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Dr Trevor Fear

Profile summary

  • Lecturer and Staff Tutor in Classical Studies
  • Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences
  • School of Art His, Class St, Eng&CW, Mus
  • Classical Studies
  • trevor.fear

Professional biography

I completed a BA in Classics at Bristol University (with an undergraduate dissertation on Catullus and Horace) before moving to Durham to write a M.Litt dissertation on Ovid’s Heroides. From Durham I went on to California to complete a PhD programme at the University of Southern California with a dissertation entitled, “Love's Economy: Aesthetics, Exchange and Youthful Poetics in Roman Elegy.” Whilst in the US I held a number of teaching posts at SUNY Buffalo, Iowa State University and at the University of California, Los Angeles. I took up a position with the Open University as a lecturer and Staff Tutor (based in Birmingham) in 2003.

My research has principally focused on Latin poetry, and on Roman Love Elegy in particular. I have published a number of articles and book chapters on Catullus and Roman Elegy, and I was the guest editor for a special issue of Arethusa on Roman Elegy. More recently my research has moved towards Classical Reception and in particular the reception of Cleopatra, and I am currently working on a book on this topic for IB Taurus.

Since 2010 I have been the editor of the OU hosted e-journal New Voices in Classical Reception Studies. This journal aims to promote the research of early career researchers and established researchers moving into the area of Classical Reception Studies.

Research interests

Recent and Selected Publications

Ah pereant, si quos ianua clausa iuvat: Propertius 2.23 and the Revision of the Elegiac Code,” Classica et Mediaevola 63, December 2012.

Interdictiones domo et ingenio: Timagenes and Propertius: A reading in the dynamics of Augustan exclusion,”, Arethusa 43.3, Fall 2010.

“Of Aristocrats and Courtesans: Seneca, De Beneficiis 1.14,” Hermes, Zeitschrift für Klassische Philologie, 135.4, 2007.

"Roman Elegy and the inscription of the liminal male," in Gendered Dynamics in Latin Love Poetry, edited by Ronnie Ancona and Ellen Greene, John Hopkins University Press, 2005.

Guest editor: "Fallax opus: Approaches to Reading Roman Elegy," Arethusa 33.2, Spring 2000.

"The Poet as Pimp: Elegiac Seduction in the Time of Augustus," Arethusa 33.2, Spring 2000.

Recent Conference Papers

“Cleopatra in the 26th century: the long reach of a historical icon,” Masks, Echoes, Shadows: Locating Classical Receptions in the Cinema, Institute of Classical Studies, London, May 2012

“When Cleopatra met the Warrior Princess,” Classical Association annual conference, Exeter University, April 2012

“Cleopatra in the New Millennium: the changing dynamics of a historical icon,” Cinema and Antiquity: 2000-2011, The 1t J.P. Postgate Colloquium, University of Liverpool, May 2011.

The Orator, the mistress and the poet: Cicero, Roman Elegy and the road to fame, Classical Association annual conference, Durham University, April 2011

Odi profanum vulgus et arceo: Roman Elegy and the problematics of Callimachean Love,” Classical Association annual conference, Cardiff University, April 2010

See also Open Research Online for further details of Trevor Fear’s research publications.

Teaching interests

My written teaching contributions at the Open University include the units “Poetry and Cultural Politics in Augustan Rome” on A219: Exploring the classical world and “Cleopatra” on AA100: The arts past and present. I am currently working on teaching materials for A276: Classical Latin: The Language of Ancient Rome and the new MA in Classical Studies. I have been the Module Team Chair of A397: Continuing classical Latin since the module was first presented in 2007.

Research Activity

Research groups

NameTypeParent Unit
Classical Reception Research ClusterClusterFaculty of Arts
Greek and Latin Texts ClusterClusterFaculty of Arts


Ah pereant, si quos ianua clausa iuvat: Propertius 2.23 and the revision of the elegiac code (2012-12)
Fear, Trevor
Classica et Mediaevalia, 63
Interdictiones domo et ingenio: Timagenes and Propertius: a reading in the dynamics of Augustan exclusion (2010-10)
Fear, Trevor
Arethusa, 43(3) (pp. 429-438)
Of Aristocrats and Courtesans: Seneca, De Beneficiis 1.14 (2007)
Fear, Trevor
Hermes: Zeitschrift für klassische philologie, 135(4) (pp. 460-468)
Propertian closure: the elegiac inscription of the liminal male and ideological contestation in Augustan Rome (2005-10)
Fear, Trevor
In: Ancona, Ronnie and Greene, Ellen eds. Gendered Dynamics in Latin Love Poetry. Arethusa Books (pp. 13-40)
ISBN : 978-0-8018-8198-5 | Publisher : The John Hopkins University Press | Published : Baltimore, US
New Voices in Classical Reception Studies Vol. 7 (2012) (2012-10)
Fear, Trevor
The Open University
New Voices In Classical Reception Studies Vol. 6 (2011) (2011-07)
Fear, Trevor
The Open University

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