Siobhan McElduff

  • the history and theory of ancient and modern translation
  • history of classical reception, especially among the non-elite of the 18th and 19th century
  • the history of the book
  • digital humanities

I have just completed a history of Roman theories on literary and non-literary translation, Roman Theories of Translation (Routledge, 2013). My current work includes studies of issues of orality in Roman translation, Senecan tragedy in the 21st century, and a book length study of the classics among the labouring classes of 18th and 19th century Britain and Ireland.  This project has received funding from SSRHC and via a short term Mellon Fellowship, from the Huntington Library in California.

Currently I am in the process of creating a database to hold a small portion of the catalogues of the Temple of the Muses, founded by  by James Lackington. This will be housed at The Temple of the Muses. I hope to get SSHRC funding to create a database that will hold the entire contents of these catalogues, some 2 million plus entries.

I am also in the process of creating an open textbook on Roman spectacles. That can be found at Seeing Spectacles, a site I maintain on gladiators and other forms of ancient spectacle.


Roman Theories of Translation: Surpassing the Source. Routledge, 2013

Cicero: In Defense of the Republic. Penguin, 2011

Edited Books

(w. Enrica Sciarino) Complicating the History of  Western Translation: the Ancient Mediterranean in Perspective. St. Jerome, 2011

Selected Papers

“Not as Virgil Has It: Rewriting the Aeneid in 18th Century Ireland.” in International Journal of the Classical Tradition 18: 1-20. 2011

w. Enrica Scarinno. “Introduction” Complicating the History of Western Translation: The Ancient Mediterranean in Perspective. St. Jerome Press: 1-15. 2011

“Living at the Level of the Word: Cicero and the Interpreter in Ancient Rome.” Translation Studies 2:133-146. 2009

“Fractured Understandings: Towards a History of Classical Reception among Non-elite Groups.” in Classics and the Uses of Reception. C. Martindale and R. Thomas, editors. Blackwell: 181-191. 2006

“More than Menander’s Acolyte: Terence on Translation.” in Ramus 33: 120-9. 2004

(w. J.G. Fitch). “Construction of the Self in Senecan Drama.” Mnemosyne 55.1: 18-40. 2002 (Repr. 2008 for Oxford Readings in Seneca, Oxford University Press)

I did my BA at Trinity College, Dublin in the Department of Classics; my MA at the University of Victoria, British Columbia. After that I worked in Silicon Valley for a range of organizations both public and private for several years. I went back to do my PhD with Tom Habinek and Antony Boyle at the University of Southern California. After a few years working in California I came to the University of British Columbia.

Currently I am teaching in the Arts One program.

CLST 260 Games, gladiators, and spectacle in the Greek and Roman worlds