Jesse Hill


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Bio and Research

Born and raised on the Manitoba prairies, Treaty One Territory, I took an Honours BA from the University of Winnipeg in 2014 and a MA from the University of Toronto in 2016, both in Classics (though with a lot of English in the former). Now I’m teaching and wrapping up my PhD here at the UofT, with a thesis arguing for a radically different view of the relationship between Catullus and Ennius and, consequently, a new history of Latin poetry. The theme at the centre of this project, and most of my scholarship, is tradition in the literary imagination – I am interested in how authors and readers receive, and are shaped by, the literary past. I’ve mostly thought about this question in the Roman world (and have developed attendant specializations in Roman cultural and intellectual history), but I maintain an ever-growing interest in classical reception in anglophone (particularly Canadian) poetry, too.

Research Interests

Roman poetry and poetics, the Latin tradition