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N. Gregson Davis, Dean of Humanities, Professor of Classical Studies (joint with Literature) and Andrew W. Mellon Professor of the Humanities

N. Gregson Davis
Contact Info:
Office Location:  234A Allen
Office Phone:  (919) 684-3779
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Ph.D.University of California - Berkeley1969
B.A. Harvard University1960
Research Interests:

Current projects: Vergil, Walcott, Antigua

My primary field of research in Classical Studies is ancient Greek and Latin poetry, and my the focus of my published word 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, Aime Cesaire, and the St.Lucian, Derek Walcott). My chief current research project is a monograph on the interplay of ideas in Vergil's Bucolic verse (Eclogues).

Areas of Interest:



Europe • Caribbean • Classics • Horace • Ovid • Cesaire • Vergil • Walcott

Current Ph.D. Students   (Former Students)

    Recent Publications   (More Publications)

    1. Euphrosyne, edited by Davis, G; Burian, P; Clay, JS, Beiträge Zur Altertumskunde, vol. 370 (2020), de Gruyter
    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. 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]
    5. Davis, G, Aimé Césaire, in Dictionary of Caribbean and Afro-Latin American Biography (2015)