Dr Abigail Buglass

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Academic Background

I previously held a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities at Edinburgh. I wrote my doctoral thesis at Trinity College, Oxford and I have been fortunate enough to spend periods as a visiting scholar at Columbia University in New York and the Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich. I studied for my undergraduate and master’s degrees at Edinburgh.

Research Interests

My research is mainly concerned with Lucretius, his radical thought, and his role in modern intellectual history. I am also interested in didactic poetry more broadly, Latin poetry of the Late Republic and Augustan period, and Roman intellectual history. 

Research Keywords

Latin Didactic Poetry, Lucretius, Epic Poetry, Reception, Virgil, Late Antiquity


I teach Latin at Corpus and give lectures for the Faculty of Classics. My teaching includes Latin language, Roman Texts and Contexts, and any of the literary papers available at Oxford, including Virgil's Aeneid, Latin Didactic, and Latin Core. I am lecturing on Virgil's Eclogues, Virgil's Georgics, and Ovid's Ars Amatoria this year.


Selected Publications:

Repeating the Universe: intratextuality and atomist imagery in Lucretius’ De Rerum Natura (book in progress)
Lucretius: particles, Sad Press, Bristol (translation commissioned of selections of De Rerum Natura)
‘Lucretius’ Journey to the Underworld: poetic memory and allegoresis’, The Underworld in Classical and Modern Literature: a quest for remembrance, eds. R. Falconer & M. Scherer, 12, 000 words (Routledge, forthcoming 2019)
‘Didactic and Epic: origins, continuity, and interactions’, Epische Bauformen-Strukturen epischen Erzählens, Vol. 1., eds. S. Finkmann & C. Reitz, 7, 000 words of a 21, 000 word article (De Gruyter, forthcoming 2019) (with G. Fanti and M. Galzerano)
‘“Atomistic Imagery”: repetition and reflection of the world in De Rerum Natura’, Teaching Through Images: imagery in Greek and Roman Didactic Poetry, eds. J. Strauss Clay & A. Vergados, 15, 000 words (Brill, in press expected 2019/20)
‘A Note on Lucretius, De Rerum Natura, 3.361’, Classical Quarterly 64 (1), 2014, 413-17.