Staff in Classics

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Dr Calum Maciver

MA, MSc, PhD

Senior Lecturer; Classics




Quintus Smyrnaeus’ Posthomerica: Engaging Homer in Late Antiquity (Brill: Leiden, Boston 2012). [Reviews: L. Miguelez-Cavero, BMCR 2012; D. Fields, CR 2014; S. Bär, MH 2013, JHS 2014; J.J.S. Pinheiro, Agora 2015; U. Gärtner, Gnomon 2015]


Edited Books:

Greek Music, Drama, Sport, and Fauna:
The Collected Classical Papers of E.K. Borthwick, edited by Calum Maciver (Cambridge: Francis Cairns Publications, 2015).


Greek Notions of the Past in the Archaic and Classical Eras, Co-editor with J. Marincola and L. Llewellyn-Jones (Edinburgh University Press: Leventis Studies 2012).



Quintus Smyrnaeus’ Posthomerica: translated, with introduction and notes, in: Collected Imperial Greek Epics, edited by Whitmarsh, T. et al. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2017 [forthcoming]


Articles in Journals

Triphiodorus and the Poetics of Imperial Greek Epic, Classical Philology (forthcoming), [12500 words]


Vergil and the Death of Pentheus in Ovid Metamorphoses III, Philologus 161.1 (2017), 145-161.


Truth, Narration, and Interpretation in Lucian’s Verae Historiae, American Journal of Philology 137.2 (2016), 219-250


Flyte of Odysseus: Allusion and the Hoplon Krisis in Quintus Smyrnaeus, Posthomerica 5, American Journal of Philology 133.4 (2012), 601-28.


Representative Bees in Quintus Smyrnaeus’ Posthomerica, Classical Philology 107.1 (2012), 53-69


Reading Helen’s Excuses in Quintus Smyrnaeus’ Posthomerica, Classical Quarterly 61.2 (2011), 688-701


Articles in Edited Books

‘Program and Poetics in Quintus Smyrnaeus’ Posthomerica’, in Simms, R. (ed.) Brill’s Companion to Prequels, Sequels, and Retellings of Classical Epic (Brill: Leiden/Boston, 2018), 71-89.


'Parody, Symbol and the Literary Past in Lucian', in Alexiou, M. and Cairns, D.L. (eds) Greek Laughter and Tears: Antiquity and After (Edinburgh Leventis Studies: Edinburgh University Press, 2017), 54-72.


‘Netherworld Destinations in Quintus Smyrnaeus’ Posthomerica: Some (Homeric) Problems’, in Tanaseanu-Döbler, I. Lefteratou, A., Ryser, G. and Stamatopoulos, K. (eds) Reading the way to the Netherworld. Education and representations of the beyond in Later Antiquity (Göttingen: Vandenhoeck and Ruprecht, 2017), 123-137.


'Nonnus and Imperial Greek Poetry', in Accorinti, D. (ed.) Brill's Companion to Nonnus of Panopolis (Brill: Leiden, Boston, 2016), 529-548


'Returning to the Mountain of Arete: Reading Ecphrasis, Constructing Ethics in Quintus Smyrnaeus’ Posthomerica', in Baumbach, M. and Bär, S.F. (eds) Quintus Smyrnaeus: Transforming Homer in Second Sophistic Epic (Berlin: de Gruyter, 2007), 259-284


Encyclopaedia Entries:

‘Quintus Smyrnaeus’, in Bagnall, R. S., Broderson, K., Champion, C. B., Erskine, A. and Huebner, S. R. (eds.) The Encyclopedia of Ancient History, Wiley-Blackwell, 2011.


Most recent reviews:

Review of Ferreccio (A.) Commento al libro II dei Posthomerica di Quinto Smirneo. (Pleiadi 18, Rome: Edizioni di Storia e Letteratura, 2014), for Classical Review (2017, 67.1, 57-9)

Review of Bozia, E. Lucian and his Roman voices: cultural exchanges and conflicts in the late Roman Empire. Routledge monographs in classical studies, 19. New York; London: Routledge, 2015, for Classical Review, (2016, 66.2, 379-81)

Review of Whitmarsh, T. Beyond The Second Sophistic: Adventures in Post-Classicism (Berkeley, 2013), Phoenix (2015, Vol. 68, No. 3/4 pp. 368-370).

Review of Lelli, E. et al. eds Quinto di Smirne: Il Seqguito Dell’ Iliade (Milan, 2013), for Classical Review (2014, 64.2, 1-2)

Review of Baumbach, M. and Bär, S. (eds) The Brill Companion to Greek and Latin Epyllion and its Reception (Leiden, 2013), for Bryn Mawr Classical Review

Review of Oxford Classical Dictionary 4th Edition, for Classical Review (2013, 63.2, 584-5)

Review of Miguélez Cavero, L. Poems in Context: Greek Poetry in the Egyptian Thebaid 200-600 AD. Sozomena. Studies in the Recovery of Ancient Texts 2 (Berlin, 2008) for Classical Review (2013, 63.2, 404-6).

Review of Kim, L. Homer Between History and Fiction in Imperial Greek Literature (Cambridge, 2010) for CLIO: A Journal of Literature, History, and the Philosophy of History (2013, 42.3, 385-8).

Review of Luz, C. Technopaignia, Formspiele in der griechischen Dichtung (Leiden, 2010) for Journal of Hellenic Studies 132 (2012) 190-1.

Review of Finglass, Collard, Richardson (eds) Hesperos: Studies in Ancient Greek Poetry presented to M.L. West (Oxford, 2007), Classical Review 62.1 (2012) 3-4.