Dr Jesse Hill (BA (Hons), MA, PhD)

Post-Doctoral Research Fellow


Born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba, in Treaty One Territory, Canada, I took an Honours BA from the University of Winnipeg in 2014 and MA and PhD degrees from the University of Toronto in 2016 and 2021. After finishing up my thesis (The Latin past and the poetry of Catullus, supervised by Michael Dewar), I spent 8 months as a Postdoc and Instructor at the University of British Columbia before coming here to Edinburgh.

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Research summary


  • Mediterranean


  • Language & Literature


  • Antiquity

Research interests

I primarily work on the poetry and cultural history of Italy in the third, second, and first centuries BCE. I'm generally interested in poetics and allusion, themes of ethnicity and cultural identity, and literary fragments and their transmission.

Current research activities

My main task at Edinburgh is to finish my monograph, Catullus and the Three Hearts of Quintus Ennius, an activity which has been generously funded by UKRI. But I have lots of other things on the go: a volume of essays about Ennius’ non-epic poetry, co-edited with C. W. Marshall; several papers on various shadowy Latin poets (Porcius Licinus, Valerius Cato, Tiburtinus, Furius Bibaculus); a collaborative project with Jarrett Welsh on the Renaissance transmission of Paulus’ epitome of Festus; and, in its very early stages, a commentary on Varro’s Menippean Satires.

Journal Articles

Hill, J. 2021. “True Friendship: Ennius and Other Poets in Catullus 116.” TAPA 151.1: 155-84.  

Hill, J. 2021. “A Neglected Manuscript of the Glossary of Placidus and the History of the Text.” CQ 71.1: 422-39. (Co-published with Jarrett Welsh)

Book Reviews

Hill, J. 2022. Hill on D. Feeney. 2021. Explorations in Latin literature. Volume 2: elegy, lyric, and other topics. Cambridge. BMCR.2022.05.22. https://bmcr.brynmawr.edu/2022/2022.05.22/

Hill, J. 2021. Hill on T. Biggs, 2020. Poetics of the First Punic War. Ann Arbor. BMCR.2021.10.11. https://bmcr.brynmawr.edu/2021/2021.10.11/

Hill, J. 2020. Hill on J. Nethercut, 2021. Ennius Noster: Lucretius and the Annales. Oxford. Phoenix 74.3-4: 335-37.

Hill, J. 2020. Hill on C. Damon and J. Farrell, eds. 2020. Ennius’ Annals. Poetry and History. Cambridge. Phoenix 74.1-2: 160-63.

Hill, J. 2020. Hill on N. Ciano, 2019. Gli Aratea di Cicerone: saggio di commento ai frammenti di tradizione indiretta con approfondimenti a luoghi scelti (frr. 13 e 18). Bari. BMCR.2020.11.33. https://bmcr.brynmawr.edu/2020/2020.11.33/