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David Davies, Ph.D.

Areas of Expertise

Classical Traditions in English Literature
Philosophical Foundations of Literary Criticism
Classical Tragedy & Comedy
Classical Epic
Roman Lyric Poetry

Director of Latin in Rome (1997-present)


BA (Philosophy and History): University of Rochester
MA (Classics): University of Rochester
PhD (Classics): State University of New York at Buffalo

Dissertation: "The Education of Socrates in Xenophon's Oeconomicus" (Ann Arbor: UMI, 1989).

Recent Courses

Recent Courses in English

ENG 1301: Literary Tradition I
ENG 1302: Literary Tradition II
ENG 2311: Literary Tradition III (Spring 2004)
ENG 2312: Literary Tradition IV (Spring 2005)
ENG 4362: Twentieth Century Literature (Fall 2005)
ENG 6333: Milton (Spring 2003)
ENG 6344: Tragedy & Comedy (Spring 2004)
ENG 6360: Literary Criticism and Theory (Fall 2004)
ENG 6375: Seventeenth Century Lyric
IPS 8341: Dante & Milton (with John Alvis)

Recent Courses in Classics

CLG 1301: Elementary Greek I (Fall 2005)
CLG 1302: Elementary Greek II (Fall 2005)
CLG 2311: Intermediate Greek (Fall 2004)
CLL 2312: Intermediate Latin II (Catullus & Vergil)
CLL 3332/5301 Cicero De Officiis (Spring 2005)
CLG 3326: Greek Tragedy: Euripides (Spring 2018)
CLL 3334: St. Augustine (Fall 2018)

Selected Publications

Monographs and Articles

Davies, D.O. et al. Agnellus of Ravenna, Arethusa Monograph VIII, SUNY at Buffalo, (1981).

Davies, D.O. and Dowling, P. "Shrewd books, with dangerous Frontispieces': Areopagitica's Motto," Milton Quarterly Vol. 20, no. 2 (May 1986).

Works in Progress

"Ovidian Wit and Miltonic Translation" (Paradise Lost 4.467-71)

"A Spectacle of Innocence: Book IV of Paradise Lost"

"On such gentle acts as these": Milton's Sonnet VIII"


Michael Davis The Poetry of Philosophy: Aristotle's Poetics, Rowman and Littlefield, Lanham : 1992, in the Review of Politics.