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N. Gregson Davis, Andrew W. Mellon Research Professor of Humanities and Interim Chair of Romance Studies

N. Gregson Davis

My primary field of research in Classical Studies is ancient Greek and Latin poetry, and the focus of my published work has been on the interpretation of the poetry of the Augustan poets, Horace, Vergil and Ovid. I also pursue research in contemporary Caribbean Literature, with special emphasis on the Francophone and Anglophone literary traditions (particularly the poetry of the Martinican, Aimé Césaire, and the St.Lucian, Derek Walcott). My current work explores the interconnections between philosophy (especially ethics) and poetry in Augustan literature.

Contact Info:
Office Location:  233G Allen Building, Duke University, Durham, NC 27708
Office Phone:  (919) 684-3779
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Teaching (Fall 2016):

    Allen 229, TuTh 03:05 PM-04:20 PM
  • LS 770.87, SELECTED TOPICS Synopsis
    GLS 2114 CONF ROOM, Th 06:15 PM-08:45 PM
Teaching (Spring 2017):

  • LATIN 368S.01, SNAPSHOTS OF ROME Synopsis
    Allen 226, TuTh 10:05 AM-11:20 AM
Office Hours:

M 4:00-5:00 PM

Ph.D.University of California at Berkeley1968
B.A.Harvard University1960
Research Interests:

Greek and Latin Poetry; francophone and anglophone Caribbean Literature; rhetoric; semiotics; pragmatics; reception of Classics in Caribbean literature


Caribbean literature (English) • Caribbean literature (French) • Latin literature • Martinican literature (French)


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    Recent Publications   (More Publications)

    1. JH Collier, Introduction, in The Eclogues of Vergil, manual, vol. 30 (May, 2016), pp. 227-228, University of Pennsylvania Press (translated by Kisak, L.) [doi]
    2. G Davis, Journal of a Homecoming, in Cahier d'un retour au pays natal by Aimé Césaire, manual (2016), Duke University Press (translated by Davis, G.)  [abs]
    3. G Davis, Aimé Césaire, in Dictionary of Caribbean and Afro-Latin American Biography, manual (2015)
    4. G Davis, The dual function of the umbra-motif in Vergil’s Bucolics, in Vergilian Studies dedicated to the memory of Mario Geymonat, edited by HC Günther, manual, vol. 10 (2015), pp. 89-101, Traugott Bautz Verlag
    5. G Davis, Locus of performance and lyric argument in Horace C.3.28, in Actes du colloque de Lyon "La poésie lyrique dans la cité antique, manual (2015), pp. 275-284, École Normale de Lyon (translated by Davis, G.)  [abs]

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