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Durham University

Department of Classics and Ancient History


Dr Emma Woolerton

Assistant Professor (Teaching) in the Department of Classics and Ancient History

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Emma Woolerton read Classics at Cambridge, where she also completed her M.Phil. (specialising in Latin didactic poetry) and her Ph.D. (on Lucretius), and taught for several years for colleges in the university. She has been a regular tutor on the annual JACT Greek summer school held at Bryanston school since 2007, and is currently Outreach Officer for the summer school. She has written about Lucretius for The Guardian, as well as discussing him on Radio 4's Science Stories, and sets for O Tempora!, the weekly Latin crossword in The Times, as Lanifica.

School talks

Dr Woolerton has given a range of talks and seminars at schools and to school-age audiences at the JACT Greek summer school. She is very happy to give talks on classical literature as relevant to students of classical civilisation, classical languages and English literature. Previous talks / seminars include:

  • Aeneas in Greek sources
  • The Agamemnon in English verse
  • Minor characters in the Iliad 
  • Epicureanism for Beginners


"The roots of Lucretius' Tree-men, De Rerum Natura 2.702-3" CQ 60. 2010

Media engagement

Guest on Science Stories, "Lucretius, sheep and atoms", BBC Radio 4 2018. Available at

"Lucretius" for The Guardian: Comment is Free—How to Believe. 2013. Available at

Work for a non-specialist audience

"Introduction" in The Trial and Death of Socrates. Arcturus Books. 2010

"Commentary" in The Odyssey of Homer: A verse translation by Alexander Pope. Arcturus Books. 2009


Review of Reedy, J. Three Abecedaria. An Alphabetical Approach to Vocabulary. Pp. xvi+122, ills. Mundelein, IL: Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers, 2018. The Journal of Classics Teaching 20. 2019

Review of Godwin, J. Lucretius. Ancients in Action. London: Bristol Classical Press / Duckworth Press, 2004. Scholia Reviews 15. 2006