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Philippa Bather

Philippa Bather

Honorary Research Fellow


Research interests:  Roman verse satire, especially Horace and Persius; Augustan poetry, particularly Horace and Ovid; intertextuality; narratology.

Research Profile:  I completed a Latin degree at the University of Manchester in 2005, and a Masters in Ancient World Studies at Manchester in 2007.   My doctorate (Manchester 2011), entitled ‘Intertextuality in Horace’s Hexameters and Ovid’s Erotic Elegies’, examined the largely unexplored connectivity between the ‘lower’ generic works of Horace and Ovid (Sat. 1-2, Epist. 1-2 and A.P.; Am. 1-3, Ars 1-3, Rem. and Tr.), establishing a dynamic and competitive relationship between these poets.  I am currently converting the thesis into a book, as well as editing a forthcoming collection on Horace’s Epodes, for which I am also contributing a Chapter that focuses on the ancient reception of Horace’s Epodes, and its relationship to Horace’s other works, through the prism of Petronius’ Satyricon.  Most recently, I have started to turn my attention to Persius Satires.


  • Bather, P. and Stocks, C. (eds) (forthcoming) Horace Epodes: Literary Traditions and Contexts.
  • Bather, P. (forthcoming) ‘Horace’s noxiosissimum corpus: Horatian impotence (Epodes) and moderation (Satires and Epistles 1) at Petronius’ Satyricon 130’ in P. Bather and C. Stocks.