Professor Matthew Leigh

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.

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.

Full Publications:

Selected Publication:

  • Vergil’s Second Eclogue and the Class Struggle

  • Lucan’s Caesar and Laelius

  • Food in Latin Literature

  • Le due città di Teopompo e la storiografia romana

  • Polypragmon

  • Vincet amor patriae laudumque immensa cupido (Vergil, Aeneid 6.823)

  • Forms of Exile in the Rudens of Plautus

  • The Garland of Maecenas (Horace, Odes 1. 1. 35)

  • Boxing and Sacrifice: Apollonius, Vergil, Valerius

  • César coup de foudre. La signification d'un symbole chez Lucain

  • Early Roman Epic and the Maritime Moment

  • A companion to Julius Caesar

  • A companion to Julius Caesar

  • Commedia Togata: the Terenzio of Goldoni and the Contest for Literary Authority

  • Illa domus, illa mihi sedes

  • More
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