Professor Stephen Harrison

Academic Background

I have been teaching Classics at Corpus since 1987. My main research and teaching interests are in Latin literature and its reception. I have written books on Virgil, Horace, and on the Roman novelist Apuleius, and have edited, co-edited or co-authored more than twenty other books on Virgil, Horace, the Roman Novel, Classics and literary theory and Latin literature in general, and on the reception of classical literature; in 2017 I published a commentary on Horace Odes 2 with CUP and a monograph on the Victorian reception of Horace with Bloomsbury. I am currently working on a book on the reception of Apuleius since 1600, plus co-editing a range of volumes on (inter alia) Seamus Heaney and the classics, the Roman reception of Sappho, intratextuality, and the weaker voice in Latin literature. I am very interested in how Classics is taught and researched elsewhere in the world; I have been a visiting lecturer in five continents, make regular visits to North America and Italy, have recently become more involved in classics in Malta, Brazil and Japan, and worked for some years on collaborative Latin commentary projects in the Netherlands and Germany; I am an occasional visiting professor at the Universities of Copenhagen and Trondheim. For more on my academic activities and publications see his website at

Research Keywords

Augustan Poetry, Ancient Novel, esp. Apuleius, neo-Latin poetry, Classical Reception (especially 19C and 20C UK).


I am on research leave for 2017-20, but am prepared to take on new doctoral students in my particular research areas.


Selected Publications:

Horace: Odes 2 (Cambridge University Press, 2017)
Victorian Horace: Classics and Class (Bloomsbury, 2017)
Framing the Ass: Literary Form in Apuleius’ Metamorphoses , (Oxford University Press 2013).
Living classics: Greece and Rome in Contemporary Poetry in English, ed. (Oxford University Press 2009).
Generic Enrichment in Vergil and Horace, (Oxford University Press 2007).
A Companion to Latin Literature, ed. (Blackwell 2005)
Texts, Ideas and the Classics : Scholarship, Theory and Classical Literature, ed. (Oxford University Press 2001)
Apuleius: A Latin Sophist, (Oxford University Press 2000).
A Commentary on Vergil, Aeneid 10 , (Oxford University Press 1991).

  • Intratextuality and Latin Literature

  • Dynamics of Ancient Prose

  • Life, Love and Death in Latin Poetry

  • Horace’s hymn to Bacchus (Odes 2.19): politics and poetics

  • Victorian Horace

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