Stephen Harrison

Professor Stephen Harrison

  • Post-Nominals: FAHA
  • Fellow Type: Corresponding Fellow
  • Elected to the Academy: 2022


Stephen Harrison is Senior Research Fellow at Corpus Christi College, Oxford, and Professor of Latin Literature in the University of Oxford, where he studied (1978-85) and has worked since 1985. He has held visiting positions at Rome, Siena, Bergen, Copenhagen, Princeton IAS, Stanford, Tel-Aviv, Jerusalem, Dunedin and Christchurch, and is currently a visiting professor at Trondheim and Stellenbosch. He is a member of the Academia Europaea, the Accademia Vergiliana di Mantova, the Norwegian Academy of Sciences, and the Polish Academy of Arts and Sciences. He was awarded honorary doctorates by the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in 2019 and by the University of Trondheim in 2022.

He is the author, editor or co-editor of more than forty volumes, and author of more than two hundred articles and chapters. This output focusses on Augustan Latn poetry [e.g. A Commentary on Vergil, Aeneid 10 (OUP, 1991); Generic Enrichment in Vergil and Horace (OUP, 2007; Horace Odes 2: A Commentary (CUP, 2017))], Apuleius [e.g. Apuleius: A Latin Sophist (OUP, 2000); Framing the Ass: Literary Form in Apuleius’ Metamorphoses (OUP, 2013)] and the later reception of classical Latin literature [ e.g. Victorian Horace: Classics and Class (Bloomsbury, 2017), (ed.) Living Classics: Greece and Rome in Contemporary Poetry in English (OUP, 2009, (co-ed.), Seamus Heaney and the Classics: Bann Valley Muses (OUP, 2019), and (co-ed.) Cupid and Psyche: The Reception of Apuleius’ Love Story since 1600 (De Gruyter, 2020). ]. Current research projects include work on Horace and Vergil, on the neo-Latin poetry of the 16C and 17C, and on the reception of Latin literature in literature in English since 1600. For a full list of publications see


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