Professor Roland Mayer
Professor of Classics
Tel+44 (0)20 7848 2058
Address Department of Classics
C3, North Wing
King's College London
London WC2R 2LS
BA, University of California, Berkeley 1967
BA, Cambridge University 1972
MA, Cambridge University 1975
Doctor of Philosophy, Cambridge University 1977
Lecturer in Classics, Birkbeck College, University of London 1978-89
Senior Lecturer, King’s College London 1989-1996
Professor of Classics, King's 1996- date
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).
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
‘Ipsa verba: Tacitus’ verbatim quotations’, in Nelis, D. & Führer, T. (edd.) Acting with words (Heidelberg : Winter, 2010), pp. 129-42
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.
My current research student is producing a study of family relationships in Statius’ Thebaid.