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Dr Roger Rees

Reader in Latin
Deputy Head of School, Director of Research, Impact officer

rdr1@st-andrews.ac.uk

Phone: 01334 462685

Room: S1

Research profile

Research Interests

  • Roman praise
  • Literature and history of late antiquity

The bulk of my past and current research has attempted to understand how and why praise functioned in Roman society, from the Republic through to late Antiquity. Who gave praise, to whom, in what context, why, and how did this change over time? Such questions have taken me to a wide range of sources, mainly literary, across many genres and centuries. Because context is crucial to appreciation of the dynamics of praise, I have spent a fair amount of time considering historical issues too. My abiding focus is a late antique collection of Latin panegyrical speeches, but I have enjoyed regular research ‘digressions’, such as on the emperor Diocletian, the historian Ammianus Marcellinus, and the British poet Ted Hughes.

Current Research

  • I am finishing a full scale edition, translation and commentary on a speech of praise addressed to the Roman emperor Theodosius in 389CE. This work has been undertaken within the Panegyrici Latini collaborative project.
  • I am currently writing a biography of the emperor Diocletian for Princeton University Press.

Research Students

  • I have supervised research degrees on Tetrarchic Palace architecture, the emperor Claudius, Vergil’s Georgics, Propertius’ Monobiblos, Southern African classical education, Firmicus Maternus and Libanius.
  • I am currently co-supervising a research degree on Carolingian court poetry.
  • I welcome interest in research degrees in late antique history and literature, within or outwith the Panegyrici Latini project. Please feel free to get in touch by email to discuss your research interests and ambitions, whatever your current stage.

Publications

Roman rule in Greek and Latin writing: double vision
Rees, R. & Madsen, J. M., 3 Jul 2014, Leiden; Boston: Brill. 309 p. (Impact of Empire; vol. 18)
Research output: Book/ReportBook

Latin Panegyric
Rees, R., 2012, Oxford University Press.
Research output: Book/ReportBook

Ted Hughes and the Classics
Rees, R. (ed.), 2009, Oxford University Press. 348 p. (Classical Presences)
Research output: Book/ReportBook

Diocletian and the Tetrarchy
Rees, R., 2004, Edinburgh University Press. 219 p.
Research output: Book/ReportBook

Romane Memento: Vergil in the Fourth Century
Rees, R., 2004, Duckworth. 238 p.
Research output: Book/ReportBook

Layers of Loyalty in Latin Panegyric: AD 289-307
Rees, R., 2002, Oxford University Press. 237 p.
Research output: Book/ReportBook

 

Authorising freedom of speech under Theodosius
Rees, R. D., 19 Jul 2018, Imagining Emperors in the Later Roman Empire. Burgersdijk, D. & Ross, A. (eds.). Brill, p. 289-309 20 p.
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Hughes and the Classics
Rees, R. D., Jun 2018, Ted Hughes in context. Gifford, T. (ed.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, p. 123-132 https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108554381.015
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

26 entries for the Oxford Dictionary of Late Antiquity
Rees, R., 22 Mar 2018, Oxford Dictionary of Late Antiquity. Oxford: Oxford University Press
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Panegyric
Rees, R. D., 2018, A Companion to Late Antique Literature. McGill, S. & Watts, E. (eds.). Wiley, p. 209-220 11 p.
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

‘A Hall of Mirrors: The Panegyricus and the Panegyrici’
Rees, R. D., 2018, Concepts of Ideal Rulership from Antiquity to the Renaissance: 'Studies on the Transmission of Texts and Ideas'. Schorn, S. & Roskam, G. (eds.). Brepols, p. 255-292 37 p. (LECTIO; vol. 7).
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

The ‘Entente Variable’: representations of Britain in the Gallic panegyrics
Rees, R. D., 2017, LINGUARUM VARIETAS: Centro vs Periferia. Il Latino tra testi e contesti, lingua e letteratura. Fabrizio Serra, Vol. 6. p. 79-91
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

‘The poetics of Latin prose praise and the fourth century curve’
Rees, R. D., 2017, The Poetics of Late Latin Literature. Hernandez Lobato, J. & Elsner, J. (eds.). Oxford UP, p. 313-344 31 p.
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

'Ghosts of authors past in Claudian's De Bello Gildonico'
Rees, R., 2016, Lucan and Claudian: Context and Intertext. Berlincourt, V., Galli Milic, L. & Nelis, D. (eds.). Heidelberg: Carl Winter Universitätsverlag, p. 127-145 18 p. (Bibliothek der Klassischen Altertumswissenschaften).
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Introduction: A Roman Greek
Rees, R. & Madsen, J. M., 3 Jul 2014, Roman Rule in Greek and Latin Writing: Double Vision. Leiden: Brill, p. 1-15 (Impact of Empire). https://doi.org/10.1163/9789004278288_002
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Intertitles and deliberate misinformation in Ammianus Marcellinus
Rees, R., Mar 2014, The Roman paratext: frame, texts, readers. Janson, L. (ed.). Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, p. 129-142 13 p. https://doi.org/10.1017/CBO9781139168786.007
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Adopting the Emperor: Pliny’s Praise-giving as Cultural Appropriation
Rees, R., 2014, Roman Rule in Greek and Latin Writing: Double Vision. Madsen, J. M. & Rees, R. D. (eds.). Brill, p. 105-123 18 p. https://doi.org/10.1163/9789004278288_006
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Ausonius and Virgil's nether regions
Rees, R., 2014, Proceedings of the Virgil Society. Vol. 28. p. 41-53 12 p.
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Introduction: the later Pliny the Younger
Rees, R. & Gibson, BJ., 2013, Pliny the Younger in Late Antiquity. Arethusa Special edition. Gibson, B. J. & Rees, R. D. (eds.). Johns Hopkins University Press, Vol. 46.2. p. 141-165 24 p.
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

The lousy reputation of Piso
Rees, R., 2013, The Julio-Claudian succession: reality and perception of the Augustan model. Gibson, A. G. G. (ed.). Leiden: Brill, Vol. 349. p. 95-106 11 p.
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

‘The look of the Late Antique Emperor and the art of praise’
Rees, R. & H. Lovatt and C. Vout, 2013, Epic Visions. Visuality in Greek and Latin Epic and its Reception. Cambridge University Press, p. 99-121 22 p.
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Tetrarchy
Rees, R. D., Nov 2012, Encyclopaedia of Ancient History . Bagnall, R. S., Brodersen, K., Champion, C. B., Erskine, A. & Huebner, S. R. (eds.). Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell, Vol. 12. https://doi.org/10.1002/9781444338386.wbeah12219
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingEntry for encyclopedia/dictionary

Bright Lights, Big City: Pacatus and the Panegyrici Latini
Rees, R., Jun 2012, Two Romes: Rome and Constantinople in Late Antiquity. Grig, L. & Kelly, G. (eds.). Oxford University Press, p. 203-22 20 p. (Oxford Studies in Late Antiquity). https://doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199739400.003.0009
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

The Panegyrici Latini since 1870
Rees, R., 2012, Latin Panegyric. Rees, R. D. (ed.). Oxford University Press, p. 3-48
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Nailing down the poet: Ausonius’ Cupid Crucified
Rees, R., Jun 2011, Ratio et res ipsa: Classical essays presented by former pupils to James Diggle on his retirement. Millett, P., Oakley, S. P. & Thompson, R. J. E. (eds.). Oxbow, p. 135-50 16 p. (Cambridge Classical Journal. Supplementary Volume; vol. 36).
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

The whole truth? Laudationes in the courtroom
Rees, R., Jun 2011, Praise and Blame in Roman Republican Rhetoric. Smith, C. & Covino, R. (eds.). Swansea: Classical Press of Wales, p. 83-98 16 p.
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Afterwords of praise
Rees, R., Mar 2011, Pliny’s Praise. The Panegyricus in the Roman World . Roche, P. (ed.). Cambridge University Press, p. 175-88
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Form and function of narrative in Roman panegyrical oratory
Rees, R., 2010, Form and Function in Roman Oratory. Berry, D. & Erskine, A. (eds.). p. 105-121
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Between Monarchy and Democracy. Neo-classicism and the laureate poetry of Ted Hughes
Rees, R., 2009, in 'Ted Hughes and the Classics'. p. 134-156
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Corpus moribus congruens: Lactantius and the body of the church
Rees, R., 2009, Diocletian, Tetrarchy and Diocletian’s Palace on the 1700th Anniversary of Existence. Cambj, N. (ed.). Knjizevni Krug, p. 529-539
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Diocletian and the efficacy of Public Law
Rees, R., 2007, Beyond Dogmatics: Law and Society in the Roman World. Cairns, J. W. & Du Plessis, P. (eds.). Edinburgh University Press, p. 105-121
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Letters of recommendation and the rhetoric of praise
Rees, R., 2007, Ancient Letters. Classical and Late Antique Epistolography. Morello, R. & Morrison, A. D. (eds.). Oxford University Press, p. 149-168
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Panegyric
Rees, R., 2007, A Companion to Roman Rhetoric. Dominik, W. & Hall, J. (eds.). Blackwells, p. 136-148 https://doi.org/10.1002/9780470996485
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

The Emperors’ new names: Diocletian Jovius and Maximian Herculius
Rees, R., 2005, Herakles and Hercules. Exploring a Graeco-Roman Divinity. Rawlings, L. & Bowden, H. (eds.). Classical Press of Wales, p. 223-239
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Introduction
Rees, R., 2004, Romane memento; Vergil in the Fourth Century. Rees, R. D. (ed.). p. 1-16
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Praising in prose: Vergil in the panegyrics
Rees, R., 2004, in R.D. Rees (ed.) Romane memento; Vergil in the Fourth Century. p. 33-46
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Talking to the Tetrarchs: The Dynamics of Vocative Address
Rees, R., 2003, Collection Latomus: Studies in Latin Literature and Roman History XI. Deroux, C. (ed.). Editions Latomus, p. 447-492
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

‘Sacred texts in secular courses; the Word on the Web’
Rees, R. D., 2002, Old Wine, New Bottles: Texts for Classics in a Changed Learning Environment at University . Fitzpatrick, D., Hardwick, L., Ireland, S. & Montserrat, D. (eds.). Open University Press, p. 35-42
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Ammianus Satiricus
Rees, R., 1999, The Late Roman World and its Historian: Interpreting Ammianus Marcellinus. Drijvers, J. W. & Hunt, D. (eds.). Routledge, p. 141-155
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

The private lives of public figures in Latin prose panegyric
Rees, R., 1998, The Propaganda of Power: the Role of Panegyric in Late Antiquity (Mnemosyne Supplement 183, Leiden 1998). Whitby, M. (ed.). Brill, p. 77-101
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

 

‘From Alterity to Unity in Pacatus Drepanius' Panegyric to Theodosius'
Rees, R., 2015, In : Talanta. 45 (2013), p. 41-53 12 p.
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Pacatus the poet doing Plinian prose
Rees, R., 2013, In : Arethusa. 46, 2, p. 241-259 19 p. https://doi.org/10.1353/are.2013.0012
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Words of Praise
Rees, R., Dec 2010, In : Millennium - Jahrbuch. 7, p. 9-28
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

The rhetoric and poetics of praise in the Laudes Domini
Rees, R., 2010, In : Quaderni Urbinati di Cultura Classica. 95, 2, p. 71-84 13 p. https://doi.org/10.1400/149744
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

To Be and Not To Be: Pliny's Paradoxical Trajan
Rees, R., Jan 2001, In : Bulletin of the Institute of Classical Studies. 45, 1, p. 149-168
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Revisiting Evander at Aeneid 8.363
Rees, R., Dec 1996, In : The Classical Quarterly. 46, 2, p. 583-586 4 p. https://doi.org/10.1093/cq/46.2.583
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Common sense in Catullus 64
Rees, R., 1994, In : American Journal of Philology. 115, p. 75-88 9 p.
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Images and image: a re-examination of Tetrarchic iconography
Rees, R., Oct 1993, In : Greece and Rome. 40, p. 181-200 20 p.
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

 

Review of Bernstein 'Ethics, Identity, and Community in Later Roman Declamation'
Rees, R., 2016, In : Gnomon. Zeitschrift für die gesamte klassische Altertumswissenschaft.. p. 753 754 p.
Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

Review of Flower 'Emperors and Bishops in late Roman Invective'
Rees, R. D., 2016, In : Gnomon. Zeitschrift für die gesamte klassische Altertumswissenschaft.. 88, p. 83-84 2 p.
Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

review of Antony Hostein, La cite et l'empereur (Paris 2012)
Rees, R., 2015, In : Klio. 97, 2, p. 2 1 p.
Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

Review of William Fitzgerald, 'How to read a Latin poem' (Oxford 2013)
Rees, R., 4 Apr 2013, In : Times Higher Education Supplement. 2095, p. 50-1 2 p.
Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

Review of Moreno Soldevila, 'Plinio el Joven. Panegirico de Trajano' Madrid 2010
Rees, R., 2013, In : Gnomon. Zeitschrift für die gesamte klassische Altertumswissenschaft.. 85, p. 372-3 2 p.
Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

Review of Ruth Webb, 'Ekphrasis, Imagination and Persuasion'
Rees, R., 2012, In : Hermathena. 187, p. 139-41 2 p.
Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

review of S Harrison (ed.) Living Classics: Greece and Rome in Contemporary Poetry in English
Rees, R. D., 2010, In : Bryn Mawr Classical Review.
Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

Brill's New Pauly. Supplements I. Chronologies of the Ancient World: Names, Dates and Dynasties
Rees, R., Oct 2009, In : Classical Review. 59, 2, p. 606-610 5 p.
Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

Christian Ronning, Herrscherpanegyrik unter Trajan und Konstantin
Rees, R., 2009, In : Journal of Roman Studies. 99, p. 297-298 https://doi.org/10.3815/007543509789745386
Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

Review of Jon Hall, 'Politeness and Politics in Cicero's Letters'
Rees, R., 2009, In : Classical Bulletin. 85, 2, p. 99-100 2 p.
Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

Claudio Mamertino. Eulogy (Gratiarum actio) and Emperor Julian
Rees, R., 2008, In : Classical Review. 58, p. 306-307 2 p. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0009840X07003022
Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

Review of Scourfield, J.H.D. (ed.) Texts and Culture in Late Antiquity (Swansea 2007)
Rees, R., 2008, In : Vergilius. 54, p. 196-201 5 p.
Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

Review of A. Smith (ed.) The Philosopher and Society in Late Antiquity
Rees, R. D., 2007, In : Journal of Classics Teaching. p. 42-43
Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

Review of Kuhoff 'Diokletian und die Epoche der Tetrarchie' and Demandt et al (eds.) 'Diokletian und die Tetrarchie'
Rees, R., 2006, In : Classical Review. 56, p. 446-8
Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

Review of Peter Green 'The Poems of Catullus'
Rees, R., 2006, In : Classical Bulletin. 82, p. 144-6
Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

Review of S. Goldberg 'Constructing Literature in the Roman Republic; Poetry and its Reception'
Rees, R. D., 2006, In : Journal of Classics Teaching. p. 39
Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

Review of Scott McGill's 'Vergil Recomposed'
Rees, R., 2006, In : Vergilius. 52, p. 197-200
Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

Review of A. Santusuosso 'Storming the Heavens: Soldiers, Emperors and Civilians in the Roman Empire'
Rees, R. D., 2005, In : Journal of Classics Teaching. p. 38
Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

review of C. Kelly 'Ruling the Later Roman Empire'
Rees, R. D., 2005, In : Journal of Classics Teaching. p. 20
Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

review of S Bertman 'Erotic Love Poems of Greece and Rome. A collection of new translations'
Rees, R. D., 2005, In : Bryn Mawr Classical Review.
Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

Review of J.N. Adams 'Bilingualism and the Latin Language'
Rees, R., 13 Feb 2004, In : Times Higher Education Supplement. p. 28-9
Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

review of W. Liebeschuetz 'The Decline and Fall of the Roman City'
Rees, R. D., 2004, In : Journal of Classics Teaching. p. 41
Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

Poetry for Patrons. By R.R. Nauta
Rees, R., 2003, In : Journal of Roman Studies. 93, p. 388-389
Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

Review of Hagg and Rousseau (eds) 'Greek Biography and Panegyric in Late Antiquity'
Rees, R., 2003, In : Hermathena. 174, p. 256-64
Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

Review of M. Boatwright 'Hadrian and the Cities of the Roman Empire'
Rees, R. D., 2003, In : JACT Review. p. 14
Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

Ethnicity and Culture in Late Antiquity. Edited by S. Mitchell and G. Greatrex
Rees, R., 2002, In : Journal of Roman Studies. 92, p. 260-261
Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

Review of Bauman 'Human Rights in Ancient Rome'
Rees, R., 2001, In : Classical Review. 51, p. 79-81
Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

Review of J. Huskinson (ed) 'Experiencing Rome'
Rees, R., 2001, In : Classical Review. 51, p. 120-22
Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

Review of Simon Corcoran's 'The Empire of the Tetrarchs'
Rees, R., 2001, In : Hermathena. 170, p. 107-9
Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

Review of D.R. Slavitt 'Ausonius. Three Amusements'
Rees, R., 2000, In : Classical Review. 50, p. 303
Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

D.M. Ausonius, 'Parentalia', Introduction, text, translation and commentary.
Rees, R., 1998, In : Classical Review. 48, p. 496-497 2 p.
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Review of Adrian Higham's 'Diocletian: the tale of a singular man'
Rees, R., 1998, In : Classics Ireland. 5, p. 153-7
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Review of Muller 'Eutropii Breviarium' and Ratti 'Les Empereurs romains d'Auguste a Diocletian dans le Breviare d'Eutrope'
Rees, R., 1998, In : Classical Review. 48, p. 65-7
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Review of N. Delhey, Sidonius Apollinaris Carmen 22
Rees, R., 1998, In : Classical Review. 48, 2, p. 497 1 p.
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The 'Oxford Classical Dictionary': Third-edition.
Rees, R., 1998, In : Classical Review. 48, p. 461-463 3 p.
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Libanios und Julian/ H.-U. Wiemer
Rees, R., 1997, In : Journal of Roman Studies. 87, p. 310-310
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Pliny the Younger in Late Antiquity
Gibson, B. (ed.) & Rees, R. (ed.), 2013, In : Arethusa. 46, 2, p. 141-374
Research output: Contribution to journalSpecial issue

5 entries in Dictionary of British Classicists 1500-1990: JD Duff, R Ellis, JW Mackail, RAB Mynors, RD Williams
Rees, R. D., 2004, 11 p. Theommes Press.
Research output: Other contribution

 

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Teaching

  • 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 Catullus, Cicero and Horace.
  • I contribute to team-taught Honours Latin modules such as Historical Writing, Letters, Didactic, Epic, and Oratory
  • I currently offer a Classical Studies Honours module on ‘Roman Praise’, and a Latin module on ‘Late Latin’
  • I regularly contribute to the MLitt programme, with courses such as ‘Late Latin’ and ‘Ted Hughes and the Classics’.

Career

My first degree was from Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge (1987-90). I was a schoolteacher for four years before studying for my PhD, at St Andrews (1994-7). I held lectureships at Newcastle (1997), St Andrews (1998), Trinity Dublin (1998-9) and Edinburgh (1999-2006) before returning to St Andrews.

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