Dr Justin Stover (PhD)

Senior Lecturer; Medieval Latin


After an undergraduate career in classics at a small college in Virginia, where I had the privilege of studying such arcana as Roman agrarian writers, medieval angelology, and Counter-Reformation era Latin works, I pursued a doctorate in medieval Latin at Harvard University, where I wrote a dissertation on Plato in the Latin west in the twelfth century. I then moved to these shores to take up a Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship at All Souls College of the University of Oxford, whence to Edinburgh I came at the beginning of 2017.

Undergraduate teaching

Topic in Latin Literature 1

Postgraduate teaching

Elementary Latin (PG)

Research summary


  • Britain & Ireland
  • Europe
  • Mediterranean
  • Near East
  • Scotland


  • Ancient Civilisations
  • Ideas
  • Language & Literature


  • Antiquity
  • Medieval & Renaissance
  • Early Modern

Research interests

My research explores the dissemination of the written heritage of antiquity in manuscript form in the post-classical period. I am interested in the ways in which classical texts were read, reused, and recopied in the medieval world, and how in turn those texts came finally to the age of print.

There still many things to be learned, even about classical literature, by looking at manuscripts  - new texts to be discovered, new attributions to be made, new datings to be established. In the past, my work in this area has focused on Latin philosophical texts transmitted in the twelfth and thirteenth century – including a previously unpublished work by Apuleius – and on late-antique texts transmitted in continental insular centres in the ninth century.

The list below is a subset of the information held on the University of Edinburgh PURE system, and includes Books, Chapters, Articles and Conference contributions. For a full list, including details of other publication types (e.g. reviews), please see the Edinburgh Research Explorer page for Dr Justin Stover.

Books - Authored

Stover, J. and Woudhuysen, G. (forthcoming) The Lost History of Sextus Aurelius Victor. Edinburgh University Press

Books - Edited

Stover, J. (ed.) (2015) A New Work by Apuleius: The Lost Third Book of the De Platone. Oxford; New York: Oxford University PressDOI: https://doi.org/10.1093/actrade/9780198735748.book.1


Stover, J. (2022) Scipio Tettius and the Latin classics. History of Classical Scholarship, 4, pp. 269-288

Stover, J. and Woudhuysen, G. (2022) The poet Nemesianus and the Historia Augusta. The Journal of Roman Studies (JRS), 112, pp. 173-197DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/S007543582200034X

Stover, J. and Woudhuysen, G. (2022) Historiarum libri quinque: Hegesippus between Josephus and Sallust. HISTOS, 16

Stover, J. and Woudhuysen, G. (2021) Jordanes and the date of the Epitome de Caesaribus. HISTOS, 15, pp. 150-188

Stover, J. and Woudhuysen, G. (2021) Aurelius Victor and the ending of Sallust's Jugurtha. Hermathena, 199

Stover, J. (2021) The provenance of the Edinburgh Martial. Revue d'Histoire des Textes, 16, pp. 173-176DOI: https://doi.org/10.1484/J.RHT.5.122897

Stover, J. (2017) The date of the bucolic poet Martius Valerius. The Journal of Roman Studies (JRS), 107, pp. 301-335DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/S0075435817000806

Stover, J. (2017) Epitome de Caesaribus 1.24 and Ovid’s Exile. Classical Philology: A Journal Devoted to Research in Classical Antiquity (CP), 112(2), pp. 267-275DOI: https://doi.org/10.1086/691352

Stover, J. and Kestemont, M. (2016) The authorship of the Historia Augusta: Two new computer studies. Bulletin of the Institute of Classical Studies, 59(2), pp. 140-157DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/j.2041-5370.2016.12043.x

Stover, J. and Kestemont, M. (2016) Reassessing the Apuleian corpus: Constructing and enacting normality online across generations: The case of social networking sites. The Classical Quarterly, 66(2), pp. 645-672DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/S0009838816000768

Kelly, G. and Stover, J. (2016) The Hersfeldensis and the Fuldensis of Ammianus Marcellinus: A reconsideration. The Cambridge Classical Journal, 62, pp. 108-129DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/S1750270516000075

Kestemont, M., Stover, J., Koppel, M., Karsdorp, F. and Daelemans, W. (2016) Authenticating the writings of Julius Caesar. Expert Systems with Applications, 63, pp. 86-96DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.eswa.2016.06.029

Stover, J. (2015) Olybrius and the Einsiedeln Eclogues. The Journal of Roman Studies (JRS), 105, pp. 288-321DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/S0075435815000921

Stover, J. (2015) Apuleius and the Codex reginensis. Exemplaria Classica, 19, pp. 131-154


Stover, J. (forthcoming) Medieval Latin. In: Gibson, R. and Whitton, C. (eds.) The Cambridge Critical Guide to Latin Literature. Cambridge University Press

Stover, J. (2022) The nature of Apuleius' De Platone: An isagoge?. In: Motta, A. and Petrucci, F. (eds.) Isagogical Crossroads from the Early Imperial Age to the End of Antiquity. Leiden: Brill, pp. 49-71DOI: https://doi.org/10.1163/9789004506190_005

Stover, J. (2020) Window reference in Latin bucolic: The case of Martius Valerius. In: Burrow, C., Harrison, S., McLaughlin, M. and Tarantino, E. (eds.) Imitative Series and Clusters from Classical to Early Modern Literature. Berlin: Degruyter, pp. 121-138DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/9783110699593-007