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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 research bridges boundaries between classical antiquity and classics after antiquity, presenting a genuinely interdisciplinary challenge to perceived divisions between the study of ‘antiquity’ and the study of ‘reception’. My first book (based on a DPhil from Magdalen College, Oxford), Shaggy Crowns: Ennius’ Annales and Virgil’s Aeneid, published the Oxford Classical Monographs series with Oxford University Press (2013), represents the first book-length study of the relationship between the two poets in almost one-hundred years. Making use of cultural memory studies, it presents a model of intertextuality in Roman poetry that is not simply an intricate network of textual connections but a mode of reception embedded in the ways in which Rome remembered its past. More recently, as a result of my work on the ERC-funded ‘Living Poets’ project, I have focused on imaginary biography as a key mode of the reception of ancient texts. Together with Barbara Graziosi, I edited a collection on the poet’s tomb as a site of reception poised between text and material culture (forthcoming with Oxford University Press). My second monograph, Afterlives of the Roman Poets: Biofiction and the Reception of Latin Poetry (forthcoming with Cambridge University Press), traces a cultural history of the reception of Roman poetry from antiquity to modernity through the fictional biographies (or ‘biofictions’) of its authors. My most recent research project draws together my earlier interest in fragmentary texts with my work on later reception contexts in a major new investigation of the impact of the discovery, dissemination and scholarly interpretation of the fragments of Graeco-Roman antiquity on the literary and visual cultures of modernism (c.1896-c.1950). 

PhD Supervision

I welcome enquiries from graduate students interested in working on topics in Latin poetry (especially Virgil and/or early Latin poetry), cultural memory, poetic biography, fragments and fragmentation, and classical reception.

School Talks and Outreach

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

Research Interests

  • Latin Poetry
  • Cultural Memory
  • Biography and Biofiction
  • Classical Reception
  • Fragments and Fragmentation


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. (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. (2019). Reading the 'Implied Author' in the De rerum natura. In Approaches to Lucretius. O'Rourke, D. Cambridge: Cambridge 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)