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Prof. Tobias Reinhardt
Staatsexamen Frankfurt am Main,
MA DPhil Oxf


Fellow, Corpus Christi College
Corpus Christi Professor of the Latin language and literature, Faculty of Classics
Chair, Board of the Faculty of Classics, Faculty of Classics
Chairman, Dictionary of Medieval Latin from British Sources


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Prof. Tobias Reinhardt


I grew up in Germany and obtained my first degree at the University of Frankfurt. While I was a student, the work of two Oxford scholars caught my attention. It was because of them that I applied to Oxford for a place to do graduate work, and I was fortunate to end up being jointly supervised by them. After my doctorate I did a tour of Oxford: starting at Corpus, I went to Merton for a year as a Junior Research Fellow, was then Fellow and Tutor in Latin and Greek at Somerville for six years, and then returned to Corpus.

Research Keywords:

Latin literature, ancient philosophy, Latin textual criticism.

Research Interests:

My research interests are in Latin prose, ancient rhetoric and literary criticism, Latin didactic poetry, the borderline area between classical literature and ancient philosophy, as well as Latin textual criticism. In my work I try to combine close philological analysis with broader interests in intellectual history and Greco-Roman culture. Among other things, I am interested in arguments, in the circumstances in which they count as good or relevant (e.g. public debate, philosophical discourse, legal casuistry), and in how they are expressed in Latin and Greek; in the way in which 'theory' (rhetorical, philosophical, legal) made an impact on real life, by informing attitudes on everyday matters and shaping the perception and solution of practical problems; and in the way in which philosophical and rhetorical doctrine was used to articulate traditional or intuitively held views and convictions. At the moment I am working on an edition and a commentary of Cicero's Academica (both for OUP).

Selected Publications:

'On Endoxa in Aristotle's Topics', Rheinisches Museum für Philologie, Vol: 158, (2015), 225-246.

'To see and to be seen: on vision and perception in Lucretius and Cicero', in Roman Reflections: Essays on Latin Philosophy, K. Volk, G. Williams (eds.), (New York 2015), 63-90.

'The Ars Poetica', in Brill's Companion to Horace, H.-C. Günther (ed.), (Leiden (Brill) 2013), 499-526.

'Galen on Unsayable Properties', Oxford Studies in Ancient Philosophy, (2011), 297-317.

'Plausibility in Plato's Phaedrus and the Rhetorica ad Alexandrum', Museum Helveticum: Schweizerische Zeitschrift fuer klassische Altertumswissenschaft, Vol: 67, (2010), 1-6.

'Syntactic Colloquialism in Lucretius', in Colloquial and Literary Latin, E. Dickey and A. Chahoud (eds.), (Cambridge (Cambridge University Press) 2010), 203-28.

'The Moods of Clytemestra (Sen. Ag. 306)', Millenium Jahrbuch, Vol: 7, (2010), 29-36.

'Political Analysis in Horace's Roman Odes', in Artists and Intellectuals and the Requests of Power, I. De Gennaro and H.-C. Günther (eds.), (Leiden (Brill) 2009), 153-69.

'Epicurus and Lucretius on the Origins of Language', Classical Quarterly, Vol: 58, (2008), 127-140.