Fowler Lecture

Title:  ‘Lucretius’ Car Crash and other Anachronisms’

Speaker: Professor William Fitzgerald


After studying Classics at Oxford, Professor Fitzgerald obtained
his PhD at Princeton University in Comparative Literature (1981)
and then taught in the USA for many years at the University of
California (San Diego and Berkeley). He returned to the UK in
2003 to teach at Cambridge, and moved to King’s in 2007. His
research has focussed mainly on Latin poetry, but has also
included Latin prose (Pliny the Younger and Apuleius) as well as
topics in comparative literature and classical reception. He has
written monographs on Pindar and the European Pindaric
tradition, on Catullus, and on slavery in Latin literature. His
Martial: the Epigrammatic World, came out in 2007. His most
recent work is Variety: the Life of a Roman Concept (Chicago 2016).

The lecture will be held in the lecture theatre of the Stelios Ioannou
Classics Centre, 66 St Giles, Oxford, at 5pm on Thursday 2 May
2019. It is open to all free of charge. The lecture will be followed
by drinks in the Centre at 6pm, and a dinner (three courses with
wine, followed by coffee and dessert, and priced at £45) in Jesus
at 7.30pm. Those who wish to attend the dinner should contact
Professor D’Angour (

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