Dr Tristan Franklinos

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Academic Background

A British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow in Classics and a Junior Research Fellow at Trinity College, I have undertaken undergraduate teaching at a number of colleges and in the Faculty of Classics for some years. 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 my doctorate on the elegies of Propertius. I am now principally working on part of the Appendix Vergiliana.

Research Interests

I am currently working on a literary commentary on [Vergil]'s Catalepton and Priapea that concerns itself with the construction of reader and author in relation to the collection alongside the more philological aspects of the poems.  This will be complemented by a volume I am co-editing on the ideas of authorship and readership in the Appendices Vergiliana, Tibulliana, and OuidianaMy doctoral thesis 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.  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 (see: www.teachingthecodex.com).

Research Keywords

[Vergil]'s Catalepton, Propertius, Ovid, Medieval Latin, Textual Criticism, Palaeography, the History of the Book.


Full Publications: Dr Franklinos publications Feb 2020.pdf

Selected Publications:

  • Construing the author as a Catullan reader in the pure iambic Catalepton (6, 10, 12)

  • Classical Learning and Audience in the carmina amatoria: a Case-Study on Codex Buranus 92

  • The Cause of Idmon’s Death at Seneca, Medea 652–3, and at Valerius Flaccus 5.2–3

  • The Music of the spheres: Giovanni da Serravalle on Dante, Par. 6.124–126

  • Notes on the text of Catalepton 10

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