Dr Boris Kayachev

Academic Background

After graduating from the Russian State University for the Humanities (Moscow) with a Diploma in Classical Philology (2007), I went on to do a doctorate at the University of Leeds (2013). Since then, I have held research fellowships at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim (2016), Trinity College, Dublin (2016–2018), and the Institute of World Literature of the Russian Academy in Moscow (2019).

Research Interests

My research has focused on Latin and, to a lesser extent, Greek poetry, and my most recent projects mainly engage in textual criticism. Currently I work on a new critical edition of the pseudo-Virgilian Dirae, accompanied by a detailed commentary.

Research Keywords

Latin poetry, Greek poetry, textual criticism, ancient poetics and intertextuality, anonymous poetry


I have taught a number of Latin language and literature courses. In the year 2020–1 I will offer a postgraduate module on the pseudo-Virgilian Dirae, on which I am currently writing a commentary.


Full Publications: Boris Kayachev full publications 2021

Selected Publications:


- B. Kayachev, Allusion and Allegory: Studies in the Ciris (Berlin, De Gruyter, 2016).


- B. Kayachev, ‘Emendations in the Einsiedeln eclogues’, Mnemosyne (forthcoming).

- B. Kayachev, ‘Oceanus and Orphic allusion in Callimachus and Catullus’, Classical Philology 114 (2019), 498-506.

- B. Kayachev, ‘Vergere and uertere in the sense of “to pour” ’, Glotta 94 (2018), 196-202.

- B. Kayachev, ‘Hunt as war and war as hunt: Grattius’ Cynegetica and Virgil’s Aeneid’, in S. Green (ed.), Grattius: Hunting an Augustan Poet (Oxford, OUP, 2018), 97-114.

- B. Kayachev, ‘Narrative focalization and the historical present in Catullus 64’, Classical Quarterly 67 (2017), 522-7.

- B. Kayachev, ‘He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named: Aratus in Virgil’s third eclogue’, Harvard Studies in Classical Philology 109 (2017), 339-52.

- B. Kayachev, M. Shumilin, ‘Four poems ascribed to Gallus (AL 914–17): the history of the text’, Materiali e Discussioni 78 (2017), 195-225.

- B. Kayachev, ‘Catalepton 9 and Hellenistic poetry’, Classical Quarterly 66 (2016), 180-204.

- B. Kayachev, ‘The ideal biography of a Roman poet: from lusus poetici to studia philosophica’, Latomus 72 (2013), 412-25.

- B. Kayachev, ‘The so-called Orphic gold tablets in ancient poetry and poetics’, Zeitschrift für Papyrologie und Epigraphik 180 (2012), 17-37.

- B. Kayachev, ‘Ille ego qui quondam: genre, date, and authorship’, Vergilius 57 (2011), 75-82.