Dr Gail Trimble

Academic Background

I took my first degree, MSt and DPhil in Classics at Corpus Christi College, Oxford between 2000 and 2010. After a year as a Junior Research Fellow at Trinity College, Cambridge, I returned to Oxford to take up the Tutorial Fellowship at Trinity College here in 2011. I teach most of the undergraduate options in Latin literature as well as Hellenistic Poetry and the Iliad. I also teach Latin language and Latin textual criticism. I supervise graduate students working on Latin poetry and its reception.

Research Interests

I am currently completing a commentary on Catullus 64, with newly edited text, to appear in the Cambridge University Press series Cambridge Classical Texts and Commentaries (the 'orange' series). This has recently been supported by a Research Fellowship (Early Career) from the Arts and Humanities Research Council. I also work on other Latin poetry of the late Republican and Augustan periods, and am interested in interrogating the history of scholarship as reception. Across these research areas, much of my work is concerned with formal aspects of literary texts: I am interested in subjectivity, mode and genre, intertextuality, and related ways in which a text negotiates its relationships with its readers and with reality.

Following a successful international conference in September 2015, I have co-edited a volume on metalepsis in classical texts, forthcoming with OUP. I am also planning a future project on the personal names of pastoral literature.


Research Keywords

Latin poetry, especially Catullus; Literary form, especially metalepsis; pastoral.


Full Publications: Dr Gail Trimble publications-Sep-2019.pdf

Selected Publications:

  • Further notes on the text and interpretation of Catullus

  • Echoes and reflections in Catullus' long poems

  • Catullus 64 and the prophetic voice in Virgil's fourth Eclogue

  • Catullus 64: the perfect epyllion?

  • Catullus and 'comment in English': the tradition of the expurgated commentary before Fordyce

  • More