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Dr Gail Trimble
MA DPhil Oxf


Associate Professor in Classical Languages and Literature, Faculty of Classics
Brown Fellow and Tutor in Classics, Trinity College


Trinity College
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Dr Gail Trimble


I took my first degree, MSt and DPhil in Classics at Corpus Christi College, Oxford between 2000 and 2010. After a year as a Junior Research Fellow at Trinity College, Cambridge, I returned to Oxford to take up the Tutorial Fellowship at Trinity College here in 2011. I teach most of the undergraduate options in Latin literature as well as Hellenistic Poetry and the Iliad. I also teach Latin language and Latin textual criticism. I supervise graduate students working on Latin poetry and its reception.

Research Keywords:

Latin poetry, especially Catullus; Literary form, especially metalepsis; pastoral

Research Interests:

I am currently completing a commentary on Catullus 64, with newly edited text, to appear in the Cambridge University Press series Cambridge Classical Texts and Commentaries (the 'orange' series). This has recently been supported by a Research Fellowship (Early Career) from the Arts and Humanities Research Council. I also work on other Latin poetry of the late Republican and Augustan periods, and am interested in interrogating the history of scholarship as reception. Across these research areas, much of my work is concerned with formal aspects of literary texts: I am interested in subjectivity, mode and genre, intertextuality, and related ways in which a text negotiates its relationships with its readers and with reality.

Following a successful international conference in September 2015, I am co-editing a volume on metalepsis in classical texts. I am also planning a future project on the personal names of pastoral literature.

Full Publications:

Click here for a downloadable pdf of full publications:  GCT-publications-Sep-2016.pdf

Selected Publications:

'Catullus 64 and the prophetic voice in Virgil's fourth Eclogue', in The Roman Republic in Augustan Poetry, Farrell J, Nelis D (eds.), (Oxford University Press 2013), 263-277.

'Catullus 64: the perfect epyllion?', in Brill's Companion to Greek and Latin Epyllion and Its Reception, Baumbach M, Bär S (eds.), (Brill 2012), 55-79.

'Catullus and ''comment in English'': the tradition of the expurgated commentary before Fordyce', in Expurgating the Classics: editing out in Greek and Latin, Stray C, Harrison SJ (eds.), (Bristol Classical Press 2012), 143-162.

'Thesea fide: heroic faith and faithlessness in Ovid's exile poetry', in Zero to Hero, Hero to Zero: in search of the classical hero, Langerwerf L, Ryan C (eds.), (Cambridge Scholars Publishing 2010), 73-95.

translator of L.O. Nielsen and C. Trifogli eds. Thomas Wylton: On the Intellectual Soul, Auctores Britannici Medii Aevi, (OUP 2010).