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Department of Classics and Ancient History


Prof. Jennifer Ingleheart

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Areas of doctoral supervision

I am keen to supervise students working on any aspect of Latin poetry and its reception (including translation), as well as those with an interest in the reception of Roman culture in later constructions of homosexuality.

Education and career

I took up a lectureship at Durham in 2004, on completion of my Oxford D. Phil., and after holding teaching posts in the United States, the University of Wales, and several Oxford colleges.

Research and other interests

I have a long-standing interest in Latin poetry (particularly the works of the elegists and Catullus), its relationship with politics and culture, and its reception (including its translation history), and welcome enquiries from prospective graduate students considering working in any of these areas. A more recent research interest is in how later cultures have responded to the phenomenon of Roman homosexuality, and the role which ancient Rome has played in constructing modern homosexual identities, and I would welcome prospective graduate students with an interest in this underexplored and diverse area.

A revised version of my doctoral thesis, a commentary on Ovid, Tristia 2, was published by Oxford University Press in 2010, and OUP published my edited volume on the reception of the figure of the exiled Ovid (Two Thousand Years of Solitude: Exile after Ovid) in 2011. I have recently written papers on the reception of Roman 'homosexuality' in pornographic texts of the 19th century, translations of classical texts in Thomas Cannon's 1749 defence of same-sex love, and the engagement with Catullus by Robinson Ellis and Sir Richard Burton and Leonard Smithers.

My current major research project explores the role played by the reception of Rome in the construction of Western homosexual identities; I organised a major international conference (funded by the British Academy) on this topic which was held in Durham in April 2012, and I am editing for OUP a collected volume of papers arising from the conference: for more information on the conference and its remit, see

Other current projects include a paper on Propertius' response to Apollonius and Theocritus, and the various classical interactions of Philip Gillespie Bainbrigge (1890-1918).

I am keen to share my love of classics with more than just my fellow academics and students, and my introductory essays on the AS level Latin set text (Ovid, Amores 3.2, 4, 5 and 14) have recently been published by Bristol Classical Press; I also regularly speak at school and outreach events around the country. 

Research Interests

  • Ovid
  • Ovidian exile and its reception
  • Politics and Latin poetry
  • Reception of Latin poetry
  • Reception of Roman homosexuality
  • Sex and censorship
  • The history of homosexuality
  • Catullus

Selected Publications

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