Susanna Braund

  • the translation history of Virgil
  • imperial Latin literature including epic and tragedy
  • reception of Roman antiquity

I have held a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair since my arrival at UBC in 2007 and it was renewed in 2014. My project essentially focuses on the reception of Latin Poetry as measured through translation history.  I have worked on several different Latin poets through this lens, including Lucan, Seneca, Horace, Persius and Juvenal, but my main focus for the rest of my career is Virgil.

In 2016 I was awarded a two-year Killam Research Fellowship for my project 'Virgil Translated'. Killam Research Fellowships are possibly the best award a Canadian researcher can receive. They provide that most precious commodity––time. Two years relieved from all teaching and administrative duties, with a properly funded replacement position for the department. About six awards are made each year spread across all subject areas in all Canadian universities, so this is an amazing honour for me, for the field of classics and for the department. The Killam Trust was created by the bequest of Mrs Dorothy J. Killam in memory of her husband Izaak Walton Killam in her will in 1965.

Monographs:

A Cultural History of Translations of Virgil - 30% complete.

I am making great progress on my book, which will be published by Cambridge University Press. It will be a major contribution to European intellectual history. The fact that for many readers Virgil's poems have been accessible only through the medium of translation makes the study of these translations critically important. I shall consider translations of Virgil’s Eclogues, Georgics and Aeneid into languages including Czech, Dutch, English, Esperanto, French, German, Modern Greek, Hebrew, Icelandic, Irish, Italian, Polish, Portuguese (including Brazilian Portuguese), Russian, Scottish, Slovak, Spanish, Ukrainian and Welsh, from the twelfth century to the present day, from Russia and Ukraine in the east to Brazil and Canada in the west. I shall explore the different ways in which later cultures reacted to and appropriated Virgil's poems in the process of translating them and demonstrate the significance of these translations in the social, political and moral spheres.

Edited Books:

Virgil In Translation

This is a large edited volume, co-edited with Zara Torlone (Miami University, Ohio), for the Classical Presences series published by Oxford University Press. The volume consists of 29 papers, mostly collected from three international conferences (Vancouver 2012, Paris 2014 and Naples 2014) with a few further commissioned papers. We submitted the typescript to Oxford University Press in May 2017 and expect publication in 2018.

Chapters:

'Just deserts: the ancient afterlife' for The Cambridge Companion to the Medieval Afterlife, co-authored with Emma Hilliard.

Oxford Bibliography Online entry on Seneca's Oedipus, co-authored with Emma Hilliard.

Books

  1. Beyond Anger: A Study of Juvenal’s Third Book of Satires viii + 302 pages (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1988)
  2. Lucan, Civil War lvi + 335 pages (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1992) (verse translation, introduction, notes; republished in The World’s Classics series, also 1992
  3. Roman Verse Satire 65 pages, Greece & Rome New Surveys in the Classics, No. 23 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1992)
  4. Juvenal, Satires Book I viii + 323 pages (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996) (introduction, text and commentary, Cambridge Greek and Latin Classics series)
  5. The Roman Satirists and their Masks 66 pages (London: Bristol Classical Press/Duckworth, 1996) (The Classical World series)
  6. Latin Literature xvi + 304 pages (London and New York: Routledge, 2002), for Routledge’s Classical Foundations series
  7. Loeb Classical Library vol. 91, Juvenal and Persius xi + 536 pages (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2004)
  8. A Lucan Reader. Selections from Civil War xxxiv + 134 pages (Mundelein, IL: Bolchazy-Carducci, 2009), the launch volume for Bolchazy-Carducci Latin Readers
  9. Seneca De Clementia (text, translation, commentary, introduction) xiii + 456 pages (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009)
  10. Reviewed: BMCR 2009.09.60 (Flamerie de Lachapelle); The Times Literary Supplement October 2009 (Rowland Smith); Journal of Roman Studies 100 (2010) (Jula Wildberger); The Classical Review 60 (2010) (Steven J. Green); Scholia 19 (2010) 2 (Miriam Griffin)
  11. Seneca Oedipus vii + 163 pages (London: Bloomsbury, 2016)
  12. Understanding Latin Literature (Routledge, 2017) revised and expanded second edition  of item 6 above, 220 pages

Edited

  1. Satire and Society in Ancient Rome 151 pages (Exeter Studies in History no.23, 1989)
  2. The Passions in Roman Thought and Literature x + 266 pages (Cambridge University Press,     1997) edited with C. Gill, co authored introduction (Braund 45% : Gill 55%)
  3. Vile Bodies: Roman Satire and Corporeal Discourse, co editor Barbara Gold (Arethusa 31.3, Fall 1998, 247-386), guest editor with Barbara Gold, introduction co-authored with Barbara Gold     (Braund 55% : Gold 45%)
  4. 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 (Braund 60% : Mayer 40%)
  5. Ancient Anger: Perspectives from Homer to Galen co-edited with Glenn Most, Yale Classical Studies 32 (Cambridge, 2003), x + 325 pages (Braund 50% : Most 50%)
  6. A Companion to Persius and Juvenal, co-editor Josiah Osgood xvi + 628 pages (Chichester, West Sussex and Malden, MA, 2012) (Braund 35% : Osgood 65%)

Chapters

  1. ‘City and Country in Roman Satire’ in Satire and Society in Ancient Rome (Exeter Studies in History no.23, 1989] ed. Susan Braund, pages 23-47
  2. ‘Juvenal and the east: satire as an historical source’, in The Eastern Frontier of the Roman Empire edd. D.H. French and C.S. Lightfoot (1989) pages 45-52
  3. ‘Paradigms of Power: Roman Emperors in Roman Satire’, in Humour and History ed. K. Cameron (Intellect Books, London 1993) pages 56-69
  4. ‘A woman’s voice?  Laronia in Juvenal Satire 2’ in Women in Antiquity: New Assessments edd. R. Hawley and B. Levick (Routledge, 1995) pages 207-219
  5. ‘Personal Plurals’ in Compromising Traditions: The Personal Voice in Classical Scholarship edd. J. Hallett & T. Van Nortwick (Routledge, 1997) pages 38-53
  6. ‘A Passion Unconsoled?  Grief and Anger in Juvenal Satire 13’ in The Passions in Roman  Thought and Literature (Cambridge University Press, 1997) co-edited by Susanna Braund & Chris Gill, pages 68-88
  7. ‘Declamation and contestation in satire’ in Roman Eloquence ed. W.J. Dominik (Routledge, 1997) pages 147-165, reprinted in Oxford Readings in Classical Studies: Persius and Juvenal, edited by Maria Plaza (Oxford, 2009) pages 450-468
  8. ‘Virgil and the Cosmos: religious and philosophical ideas’ in The Cambridge Companion to Virgil ed. C.A. Martindale (Cambridge, 1997) pages 204-221
  9. ‘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
  10. ‘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 139-157
  11. ‘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) pages 409-428
  12. ‘Marriage, adultery and divorce in Roman comic drama’ in Satiric Advice on Women and Marriage ed. Warren S. Smith (Ann Arbor, 2005) pages 39-70
  13. ‘Quasi homo: distortion and contortion in Seneca’s Apocolocyntosis’ co-authored with Paula James (50% : 50%), in Vile Bodies: Roman Satire and Corporeal Discourse, co edited by Susanna Braund & Barbara Gold (1998), pages 285-311
  14. 'Moments of Love: Lucretius, Apuleius, Monteverdi, Strauss’ in amor : roma. Love and Latin Literature, Festschrift for E.J. Kenney, Cambridge Philological Society, Supplementary Volume no. 22 (1999), co-edited by Susanna Braund & Roland Mayer, pages 174-198
  15. ‘An ABC of epic ira: anger, beasts and cannibalism’ co-authored with Giles Gilbert
    (Braund 60% : Gilbert 40%) in Ancient Anger: Perspectives from Homer to Galen co-edited by Susanna Braund & Glenn Most, Yale Classical Studies 32 (Cambridge, 2003), pages 250-285
  16. ‘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) pages 149-166
  17. “Lucan.” In Oxford Bibliographies Online: Classics. Ed. Dee Clayman. New York: Oxford University Press, December 14, 2009. http://www.oxfordbibliographiesonline.com/display/id/obo-9780195389661-0033. (5,800 words)
  18. ‘The metempsychosis of Horace: the reception of the Sermones and Epistulae’ for The Blackwell Companion to Horace ed. Gregson Davis (Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell, 2010) pages 368-390
  19. ‘Mind the gap: on foreignising translations of the Aeneid’ in A Companion to Vergil’s Aeneid and its Tradition edd. Joseph Farrell & Michael C. J. Putnam (Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell, 2010) pages 449-464
  20. ‘Translation, or, The Meaning of Culture’ in Oxford Companion to Roman Studies edited by Alessandro Barchiesi & Walter Schiedel (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010) pages 188-200
  21. “Seneca’s Tragedies.” In Oxford Bibliographies Online: Classics. Ed. Dee Clayman. New York: Oxford University Press, May 25, 2011.     http://oxfordbibliographiesonline.com/view/document/obo-9780195389661/obo-    97801953896610062.xml?rskey=LVCFRC&result=84&q=.   (12,000 words)
  22. “Terence.” In Oxford Bibliographies Online: Classics. Ed. Dee Clayman. New York: Oxford University Press, May 25, 2011.     http://oxfordbibliographiesonline.com/view/document/obo-9780195389661/obo-    9780195389661-0166.xml?rskey=RUbTwQ&result=82&q=     (6,000 words)
  23. “Latin Drama.” In Oxford Bibliographies Online: Classics. Ed. Dee Clayman. New York: Oxford University Press, August 26, 2011.     http://oxfordbibliographiesonline.com/view/document/obo-9780195389661/obo-    9780195389661-0052.xml?rskey=GkT4mz&result=22&q=     (29,900 words)
  24. “Plautus.” In Oxford Bibliographies Online: Classics. Ed. Dee Clayman. New York: Oxford University Press, August 26, 2011.     http://oxfordbibliographiesonline.com/view/document/obo-9780195389661/obo-    9780195389661-0083.xml?rskey=MtdeNs&result=66&q=     (11,500 words)
  25. ‘Taking sides: issues of allegiance in the reception of Lucan’s Civil War’ in The Brill Companion to Lucan ed. Paolo Asso (Brill, 2011) pages 507-524
  26. ‘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, 2012) pages 79-96
  27. ‘"We’re here too, the ones without names." A study of female voices as imagined by Margaret Atwood, Carol Ann Duffy and Marguerite Yourcenar' in Translation, trangression, transformation: contemporary women authors and classical reception, edd. Fiona Cox & Elena Theodorakopoulos, Classical Receptions Journal 4.2 (2012) pages 190-208. Selected as 'Editor's Choice'
  28. 'Imperial Satire Theorized: Dryden’s Discourse on Satire' co-authored with Josiah Osgood (Braund 35% : Osgood 65%) in A Companion to Persius and Juvenal, co-edited by Susanna Braund & Josiah Osgood (Chichester, West Sussex and Malden, MA, 2012) pages 409-435
  29. 'Imperial Satire and the Scholars' co-authored with Holt N. Parker (Braund 10% : Parker 90%) in A Companion to Persius and Juvenal, co-edited by Susanna Braund & Josiah Osgood (Chichester, West Sussex and Malden, MA, 2012) pages 436-464
  30. ‘Haunted by Horror: The Ghost of Seneca in Renaissance Drama’ in Blackwell A Companion to the Neronian Age edd. Emma J. Buckley & Martin Dinter (Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell, 2013) pages 425-443
  31. 'Naturalizing Statius' in Brill's Companion to Statius edd. W.J. Dominik, C.E. Newlands & K. Gervais (Brill: Leiden, 2015) pages 579-599
  32. 'Seneca multiplex: the phases (and phrases) of Seneca's life and works' in The Cambridge Companion to Seneca edd. Shadi Bartsch & Alessandro Schiesaro (Cambridge University Press: Cambridge, 2015) pages 15-28
  33. 'Satire, Epigram, Complaint' for the Oxford History of Classical Reception in English Literature Vol. 2: 1558-1660 The Renaissance (Oxford 2015), edd. Patrick Cheney & Philip Hardie, pages 345-372
  34. The Complete Works of Lucius Annaeus Seneca. The Complete Tragedies Volume 1, translated by Shadi Bartsch, Susanna Braund, Alex Dressler and Elaine Fantham. University of Chicago, 2016 (Phoenician Women, pages 53-86, plus notes)
  35. The Complete Works of Lucius Annaeus Seneca. The Complete Tragedies Volume 2, translated by Shadi Bartsch, Susanna Braund and David Konstan. University of Chicago, 2016 (Oedipus, pages 3-52, plus notes; Agamemnon, pages 233-278, plus notes)

Journals

  1. ‘Juvenal 8.59 60’, The Classical Quarterly n.s. 31 (1981) 221-223
  2. ‘Juvenal’s Libellus   A Farrago?’, co author J.D. Cloud, Greece and Rome 29 (1982) 77-85
  3. ‘Juvenal 7.50 52’, Phoenix 36 (1982) 162-166
  4. ‘Lucan 6.715’, The Classical Quarterly 39 (1989) 275-276
  5. ‘Umbricius and the frogs (Juvenal Sat. 3.44 5)’ The Classical Quarterly 40 (1990) 502-506
  6. ‘Juvenal misogynist or misogamist?’ Journal of Roman Studies 82 (1992) 71-86
  7. ‘The solitary feast: a contradiction in terms?’ Bulletin of the Institute of Classical Studies 41 (1996) 37-52
  8. ‘Ending epic: Statius, Theseus and a merciful release’ Proceedings of the Cambridge Philological Society 42 (1996) 1-23
  9. ‘Roman assimilations of the other: humanitas at Rome’ in Acta Classica 40 (1997) 15-32
  10. ‘Speech, silence and personality: the case of Aeneas and Dido’ in Proceedings of the Virgil Society 23 (1998) 129-147
  11. ‘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, reprinted in reprinted in Oxford Readings in Classical Studies: Persius and Juvenal, edited by Maria Plaza (Oxford, 2009) pages 506-532
  12. ‘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 (Braund 80% : students 20%)
  13. 'Making Virgil Strange' (Presidential Address to the Virgil Society) Proceedings of the Virgil Society 25 (2004) 135-146
  14. ‘A tale of two cities: Statius, Thebes and Rome’ in Phoenix 60 (2006) 259-273
  15. 'Translation as a battlefield: Dryden, Pope and the frogs and the mice', International Journal of the Classical Tradition 18.4 (2011) 547-568
  16. 'Mathurin Régnier: L'Horace français? Pas tout à fait', Camenae 18 July 2016 (online journal, Paris, camenae-18-10-braund, 10 pages) http://saprat.ephe.sorbonne.fr/toutes-les-revues-en-ligne-camenae/camenae-n-18-juillet-2016-549.htm

Other including encyclopedia entries

  1. Articles on ‘Martial’ and ‘Juvenal’ for Great Foreign Language Writers edd. J. Vinson and D. Kirkpatrick, St.James Press, 1984 pp. 288 289, 368 369; reprinted 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
  2. Revision of the entry on Juvenal for the third edition of the Oxford Classical Dictionary (Oxford, 1996)
  3. ‘Juvenal’ entry in Oxford Companion to Classical Civilisation edd. S. Hornblower & A. Spawforth (Oxford & New York, 1998)
  4. 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 137-141
  5. Entry entitled 'Prosimetrum' in Der Neue Pauly: Enzyklopädie der Antike edd.  H. Cancik & H. Schneider (Stuttgart, Weimar, 2001) Band 10, pages 440-442
  6. Entry entitled 'Satire' in Der Neue Pauly: Enzyklopädie der Antike edd.  H. Cancik & H. Schneider (Stuttgart, Weimar, 2001), Band 11, pages 101-104
  7. 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) pages 284-286 and 315
  8. Entries on ‘Juvenal’ and ‘Persius’ for Oxford Encyclopedia of Ancient Greece and Rome edited     by M. Gagarin (Oxford, 2010) vol. 4 pages 169-171 and vol. 5 pages 224-225
  9. Introduction to Oxford Readings in Classical Studies: Lucan ed. C. Tesoriero † (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010) pages 1-13
  10. The Virgil Encyclopedia edd. Richard Thomas & Jan Ziolkowski (Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell, 2014), entries on Juvenal (pages 700-701), William Caxton (page 250), Gavin Douglas (page 381), Joachim Du Bellay (page 386), Translations (pages 1285-1290), Parody (pages 970-973)

Works Submitted

Substantially revised, expanded edition of my book Latin Literature (Routledge, 2002) for the series 'Understanding the Ancient World'.

Substantial revision of my essay ‘Virgil and the Cosmos: religious and philosophical ideas’ [first published in The Cambridge Companion to Virgil ed. C.A. Martindale (Cambridge, 1997) pages 204-21] for a revised edition of The Cambridge Companion to Virgil.

'Tableaux and spectacles: appreciation of Senecan tragedy by European dramatists of
the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries' (7800 words) for special volume of journal Ramus on Senecan poetics ed. Christopher Trinacty and Mike Sampson

Conferences

Conference papers 2006 onwards (I = invited; C = competitive):

  • ‘Barbarian Inflections’, at Translatio conference at Columbia University, February 2006 (I)
  • ‘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 (I and C)
  • 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 (I)
  • ‘Metrical Muses’, Pacific Rim Latin Seminar, August 2008; University of Victoria, November 2008 (C and I)
  • James Loeb Lecture, Harvard University, 'Taking sides: issues of allegiance in the reception of Lucan's Civil War', April 2009 (I)
  • 'Latin Tattoos, or, Why Translation Matters', Classical Association of Canada President's Panel, Vancouver Public Library, May 2009 (I)
  • 'The meaning of metre in European translations of the Aeneid’, American Philological Association Annual Meeting, Anaheim, January 2010 (C)
  • Carol Ann Duffy's treatment of classical myth in The World's Wife, Bowen Island Book Groups, April 2010
  • 'The meaning of metre in European translations of the Aeneid’, Boston University, April 2010 (I)
  • 'Women Ventriloquizing Women: Explorations and Extensions of Classical Myth', Keynote address, University of Toronto Classics Department Graduate Student Conference, April 2010
  • July 2010, 'Carol Ann Duffy's treatment of classical myth in The World's Wife', Write on Bowen Gala Evening
  • 'Women Ventriloquizing Women: Explorations and Extensions of Classical Myth', Sixth Annual Raoul Bertrand Lecture in Classics, SFSU October 2010 (I)
  • 'Women Ventriloquizing Women: Explorations and Extensions of Classical Myth', Pharos (Hellenic Cultural Society of Vancouver), March 2011
  • April 2011, PWIAS Public Forum on 'Creating New Landscapes in Notions of Fairness' interdisciplinary event organised by Janis Sarra (Faculty of Law)
  • 'Women in Ancient Myth and Modern Poetry', 64th Annual WA/BC Junior Classical League Convention, St George's School, Vancouver, April 2011
  • 'Translation as a battle-field: the case of the frogs and the mice', University of Washington, May 2011 (I)
  • 'Translation as a battle-field: the case of the frogs and the mice', Mary White Lecture, University of Toronto, January 2012 (I)
  • 'Equity and fairness: an argument against abstract ideas', PWIAS Exploratory Workshop on Fairness, January 2012
  • 'What gets lost in translation?', PWIAS Scholars Café, February 2012
  • 'Julie Taymor's Oedipus Rex', Classical Association of the Canadian West, Victoria, March 2012 (C)
  • 'Will the real Horace please stand up? The critical modes of the Epodes and Sermones', Conference on Horace's Epodes, Manchester, July 2012 (C)
  • 'The Strange Case of the Latin Libretto to Stravinsky's Oedipus Rex', American Philological Association Annual Meeting, Seattle, January 2013 (C)
  • Respondent to paper on Alice Oswald's 'Memorial' at joint UBC/University of Victoria seminar, Victoria, February 2013 (I)
  • 'Ne pas sous-estimer Sénèque: son appréciation par les dramaturges européens des XVIe et XVIIe siècles', Classical Association of Canada, Winnipeg, May 2013 (C)
  • 'Virgil's Aeneid Books 1-6', Trinity University, San Antonio, TX, October 2013 (I)
  • 'The complex Oedipus behind the "Oedipus complex": the enduring influence of Seneca's Oedipus', University of Utah, Salt Lake City, February 2014 (I)
  • 'Reading Seneca's Oedipus', University of Utah, Salt Lake City, February 2014 (I)
  • 'Le cas étrange du livret latin de l'Œdipe roi de Stravinsky', Collège de France, Paris, June 2014 (I)
  • 'La signification du choix de la forme métrique dans les traductions européennes de L'Énéide de Virgile', Collège de France,Paris, June 2014 (I)
  • 'Le phénomène des traductions partielles : le cas de l'Énéide et des bucoliques de Virgile', Collège de France, Paris, June 2014 (I)
  • 'Tableau et spectacles : l'appréciation de Sénèque par les dramaturges européens des XVIe et XVIIe siècles, surtout Garnier, Dryden et Lee', Collège de France, Paris, June 2014 (I)
  • 'Régnier et Horace', at a workshop on 'Horace, un laboratoire poétique: paraphrases, transpositions, détournements', Sorbonne, Paris, June 2014 (I)
  • 'Sibylline Pages: weighing part vs whole in translations of Virgil', keynote address at the Symposium Cumanum, Naples, June 2014 (I)
  • 'Sibylline Pages: weighing part vs whole in translations of Virgil', UBC speaker at the annual joint UBC/UVic seminar in classics, November 2015
  • Pacific Rim Latin Seminar (Tasmania, July 2016): 'A milestone in the reception of Virgil? Sarah Ruden's translation of the Aeneid
  • Renaissance Society of America (Chicago, April 2017): 'Unfinished Aeneids'
  • Classical Association of Canada (Newfoundland, May 2017): 'Virgil's incomplete lines - a challenge for translators'
  • Pacific Rim Latin Seminar (San Diego, July 2017): 'Translating Virgil's Aeneid: propaideutic or pinnacle?'
  • Society for Classical Studies (Boston, January 2018): 'The economics of translating Virgil: a prospectus'

Conferences Organized

2005, 11-12 February: organiser: ‘Invisible Cities: an exploration of the role of other cities in the Roman imaginary’, Stanford University (participants from US, Canada, UK, Ireland)

2009, 6-8 March: co-organizer, with Siobhán McElduff and Hallie Marshall, ‘Translation and Authority’, Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies Exploratory Workshop (participants from Montreal, England, Hong Kong, Ireland, Turkey, USA, as well as UBC, UBCO, SFU and University of Victoria)

2012, 21-22 September: organiser: 'Virgil Translated'; international workshop on the translation history of Virgil, UBC (participants from Canada, US, UK, Greece, Switzerland)

2014, 16-17 June: organiser: 'Virgil Translated'; Wall Colloquium Abroad, at Institut d'Études Avancées, Paris (participants from France, Canada, UK, Ireland, Switzerland, Austria, Brazil, Norway)

Conference Panels Organized

January 2007 APA Annual Meeting at San Diego, co-organiser Victoria Pagán: 'Classics and Civility in the 21st Century’

April 2007 Classical Association Annual Meeting at Birmingham, UK: ‘Invisible Cities: an exploration of the role of other cities in the Roman imaginary’

January 2009 APA Meeting at Philadelphia, Women’s Classical Caucus panel, co-organisers Ruby Blondell, Elizabeth Langridge-Noti: ‘Women, Power, and Leadership in the Ancient World’

January 2011  Co-organiser with Nancy Rabinowitz of panel on 'Teaching Uncomfortable Subjects in
the Classics Classroom' at American Philological Association Annual Meeting, San Antonio TX

University Degrees:
Cambridge B.A.  (1978), Classical Tripos : Class I
Cambridge Ph.D. (1984), ‘Juvenal Satires 8 and 9: Introduction and Commentary’
(supervisor: Professor E.J. Kenney)

Present Position:
Professor of Latin Poetry and its Reception (Canada Research Chair)
Department of Classical, Near Eastern and Religious Studies, UBC, 2007-

Previous Positions:
Associate Head of Department, CNERS, UBC, 2015-16  (Acting Head for P&T issues)
Acting Head of Department, CNERS, UBC, Jan 2011-June 2012
Professor of Classics, Stanford University, 2004-2007
Professor of Classics, Yale University, 2000-2004
Adjunct Professor, Department of History and Classics, University of Alberta, 2004-2007
Professor of Latin, Royal Holloway, University of London, 1995-2000
Senior Lecturer in Classics, University of Bristol, 1993 1995
Lecturer in Classics, Exeter University, 1981 1992
including Head of Department, 1990 1992

Awards:
∗    Killam Research Fellow 2016-18 in the 2016 national competition
∗    Visiting Scholar medal, Collège de France, Paris, June 2014
∗    Scholar in Residence at Collège de France by Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies, June 2014
∗    Canada Research Chair (Tier 1) awarded 2007, renewed 2014
∗    Classical Association of Canada Central Tour 2012 Lecturer, October 2012 (University of Toronto, York University, University of Ottawa, Laval University, McGill University, University of Waterloo, University of Western Ontario, McMaster University, Brock University)
∗    Associate Member, Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies, 2009-
∗    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

 

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)
  • Virgil and the land (Latin 400/500 course, Winter 2011)
  • Latin Prose Texts and Composition (400/500 level Latin course, Winter 2011, Winter 2015)
  • Seneca Thyestes (Latin 400/500 course, Winter 2013)
  • Latin Epic Poetry (300 level Classical Studies course, teaching texts in English translation, Winter 2014)
  • Greek & Roman Mythology (100 level Classical Studies course, Winter 2011, 2014)
  • Roman Scandals (400 level Classical Studies seminar, Winter 2014)
  • Lucan (Latin 400/500 level course, Winter 2015)

 

Courses Currently Taught