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Durham University

Department of Classics and Ancient History


Dr Nora Goldschmidt

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My research interests lie broadly in Latin poetry and classical reception. Drawing on training in both English and Classics, my work bridges boundaries between classical antiquity and classics after antiquity to challenge perceived divisions between the study of ‘antiquity’ and the study of ‘reception’. 

My first monograph (based on a DPhil from Magdalen College, Oxford), Shaggy Crowns: Ennius’ Annales and Virgil’s Aeneid, is published in the Oxford Classical Monographs series with Oxford University Press (2013). The first book-length study of the relationship between the two poets in almost one-hundred years, it presents a model of intertextuality as a mode of reception embedded in the ways in which Rome remembered its past. 

Tied in with my work on the ERC-funded ‘Living Poets’ project (2012-2015), my next cluster of publications focuses on how imaginary life-writing has shaped the reception of ancient texts. Afterlives of the Roman Poets: Biofiction and the Reception of Latin Poetry (Cambridge University Press, 2019) is a cultural history of the reception of Roman poetry as seen through the fictional biographies (or ‘biofictions’) of its authors; it brings together debates on authorship and life-writing to rethink the role of life-writing in Roman poetry and its reception. Together with Barbara Graziosi, I have also edited a collection of essays on the poet’s tomb as a site of reception poised between text and material culture (Oxford University Press, 2018).

My most recent project draws together my interests in fragmentary texts and later literary and material reception contexts. Supported by an AHRC Leadership Fellowship (2020-2022), Fragmentary Modernisms: The Classical Fragment in Literary and Visual Cultures is a major new investigation of the dialogues between the discovery, dissemination and scholarly interpretation of the fragments of Graeco-Roman antiquity and the literary and visual cultures of modernism and its contemporary legacy.

PhD Supervision

I welcome enquiries from potential applicants interested in topics in Latin literature and classical reception, cultural memory, biography/life-writing, fragments and fragmentation, and theoretical and interdisciplinary approaches to the ancient world and its reception.

School Talks and Outreach

I offer school talks on the following topics suitable for Classics/Classical Civilisation or English students: ‘Who was Virgil?’; ‘The Past in Pieces’; ‘T.S. Eliot, The Waste Land, and the Fragments of Antiquity’. I’m also very happy to discuss other subjects for talks.

Research Interests

  • Latin Poetry
  • Classical Reception
  • Cultural Memory
  • Biography and Biofiction
  • Fragments and Fragmentation
  • Classics ‘After Theory’
  • Interdisciplinary Approaches to Classics


Authored book

Edited book

  • Goldschmidt, N. & Graziosi, B. (2018). Tombs of the Ancient Poets: Between Literary Reception and Material Culture. Oxford University Press.

Chapter in book

  • Goldschmidt, N. (2020). After-Lives: 20th-century Biographical Receptions of Greek and Roman Poets. In The Oxford Handbook of Ancient Biography. de Temmerman, K. Oxford University Press.
  • Goldschmidt, N. (2020). Reading the 'Implied Author' in the De rerum natura. In Approaches to Lucretius. O'Rourke, D. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 43-58.
  • Goldschmidt, N. (2019). 'Orts, scraps, and fragments': Translation, Non-Translation, and the Fragments of Ancient Greece'. In Modernism and Non-Translation. Harding, J. & Nash, J. Oxford University Press.
  • Goldschmidt, N. & Graziosi, B. (2018). Introduction. In Tombs of the Ancient Poets: Between Literary Reception and Material Culture. Goldschmidt, N. & Graziosi, B. Oxford University Press.
  • Goldschmidt, N. (2018). Ovid's Tombs: Afterlives of a Poetic corpus. In Tombs of the Ancient Poets: Between Literary Reception and Material Culture. Goldschmidt, N. & Graziosi, B. Oxford University Press.
  • Goldschmidt, N. (2017). Cameo Roles: Virgil in Ovidian Biography. In The Ancient Lives of Virgil: Literary and Historical Studies. Hardie, P. R. & Powell, A. Swansea: Classical Press of Wales. 115-132.

Journal Article

Other (Digital/Visual Media)