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Prof. Malcolm Davies
MA DPhil Oxf


Associate Professor in Classical Languages and Literature, Faculty of Classics
Fellow, St John's College


St John's College

Tel No: (01865) 277382

Prof. Malcolm Davies


Professor Malcolm Davies has been a tutorial fellow at St John's College, Oxford, and a university lecturer at the same university since 1978.

Research Keywords:

Greek poetry, especially Homer and Lyric

Research Interests:

He has a wide range of research interests within Ancient Greek literature which are reflected by his main publications. He is particularly interested in Homer and early epic poetry (Epicorum Graecorum Fragmenta (1988), The Epic Cycle (1989); in Greek lyric poetry (Poetarum Melicorum Fragmenta (1991)); and in Greek Tragedy (Sophocles Trachiniae (1991). He has also collaborated with J. Kathirithamby to produce Greek Insects (1986) and is interested in the influence of Greek Tragedy upon such nineteenth and twentieth century opera composers as Richard Wagner and Richard Strauss (The three Electras: Sophocles, Hofmannsthal, Strauss and the tragic vision (1995).

He has recently celebrated the 450th anniversary of his college with the entertaining discourse Housman and Murray: a syncrisis (delivered in 2005, published in 2006) and will be commemorating the 50th anniversary of the latter's death in Murray and Housman, a contribution to Celebrating Gilbert Murray (2007). A soon to appear article is entitled Thirsty work for Hercules and studying the folk-tale influences behind Propertius 4.9.

During his four years leave from teaching, M.D. will be completing two further volumes in connection with his new edition of the Greek lyric poets (PMGF). He is also finalising, in collaboration with Patrick Finglass his commentary on the fragments of Stesichorus and- a project sponsored by the Center for Hellenic Studies at Washington D.C.- revising and publishing his commentaries on the fragments of Greek epic and a revised version of his edition of early Greek epic fragments.

Selected Publications:

Aethiopis: Neo-Neoanalysis Reanalyzed, (Harvard 2016).

All and Nothing: Existential Riddles and Cosmic Pessimism in Ancient Greek Literature and Shakespeare: in Hommage F. Létoublon: , Gaia, Vol: 18, (2015), 453-69.

Housman and Murray: a syncrisis:, HSJ, Vol: 41, (2015), 38-62.

Review of Sophocles Philoctetes by S. L. Schein. , Mnemosyne, (2015), 309-12.

Stesichorus and the Fable, Prometheus, Vol: 41, (2015), 37-40.

Stesichorus Poems, Co-author: Finglass P. , (Cambridge 2015).

The odd couple: snake and crab: snake and crab in an Attic scolion:, Eikasmos, Vol: 26, (2015), 77-82.

The Theban Epics, (Harvard 2014).

Unpromising heroes and heroes as helpers, Prometheus, Vol: 37, (2011), 108-127.

'From rags to riches': Democedes of Croton and the credibility of Herodotus, Bulletin of the Institute of Classical Studies, Vol: 53, (2010), 19-44.

'Sins of the Fathers': omitted sacrifices and offended deities in Greek literature and the folk-tale, Eikasmos: quaderni bolognesi di filologia classica, Vol: 21, (2010), 331-335.

Folk-tale vestiges in the second half of the Odyssey, Prometheus, Vol: 35, (2009), 1-10.

New light on masters and servants in Greek Drama, Prometheus, Vol: 35, (2009), 221-228.

'Comic Priamel and Hyperbole in Euripides' Cyclops 1-10', (Classical Quarterly 1999), 428-32.

'The three Electras: Strauss, Hofmannsthal, Sophocles, and the tragic vision', (Antike und Abendland 1999), 36-65.

'Euripides' Electra : the recognition scene again', (Classical Quarterly 1998), 389-403.

Melicorum Graecorum Fragmenta', vol. I, (Oxford 1991).

Sophocles Trachiniae: with Introduction and Commentary, (Oxford 1991).

An Introduction to the Epic Cycle, (Bristol Classical Press 1989).

Epicorum Graecorum Fragmenta, (Göttingen 1988).

Greek Insects, Co-author: J. Kathirithamby, (Duckworth 1986).