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Prof Gesine Manuwald

Prof Gesine Manuwald

Professor of Latin

Head of Department

Dept of Greek & Latin

Faculty of Arts & Humanities

Joined UCL
1st Sep 2007

Research summary

Roman epic; Roman drama; Roman oratory; reception of Classics in Neo-Latin poetry, modern literature and opera

Teaching summary

BA and MA courses on Latin language and literature

PhD supervision on Republican and early Imperial Roman literature


Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg
HAB, Classics | 2000
Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg
PhD, Classics | 1998
Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg
STEX, Classics, English Pedagogy | 1997


I got in touch with Classics very early via family, friends and the curriculum of my secondary school. Having become interested in the subject, I studied Classics and English at the Albert-Ludwigs-Universität in Freiburg im Breisgau (Germany) and spent a happy year as an affiliate student at UCL in between. After my first degree, I continued to do a PhD (on the imperial epic poet Valerius Flaccus) and another qualification, the German "Habilitation" (on the Roman dramatic genre of fabula praetexta), in Freiburg, where I had the opportunity to work as a member of a special research project on Roman tragedy for several years. Subsequently, I enjoyed a generous five-year-research fellowship awarded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, which enabled me to familiarize myself with international academia by several stays abroad and allowed me to focus on a commentary on Cicero’s Philippics 3–9, which was published in summer 2007.

I joined the Department of Greek and Latin at UCL in September 2007, where I continue to do research on Cicero’s speeches, Roman Republican drama and Roman epic as well as on the reception of the classical world in Neo-Latin poetry and opera. Besides, I am interested in a variety of other aspects of and approaches to Latin literature. This is reflected in my teaching, which includes courses on Cicero, Roman drama, Roman historiography, Roman epic, Latin letters, marginal authors and Neo-Latin poetry (in the original language and / or in translation).

I was awarded the Heinz Maier-Leibnitz-Preis by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft in 2001 and was elected a member of the Academia Europaea in 2014.