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 (with my Wadham colleague, James Morwood) I have published commentaries on Propertius 3 (Oxford, 2011) and Aeneid 3 (Oxford, 2017).  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 will appear (probably 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 interests are the text of Catullus and of Seneca’s tragedies, the ‘book 3’ appended to the text of Tibullus, Vitruvius’ de Architectura.

Research Keywords

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



Full Publications: stephen-heyworth-publications.pdf

Selected Publications:

with James Morwood, A commentary on Vergil, Aeneid 3 (Oxford, 2017)
‘Segmentation and interpretation in Odes 2’, Dictynna 14 (2017) [online ]
‘Irrational Panegyric in Augustan poetry’, in P. Hardie (ed.), Augustan poetry and the Irrational (Oxford, 2016), 240-60
‘Authenticity and other textual problems in Heroides 16’, in R.L. Hunter & S.P. Oakley (eds), Latin Literature and its Transmission: papers in honour of Michael Reeve (Cambridge, 2015), 142-70
‘Notes on the text and interpretation of Vergil’s Eclogues and Georgics’, in H.-C. Günther (ed.), Virgilian Studies. A Miscellany dedicated to the Memory of Mario Geymonat (Nordhausen, 2015), 195-249