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Maria Wyke

Maria Wyke

Professor of Latin
co-director of the Centre for Research into the Dynamics of Civilisation (CREDOC)
deputy director of the Centre for Humanities Interdisciplinary Research Programmes (CHIRP)

email: external telephone: 020 7679 7491 (internal: 27491)

Research interests: Latin literature (especially Roman love poetry); ancient gender and sexuality; Rome on film; classical reception studies (esp. classics and popular culture); ancient and modern civilisations.

IRIS research profile

Profile I was born in London to a Mexican mother and an Australian father. Educated at Catholic schools, I studied Classics at Oxford (where I began ancient Greek) and then at Cambridge. My interest in gender, sexuality, and desire in Roman love poetry was encouraged by the supervision of John Henderson, and from contact with enthusiastic and welcoming academics in the United States. After a year out to study film and television at the British Film Institute (1992-93), I went to the University of Reading, where I was fortunate to pursue my dual interest in Rome on film and Latin love poetry, both in teaching and research.

I arrived at UCL in September 2005 as Chair of Latin where I have been developing and enhancing the department’s interests in both Latin Literature and Classical Reception Studies. I am also Co-Director of the Centre for Research in the Dynamics of Civilisation (CREDOC) and the Chair of the Executive Board for UCL's Grand Challenge of Intercultural Interaction (GCII).

My full CV is available here: cv.

British Museum lecture: 'Desirability and Domination: Greek Sculpture and the Modern Male Body' (29 June 2011) watch >>

Caesar in the USA & Antiquity in Silent Cinema (23 December 2012): short film >>

Listen to podcast on Rome and cinema in University of Exeter series The Distant Pasts: Adventures in an Alternative Antiquity

Larger Publications:

  • co-edited collection with Pantelis Michelakis on Antiquity in Silent Cinema (CUP, 2013)
  • Caesar in the USA (University of California Press, 2012)
  • co-editor with Luke Houghton of Perceptions of Horace: A Roman Poet and His Readers (2009)
  • Caesar: A Life in Western Culture (Granta, 2007; University of Chicago, 2008)
  • editor of Julius Caesar in Western Culture (Blackwell, 2006)
  • co-editor of Roman Bodies: From Antiquity to the Eighteenth Century, with Andrew Hopkins (BSR, 2005)
  • The Roman Mistress: Ancient and Modern Representations (OUP, 2002)
  • co-editor of The Uses and Abuses of Antiquity, with Professor Michael Biddiss (Peter Lang, 1999)
  • editor of Parchments of Gender: Deciphering the Bodies of Antiquity (OUP, 1998)
  • editor of Gender and the Body in the Ancient Mediterranean (Blackwell, 1998)
  • Projecting the Past: Ancient Rome, Cinema and History (Routledge, 1997)
  • co-editor of An Illusion of the Night: Women in Ancient Societies, with Leonie Archer and Susan Fischler (Macmillan Press, 1994)

Projects in Progress:

stage 1 screenings of archival prints of films set in ancient Greece, Rome, Egypt and the Middle East at the Bloomsbury Theatre, London in 2009 (funded by UCL Futures):

stage 2 further screenings and talks in Bristol, Berlin, Bologna, Anaheim and Los Angeles; preliminary visits to European and American film archives; consultation with archivists, curators, academics and exhibitors (funded by the British Academy); research agenda and directions laid out in an edited collection on Antiquity in Silent Cinema (2013);

stage 3 applications in progress to support large-scale, interdisciplinary and collaborative study of representations of ancient civilizations in silent cinema.Most recent film screening and discussion Entering the Ancient World through Silent Cinema, in November 2015 at The Cinema Museum London, as part of the Being Human festival.