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Prof. Matthew Leigh
MA DPhil Oxf


Fellow, St Anne's College
Professor of Classical Languages and Literature, Faculty of Classics


St Anne's College

Tel No: (01865) 274845

Prof. Matthew Leigh


I studied at Balliol College, Oxford (1986-91), at St Hugh's College, Oxford (1991-93), and as a visiting student at the University of Pisa in 1992. I taught Classics and Ancient History at Exeter University (1993-97) and have been at St Anne's since then.

Research Keywords:

Lucan, Latin Poetry, Livy, New Comedy

Research Interests:

I have broad interests in Roman culture and tend to work on the borders of Latin literature and Roman history. I have recently published a study on the relationship between the emergence of Roman epic poetry and emergence of the Roman navy. I am also involved in a longer-term project on ancient ideas of curiosity.

Selected Publications:

'''illa domus, illa mihi sedes'' - On the Interpretation of Catullus 68', in Latin Literature and its Transmission. Studies in Honour of Michael Reeve, S. P. Oakley and R. L. Hunter (eds.), (Cambridge 2016), 194-224.

Lucan’s Caesar and Laelius, in Wordplay and Powerplay in Latin Poetry, P. Mitsis and I. Ziogas (eds.), (Berlin 2016), 259-272.

'Food in Latin Literature', in A Companion to Food in the Ancient World , J. Wilkins and R. Nadeau (eds.), (Oxford 2015), 43-52.

'Le due città di Teopompo e la storiografia romana', Maia, Vol: 67.2, (2015), 270-281.

From Polypragmon to Curiosus. Ancient Concepts of Curious and Meddlesome Behaviour, (Oxford University Press 2013).

Vincet amor patriae laudumque immensa cupido (Vergil, Aeneid 6.823), Athenaeum: studi periodici di letteratura e storia dell'antichita, Vol: 100, (2012).

Boxing and Sacrifice: Apollonius, Vergil, Valerius, Coleman K M (ed.), Harvard Studies in Classical Philology, Vol: 105, (2010), 117-155.

César coup de foudre. La signification d'un symbole chez Lucain, in Lucain en débat, Ausonius I (ed.), (2010), 159-165.

Early Roman Epic and the Maritime Moment, Classical Philology, Vol: 105, (2010), 265-80.

Forms of Exile in the Rudens of Plautus, CQ, Vol:  60, (2010), 1101-1117.

Lucan's Caesar and the Sacred Grove. Deforestation and Enlightenment in Antiquity, Tesoriero C (ed.), (Oxford Readings in Classical Studies 2010), 201-38.

The Garland of Maecenas (Horace, Odes 1. 1. 35), CQ, Vol: 60, (2010), 268-71.

Boxing and Sacrifice. Apollonius, Vergil, and Valerius, HSCP, Vol: 105, (2009), 117-55.

Neronian Literature: Seneca and Lucan, in A Companion to Julius Caesar, Griffin M T (ed.), (Oxford: Blackwell 2009), 239-52.

Commedia Togata: the Terenzio of Goldoni and the Contest for Literary Authority, International Journal for the Classical Tradition, Vol: 15, (2008), 53-73.

Epic and Historiography at Rome', in (ed.), A Companion to Greek and Roman Historiography., in A Companion to Greek and Roman Historiography, Marincola J (ed.), (Oxford: Blackwell 2007), 483-92.

Petrarch's Lucan and the Africa, Heyworth S J, Fowler P G & Harrison S J (eds.), (2007), 242-57.

Statius and the Sublimity of Capaneus, in Epic Interactions, Clarke M J, Currie B, Lyne R O A M (ed.), (Oxford 2006), 217-42.

'Quintilian on the Emotions' (Instituto Oratoria 6 Preface and 1-2), JRS, Vol: 94, (2004), 12-40.

Comedy and the Rise of Rome, (Oxford 2004).

The Pro Caelio and Comedy, CPh, Vol: 99, (2004), 300-35.

Sophocles at Patavium (fr. 137 Radt), JHS, Vol: 118, (1998), 82-100.

Lucan: Spectacle and Engagement, (Oxford: Clarendon Press 1997).

Varius Rufus, Thyestes and the Appetites of Antony, PCPhS, Vol: 42, (1996), 171-97.

Wounding and Popular Rhetoric at Rome, BICS, Vol: 40, (1995), 195-212.