Department of Greek & Latin


Steven Green

Steven Green

Honorary Research Fellow 

Email: steven.green@ucl.ac.uk

Research interests:  I specialise in Roman literature and culture in the first centuries BC and AD, especially the reigns of Augustus and Nero. I am particularly drawn to those texts that are typically overlooked or unappreciated by contemporary readers. My research has moved from the conventional world of Ovid to more marginal poems, such as the astrological treatise of Manilius, the hunting manual of Grattius, and a Latin version of Homer’s Iliad, on which I have just completed a commentary, complete with text and translation, to appear with Oxford University Press in 2024.

I have taught in many Universities – in Ireland (NUI Maynooth and Cork), Scotland (Glasgow, St Andrews), and England (Manchester) – and my most substantive post was at the University of Leeds from 2004-13 (Senior Lecturer from 2008; Head of Department 2010-13). I am currently teaching classical subjects at Yale-NUS College in Singapore and in the Department of English, Linguistics, and Theatre Studies at the National University of Singapore; I am also Associate Dean for Curriculum at Yale-NUS. 

Single-Authored Books:

* (2024; in press) A Commentary on the Ilias Latina, Oxford University Press
*(2014) Disclosure and Discretion in Roman Astrology: Manilius and his Augustan Contemporaries, Oxford University Press
*(2004) Ovid, Fasti 1: A Commentary, Leiden

Edited Collections:

*(2018) Grattius: Hunting an Augustan Poet, Oxford University Press
*(2013) (co-edited with P.J. Goodman), Animating Antiquity: Harryhausen and the Classical Tradition (New Voices in Classical Reception Studies)
*(2011) (co-edited with K. Volk), Forgotten Stars: Rediscovering Manilius’ Astronomica, Oxford University Press
*(2006) (co-edited with R.K. Gibson and A.R. Sharrock), The Art of Love: Bimillennial Essays on Ovid’s Ars Amatoria and Remedia Amoris, Oxford University Press

Articles in journals and edited collections (2010 onwards):

* (2024; in press) ‘Grattius and Nemesianus: Preparing for the Hunt in the Roman Empire’, in A. Vergados (ed.), Brill’s Companion to Greek and Roman Didactic Poetry, Leiden
* (2024) ‘Animal Love from Virgil: Teaching Marital Propriety in the Age of Augustus’, in T.H.M. Gellar-Goad and C.B. Polt (eds.), Didactic Literature in the Roman World, New York and London: Routledge, 106-18 
*(2022) (with Pei Yun Chia), ‘Liberal Arts and Face Cosmetics: Medicamina into Mandarin’, in T.J. Sienkewicz and J. Liu (eds.), Ovid in China: Translation, Reception, and Comparison, Leiden, 210-22
*(2022) ‘Fighting over Women at Troy: Roman Sexual Aggression in the Ilias Latina’, in M.J. Falcone and C. Schubert (eds.), Ilias Latina: Text, Interpretation, and Reception, Leiden, 281-98 
*(2021) ‘“Ovid” and Cupid: Deepening Encounters with a Resourceful Nuisance’, in J. Liu (ed.), New Frontiers of Research on Ovid in the Global Context (Studies in Western Classics Series), Peking University Press, I.209-26 (in Mandarin) 
*(2019) ‘How Many Ships does it Take to Sack Troy? Do the Math with the Ilias Latina’, Classical World 112: 161-8
*(2018) ‘Grattius and Augustus: Hunting for an Emperor’, in S.J. Green (ed.), Grattius: Hunting an Augustan Poet, Oxford, 153-75
*(2018) ‘Seneca’s Augustus: (Re)calibrating the Imperial Model for a Young Prince’, in P.J. Goodman (ed.), Afterlives of Augustus: AD 14 – 2014, Cambridge, 44-57
*(2018) ‘Ilias Latina’, new entry for the online version of Oxford Classical Dictionary
*(2016) ‘Recollections of a Heavenly Augustus: Memory and the Res Gestae in Seneca, Apocolocyntosis 10.1-2’, 69, 685-90
*(2014), ‘Alternatives to Aeneas: Meditations on Leadership and Military Discipline in Virgil, Aeneid 9’, PVS 28, 99-122
*(2013) ‘Perseus on the Psychiatrist’s Couch in Leterrier’s Clash of the Titans (2010): Harryhausen Reloaded for 21st Century’ in P.J. Goodman and S.J. Green (eds.), Animating Antiquity: Harryhausen and the Classical Tradition (New Voices in Classical Reception Studies), 75-85
*(2011) ‘Arduum ad astra: The Politics and Poetics of Horoscopic Failure in Manilius’ Astronomica’, in S.J. Green and K. Volk (eds.), Forgotten Stars: Rediscovering Manilius’ Astronomica, Oxford, 120-38
*(2010) ‘(No) Arms and a Man: The Imperial Pretender, the Opportunistic Poet, and the Laus Pisonis’, Classical Quarterly 60, 497-523
*(2010) ‘Undeifying Tiberius: A Reconsideration of Seneca, Apocolocyntosis 1.2’, Classical Quarterly 60, 274-6