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Prof. Stephen J. Harrison
MA DPhil Oxf


Advisory Board, Archive of Performances of Greek and Roman Drama
Professor of Latin Literature, Faculty of Classics
Fellow and Tutor in Classics, Corpus Christi College


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Prof. Stephen J. Harrison


Stephen Harrison has been teaching Classics at Corpus since 1987. His main research and teaching interests are in Latin literature and its reception. He has written books on Virgil, Horace and on the Roman novelist Apuleius, and has edited, co-edited or co-authored more than twenty books on Virgil, Horace, the Roman Novel, Classics and literary theory and Latin literature in general, and on the reception of classical literature; his most recent monograph is Framing The Ass: Literary Texture in Apuleius' Metamorphoses (OUP, 2013), and his commentary on Horace Odes 2 will appear with CUP in 2016. He is currently working on further books on the receptions of Horace and Apuleius. He is very interested in how Classics is taught and researched elsewhere in the world. Outside his tutorial duties (still very much the core of what he does) he has been a visiting lecturer in five continents, makes regular visits to North America and Italy, has recently become more involved in classics in Malta, Brazil and Japan, and worked for some years on collaborative Latin commentary projects in the Netherlands and Germany; he is an occasional visiting professor at the University of Copenhagen. For more on his academic activities and publications see his website at

Research Keywords:

Augustan Poetry, Ancient Novel, esp. Apuleius, Classical Reception (especially 19C and 20C UK).

Selected Publications:

Framing the Ass: Literary Form in Apuleius’ Metamorphoses , (Oxford University Press 2013).

Living classics: Greece and Rome in Contemporary Poetry in English, Harrison SJ (ed.), (Oxford University Press 2009).

Generic Enrichment in Vergil and Horace, (Oxford University Press 2007).

Apuleius: A Latin Sophist, (Oxford University Press 2000).

A Commentary on Vergil, Aeneid 10 , (Oxford University Press 1991).