Dr Rebecca Armstrong

Academic Background

I grew up in rural Devon, and first came to Oxford to study at Balliol College. I worked at Somerville and Balliol Colleges before venturing to the other side of the river, and have been Mary Bennett Fellow and Tutor in Classics at St Hilda’s College since 2004.

Research Interests

My research interests lie in the poetry and culture of the late Roman Republic and early Empire. In addition to shorter pieces addressing various aspects of the work of Catullus, Vergil, Horace and Ovid, I have published books on Ovid’s love poetry, on Latin poets’ presentation of the myths of Pasiphae, Ariadne and Phaedra, and most recently on the significance of plants in Vergil’s poetry. I am currently continuing down the ecocritical path, with ongoing investigations into weeds, and into concepts of time reflected in ancient literary representations of plants and trees.  


In tutorials, I mostly teach Latin literature and language, although occasionally dabble in a bit of Greek. I have lectured on Vergil’s Aeneid and the Roman literature topics for Texts and Contexts in Mods, as well as on Ovid and Latin Didactic Poetry for Greats. I have supervised graduate students on a range of subjects at both Masters and DPhil level, generally under the umbrella of Latin poetry of the late Republic and early Empire.