Ted Somerville

Research Areas

Latin Poetry of the Golden • Age • Allusion • Genre • Elegy

Ted Somerville studied classics at the University of Texas at Austin and Harvard University. At Rice, he is a lecturer in the Classical Studies Program.

He has published articles in scholarly journals, mainly dealing with the Latin poet Gallus and the relationship of Latin poetry to its Greek antecedents. He is currently working on a book about Ovid’s exile poetry and its less well known elegiac antecedents.

His research deals mainly on the interaction between major poets such as Vergil and Ovid with minor or fragmentary poets, both Greek and Latin. He teaches Greek and Latin at all levels, and regularly he teaches an introduction to the Indo-European languages. He has also, upon request, taught Beowulf in Old English and other Indo-European languages.


Selected Publications

“Note on a Reversed Acrostic in Vergil, Georgics 1.429-33,” Classical Philology 105 (2010), 202-8.

“The Literary Merit of the New Gallus,” Classical Philology 104 (2009), 106-13.

“A Note on the Pleonasm of the New Gallus,” Mnemosyne 62 (2009), 295-7.

“The Orthography of the New Gallus and the Spelling Rules of Lucilius,” Zeitschrift für Papyrologie und Epigraphik 160 (2007), 59-64.