Professor of Classical Languages and Literature
Prof. Matthew Leigh studied Classics at Oxford University. He taught at Exeter University (1993-1997) and has been Fellow and Tutor in Classical Languages and Literature at St Anne’s College, Oxford, since October 1997. His principal areas of interest are Latin literature and Roman history. He is the author of ‘Lucan: Spectacle and Engagement’ (Oxford, 1997); ‘Comedy and the Rise of Rome’ (Oxford, 2004); ‘From Polypragmon to Curiosus. Ancient Concepts of Curious and Meddlesome Behaviour’ (Oxford, 2013); as well as numerous articles.
Prof. Leigh regularly lectures in schools on topics relating to the ancient world. Among those topics he has recently addressed are Ovid, Cicero, Vergil, the Origins of Latin Epic, and Military Ethics Ancient and Modern. He is also a longstanding supporter of the Joint Association of Classical Teachers Latin Summer School.
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