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Prof Gesine Manuwald
101 Gordon House
Department of Greek and Latin
University College London, Gower Street
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  • Professor of Latin
  • Dept of Greek & Latin
  • Faculty of Arts & Humanities

I got in touch with Classics very early via family, friends and the curriculum of my secondary school. Having become interested in the subject, I studied Classics and English at the Albert-Ludwigs-Universität in Freiburg im Breisgau (Germany) and spent a happy year as an affiliate student at UCL in between. After my first degree, I continued to do a PhD (on the imperial epic poet Valerius Flaccus) and another qualification, the German "Habilitation" (on the Roman dramatic genre of fabula praetexta), in Freiburg, where I had the opportunity to work as a member of a special research project on Roman tragedy for several years. Subsequently, I enjoyed a generous five-year-research fellowship awarded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, which enabled me to familiarize myself with international academia by several stays abroad and allowed me to focus on a commentary on Cicero’s Philippics 3–9, which was published in summer 2007.

I joined the Department of Greek and Latin at UCL in September 2007, where I continue to do research on Cicero’s speeches, Roman Republican drama and Roman epic as well as on the reception of the classical world in Neo-Latin poetry and opera. Besides, I am interested in a variety of other aspects of and approaches to Latin literature. This is reflected in my teaching, which includes courses on Cicero, Roman drama, Roman historiography, Roman epic, Latin letters, marginal authors and Neo-Latin poetry (in the original language and / or in translation).

I was awarded the Heinz Maier-Leibnitz-Preis by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft in 2001 and was elected a member of the Academia Europaea in 2014.

Research Summary

Roman epic; Roman drama; Roman oratory; reception of Classics in Neo-Latin poetry, modern literature and opera

Teaching Summary

BA and MA courses on Latin language and literature
PhD supervision on Republican and early Imperial Roman literature

01-OCT-2012 – 31-AUG-2017 Head of Department Department of Greek and Latin University College London, United Kingdom
01-OCT-2011 Professor of Latin Department of Greek and Latin University College London, United Kingdom
01-SEP-2007 – 30-SEP-2011 Senior Lecturer in Latin Language and Literature Department of Greek and Latin University College London, United Kingdom
Academic Background
2015   ATQ04 - Recognised by the HEA as a Senior Fellow University College London
2010   ATQ03 - Recognised by the HEA as a Fellow University College London
2000   Habilitation Albert-Ludwigs-Universitat Freiburg
1998   Doctor of Philosophy Albert-Ludwigs-Universitat Freiburg
1997   Staatsexamen Albert-Ludwigs-Universitat Freiburg
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