Faculty of Arts - Classics and Ancient History

Dr Maxine Lewis

BA (Hons) (Newcastle) , PhD (Sydney)


Classics and Ancient History, Humanities

Email: maxine.lewis@auckland.ac.nz

Extension: 83043 (ph + 64 9 373 7599)

1-11 Short St
Level 5
Room 511a
Hours Office hour Mon 12.30-1.30

Research interests

Latin literature (especially Late Republican and early Augustan); the use of geography in literature; the construction of gender and sexuality in Greek and Roman literature and society; the reception of classical myths by contemporary female authors.

Current research

I am currently writing a monograph on Catullus’ use of geography and place for Oxford University Press, as well as articles on gender, class and sexuality in Late Republican literature. In my research and teaching generally I am particularly interested in allusion and intertextuality, the reception of Classical traditions, and the application of contemporary literary critical theory to study of the ancient world.

Postgraduate supervision

I am available to supervise Honours and Masters students. I especially welcome enquiries about topics related to the following areas:

  • Latin literature
  • Roman history
  • Catullus, Virgil, Ovid
  • Female authors, Greek and Roman
  • Gender and sexuality in Greece and Rome
  • Literary theory
  • Reception of classical texts and myths

Currently supervising:

Inconsistency in Catullus (Hons)

Gendering monsters (MA)

Currently co-supervising:

Geography and place in Ovid's Metamorphoses (PhD)

Leadership in the Thebaid (PhD)

Gendered language in Egyptian literature (PhD)

Recent publications

In Print:

‘Audience, Communication and Textuality in Catullus Carmen 67’ Antichthon 43 (2009) 34-49

Review of Alan Shapiro (trans.), Euripides: Trojan Women. Greek Tragedy in New Translations (New York 2008) Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2009.04.61

Review of Daniel H. Garrison, The Student’s Catullus Fourth Edition (U.S.A. 2012) Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2012.09.48

'Narrativising Catullus: a Never-ending Story' Melbourne Historical Journal 41.2 (2013)1-19


'Queering Catullus in the Classroom: the Ethics of Teaching poem 63.' in N. Rabinowitz and F. McHardie (eds), From Abortion to Pederasty: Addressing Difficult Topics in the Classics Classroom. Columbus: Ohio State University Press

Career history

Current teaching

Classical Studies
Course Title Availability in 2014
CLASSICS 130 Love and Death in Greek and Roman Literature Semester 2
CLASSICS 216 Special Topic Not offered in 2014.
CLASSICS 316 Special Topic Not offered in 2014.
Course Title Availability in 2014
GREEK 100 Introduction to Ancient Greek Language 1 Semester 1
Course Title Availability in 2014
LATIN 200 Latin Language Acquisition: Intermediate Semester 1
LATIN 202 Latin Literary Texts 2B Semester 2
LATIN 204 Latin Literary Texts 2D Semester 2
LATIN 302 Latin Literary Texts 3B Semester 2
LATIN 707 A B Selected Latin Texts 1 Semester 1 and 2 (full year)
LATIN 714 Unprepared Translation 1 Semester 2

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