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Dr Laura Miguélez-Cavero
BA, MA, PhD Salamanca


JRF in the Humanities, Balliol College
Member, Faculty of Classics


Balliol College
Broad Street


Dr Laura Miguélez-Cavero


Co-Investigator of the AHRC-funded project 'Greek Epic of the Roman Empire: A Cultural History', PI Prof. Tim Whitmarsh, University of Cambridge (Faculty of Classics.

In October 2014 I joined Balliol College as Junior Research Fellow in the Humanities and Social Sciences. Prior to Oxford I was Juan de la Cierva Research Fellow at the University of Salamanca, where I returned after two years as a postdoctoral fellow in Oxford, funded by the Spanish government.

Research Keywords:

Imperial Greek literature and culture

Research Interests:

My main area of research is late antique Greek poetry, with a particular focus on Egyptian poets publishing in Greek from the third to the sixth centuries AD: Triphiodorus (The Sack of Troy), Nonnus of Panopolis (The Paraphrase of the Gospel of Johnin 21 books and the Dionysiaca, in 48 books) as well as poems extant only on papyrus. I am particularly keen on exploring the intersections between literature and the society that produced it, literature and the plastic arts, rhetorical training and literary compositions. I have also developed an interest in the ancient Greek novel and its influence on hexametric poetry.

Selected Publications:

'Personifications at the service of Dionysus: the Bacchic court', in Nonnus of Panopolis in Context. Poetry and Cultural Milieu in Late Antiquity with a Section on Nonnus and the Modern World, K. Spanoudakis (ed.), (Supplement to Trends in Classics, Berlin – Boston, W. de Gruyter 2014), 175-91.

'Rhetoric for a Christian Community: The Poems of the Codex Visionum', in The purpose of rhetoric in Late Antiquity: From Performance to Exegesis, A. Quiroga (ed.), (Tübingen, Mohr Siebeck 2013), 91-121.

'The readership of Leucippe and Clitophon: The test-case of the anonymous narrator', Aevum Antiquum N.S., Vol: 9, (2013), 187-204.

Triphiodorus: The Sack of Troy. A General Introduction and Commentary, (Texte und Kommentare 45, Berlin – NY, Walter de Gruyter 2013).

Poems in Context. Greek Poetry in the Egyptian Thebaid 200-600 AD, (Col. Sozomena, Berlin - NY, Walter de Gruyter 2008).