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Durham University

Department of Classics and Ancient History


Dr Zara Chadha

Teaching Fellow (Classics) in the Department of Classics and Ancient History

Contact Dr Zara Chadha


My research to date has focused on magic and genre in Augustan poetry, particularly love elegy. My current project investigates narratives of civil war in triumviral and early Augustan poetry as responses to trauma.

Schools Talks and Outreach

I am very happy to offer talks on any of the following topics: Latin poetry and Augustan literary culture; gender in ancient Rome; magic in the ancient world.

Research Interests

  • Civil war
  • Emotions in Latin literature
  • Latin poetry
  • Magic
  • Mental health
  • Trauma


Chapter in book

  • Chadha, Z. (Accepted). Sealed with a Curse: Erotic Magic and Epistolography in Ovid Heroides 6. In Ancient Love Letters: Forms, Themes, Approaches. Drago, T.A. & Hodkinson, O. DeGruyter.

Journal Article

  • Chadha, Z.K. & Marshall, R.M.A. (Accepted). Teaching Roman Oratory Beyond Cicero. The Classical Journal Forum

Book review

  • Chadha, Z. (2017). HORACE'S EPODES IN CONTEXT - (P.) Bather, (C.) Stocks (edd.) Horace's Epodes. Contexts, Intertexts, and Reception. Pp. xiv + 279, ill. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016. The Classical Review 67(1): 95-97.