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
(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. Virgil's eclogues. December 1, 2010.

Davis, G. A Companion to Horace. February 8, 2010. Full Text

Davis, G. Aimé Césaire. Cambridge University Press, 1997. (Monograph)

Davis, G. Polyhymnia: The Rhetoric of Horatian Lyric Discourse. University of California Press, 1991. (Monograph)

Davis, G. Non-Vicious Circle: Twenty Poems of Aimé Césaire. Stanford University Press, 1984.

Davis, G. The Death of Procris: "Amor" and the Hunt in Ovid’s Metamorphoses. Edizioni dell’ Ateneo, January 1983. (Monograph)

Davis, G, and Davis, M. Antigua Black: Portrait of an Island People. Scrimshaw Press, 1971.

Fujimoto, JG, Izatt, JA, and Tuchin, VV. "Introduction." January 1, 2017. xi-xii. Full Text

Collier, JH. "Introduction." May 3, 2016. 227-228. Full Text

Davis, G. "Journal of a Homecoming (Accepted)." Cahier d'un retour au pays natal by Aimé Césaire. Trans. G Davis. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2016. (Essay)

Davis, G. "Locus of performance and lyric argument in Horace C.3.28 (In preparation)." Actes du colloque de Lyon "La poésie lyrique dans la cité antique. Trans. G Davis. Lyon, France: École Normale de Lyon, 2015. 275-284. (Essay)

Davis, G. "The dual function of the umbra-motif in Vergil’s Bucolics." Vergilian Studies dedicated to the memory of Mario Geymonat. Ed. HC Günther. Nordhausen: Traugott Bautz Verlag, 2015. 89-101. (Essay)

Davis, G. "Aimé Césaire (In preparation)." Dictionary of Caribbean and Afro-Latin American Biography. 2015.

Davis, G. "Defining a Lyric Ethos: Archilochus lyricus and Horatian melos." A Companion to Horace. February 8, 2010. 105-127. Full Text

Davis, G. "Archilochus lyricus and Horatian melos." A Companion to Horace. Ed. G Davis. Oxford: Wiley Blackwell, 2010. 105-127. (Essay)

Davis, G. "Aimé Césaire." Oxford Encyclopedia of African Thought. Ed. A Irele and B Jeyifo. Oxford University Press, 2010.

Davis, G. "Derek Walcott." Oxford Encyclopedia of African Thought. Ed. A Irele and B Jeyifo. 2010.


Crichlow, MA, and Davis, G. "Introduction." South Atlantic Quarterly 115.3 (July 2016): 437-440. Full Text

Davis, G. "Ait Phaselus: The Caricature of Stylistic Inelegance in Catullus 4"." "Materiali e discussioni per l'analysi dei testi classici." 48 (August 2002): 111-143.

Davis, G. "Lyric Tales." The Classical Review 49.1 (January 1, 1999): 50-52. (Review) Full Text

Davis, G. "'With no Homeric Shadow': The Disavowal of Epic in Derek Walcott's Omeros." South Atlantic Quarterly 96.2 (1997): 321-333.


Davis, G. "Ut pictura poesis: A Testament." Agenda 39.1-3 (2002): 198-199. (Special issue)

"The Poetics of Derek Walcott: Intertextual perspectives." Ed. G Davis. South Atlantic Quarterly 96.2 (1997). (Special issue)

Davis, G. "The figure of Anacreon in Horatian lyric." Hellas 7.2 (1996): 63-74. (Special issue)

Davis, G. "Lyric worlds: Old and New under the sun." Arts and Sciences Newsletter 12.1 (1991).

Davis, G. "The mind at the end of the palm." The Stanford Magazine (1982): 46-51. (Scholarly Commentary)