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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 2019):

  • LATIN 307S.01, PHILOSOPHY IN ROME Synopsis
    Allen 226, MW 11:45 AM-01:00 PM
    Social Sciences 109, TuTh 04:40 PM-05:55 PM
Office Hours:

W 4:30 to 5:30 PM
Office Location Allen 233E

Ph.D.University of California at Berkeley1969
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)


Current Ph.D. Students   (Former Students)

    Recent Publications   (More Publications)

    1. Fujimoto, JG; Izatt, JA; Tuchin, VV, Introduction, in Horace: Odes, Modern Library, vol. 10053 (January, 2017), pp. xi-xii, SPIE, ISBN 9781510605473 (translated by Michie, J.) [doi]
    2. Crichlow, MA; Davis, G, Introduction, South Atlantic Quarterly, vol. 115 no. 3 (July, 2016), pp. 437-440, Duke University Press [doi]
    3. Davis, G, Forging a caribbean literary style: Vulgar eloquence and the language of césaire's cahier d'un retour au pays natal, South Atlantic Quarterly, vol. 115 no. 3 (July, 2016), pp. 457-467, Duke University Press [doi]
    4. Collier, JH, Introduction, in The Eclogues of Vergil, vol. 30 (May, 2016), pp. 227-228, Informa UK Limited (translated by Kisak, L.) [doi]
    5. Davis, G, Journal of a Homecoming, in Cahier d'un retour au pays natal by Aimé Césaire (2016), Duke University Press (translated by Davis, G.)  [abs]

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