Scott McGill

Department Chair
Ph.D., Yale University
Rayzor Hall 232 (office hours by appointment)
Research and Teaching: 

Latin poetry in late antiquity; Virgil and Virgil's reception; Roman literary culture

In my work I aim to combine philology and literary theory: close attention to the primary texts and to history, especially literary history, is indispensable, but I seek to bring new perspectives to the ancient material by applying modern critical approaches. When teaching seminars, I aim to make students active participants in the classroom through discussion and different exercises. The goal is to get the students invested in the material and in the processes of learning it. I also teach a large introductory lecture class on ancient Rome, where the aim is to bring the subject matter alive while not compromising rigor. At its best, such a class will leave students feeling that they have learned much and that they want to learn much more.  

My current research focuses on Latin poetry in Late Antiquity: it includes a verse translation, with an introduction and extensive notes, on the first Christian epic in the western tradition, Juvencus' Evangeliorum libri IV (written circa 330). I will then return to the center of the canon to produce a commentary on Virgil's Aeneid 11, which is under contract with Cambridge University Press. 

Selected Publications: 
  • Juvencus, Evangeliorum libri quattuor (London: Routledge, forthcoming in 2016). Introduction, translation, and notes.
  • Plagiarism in Latin Literature (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012).
  • Virgil Recomposed: The Mythological and Secular Centos in Antiquity (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2005).
  • Ed. with Edward Watts, The Blackwell Companion to Late Antique Literature (Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, forthcoming).
  • Ed. with Joseph Pucci, Classics Renewed: Reception and Innovation in Late Latin Poetry (Heidelberg: Carl Winter, forthcoming 2016).
  • Ed. with Cristiana Sogno and Edward Watts, From the Tetrarchs to the Theodosians (Cambridge: Cambridge Universty Press, 2010).