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Dr Emma Greensmith

Greek Literature; Cultural History

Emma Greensmith is a Junior Research Fellow at Jesus College and a member of the Faculty of Classics.

Academic interests

Emma Greensmith’s academic interests include: 

  • Ancient Greek literature
  • Epic and its reception
  • Late antiquity
  • Literary criticism
  • History of religion.

Degrees obtained

  • BA in Classics, Cantab.
  • MPhil in Classics, Cantab.
  • PhD in Classics, Cantab.

Awards and prizes

  • Arts and Humanities Research Council Doctoral Scholarship (2014-17).
  • N.H. Reed Research Studentship (2014-17).
  • Arts and Humanities Research Council M.Phil. Scholarship (2013-14).


Emma Greensmith is a Classicist specialising in ancient Greek literature and cultural history.  

Before joining Jesus, she held positions as Visiting Assistant Professor of the Classics at Colgate University, New York (2017-18) and researcher on the AHRC-funded collaborative project ‘Imperial Greek Epic: A Cultural History’ at the University of Cambridge (2014-17).

Her present research focuses on the poetics and politics of the Greek imperial period; particularly the reception of epic, the effects of religious change on literary culture, and the relationship between ‘classical’ and ‘Christian’ canons. She is currently writing a book on the reception of Homer in imperial Greek epic. She also has ongoing projects on a number of individual works from this era – including an edited volume on the Posthomerica, an article on the Sibylline Oracles, and a commentary on the Christus Patiens.  

Publications, links and resources

  • Greensmith, E. (2018) ‘When Homer Quotes Callimachus. Allusive Poetics in the Proem of the Posthomerica’, The Classical Quarterly 68 (1):1–18
  • Greensmith, E. (2016) ‘Poetry in Performance. The Almeida Greeks and the Odyssey’, Eisodos 2016 (1): 27-33
  • Greensmith, E. (2018 forthcoming) ‘Saying the Other: Personification and Epic in Late Antiquity’, in B. Verhelst and T. Scheijnen edd. Walking the Wire: Greek and Latin Poetry in Dialogue
  • Bär, S., Greensmith, E., and Ozbek, L. edd. (forthcoming) Writing Homer Under Rome: Quintus of Smyrna in and Beyond the Second Sophistic
  • Greensmith, E. (forthcoming) ‘Asexual Epic: Consummation and Closure in Quintus of Smyrna’s Posthomerica’ in Bär, Greensmith, and Ozbek edd.

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