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Dr Emma Buckley

Senior Lecturer in Latin
Deputy Head of School (S1), Director of Research (S1)

Phone: 01334 462622

Room: C25

Research profile

Research Interests

  • Early imperial poetry and drama
  • Supplements, Translations and Reception of Virgil, Ovid and Seneca
  • Academic Drama (neo-Latin tragedies and comedy, 1580-1642) 

My research interests fall into two major categories: the poetry and literature of the early Roman empire; and classical culture in early modern England. My work on early imperial literature (69-96CE) seeks to rehabilitate the until recently neglected and undervalued poetry of the Flavian era. My research on 16th and 17th century academic drama investigates the fascinating intersection of classical literature with education, scholarship, court culture and state power in early modern England. While there is a large time-gap between the fields in which I work, my research in both aims to re-connect and integrate undervalued or misunderstood literature into the broader historical and cultural story, combining close textual analysis with historicist cultural-theory approaches.    

Current research

  • I am finishing a monograph on Valerius Flaccus’ Argonautica, an interpretative study examining Valerius’ response to the new Flavian age.
  • I am currently editing (with E. J. Paleit of Exeter) a modern edition of Thomas May’s 1627 Pharsalia (forthcoming with MHRA 2018).
  • I am undertaking the preliminary research for a monograph on academic drama and its classical contexts.

Research students

  • I am currently supervising or co-supervising research degrees on the theme of aberration in Senecan tragedy; the reception of Virgil and Lucan in 15th century French epic; cult texts and their reception in Borges, Eco and Graves; space and ‘les lieux de mémoire’ in Statius’ Silvae; Ovid and Statius’ Thebaid; Ovid and the law. 
  • I welcome interest in research degrees in early imperial literature and its reception, especially in the early modern period. Please feel free to get in touch by email to discuss your research interests and ambitions, whatever your current stage of study.


A Companion to the Neronian Age
Buckley, E. L. & Dinter, M. T. D. 8 Mar 2013 Wiley-Blackwell. (Blackwell Companions to the Ancient World)
Research output: ResearchBook


'Medieval and Early Modern: Classical Authorities in William Gager's (1583) Dido
Buckley, E. L. 1 Sep 2017 Medieval Theories of the Creative Act/Theorien des kreativen Akts im Mittelalter/Théories médiévales de l'acte créatif.. Reichert Verlag Wiesbaden: Universitätsverlag Freiburg, Vol. 38, p. 189-207 (Scrinium Friburgense)
Research output: Research - peer-reviewChapter (peer-reviewed)

Ending the Argonautica: Giovanni Battista Pio’s Argonautica-Supplement (1519)
Buckley, E. L. 1 Dec 2016 (Accepted/In press) Brill's Companion to Prequels, Sequels, and Retellings of Classical Epic. Simms, R. (ed.). Brill, ( Brill's Companions to Classical Reception; vol. 15)
Research output: Research - peer-reviewChapter (peer-reviewed)

Over Her Live Body? Marriage in Valerius Flaccus’ Argonautica
Buckley, E. 1 Aug 2016 Family in Flavian Epic. Manioti, N. (ed.). Brill, p. 61-88 (Mnemosyne, Supplements; vol. 394)
Research output: Research - peer-reviewChapter (peer-reviewed)

Totus Ulixes: Odysseus in the neo-Latin Ulysses Redux
Buckley, E. L. 10 Jan 2016 (Submitted) The Canadian Review of Comparative Literature, special issue. Grant, T. & Fleming, K. (eds.).
Research output: Research - peer-reviewChapter (peer-reviewed)

Valerius Flaccus and Seneca's Tragedies
Buckley, E. L. 1 Sep 2014 The Companion to Valerius Flaccus. Manuwald, G. & M. H. (eds.). Brill, p. 307-25
Research output: ResearchChapter (peer-reviewed)

'Astyanax', 'Maffeo Vegio'
Buckley, E. L. Nov 2013 Virgil Encyclopedia. Ziolkowski, J. & Thomas, R. (eds.). Wiley-Blackwell
Research output: ResearchChapter

Maffeo Vegio
Buckley, E. L. 1 Aug 2013 Oxford Guide to the Historical Reception of Augustine. Pollmann, K. F., Lambert, D. & Visser, A. (eds.). Oxford University Press
Research output: ResearchChapter

Visualising Venus: epiphany and anagnorisis in Valerius Flaccus' Argonautica
Buckley, E. L. 1 Feb 2013 Epic Visions. Vout, C. & Lovatt, H. (eds.). Cambridge University Press, p. 78-98
Research output: ResearchChapter

Senecan Tragedy
Buckley, E. L. Jan 2013 The Blackwell Companion to the Neronian Age. Buckley, E. L. & Dinter, M. T. D. (eds.). Wiley-Blackwell, (Blackwell Companions to the Ancient World)
Research output: ResearchChapter

Nero insitiuus: constructing Neronian identity in the pseudo-Senecan Octavia
Buckley, E. 2013 The Julio-Claudian Succession: Reality and Perception of the 'Augustan Model'. Gibson, A. G. G. (ed.). Leiden: Brill, p. 133-154 22 p. (Mnemosyne Supplements; vol. 349)
Research output: ResearchChapter


Transitioning between school- and university-level Latin learning: a Scottish perspective
Buckley, E., König, A. & Kotarcic, A. 11 May 2017 In : Journal of Classics Teaching. 18, 35, p. 54-64 11 p.
Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

Drama in the margins – academic text and political context in Matthew Gwinne's Nero: Nova Tragædia (1603) and Ben Jonson's Sejanus (1603/5)
Buckley, E. 1 Sep 2016 In : Renaissance Studies. 30, 4, p. 602-622
Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

'Live false Aeneas!' Marlowe's Dido, Queen of Carthage and the limits of translation
Buckley, E. Nov 2011 In : Classical Receptions Journal. 3, 2, p. 129-147
Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

Ending the 'Aeneid'? Closure and Continuation in Maffeo Vegio's 'Supplementum'
Buckley, E. L. Jan 2006 In : Vergilius. 52, 1, p. 111-140
Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle


H. Slaney, The Senecan Aesthetic: A Performance History (Classical Presences). Oxford/New York: Oxford University Press, 2016. Pp. viii + 320, illus. ISBN 9780198736769. £70.00
Buckley, E. 31 Aug 2017 In : Journal of Roman Studies. First View
Research output: Research - peer-reviewBook/Film/Article review

Bonadeo (A.), Romano (E.) (edd.) Dialogando con il passato. Permanenze e innovazioni nella cultura latina di età flavia. PP. x + 254, ills. Florence: Le Monnier Università, 2007. Paper. ISBN: 978-88-00-20665-5.
Buckley, E. 2015 (Accepted/In press) In : Classical Review. 2015, 97
Research output: Research - peer-reviewBook/Film/Article review

The Dramaturgy of Senecan Tragedy
Buckley, E. Nov 2014 In : Journal of Roman Studies. 2014, 104
Research output: Research - peer-reviewBook/Film/Article review

Paolo Asso (ed.), Brill's Companion to Lucan. Leiden; Boston: Brill, 2011. Pp. xxi, 625. ISBN 9789004167865. $247.00.
Buckley, E. L. Sep 2013 In : Journal of Roman Studies. 103, p. 331 332 p.
Research output: Research - peer-reviewBook/Film/Article review

Dialogando con il passato.: Permanenze e innovazioni nella cultura latina di età flavia
Buckley, E. L. 2011 In : Classical Review. 61, 2, p. 633 633 p.
Research output: Research - peer-reviewBook/Film/Article review

Valerius Flaccus' Argonautica, Book 1. A Commentary  Andrew Zissos. Oxford University Press. pp520. ISBN13: 9780199219490 ISBN10: 0199219494.
Buckley, E. L. 1 Dec 2009 In : Hermathena. 187, p. 128 129 p.
Research output: Research - peer-reviewBook/Film/Article review

Si quid mea carmina possunt... Reflections on the Virgilian Tradition: J. M. Ziolkowski and M. C. J. Putnam (Eds), The Virgilian Tradition. The First Fifteen Hundred Years. C. Kallendorf, The Virgilian Tradition. Book History and the History of Reading in Early Modern Europe. C. Kallendorf, The Other Virgil. ‘Pessimistic’ Readings of the Aeneid in Early Modern Culture.
Buckley, E. L. & Houghton, L. B. T. 2009 In : Journal of Roman Studies. 99, p. 207-218
Research output: Research - peer-reviewBook/Film/Article review

Francois Spaltenstein (ed.) Commentaire des Argonautica de Valérius Flaccus (livres 3, 4 et 5); Commentaire des Argonautica de Valérius Flaccus (livres 6, 7 et 8). Collection Latomus, vols.281-282 (2004-5). Bruxelles.
Buckley, E. L. 2008 In : Gnomon. Zeitschrift für die gesamte klassische Altertumswissenschaft.. 80, p. 563-564 2 p.
Research output: Research - peer-reviewBook/Film/Article review

Marco Fucecchi, Una Guerra in Colchide. Valerio Flacco, Argonautiche 6,1-426. Introduzione, traduzione e commento.
Buckley, E. L. 2008 In : Classical Review. 58, 1, p. 148-150
Research output: Research - peer-reviewBook/Film/Article review

Andrew Laird, The Epic of America: an introduction to Rafael Landívar and the Rusticatio Mexicana. London, Duckworth 2006.
Buckley, E. L. 2007 In : Journal of Roman Studies. 97, p. 329-331 3 p.
Research output: Research - peer-reviewBook/Film/Article review

Anna Cox Brinton, Maphaeus Vegius and his thirteenth book of the Aeneid.  London, Duckworth, 2002.
Buckley, E. L. Feb 2003 In : Bryn Mawr Classical Review. 2003.02.02
Research output: Research - peer-reviewBook/Film/Article review


Matthew Gwinne’s Nero (1603): Seneca, Academic Drama, and the Politics of Polity
Buckley, E. Jun 2013 In : Canadian Review of Comparative Literature. 40, 1, p. 16-33 18 p.
Research output: Research - peer-reviewSpecial issue

Latin Language Teaching and the Student Experience
Konig, A. R., Buckley, E. L. & Woodcock Kroble, M. L. 1 Oct 2012
Research output: ResearchWeb publication/site


For further information on publications, please view my profile on the university's research portal.


  • I regularly lecture to sub-Honours Classical Studies modules on Augustan society and Roman Republican Intellectual culture.
  • I teach in sub-Honours Latin modules, on authors including Petronius, Ovid and Virgil.
  • I contribute to team-taught Honours Latin modules in Roman Epic and Latin Didactic.
  • I offer Honours modules on the reception of Virgil (including Dante, Milton, Marlowe and T. S. Eliot’s The Waste Land), Ovid and the art of translation’ (including Golding and Ted Hughes), and Senecan tragedy and its reception (including plays by Shakespeare, Ted Hughes, and Sarah Kane).
  • I regularly contribute to the MLitt programme, with professional development seminars on writing book reviews and research proposals, and research topics such as ‘Genre’, ‘Allusion vs Intertext’, and ‘Translation Theory’.

Academic Career

My first degree was from New Hall (now Murray Edwards College), Cambridge (1998-2001). I stayed at Cambridge for both the MPhil and PhD, with part-time stints during that time teaching Latin at New Hall School (Chelmsford, Essex) and Hills’s Road Sixth Form College (Cambridge). I then travelled north to take up my first proper job – the lectureship in Latin and Classical Studies at St Andrews (2006) – and I have been here ever since!  

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