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Dr Martin T Dinter

Dr Martin Dinter

Senior Lecturer in Latin Language & Literature

Tel +44 (0)20 7848 2959
Address Department of Classics, C4 North Wing
King's College London
London WC2R 2LS




Born in Basel (CH) I was educated at the Universities of Heidelberg and Cambridge, where I worked with John Henderson on Lucan (MPhil 2002, PhD 2006). Thereafter I was lecturer at Exeter University (October 2005- August 2007) before joining KCL in 2007.  I was a FAPESP funded research fellow (2012-15) at the University of Sao Paulo (Brazil). 

Research Interests and PhD supervision

I work on Latin literature where my main interest lies with Latin Epic, Latin Drama and Epigram as well as intermediality and cultural memory. My book "Anatomizing Lucan – Studies in Lucan's Epic Technique" (Ann Arbor 2012) is mainly concerned with Lucan's poetics and epic technique. My current project ("Reconsidering Cato") studies Cato's poetics and Nachleben.

In addition, I am editing the Cambridge Companion to Roman Comedy and in co-operation with Emma Buckley (St. Andrews) have edited the Blackwell Companion to the Neronian Age (Malden 2013).

I have co-organised a series of conferences on Roman Declamation ( the proceedings of which are currently being published in three volumes and am now co-organising a series of events on Roman Cultural Memory:

I am interested in supervising PhD students in:

•              Latin Literature

•              Comparative Literature

•              Intermediality

•              Cultural Memory

For more details, please see my full research profile.

Selected Publications
  • Martin Dinter, with E. Buckley (2013) 'A companion to the Neronian age'
    Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell. (Blackwell companions to the ancient world).
  • Martin Dinter (2012) 'Anatomizing Civil War: Studies in Lucan's Epic Technique'. Michigan: Michigan University Press.
  • M Dinter (2011) 'Inscriptional Intermediality in Latin Elegy ', in Latin Elegy and Hellenistic Epigram: A Tale of Two Genres at Rome pp. 7-18 [Chapter]
  • Martin Dinter (2010) 'Laying down the Law – Horace’s reflection in his sententiae', in Perceptions of Horace: A Roman Poet and his Readers pp. 96-108  [Chapter]
  • Martin T Dinter (2010)  'Textual Permanence: Roman Elegists and the Epigraphical Tradition' CLASSICAL WORLD, 103 (2), pp. 262-264.  [Book Review (Print)]
  • Martin Dinter (2010) '…und es bewegt sich doch – der Automatismus des abgehackten Gliedes in Lukan', in Lucan between Epic Tradition and Aesthetic Innovation pp. 175-190  [Chapter]
  • Martin T Dinter (2009)  'Epic from Epigram: The Poetics of Valerius Flaccus Argonautica' American Journal of Philology 130 (4), pp. 533-566.
    [Article in print Journal]

For a complete list of publications, please see Dr Dinter's full research profile.

Expertise and Public Engagement

Martin Dinter has been a fellow of the Higher Education Academy since 2008.

Teaching Development Grant for Empowering the Curriculum – Communicative Competence and the Role of Grammar

Visiting Professorships

  • NTNU Trondheim Sept. 2010 (thanks to a grant from the Norwegian research council)
  • University of Sao Paulo, Graduate School, Aug. 2012
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