St John's College Oxford
Professor Malcolm Davies

Professor Malcolm Davies

Tutorial Fellow in Classics


I am a tutorial fellow at St John's College, Oxford, and have been an Oxford University lecturer since 1978.

Research Interests

I have a wide range of research interests within Ancient Greek literature which are reflected by my publications. I am particularly interested in Homer and early epic poetry (Epicorum Graecorum Fragmenta (1988), The Epic Cycle (1989); in Greek lyric poetry (Poetarum Melicorum Fragmenta vol.i 1991); and in Greek Tragedy (Sophocles Trachiniae 1991). I have also collaborated with J. Kathirithamby to produce Greek Insects (1986), and I'm interested in the influence of Greek Tragedy upon such nineteenth- and twentieth-century opera composers as Richard Wagner and Richard Strauss. Published papers include The three Electras: Sophocles, Hofmannsthal, Strauss and the tragic vision (1995).

At a celebration of the 450th anniversary of St John’s, an entertaining discourse Housman and Murray: a syncrisis was delivered as a lecture in 2005, and published in 2006. Murray and Housman, a contribution to Celebrating Gilbert Murray (2007), a volume commemorating the fiftieth anniversary of that scholar’s death, was reprinted with revisions in the Housman Society Journal for 2016. A related article on Housman appeared in the Housman Society Journal for 2009.

During four years' leave from teaching, two further volumes in connection with the new edition of the Greek Lyric Poets (PMGF) was competed, to be published by Oxford University Press.

The fragments of Stesichorus: Poems in collaboration with Patrick Finglass was published by Cambridge University Press in January 2015.

The Aethiopis by Malcolm Davies

A commentary on the Theban Epics, a project sponsored by the Centre for Hellenic Studies, Washington D.C. as the first of a series of commentaries on early epic fragments, was published by Harvard University Press in 2014. The second volume on the Aethiopis was published with Harvard University Press in 2016, and a third volume on the Cypria is being finalised for publication in late 2017.

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Fellow in Ancient Greek Literature
Center for Hellenic Studies,
University of Harvard
Washington DC