Professor Stephen Heyworth

Academic Background

I have been Bowra Fellow and Tutor in Classics at Wadham College since 1988; throughout this period I have taught textual criticism and Latin palaeography to undergraduates and Masters students as well as giving lectures and classes on Latin literature (especially poetry of the first century B.C.). I attended Collyer's Grammar School in Horsham, and then did my undergraduate and doctoral studies at Trinity College, Cambridge, before teaching at the Universities of Sheffield and Leeds. My doctorate was an examination of the manuscript tradition of the Latin elegist Propertius, which led on to an Oxford Classical Text of the poet together with a detailed textual commentary entitled Cynthia. More recently I published commentaries on Propertius 3 (Oxford, 2011), Aeneid 3 (Oxford, 2017), Ovid, Fasti 3 (Cambridge, 2019), the first two with my late Wadham colleague, James Morwood.  I was editor of Classical Quarterly from July 1993 to November 1998.

Research Interests

My current work concentrates on the text, manuscript tradition and contexts of Ovid's Fasti: a commentary on Book 3 appeared in 2019 in the Cambridge green-and-yellow series.  This will be followed by an OCT of the whole poem, and a textual commentary. Other current projects concern the anonymous texts associated with the names of Vergil (the Appendix Vergiliana), Ovid (especially the Consolatio ad Liviam), Tibullus (book 3), and the Priapea. Longer term interests are the texts of Catullus and of Vitruvius’ de Architecture, as well as other parts of the Ovidian corpus (especially Heroides and Tristia).

Research Keywords

Latin Poetry, Textual Criticism, Ovid, Catullus, Propertius, Vergil, Roman Religion.



Full Publications: stephen-heyworth-publications 2021.pdf

Selected Publications:

Ovid, Fasti Book 3 (Cambridge Greek & Latin Classics series; Cambridge, 2019) with James Morwood, A commentary on Vergil, Aeneid 3 (Oxford, 2017) ‘The Consolatio ad Liuiam and literary history’, in T. E. Franklinos & L. Fulkerson (eds), Constructing Authors and Readers in the Appendices Vergiliana, Tibulliana, and Ovidiana (Oxford, 2020), 223-41 ‘Clearing the ground in Georgics 1’, in B. Xinyue & N. Freer (eds), Reflections and New Perspectives on Virgil's Georgics (London, 2019), 31-43, 206-8 ‘Segmentation and interpretation in Odes 2’, Dictynna 14 (2017) [online ]