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Dr Angus M. Bowie
MA PhD Camb, MA Oxf

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Fellow, The Queen's College
Associate Professor in Classical Languages and Literature, Faculty of Classics

Address:

The Queen's College
Oxford
OX1 4AW

Email: angus.bowie@queens.ox.ac.uk

Dr Angus M. Bowie

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After school in York, my academic career began in Emmanuel College, Cambridge, where I was an undergraduate, graduate and Research Fellow; after which I enjoyed five years in the Greek Department at Liverpool University. I came to Queen's in 1981. In 1987, I had the pleasure of teaching a semester in Berkeley.

Research Keywords:

Literary Theory, Homer, Herodotus, Greece and Persia, Comedy, Greek Anthropology, Virgil

Research Interests:

My research has taken me into a number of very different areas, in pursuit of experience in both technical and more literary topics. I began with a study of the language of the lyric poets Sappho and Alcaeus, showing how they wrote not, as was generally thought, in their local language but in a poetic language that made their poetry accessible to other Greeks. I then moved to a structuralist study of Aristophanic comedy, seeking to understand the plays as the Athenians might have, through a consideration of their use of ritual and mythology. Late in life, I discovered the pleasures of commentary writing, and after Herodotus 8, where I was especially interested in his presentation of the Persians, and Odyssey 13-14, where I attempt to persuade readers that the second half of that poem has at least as many merits as the first, I am currently doing one on Iliad 3. I have also published articles on such subjects as Virgil, tragedy, sacrifice and narratology.

Selected Publications:

Homer: Odyssey Books XIII-XIV, (Cambridge 2013).

Herodotus: Book VIII, (Cambridge 2007).

Aristophanes: myth, ritual and comedy, (Cambridge 1993).

'The Death of Priam: Allegory and History in the Aeneid', CQ, Vol: 40, (1990), 470-81.

The Poetic Dialect of Sappho and Alcaeus, (New York 1981).