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Dr Brian McPhee

Visiting Fellow and Loeb Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Visiting Fellow and Loeb Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Classics and Ancient History 


I received my doctorate in Classics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and took up positions at the American Academy in Rome and Indiana University, Bloomington, before coming to Durham in 2022. The focus of my research at present is my book project, which constitutes the first in-depth investigation of the reception of the Homeric Hymns in the Argonautica of Apollonius of Rhodes. I have also published articles and given talks on a wide array of topics in Greco-Roman literature, from Homer and Herodotus to Ovid and the Augustan mythographer Conon. Some of the throughlines that recur throughout my work include abiding interests in the development of myth and its deployment in service of particular literary aims; the representation of marginalized groups, including women as victims of sexual violence and those paradigmatic signifiers of Otherness, monsters; and questions of literary influence and allusivity, especially in the self-consciously learned poetry of the Alexandrians and their Roman followers.

Research interests

  • Hellenistic Poetry
  • Epic
  • Tragedy
  • Gender and Sexuality
  • Monster Studies
  • Intertextuality, Narratology, and Reader-Response Theory


Chapter in book

Journal Article