Dr Emma Greensmith

Academic Background

Before joining Oxford, I held a Research Fellowship at Jesus College, Cambridge. Prior to then I was Visiting Assistant Professor of the Classics at Colgate University, New York (2017-18). I wrote my doctorate as part of the AHRC-funded collaborative project ‘Imperial Greek Epic: A Cultural History’ at the University of Cambridge (2014-17).

Research Interests

My present research focuses on the poetics and politics of the Greek imperial period; particularly the reception of epic, the effects of religious change on literary culture, and the relationship between ‘classical’ and ‘Christian’ canons. I am currently finishing a book on the reception of Homer in imperial Greek epic. My new book project, entitled ‘Homer and the Bible: The Religious Politics of Verse in Late Antiquity’, seeks to continue and expand this work into new literary spaces. I have ongoing projects on a number of works from this era – including an edited volume on the Posthomerica, an article on the Sibylline Oracles, and a commentary on the Christus Patiens.  

Research Keywords

Greek Literature; Imperial Greek Epic; Late Antiquity; Homer; reception of Homer.


I teach a wide range of literature options (Greek and Latin) to undergraduates. 

Subjects for graduate supervision include:

•    Imperial Greek Literature
•    Greek epic of the Roman Empire
•    Homeric epic and its reception
•    Hellenistic poetry
•    Christian poetry in Late Antiquity


Selected Publications:

•    Greensmith, E. (2018) ‘When Homer Quotes Callimachus. Allusive Poetics in the Proem of the Posthomerica’, The Classical Quarterly 68 (1):1–18
•    Greensmith, E. (2016) ‘Poetry in Performance. The Almeida Greeks and the Odyssey’, Eisodos 2016 (1): 27-33
•    Greensmith, E. (2018 forthcoming) ‘Saying the Other: Personification and Epic in Late Antiquity’, in B. Verhelst and T. Scheijnen edd. Walking the Wire: Greek and Latin Poetry in Dialogue
•    Bär, S., Greensmith, E., and Ozbek, L. edd. (forthcoming) Writing Homer Under Rome: Quintus of Smyrna in and Beyond the Second Sophistic
•    Greensmith, E. (forthcoming) ‘Asexual Epic: Consummation and Closure in Quintus of Smyrna’s Posthomerica’ in Bär, Greensmith, and Ozbek edd.


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