Dr Tristan Franklinos

Academic Background

After reading for an MA in Classics at St Andrews, I came up to Oxford for an MPhil in Classical Languages and Literature before completing a doctorate on the elegies of Propertius.

I am a Lector in the Faculty of Classics, Supernumerary Fellow at Wolfson College and Lecturer at Oriel College. Previously, I was a British Academy Postdoctoral Research Fellow and Junior Research Fellow at Trinity College. From 2022 to 2024, I have been an Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung Fellow at the Abteilung für Griechische und Lateinische Philologie (Mittellateinische Philologie) at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich, and in 2024 I was awarded a Loeb Classical Library Foundation Fellowship. I am also an elected Fellow of the Società Internazionale per lo Studio del Medioevo Latino.

Research Interests

I am currently working on a literary commentary on the Catalepton and Priapea of the Appendix Vergiliana that concerns itself with the construction of reader and author in relation to the collection alongside the more philological aspects of the poems. This project has been complemented by a volume I have co-edited with Laurel Fulkerson on the ideas of authorship and readership in the Appendices Vergiliana, Tibulliana, and Ouidiana (OUP 2020).

My first monograph, Propertius' Cynthia. The Book as Beloved (OUP 2024), considers Propertius as his own first reader and explores the ways in which the Latin elegist Propertius engages with and recasts his own poetic material, as well as that of his peers and predecessors, in order to articulate the relationship that he constructs for himself with his beloved and with his poetry. Alongside this, I have published a volume of papers on Propertian and Ovidian elegy, co-edited with Jennifer Ingleheart (OUP 2024), in honour of Stephen Heyworth.

I have also edited an interdisciplinary volume on the thirteenth-century Codex Buranus with Henry Hope (Boydell 2020), and am now working on an annotated edition of Peter Abelard's Hymns, and on an annotated text and translation of parts of Sicco Polenton's quattrocento history of the Latin language (Bloomsbury 2025).

More broadly, I am interested in the literature of the first century BC (esp. the poets and Vitruvius); the Latin literature of the Middle Ages; the place of the author and the reader in relation to the text; and in textual criticism, palaeography, and the history of the book.


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