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Professor Nora Goldschmidt


Professor in the Department of Classics and Ancient History+44 (0) 191 33 41677


Drawing on training in both English and Classics, my work bridges boundaries between classical antiquity and classics after antiquity to challenge perceived divisions between the study of ‘antiquity’ and the study of ‘reception’. 

My first monograph, Shaggy Crowns: Ennius’ Annales and Virgil’s Aeneid (based on a DPhil from Magdalen College, Oxford), is published in the Oxford Classical Monographs series with Oxford University Press (2013). The first book-length study of the relationship between the two poets in almost one-hundred years, it presents a model of intertextuality as a mode of reception embedded in the ways in which Rome remembered its past.

Tied in with my work on the ERC-funded ‘Living Poets’ project (2012-2015), my next cluster of publications focuses on how imaginary life-writing has shaped the reception of ancient texts. My second monograph, Afterlives of the Roman Poets: Biofiction and the Reception of Latin Poetry (Cambridge University Press, 2019; paperback 2024), is a cultural history of the reception of Roman poetry as seen through the fictional biographies (or ‘biofictions’) of its authors. The book brings the concept of biofiction to bear on the role of life-writing in Roman poetry and its reception, and has been described as ‘one of the most significant contributions to current debates on the form’ (Journal of Roman Studies, 2021). The project also underpins Tombs of the Ancient Poets (Oxford University Press, 2018), edited with Barbara Graziosi, which looks at the poet’s tomb as a site of reception between text and material culture.

My more recent work (supported by an AHRC Leadership Fellowship, 2020-2022) brings together my interests in fragments and reception. Fragmentary Modernisms: The Classical Fragment in Literary and Visual Cultures 1896-1950 investigates the ways in which the modernist fragment is bound up with the modern reception of the classical fragment. The project monograph was published by Oxford University Press in December 2023.

My new projectJew-Greeks: Classical Reception and the Cultures of Hebraism, traces some of the tensions involved in the interactions between two cognate and conflicting reception traditions, working accross a range of modern sources, primarily from the twentieth century.

I edit the book series New Directions in Classics (Bloomsbury) with Fiachra Mac Góráin and Charles Martindale. I am executive committee member of the Classical Reception Studies Network, member of the Internationaler Arbeitskreis Hermann Broch, and affiliated member of the Princeton Postclassicisms network.

PhD Supervision

I welcome enquiries from potential PhD students and postdoctoral researchers interested in topics in Latin literature and classical reception, biography/life-writing, fragments and fragmentation, classics in twentieth-century literature (especially modernism), and other topics related to my research.

School Talks and Outreach

I am very happy to give school talks on topics in Latin literature (especially Virgil) and Classical reception for students of Classics, Classical Civilization and English Literature.

Research interests

  • Latin Poetry
  • Classical Reception
  • Biography and Biofiction
  • Fragments and Fragmentation
  • Classics and Modernism


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