jekyll or Mr Hyde?’, Pegasus 27 (1984) 1‑10

7.         Articles on ‘Martial’ and ‘Juvenal’ for Great Foreign Language Writers edd. J. Vinson and D. Kirkpatrick, St.James Press, 1984 pp. 288‑9, 368‑9

8.         ‘Juvenal on how to (tr)eat people’, Omnibus 11 (1986) 15‑17

9.         ‘City and country in Roman Satire: Juvenal 3 and Horace Satires 2.6’, Classical Association Tape no. 104

10.       ‘Lucan 6.715’, The Classical Quarterly 39 (1989) 275‑6

11.       ‘Juvenal and the east: satire as an historical source’, in The Eastern Frontier of the Roman Empireedd. D.H. French and C.S. Lightfoot (1989) 45‑52

12.       ‘Umbricius and the frogs (Juvenal Sat. 3.44‑5)’ The Classical Quarterly 40 (1990) 502‑6

13.       ‘Juvenal ‑ misogynist or misogamist?’ Journal of Roman Studies 82 (1992) 71‑86

14.       Introduction to the reissue of William Gifford’s translation of Persius and Juvenal in the Everyman series (1992) vii‑xviii

15.       ‘Paradigms of Power: Roman Emperors in Roman Satire’, in Humour and History ed. K. Cameron (Intellect Books, London 1993) 56‑69

16.       ‘A woman’s voice?  Laronia in Juvenal Satire 2’ in Women in Antiquity: New Assessments edd. R. Hawley and B. Levick (Routledge, 1995) 207‑19

17.       Contribution to BBC2 TV programme on Juvenal by Ian Hislop entitled ‘Laughter and Loathing’ (August 1995)

18.       Entries on Martial and Juvenal in A Reference Guide to World Literature (second edition), Lesley Henderson (ed.), St. James Press, New York, 1995: “Juvenal” vol.1, 642-643, “Martial” vol.2, 801-802

19.       ‘Virgil: (Don’t) look back in anger’ Omnibus 33 (1996) 1-3

20.       ‘The solitary feast: a contradiction in terms?’ Bulletin of the Institute of Classical Studies 41 (1996) 37-52

21.       ‘Ending epic: Statius, Theseus and a merciful release’ Proceedings of the Cambridge Philological Society 42 (1996) 1-23

22.       Revision of the entry on Juvenal for the third edition of the Oxford Classical Dictionary (Oxford, 1996)

23.       ‘Personal Plurals’ in Compromising Traditions: The Personal Voice in Classical Scholarship edd. J. Hallett & T. Van Nortwick (Routledge, 1997) pages 38-53

24.       ‘Roman Scandals’ Ad Familiares 12 (Spring 1997) 6-7

25.       ‘Declamation and contestation in satire’ in Roman Eloquence ed. W.J. Dominik (Routledge, 1997) 147-65

26.       ‘Virgil and the Cosmos: religious and philosophical ideas’ in The Cambridge Companion to Virgil ed. C.A. Martindale (Cambridge, 1997) 204-21

27.       ‘Roman assimilations of the other: humanitas at Rome’ in Acta Classica 40 (1997) 15-32′

28.       ‘Praise and protreptic in early imperial panegyric’ for The Propaganda of Power: the role of panegyric in late antiquity ed. M. Whitby (Leiden, 1998) pages 53-76

29.       Contributor to Open University TV programme on the Coliseum, ‘Passing Judgements’, broadcast March 1998, BBC2

30.       ‘Speech, silence and personality: the case of Aeneas and Dido’ in Proceedings of   the Virgil Society23 (1998) 129-47

31.       ‘Juvenal’ entry from OCD3 in Oxford Companion to Classical Civilisation, edd. S. Hornblower & A. Spawforth (Oxford & New York, 1998)

32.       Contribution to audio-cassette discussion on ‘Claudius’ for Open University unit AA309 AC3, issued spring 1999

33.       Introduction to the section on ‘Genre’ in Texts, Ideas, and The Classics.  Scholarship, Theory, and Classical Literature, ed. S.J. Harrison (Oxford University Press, 2001) pages 137-41

34.       Entry entitled “Prosimetrum” in Der Neue Pauly: Enzyklopädie der Antike edd.  H. Cancik & H. Schneider (Stuttgart, Weimar, 2001) Band 10, pages 440-442

35.       Entry entitled “Satire” in Der Neue Pauly: Enzyklopädie der Antike edd.  H. Cancik & H. Schneider (Stuttgart, Weimar, 2001), Band 11, pages 101-104

36.       ‘Satiric grotesques in public and private: Juvenal, Dr Frankenstein, Raymond Chandler and Absolutely Fabulous’ co-authored with Wendy Raschke, Greece & Rome (2002) 49 62-84

37.       ‘Twenty-first century Persius’, Arion (2002) 65-80, an article jointly authored with my students, Sarah Knight, Serena Connolly, Matt Wille, Stephanie Suzanne Spaulding, Chris van den Berg, Isaac Meyers, Will Washburn, Brett Foster,  Joseph Fouse

38.       ‘Safe Sex?  Dryden’s Translations of Lucretius and Juvenal’ in John Dryden (1631-1700): His Politics, His Plays, and His Poets edited by Claude Rawson & Aaron Santesso, Newark & London, 2004, pages 139-57

39.       ‘Making Virgil Strange’ (Presidential Address to the Virgil Society) Proceedings     of the Virgil Society25 (2004) 135-46

40.       ‘Libertas or licentia?  Freedom and criticism in Roman Satire’ for the Penn-Leiden Colloquium on Ancient values volume on Free Speech in Classical   Antiquity edd. Ineke Sluiter & Ralph Rosen (Leiden, 2004) 409-28

41.       ‘Marriage, adultery and divorce in Roman comic drama’ in Satiric Advice on Women and Marriage ed. Warren S. Smith (Ann Arbor, 2005) 39-70

42.       Entries on ‘Ennius’and ‘Roman Drama’ for The Cambridge Dictionary of Classical Civilization edd. Graham Shipley, John Vanderspoel, David Mattingly, Lin Foxhall (Cambridge University Press, 2006) pp. 284-6, 315

43.       ‘Gay’s Trivia: walking the streets of Rome’, commissioned paper for Walking the Streets of Eighteenth-Century London: John Gay’s Trivia, edited by Clare Brant & Susan Whyman (Oxford, 2007) 149-66

44.       ‘A tale of two cities: Statius, Thebes and Rome’ in Phoenix 60 (2006) 259-73

45.       15 minute radio programme on Juvenal for BBC Radio 3 in conjunction with the Open University in series ‘Greek and Latin Voices’, broadcast April 2008

46.       Introduction to The Satires of Horace translated by A. M. Juster (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2008) pages 1-6

47.       Entries on ‘Juvenal’ and ‘Persius’ for Oxford Encyclopedia of Ancient Greece and  Rome ed. M. Gagarin

In Press

  1. ‘Translation, or, The Meaning of Culture’ in Oxford Companion to Roman Studies edited by Alessandro Barchiesi & Walter Schiedel (Oxford)
  2. ‘Mind the gap: on foreignising translations of the Aeneid’ for The Blackwell Companion to Virgil edd. Joseph Farrell & Michael Putnam (Blackwell)
  3.  ‘The metempsychosis of Horace: the reception of the Sermones and Epistulae’ for The Blackwell Companion to Horace ed. Gregson Davis (Blackwell)
  4. ‘Taking sides: issues of allegiance in the reception of Lucan’s Civil War’ for The Brill Companion to Lucan ed. Paolo Asso (Brill)
  5. ‘The anger of tyrants and the forgiveness of kings’ in Ancient Forgiveness: Classical, Judaic, and Christian edited by Charles Griswold & David Konstan (Cambridge University Press)

Papers Given 2000-Present

  • ‘Con‑test your word power: dialogue and duellogue in Virgil Eclogues and Horace Satires 1’ (University of Michigan at Ann Arbor)
  • ‘“Two’s company, but three’s a couple”: marriage, divorce and adultery in Roman comedy’ (University of Virginia at Charlottesville, Yale, Fairfield, Columbia University, Northwestern University)
  • ‘Representations of rage in imperial Roman epic’ (Brown, Yale, Boston University, University of Oklahoma at Norman, University of Chicago, Wesleyan University)
  • ‘Twentieth Century Seneca’ (APA Annual Meeting, San Diego 2001)
  • ‘Cowardly invective: Juvenal 9 and the boundaries of satire’ (Smith College)
  • ‘A tale of two cities: Statius, Thebes and Rome’ (APA Annual Meeting at Philadelphia, Yale University, Stanford University, University of Washington at Seattle, SUNY Buffalo)
  • ‘Who are the barbarians?  Issues of cultural superiority in the reception of Lucan’s epic and Seneca’s tragedies’ (ACLA Annual Meeting at Puerto Rico, Yale University, Notre Dame, McMaster University, University of Alberta)
  • ‘Libertas or licentia?  Freedom and criticism in Roman Satire’ (Penn-Leiden Colloquium on Ancient Values, University of  Pennsylvania)
  • ‘Evergreen Virgil’ (Presidential Address, The Virgil Society, London, UK)
  • ‘English Virgils/Russian Virgils’ (UC Riverside)
  • ‘Making Virgil Strange’ (UBC)
  • ‘No limits? Drawing the line in Roman invective’ (Brown University Graduate Student Colloquium, keynote address; University of Florida at Gainesville, December 2005)
  • ‘Barbarian Inflections’, invited paper at Translatio conference at Columbia University, February 2006
  • ‘Russian Virgils’ Virgil Society Symposium at Cuma, Naples, June 2006; University of Alberta September 2006; Stanford University October 2006; Classical Association of the Canadian West/Pacific Northwest Conference, March 2007
  • ‘Taking sides: issues of allegiance in the reception of Lucan’s Civil War’, given at UBC, September 2007; keynote address at ‘Roman byways: a conference in memory of Charles Tesoriero’ in Sydney Australia, December 2007; Ohio State University, October 2008; University of Victoria, November 2008; James Loeb Lecture, Harvard University, April 2009
  • ‘Metrical Muses’, Pacific Rim Latin Seminar, August 2008; University of Victoria, November 2008
  • The meaning of metre in European translations of the Aeneid’, American Philological Association Annual Meeting, Anaheim, January 2010
Grants, Honours, Prizes
  • President of the Virgil Society (UK), 2001-2003
  • Institute of Advanced Study Visiting Fellow, University of Indiana at Bloomington, April 2000
  • Brittingham Visiting Professor, University of Wisconsin, Madison, April 1999
  • Southern California Classics Departments Resource Sharing Lecturer, April 1999
  • University of Auckland Foundation Visitor, July-August 1998


Professional Service (selection, recent)
  • Appointed chair of task force on translations by the American Philological Association VP Research, to report summer 2010
  • Took the role of Thersites in staged reading of Thersites by Nicholas Udall at American Philological Association meeting, Philadelphia, January 2009
  • Elected member of the Steering Committee of the Women’s Classical Caucus, 2007-2011, co-chair 2009-11
  • Speaker at panel on ‘The Future of University Research Funding’, UBC Faculty Association, 25th October 2007
  • Elected member of American Philological Assocation Program Committee, 2001-3
  • Member of board of electors to the Corpus Christi Professorship of Latin, University of Oxford (2001-2)
  • Many evaluations for promotion to full professor and for award of tenure
  • Reading book proposals, book MSS and journal submissions for e.g. OUP, CUP, TAPhA etc.

Teaching at Yale

  • History of Latin Literature (Fall 2000, Spring 2001, Fall 2001, Spring 2002, Fall 2002, Spring 2003)
  • Roman Tragedy and its Reception (Fall 2000)
  • Traduttore traditore? The politics and aesthetics of English translations of Latin poetry (graduate seminar, Spring 2001, Fall 2003)
  • Roman Scandals: Representations and Receptions of Rome (Fall 2001, Fall 2002, Spring 2004)
  • Latin Prose Fiction (graduate seminar, Spring 2002)
  • Independent Study: Lucretius, Virgil, Lucan (Spring 2001); Lucan & Statius (Spring 2002), Seneca’s tragedies (for graduate students, Spring 2004)
  • Beginnners Latin (Fall 2003)

Teaching at Stanford

  • Survey of Latin Literature: The Republic (Fall 2004); Post-Augustan (Spring 2007)
  • Seneca’s Tragedies and their reception (graduate seminar, Fall 2004)
  • Roman Scandals: Representations and Receptions of Rome (freshman seminar, Winter 2005, Winter 2006)
  • Intermediate Latin Literature: Virgil Aeneid 5 (Spring 2006), Sallust Catiline (Winter 2007)
  • Englishing Latin poetry (graduate seminar, Spring 2006)
  • Seneca’s De Clementia and Its Context (graduate seminar, Fall 2006)
  • The Paradox of Seneca (undergraduate seminar, Spring 2007, co-taught with Chris Bobonich (Philosophy dept))
  • Anatomy of a classic: Virgil’s Aeneid (for adult students, 4 classes, Fall 2005, Winter 2007)
  • Nero and the Three Women He Loved and Killed (for adult students, Fall 2006)
  • Innovations in Epic: Lucan’s Civil War (for adult students, Winter 2007)

Teaching at UBC

  • Seneca’s tragedies and their reception (graduate seminar, Autumn 2007)
  • Latin Poetry Englished (graduate seminar, Winter 2008)
  • Latin Poetry 43-27 BCE (400/500 level Latin course, Winter 2008)
  • Lucan and his reception (graduate seminar, Autumn 2008)
  • The Classical Commentary: Art/Science? (graduate seminar, Winter 2009)
  • Apuleius Metamorphoses (400/500 level Latin course, Winter 2009)
  • Latin 301 (300 level Latin course), Autumn 2009)
  • Tacitus Annals 4 (400/500 level Latin course, Winter 2010)
  • Reading Foundational Narratives, co-taught with Daphna Arbel (interdisciplinary graduate seminar, Autumn 2010)
  • Latin Prose Texts and Composition (400/500 level Latin course, Winter 2011)
  • Latin Epic Poetry (300 level Classical Studies course, teaching texts in English translation, Winter 2011)

Courses Currently Taught