About Dr Robert Cowan

Dr Robert Cowan's research interests include: Latin epic poetry, especially Flavian epic (Statius, Silius Italicus, Valerius Flaccus); Roman tragedy, especially Republican (Ennius, Pacuvius, Accius), but also Seneca; Roman satire, especially Horace and Juvenal; the intersection between formalist and historicist approaches to Latin literature; modern theoretical approaches, especially narratology

Dr Cowan's research interests cover most of Latin poetry, as well as much of Latin prose and Greek drama, but he specializes in Flavian epic, Republican tragedy and Roman satire. He studied Classics as an undergraduate and postgraduate at Oxford University, before holding posts at the Universities of Exeter and Bristol, and at Brasenose College, Oxford. From 2006 to 2010, he was a University Lecturer in Classics at Oxford and Fairfax Tutorial Fellow in Latin literature at Balliol College. He joined the University of Sydney in July 2010 and is also the Postgraduate Research coordinator for the Department of Classics and Ancient History.

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Selected publications

  • [Article] ‘Hopefully surviving:
the limits of deuotio in Virgil and others’, Proceedings of the Virgil Society 27 (2011) 56-98.
  • [Article] Entries on ‘Lucan’, ‘Statius’, ‘Valerius Flaccus’, and ‘Silius Italicus’ for Blackwell Encyclopedia of Ancient History. forthcoming October 2012.
  • [Book] Introduction and Notes, Horace Satires and Epistles, trans. John Davie (OUP World’s Classics Oxford, 2011).
  • [Article] ‘Sinon and the case of the hypermetric oracle’ Phoenix (forthcoming).
  • [Article] ‘Lucan’s thunder-box: scatology, epic and satire in Suetonius’ Vita Lucani’ Harvard Studies in Classical Philology 106 (2010) forthcoming.
  • [Book chapter] ‘Sing Evohe! Three twentieth-century operatic versions of Euripides’ Bacchae’ in Peter Brown & Suzana Ograjenšek (edd.) Ancient Drama in Music for the Modern Stage (OUP: Oxford, 2010) 320-39.
  • [Book chapter] ‘A stranger in a strange land. Medea in Roman Republican tragedy’ in Heike Bartel & Anne Simon (edd.) Unbinding Medea. Interdisciplinary Approaches to a Classical Myth (Legenda: Oxford, 2010) 39-52.
  • [Book chapter] ‘Virtual Epic: counterfactuals, sideshadowing and the poetics of contingency in the Punica’ in Antony Augoustakis (ed.) Brill’s Companion to Silius Italicus (Brill: Leiden, 2010) 323-51.
  • [Article] ‘Scanning Iulus: prosody, position and politics in the Aeneid.’ Vergilius 55 (2009) 3-12.
  • [Article] ‘Thrasymennus’ wanton wedding: etymology, genre, and uirtus in Silius Italicus, Punica’, Classical Quarterly 59.1 (2009) 226-37.
  • [Article] ‘Virgil’s cucumber again: Columella 10.378-92’ Classical Quarterly 59.1 (2009) 286-9.
  • [Article] ‘Starring Nero as Nero: poetry, role-playing and identity in Juvenal 8. 215-21’, Mnemosyne 62 (2009) 76-89.
  • [Article] ‘Nothing to do with Phaedra? Aristophanes, Thesmophoriazusae 497-501’, Classical Quarterly 58.1 (2008) 317-22.
  • [Article] ‘The headless city: the decline and fall of Capua in Silius Italicus’ PunicaOxford Research Archive 1542 (2007) http://ora.ouls.ox.ac.uk/objects/uuid:dceb6b5a-980c-46ca-ac9e-088615e7fbea
  • [Article] ‘Reading Trojan Rome: illegitimate epithets, avatars, and the limits of analogy in Silius Italicus’ PunicaOxford Research Archive 1559 (2007) http://ora.ouls.ox.ac.uk/objects/uuid:11faca95-f158-4cef-a109-48b676c15baf
  • [Article] ‘Absurdly Scythian Spaniards: Silius, Horace and the Concani’, Mnemosyne 59.2 (2006) 260-7.
  • [Book] New introduction to re-print of O.A.W. Dilke ed. Statius’ Achilleid (Bristol Phoenix Press: Exeter, 2005).