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N. Gregson Davis, Andrew W. Mellon Research Professor of Humanities

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
Email Address: send me a message

Teaching (Fall 2015):

  • LATIN 101.01, ELEMENTARY LATIN Synopsis
    Soc/Psych 128, MWF 10:20 AM-11:10 AM
  • LATIN 368S.01, SNAPSHOTS OF ROME Synopsis
    Soc/Psych 129, MW 03:05 PM-04:20 PM
  • LS 770.84, SELECTED TOPICS Synopsis
    GLS 2114 CONF ROOM, W 06:15 PM-08:45 PM
Teaching (Spring 2016):

  • LATIN 102.01, ELEMENTARY LATIN Synopsis
    Social Sciences 311, MWF 12:00 PM-12:50 PM
  • LATIN 768S.01, SEMINAR LAT LIT II (TOP) Synopsis
    TBA, WF 03:05 PM-04:20 PM
Office Hours:

Tuesdays and Thursdays 4:00 - 5:00 P.M.

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)


Current Ph.D. Students   (Former Students)

    Recent Publications   (More Publications)

    1. with with Abiola Irele., Journal of a Homecoming. English translation, with Introduction, of Aimé Césaire's Cahier d'un retour au pays natal, in Aimé Césaire: Cahier d'un retour au pays natal (2014)  [author's comments]
    2. Parthenope: The Interplay of Ideas in Vergiian Bucolic (2013)
    3. Negritude-as-performance: the interplay of efficacious and inefficaciuos speech acts in Cahier d'un retour au pays natal, Research in African Literatures, vol. 41 no. 1 (Spring, 2010), pp. 142-154
    4. A Companion to Horace (2010), Wiley-Blackwell Oxford 2010
    5. Archilochus lyricus and Horatian melos, in In A Companion to Horace, edited by Gregson Davis (2010), Wiley Blackwell

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