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Department of Classics and Ancient History


Professor Peter Heslin, Ph.D.

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 41682
Room number: 41682
Deputy Head of Faculty (Postgraduate) in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 43439
Fax: +44 (0) 191 33 42911
Room number: 243

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My general areas of research lie in Latin poetry and its reception, Roman painting and topography, and digital humanities. Much of my work can be seen as linked by the theme of the cultural history of Roman reappropriations of Greek myth. This interest began with my first book, The Transvestite Achilles: Gender and Genre in the Achilleid of Statius (Cambridge University Press, 2005). It has continued with my second monograph,The Museum of Augustus: The Temple of Apollo in Pompeii, the Portico of Philippus and Roman Poetry (J. Paul Getty Museum, forthcoming), which is a study of the connections between representations of the Trojan War in Pompeiian wall painting and Latin poetry. My current book project has to do with the paradoxical uses of Greek myth as rhetorical exempla in the poetry of Propertius (Oxford University Press, under contract). I am also the developer of Diogenes, a widely used open-source software application for working with databases of Greek and Latin texts: it can be downloaded from my home page.

My work on Pompeian painting brought me in 2010 to the J. Paul Getty Villa in Los Angeles as a Getty Scholar. In 2012, I was invited spend two quarters as the inaugural Joan Palevsky Visiting Professor of Classics at the University of California at Los Angeles. 

My research has also been supported by grants from the Center for Hellenic Studies and the Loeb Classical Library Foundation.

Research Interests

  • Latin poetry
  • Reception of Latin poetry
  • Roman painting
  • Humanities computing


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