St John's College Oxford
Professor Malcolm Davies

Professor Malcolm Davies

Emeritus Research Fellow in Classics


I am an Emertius Research Fellow in Classics at St John's College.

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).

The Cypria, Professor Malcolm DaviesThe third of the series of Epic commentaries “Cypria” was published by Harvard University in July 2019.

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I am working on the fourth of this series, “Llittle Illiad to Telegony” which will be published in the autumn of 2020 by Harvard University Press.

The commentary to PMGF IV “Lesser and Anonymous Fragments of Greek Lyric Poets” is in press with Oxford University Press, and will be published on October 27th 2020.

I am now finishing the accompanying volume of the edition of the texts as companion to the above commentary which will be published by Oxford University Press.

I am also at the moment working on an important article on vase paintings of purification of Lucia Galle Orestes at Delphi.

The following are forthcoming articles:

  1. Artemis and Hermes in Homer: Proceedings of the 13th International Symposium on the Odyssey (in press).
  2. Achaeus’ Olympian symposium. Japan Studies in Classical Antiquity (in press).
  3. A source for the narrative of the pseudo-Virgilian Culex: Latomus (in press)
  4. Aeschylus Agamemnon 511-12. Prometheus (in press)
  5. The wings of the Moon? Rheinisches Musum (in press)
  6. M .Alden, Paranarratives in the Odyssey: Klio (Review, in press)