|Professor in the Department of Classics and Ancient History||204a 38 North Bailey||+44 (0) 191 33 45499|
|Member of the Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies|
A native of Belfast, I gained my BA (1987) and PhD (1993) in Classics at Sidney Sussex college, Cambridge, and - after a brief stint there as Junior Research Fellow and Director of Studies in Classics (1992-94) - I joined the Department of Classics & Ancient History at the University of Manchester in 1994, becoming Professor of Latin in 2004. On 1 September 2018 I joined the Dept. of Classics & Ancient History at Durham as Professor of Classics.
I am very happy to supervise PhDs in the following areas: Ovid, Roman love elegy, Augustan poetry, Pliny the Younger, Cicero's Ad Familiares, and Roman epistolography
As part of my AHRC Ancient Letter Collections project, I am happy to offer talks to schools on aspects of ancient letters and letter collections, includng Cicero and Pliny.
- Cicero, Ad Familiares
- Pliny the Younger
- PI and Co-director (with Andrew Morrison): AHRC Ancient Letter Collections project
- Gibson, R. K. (2020). Man of High Empire: the Life of Pliny the Younger. Oxford University Press. https://doi.org/10.1093/oso/9780199948192.001.0001
Chapter in book
- Gibson, R. K. (2018). Pliny and Plutarch's Practical Ethics: a newly rediscovered dialogue. In A. Koenig, & C. Whitton (Eds.), Roman Literature under Nerva, Trajan and Hadrian: Literary Interactions, AD 96–138 (402-421). Cambridge University Press. https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108354813.020
- Gibson, R. K. (2016). Fifty shades of orange: Cambridge Classical Texts and Commentaries. In C. Kraus, & C. Stray (Eds.), The Classical Commentary: Explorations in a Scholarly Genre (346-75). Oxford University Press. https://doi.org/10.1093/acprof%3Aoso/9780199688982.003.0018
- Gibson, R. K. (2015). Not dark yet. Reading to the end of Pliny's nine-book collection. In I. Marchesi (Ed.), Pliny the Book-Maker: Betting on Posterity in the Epistles (185 - 222). Oxford University Press. https://doi.org/10.1093/acprof%3Aoso/9780198729464.003.0005