Dr Tristan Franklinos

Academic Background

A British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow in Classics and a Junior Research Fellow at Trinity College, I am currently working on parts of the Appendix Vergiliana and medieval Latin texts, including Peter Abelard's Hymns. 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 teach Latin (and some Greek) literature and language options at a number of colleges and for the Faculty of Classics.

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 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. I have also edited an interdisciplinary volume on the thirteenth-century Codex Buranus with Henry Hope. My 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 Oct ix2020.pdf

Selected Publications:

  • Elegiacs on Octavius (and) Musa: exploring Catalepton 4 and 11

  • 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