N. Gregson Davis

Andrew W. Mellon Research Professor of Humanities

External address: 
233G Allen Building, Duke University, Durham, NC 27708
Internal office address: 
Box 90103, Durham, NC 27708-0103
Phone: 
(919) 684-3779
Office Hours: 

M 4:00-5:00 PM

My primary field of research in Classical Studies is ancient Greek and Latin poetry, and the focus of my published work has been on the interpretation of the poetry of the Augustan poets, Horace, Vergil and Ovid. I also pursue research in contemporary Caribbean Literature, with special emphasis on the Francophone and Anglophone literary traditions (particularly the poetry of the Martinican, Aimé Césaire, and the St.Lucian, Derek Walcott). My current work explores the interconnections between philosophy (especially ethics) and poetry in Augustan literature.

Education & Training:

  • Ph.D., University of California at Berkeley 1968

  • B.A., Harvard University 1960

Davis, G. "Wine and the symposium." The Cambridge Companion to Horace. January 1, 2007. 207-220. Full Text

Davis, G. "Reframing the Homeric: images of the Odyssey in the art of Derek Walcott and Romare Bearden." Oxford Companion to Classical Receptions. Ed. L Hardwick and C Stray. Oxford University Press, 2007. 401-414.

Davis, G. "’Homecomings without Home’: representations of (post)colonial nostos (homecoming) in the lyric of Aimé Césaire and Derek Walcott’." Homer in the Twentieth Century: between World Literature and the Western Canon. Ed. E Greenwood and B Graziosi. Oxford University Press, 2007.

Davis, G. "From Lyric to Elegy: the Inscription of the Elegiac Subject in Heroides 15 (Sappho to Phaon)." Defining Genre and Gender in Latin Literature: Essays Presented to William S. Anderson on His Seventy-Fifth Birthday. Ed. WW Batsone and G Tissol. New York: Peter Lang Publishing, 2005. 175-191. (Essay)

Davis, G. "Consolation in the Bucolic mode: The Epicurean cadence of Vergil’s First Eclogue." Vergil. Philodemus, and the Augustans. Ed. D Armstrong, J Fish, P Johnston, and M Skinner. University of Texas Press, Austin, Texas, 2003. 63-74.

Davis, G. "Epilogue." Modern Black Writers. Ed. M Woodworks. Detroit: St. James Press, 2000.

Davis, G. "Translation of "Do not have Pity," "Sun Serpent," "Day and Night," by Aimé Césaire." The Norton Anthology: World Masterpieces. 2000. 1718-1719.

Davis, G. "Carmina/Iambi: the literary-generic dimension of Horace's Integer vitae (C.1, 22)." Why Horace: A Collection of Interpretations. Ed. WS Anderson. Wauconda, Ill: Bolchazy- Carducci, 1999. 51-62. (Essay)

Davis, G. "Carmina/Iambi: the literary-generic dimension of Horace's Integer vitae (C.1, 22)." Why Horace: A Collection of Interpretations. Ed. WS Anderson. Wauconda, Ill: Bolchazy- Carducci, 1999. 51-62. (Essay)

Davis, G. "Beyond Disciplinary Hierarchies in Higher Education." Bruce A. Kimball: The Condition of American Liberal Education: Pragmatism and a Changing Tradition. Ed. R Orrill. College Entrance Examination Board, New York, 1995.

Pages

Davis, G. "Cupid at the Ivory Gates: Ausonius as a reader of Vergil." Colby Quarterly 30.3 (1994): 162-170.

Davis, G. "Ingenii cumba?: literary aporia and the rhetoric of Horace's O navis referent (C.1.14)." Rheinisches Museum für Philologie 132 (1989): 331-345.

Davis, G. "Carmina/Iambi: the literary-generic dimension of Horace's Integer vitae (C.1, 22)." Quaderni Urbinati di Cultura Classica: atti di convegni 27.3 (1987): 67-78.

Davis, G. "Carmina/Iambi: the literary-generic dimension of Horace's Integer vitae (C.1, 22)." Quaderni Urbinati di cultura classica 27.3 (1987): 67-78.

Davis, G. "The Disavowal of the Grand (Recusatio) in two poems by Wallace Stevens." Pacific Coast Philology 17.1-2 (1982): 92-102.

Davis, G. "Towards a ‘Non-Vicious Circle’: The Lyric of Aimé Césaire in English." Stanford French Review 1.1 (1977): 135-146.

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