Michael Dewar

Professor
D Phil (University of Oxford)

Contact Information

Email:  mdewar@chass.utoronto.ca
Phone:  (416) 978-0483
Room:  LI 215

Bio and Research

Michael Dewar read for a BA in Classics and Modern Languages (French and Latin languages and literature) at Oxford University before going on to complete a doctorate in Literae Humaniores at the same institution under the direction of R. G. M. Nisbet and A. S. Hollis. He is interested in the whole range of Latin literature from the early empire to the renaissance, but in particular the epic and political poetry of the first, fourth, and fifth centuries.

His publications include philological, textual, and stylistic commentaries on the ninth book of the Thebaid of Statius (Oxford University Press 1991) and the De Sexto Consulatu Honorii Augusti of Claudian (Oxford University Press 1996), and contributions to an annotated translation of Vitruvius (Vitruvius. Ten Books on Architecture. Translation by Ingrid D. Rowland. Commentary and Illustrations by Thomas Noble Howe. With additional commentary by Ingrid D. Rowland and Michael J. Dewar. Cambridge University Press (New York, 1999). He has also contributed articles to The Oxford Encyclopaedia of Greece and Rome. (Oxford University Press. Edited by Michael Gagarin. New York, 2010) and The Oxford Dictionary of Late Antiquity (forthcoming), and is the author of articles and book-chapters on Virgil, Ovid, Lucan, Statius, Claudian, Sidonius Apollinaris, Venantius Fortunatus, Corippus, and the poets associated with the court of Pope Julius II.

His most recent and current projects include Leisured Resistance: Villas, Literature, and Politics in the Roman World, published by Bloomsbury on December 5th, 2013, and contributions, on ‘lost literature’ and the poetic styles of Statius, to, respectively, the Blackwell Companion to the Flavian Age and the Blackwell Companion to Latin Epic 14-96 CE.

Before coming to the University of Toronto in 1997 he was Professor of Classics at the University of Calgary. He is a member of the Centre for Medieval Studies and a past winner of a Faculty of Arts and Science Outstanding Teaching Award. He is also a member of the editorial board of the Texte und Kommentare series published by De Gruyter of Berlin.

Specialization:  Latin Language and Literature

Detailed CV and List of Publications