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Professor Roland Mayer

Professor Roland Mayer

Professor Roland MayerProfessor of Classics 

Tel+44 (0)20 7848 2058
Address Department of Classics
C3, North Wing
King's College London
London WC2R 2LS



I completed a BA at the University of California, Berkeley, before completing a second BA, an MA and my PhD at Cambridge University. I was appointed a Lecturer in Classics at Birckbeck College, University of London in 1978 before moving to King's in 1989.

Research interests and PhD supervision

My research has centred round Latin literature and Roman culture more generally. My main publications are commentaries on texts (Lucan, Horace, Tacitus, Seneca), but my writing for journals ranges across a much wider spectrum of interest (philological, literary history, reception). I am currently writing a book on Tacitus in collaboration with Professor D. W. Rathbone (King's College London).

  • Latin literature
  • Roman culture

For more details please see my full research profile.

Selected publications

Horace, Odes I (Cambridge Greek and Latin Classics), Cambridge: Cambridge University Press 2012. Ix + 246 pp

Vivere secundum Horatium: Otto Vaenius’ Emblemata Horatiana’, in Hourghton, L. B. T.  & Wyke, M. (edd.), Perceptions of Horace: a Roman poet and his Readers      (Cambridge 2009), 200-18

‘Roman Tragedy’ in E. Bispham, T. Harrison, B. Sparkes (edd.), The Edinburgh  Companion to Ancient Greece and Rome (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University  Press, 2006), pp. 295-8

‘Pastoral after Virgil’ in M. Fantuzzi and T. Papanghelis (edd.), A Companion to  Latin Pastoral (Leiden: Brill, 2006), pp. 451-66

 ‘Oratory in Tacitus’ Annals’, in Berry, D. & Erskine, A. (edd.), Form and  Function in Roman Oratory (Cambridge, 2010), Chapter 17, pp. 281-93

For a complete list of publications, please see my full research profile.


My teaching is usually focused on language acquisition (both Greek and Latin), and text-based courses, both at BA and MA levels. I also teach non-language courses on the social and cultural aspects of Roman drama and the theatre, and on the culture of Nero’s reign.



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