Professor Matthew Leigh

Academic Background

I studied at Balliol College, Oxford (1986-91), at St Hugh’s College, Oxford (1991-93), and as a visiting student at the University of Pisa in 1992. I taught Classics and Ancient History at Exeter University (1993-97) and have been at St Anne’s since then.

Research Interests

I have broad interests in Roman culture and tend to work on the borders of Latin literature and Roman history. I am currently working on Roman declamation and hope to produce a commentary on Book 1 of Seneca's Controversiae. My interests in comedy and curiosity have also combined in a project on classical reception in 18th century drama and freemasonry. My forthcoming 'Three Masonic Comedies' translates plays by Clément, Goldoni, Griselini, and shows how they relate to the craze for freemasonry as a modern mystery cult in the early and mid-18th century.