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Gerard O'Daly


Emeritus Professor of Latin

Email: gerard.odaly AT

I was born in Dublin, and educated at Belvedere College (James Joyce's old school) and University College Dublin, where I read Classics (MA, 1965). I did doctoral research on the Neoplatonist philosopher Plotinus at the University of Berne (Switzerland, Dr.Phil.1968), and subsequently collaborated with my supervisor, Prof. Willy Theiler, in the preparation of the final volume of the German edition of Plotinus. I was a Humboldt Research Fellow at Heidelberg University a number of times in the 1980s, and was awarded the Habilitation at Heidelberg in 1984 for research on Augustine. For several years I was a member of the editorial board of the Augustinus-Lexikon. Between 1969 and 1991 I taught at the Universities of Lancaster, Nottingham, and Würzburg (Germany). I came to UCL in 1991 as Professor of Latin. While there I was at various times Head of the Department of Greek and Latin and Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities. I took early retirement in 2004, and since then I have been living in the Charente in south-western France, with my wife, two Siamese cats, and two Salukis. I divide my time between reading and writing, gardening, travel, supporting Leinster Rugby, and canine sporting events.

My research focuses on literature, religion, and intellectual life in the Roman Empire between 200 and 500 CE. At present, I am working mainly on (a) Plotinus, and (b) Latin poetry of the fourth and fifth centuries, in particular Prudentius.

Chief Publications

“Prudentius”. Oxford Bibliographies: Classics. Ed. D. L. Clayman. New York: Oxford University Press, 2013 (

Days Linked by Song: Prudentius' Cathemerinon. Oxford University Press, 2012.

(ed. with E. Bermon) Le De Trinitate de Saint Augustin: Exegèse, logique et noétique. Actes du colloque international de Bordeaux, 16-19 juin 2010. Institut d'Études Augustiniennes, Paris, 2012.

Augustine's City of God: A Reader's Guide. Oxford University Press, 2004 (revised paperback edn of the book first published in 1999).

Platonism Pagan and Christian: Studies in Plotinus and Augustine. Ashgate Variorum, Aldershot, 2001 (reprint of Plotinus' Philosophy of the Self [see below] and 14 articles).

The Poetry of Boethius. Duckworth, London, and University of North Carolina Press, Chapel Hill, 1991.

Augustine's Philosophy of Mind. Duckworth, London and University of California Press, Berkeley and Los Angeles, 1987 (Italian translation: La Filosofia della Mente in Agostino, Edizioni Augustinus, Palermo [Augustiniana, Testi i Studi, VI], 1988).

(ed. with C. Mayer et al.) Augustinus-Lexikon, vols, 1 and 2. Schwabe, Basle, 1986-2003 (the project continues, and vol. 4, fascicles 1-2 have been published recently: see

Plotinus' Philosophy of the Self. Irish University Press, Shannon, and Barnes and Noble, New York, 1973).

(ed. with W. Theiler) Plotins Schriften VI: Indices. Felix Meiner Verlag, Hamburg, 1971.