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Professor William Fitzgerald

Professor William Fitzgerald

Professor of Latin Language & Literature

Tel +44 (0)20 7848 2353
Address Department of Classics
C6, North Wing
King's College London
London WC2R 2LS



After a BA at Oxford in Classics (1974) I took a PhD at Princeton University in Comparative Literature (1981) and then taught in the States for many years, at the University of California (San Diego and Berkeley). I returned to the UK in 2003 to teach at Cambridge and moved to King¹s in 2007.

Research interests and PhD supervision
  • Latin poetry
  • Latin prose
  • Comparative literature
  • Classical reception

My research has focused mainly on Latin poetry, but has also taken in Latin prose (Pliny the Younger and Apuleius) as well as topics in comparative literature and classical reception. I have written monographs on Pindar and the European Pindaric tradition, on Catullus, and on slavery in Latin literature. My latest book is Martial: the Epigrammatic World, which came out in 2007. At the moment I am working on variety and miscellany in Latin literature and finishing a little book on Latin poetry for the Latinless.

I am interested in supervising PhD students in:

  •  Latin literature (especially Latin lyric, epigram and elegiac poetry; Latin letters; Roman novel; Aulus Gellius)
  • Roman slavery and literature
  • Topics in comparative literature and reception of the Classics

For more details, please see my full research profile.

Selected Publications
  • William Fitzgerald (2011) 'The Slave as Minimal Addition in Latin Literature', in Reading Ancient Slavery pp. 175-191. [Chapter]
  • William Fitzgerald (2010)  'CICERO IN LETTERS Epistolary relations of the Late Republic' TLS: The Times literary supplement (5620), pp. 5-5.
  • [Book Review (Print)]
  • William Fitzgerald (2010)  'Listening, Ancient and Modern' JOURNAL- ROYAL MUSICAL ASSOCIATION, 135 (Supplement 1), pp. 25-37.[Article in print Journal]
  • William Fitzgerald (2010) 'Vergil in Music', in A Companion to Vergil’s Aeneid and its Tradition pp. 341-352. [Chapter]
  • William Fitzgerald (2007) Martial: the World of the Epigram University of Chicago Press. [Authored Book in print]

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


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