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Dr Richard Marshall
MA Dunelm, DPhil Oxf


College Lecturer and Director of Studies in Ancient History, St Benet's Hall
Member, Faculty of Classics


St Benet's Hall


Dr Richard Marshall


I grew up in Yorkshire and read Classics I at St Cuthbert’s Society, Durham, moving down the road to St Chad’s College for my Master’s degree. In 2006 I came to Wadham College, Oxford, with an AHRC scholarship to pursue a doctorate. This research focused on the late-antique reception and transmission of the Roman polymath Varro, chiefly his lost works. I have been teaching ancient history for St Benet’s Hall since 2008, and was appointed college lecturer in 2014.

Research Keywords:

Varro, Ancient Scholarship and Education, Antiquarianism, Roman Social and Cultural History, Palaeography, Textual Transmission

Research Interests:

My research focuses on the history of ancient scholarship in the Roman empire, its socio-cultural contexts, and the ways in which ancient educative practices, book technology, and modes of scholarship have influenced our understanding and (re)construction of ancient technical and scholarly literature. I have allied interests in ancient historiography, grammatical and rhetorical education, textual criticism, and early Insular Latinity.

Selected Publications:

The Reception of Varro in Late Antiquity, (Oxford forthcoming).

'Studies on the Ars Grammatici Sergi{li}i with an Edition', Journal of Medieval Latin, Vol: 20, (2010), 167-231.

Review of C. M. Chin, Grammar and Christianity in the Late Roman World (Philadelphia, 2008), The Classical Review , Vol: 59.2, (2009), 491-493.