St John's College Oxford

Dr Laura Miguélez-Cavero

Stipendiary Lecturer in Classics

Biography

After a degree and a PhD at the University of Salamanca (2001, 2006) and two postdocs funded by the Spanish government I landed at the University of Oxford in 2012 to work on a project on Imperial Greek Epic. I also held a JRF in Balliol College for three years before coming to St John's.

What inspired you to pursue your subject?

As a child I found the ancient world in all its child-friendly representations absolutely fascinating. An avid reader of Asterix, I developed a particular liking for the old seaman who always quoted in Latin when faced with disaster. I never followed his example, partly because in secondary school Greek and not Latin was my preferred subject. I became interested in Classics when I was 16 and have been completely absorbed by it ever since. My PhD then opened a new window to a world I had only partially glimpsed before: Late Antiquity, populated by loads of fascinating people who are very classical indeed, but at the same time surprisingly akin to us. Frontiers change, empires collapse and are born, religious effervescence alters traditional perceptions and opens new forms of expression, and ‘my’ poets give us beautiful glimpses of the world around them.

Teaching

I teach mainly Greek literature: Greek Core, Early Greek Hexameter Poetry, Greek Tragedy. I look forward to supervising anything with a late antique flavour about it.

Recent publications

  • Laura Miguélez-Cavero – S. McGill (2018), “Christian Poetry”, in S. McGill – E. Watts (eds.), Blackwell’s Companion to Late Antique Literature, Hoboken (NJ), 259-80
  • Laura Miguélez-Cavero (2017), “Harmonia’s necklace (Nonn. D. 5.135-89): a set of jewellery, ekphrasis and a narrative node”, in A. Quiroga Puertas (ed.), Rhetorical and Literary Strategies in Late Antique Literature, Leiden (Brill), 165-197
  • Laura Miguélez-Cavero (2016), “Nonnus and the Novel”, in D. Accorinti (ed.), Brill’s Companion on Nonnus of Panopolis, Leiden – Boston (Brill) 2016, 549-573
  • Laura Miguélez-Cavero (2013), “The readership of Leucippe and Clitophon: The test-case of the anonymous narrator”, Aevum Antiquum N.S.9 (2009) [2013], pp. 187-204
  • Laura Miguélez-Cavero, Triphiodorus: The Sack of Troy. A General Introduction and Commentary, Texte und Kommentare 45, W. De Gruyter, Berlin – NY, 2013

Research Interests

Late Antique Greek poetry (esp. Egyptian authors: Triphiodorus, Nonnus of Panopolis, fragmentary poetry; lately with an emphasis on Christian epic), the ancient novel (esp. Achilles Tatius).

I am generally interested in the intersections of school and literature, literature and the plastic arts (ekphrasis), literature and cultural history in Late Antiquity.