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Dr Roger Rees

Reader in Latin
On leave (Semester 1)

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 and Southern African classical education.
  • I am currently supervising research degrees on Firmicus Maternus, Libanius, and 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. 2014 Brill.
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

 

26 entries for the Oxford Dictionary of Late Antiquity
Rees, R. 2018 Oxford Dictionary of Late Antiquity. Oxford University Press
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

Intertitles and deliberate misinformation in Ammianus Marcellinus
Rees, R. Jan 2014 The Roman Paratext: Frame, Texts, Readers. . Janson, L. (ed.). Cambridge University Press, p. 129-142 13 p.
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Introduction
Rees, R. & Madsen, J. M. 2014 Roman Rule in Greek and Latin Writing. Double Vision.. Leiden: Brill, p. 1-15 (Impact of Empire)
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

Adopting the Emperor: Pliny’s Praise-giving as Cultural Appropriation
Rees, R. 2014 Roman Rule in Greek and Latin Writing. Double Vision.. Brill, p. 105-23 18 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

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

Introduction: the later Pliny the Younger
Rees, R. & Gibson, B. J. 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

Tetrarchy
Rees, R. Nov 2012 Blackwells Encyclopedia of Ancient History. Wiley-Blackwell
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

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)
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
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

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.
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.
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.
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 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 Bernstein 'Ethics, Identity, and Community in Later Roman Declamation'
Rees, R. 2016 In : Gnomon. Zeitschrift für die gesamte klassische Altertumswissenschaft.. p. 753 754 p.
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review of Antony Hostein, La cite et l'empereur (Paris 2012)
Rees, R. 2015 In : Klio. 97, 2, p. 2 1 p.
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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.
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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.
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Review of Ruth Webb, 'Ekphrasis, Imagination and Persuasion'
Rees, R. 2012 In : Hermathena. 187, p. 139-41 2 p.
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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.
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Review of Jon Hall, 'Politeness and Politics in Cicero's Letters'
Rees, R. 2009 In : Classical Bulletin. 85, 2, p. 99-100 2 p.
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Christian Ronning, Herrscherpanegyrik unter Trajan und Konstantin
Rees, R. 2009 In : Journal of Roman Studies. 99, p. 297-298
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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.
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Claudio Mamertino. Eulogy (Gratiarum actio) and Emperor Julian
Rees, R. 2008 In : Classical Review. 58, p. 306-307 2 p.
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Review of A. Smith (ed.) The Philosopher and Society in Late Antiquity
Rees, R. D. 2007 In : Journal of Classics Teaching. p. 42-43
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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
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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
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Review of Peter Green 'The Poems of Catullus'
Rees, R. 2006 In : Classical Bulletin. 82, p. 144-6
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Review of Scott McGill's 'Vergil Recomposed'
Rees, R. 2006 In : Vergilius. 52, p. 197-200
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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
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review of C. Kelly 'Ruling the Later Roman Empire'
Rees, R. D. 2005 In : Journal of Classics Teaching. p. 20
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Review of J.N. Adams 'Bilingualism and the Latin Language'
Rees, R. 13 Feb 2004 In : Times Higher Education Supplement. p. 28-9
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review of W. Liebeschuetz 'The Decline and Fall of the Roman City'
Rees, R. D. 2004 In : Journal of Classics Teaching. p. 41
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Review of M. Boatwright 'Hadrian and the Cities of the Roman Empire'
Rees, R. D. 2003 In : JACT Review. p. 14
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Poetry for Patrons. By R.R. Nauta
Rees, R. 2003 In : Journal of Roman Studies. 93, p. 388-389
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Review of Hagg and Rousseau (eds) 'Greek Biography and Panegyric in Late Antiquity'
Rees, R. 2003 In : Hermathena. 174, p. 256-64
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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
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Review of J. Huskinson (ed) 'Experiencing Rome'
Rees, R. 2001 In : Classical Review. 51, p. 120-22
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Review of Bauman 'Human Rights in Ancient Rome'
Rees, R. 2001 In : Classical Review. 51, p. 79-81
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Review of Simon Corcoran's 'The Empire of the Tetrarchs'
Rees, R. 2001 In : Hermathena. 170, p. 107-9
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Review of D.R. Slavitt 'Ausonius. Three Amusements'
Rees, R. 2000 In : Classical Review. 50, p. 303
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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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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 Adrian Higham's 'Diocletian: the tale of a singular man'
Rees, R. 1998 In : Classics Ireland. 5, p. 153-7
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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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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

 

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

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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