N. Gregson Davis

N. Gregson Davis

Professor Emeritus of Classical Studies

(919) 684-3779
Office Hours: 

W 4:30 to 5:30 PM
Office Location Allen 233E

My primary field of research in Classical Studies is ancient Greek and Latin poetry, and the focus of my published work is on the interpretation of the poetry of the major 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, Berkeley 1969

  • B.A., Harvard University 1960

Davis, G. Parthenope: The interplay of ideas in Vergilian Bucolic. Vol. 346, 2012, pp. 1–191.

Davis, G. Virgil's eclogues. 2010, pp. 1–91.

Davis, G. A Companion to Horace. 2010. Scopus, doi:10.1002/9781444319187. Full Text

Davis, G. Aimé Césaire. Cambridge University Press, 1997.

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

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

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

Davis, G. “Afro-Greeks: Dialogues between Anglophone Caribbean Literature and Classics in the Twentieth Century by Emily Greenwood (Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2010).” New West Indian Guide/Neue West Indische Gids, vol. 48, no. 1 & 2, 2012, pp. 179–81.

Davis, G. “Horace’s Narrative Odes by Michèle Lowrie (Oxford 1997).” Classical Review, vol. ns. 49, no. 1, 1999, pp. 50–52.

Davis, G. “Epic of the Dispossessed: Derek Walcott’s Omeros by Robert D. Hammer (Columbia 1997).” South Central Review, vol. 15, no. 2, 1998, pp. 59–61.

Davis, G. “Derek Walcott’s Poetry: American Mimicry by Rei Terada (Boston 1992).” American Literature, vol. 69, no. 1, 1997, pp. 241–241.

Davis, G. “Redeeming the Text: Latin Poetry and the Hermeneutics of Reception by Charles Martindale (Cambridge 1993).” New England Classical Newsletter and Journal, vol. 20, no. 4, 1993, pp. 86–87.

Davis, G. “From a Sabine Jar by L. Edmunds (Chapel Hill 1992).” Classical Journal, vol. 88, no. 2, 1993, pp. 203–06.

Davis, G. “Metaformations by F. Ahl (Ithaca 1985).” Classical Philology, vol. 83, no. 3, 1985, pp. 260–62.

Davis, G. “The Art of the Aeneid by W.S. Anderson.” Comparative Literature, vol. 24, no. 1, 1972, pp. 93–94.

Davis, G. “Journal of a Homecoming.” Cahier d’un Retour Au Pays Natal by Aimé Césaire, translated by G. Davis, Duke University Press, 2016.

Davis, G. “Locus of performance and lyric argument in Horace C.3.28.” Actes Du Colloque de Lyon "La Poésie Lyrique Dans La Cité Antique, translated by G. Davis, École Normale de Lyon, 2015, pp. 275–84.

Davis, G. “The dual function of the umbra-motif in Vergil’s Bucolics.” Vergilian Studies Dedicated to the Memory of Mario Geymonat, edited by H. C. Günther, vol. 10, Traugott Bautz Verlag, 2015, pp. 89–101.

Davis, G. “Aimé Césaire.” Dictionary of Caribbean and Afro-Latin American Biography, 2015.

Davis, G. “Defining a Lyric Ethos: Archilochus lyricus and Horatian melos.” A Companion to Horace, 2010, pp. 105–27. Scopus, doi:10.1002/9781444319187.ch6. Full Text

Davis, G. “Derek Walcott.” Oxford Encyclopedia of African Thought, edited by A. Irele and B. Jeyifo, 2010.

Davis, G. “Archilochus lyricus and Horatian melos.” A Companion to Horace, edited by G. Davis, Wiley Blackwell, 2010, pp. 105–27.

Davis, G. “Aimé Césaire.” Oxford Encyclopedia of African Thought, edited by A. Irele and B. Jeyifo, Oxford University Press, 2010.

Davis, G. “Wine and the symposium.” The Cambridge Companion to Horace, 2007, pp. 207–20. Scopus, doi:10.1017/CCOL0521830028.016. 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, edited by L. Hardwick and C. Stray, Oxford University Press, 2007, pp. 401–14.


Crichlow, M. A., and G. Davis. “Introduction.” South Atlantic Quarterly, vol. 115, no. 3, July 2016, pp. 437–40. Scopus, doi:10.1215/00382876-3608565. Full Text

Davis, G. “Forging a caribbean literary style: Vulgar eloquence and the language of césaire's cahier d'un retour au pays natal.” South Atlantic Quarterly, vol. 115, no. 3, July 2016, pp. 457–67. Scopus, doi:10.1215/00382876-3608587. Full Text

Davis, G. “A, virgo infelix, quae te dementia cepit?: The Epicurean Critique of amor insanus.” Vergilius, vol. 57, 2011, pp. 35–54.

Davis, G. “Negritude-as-performance: The interplay of efficacious and inefficacious speech acts in Cahier d'un retour au pays natal.” Research in African Literatures, vol. 41, no. 1, Feb. 2010, pp. 142–54. Scopus, doi:10.2979/RAL.2010.41.1.142. Full Text

Davis, G. “Ait Phaselus: The Caricature of Stylistic Inelegance in Catullus 4".” “Materiali E Discussioni Per L’Analysi Dei Testi Classici.,” vol. 48, Aug. 2002, pp. 111–43.

Davis, Gregson. “"Pastoral Sites": Aspects of Bucolic Transformation in Derek Walcott's "Omeros".” The Classical World, vol. 93, no. 1, JSTOR, 1999, pp. 43–43. Crossref, doi:10.2307/4352370. Full Text

Davis, G. “''With no Homeric shadow'': The disavowal of epic in Derek Walcott's 'Omeros'.” South Atlantic Quarterly, vol. 96, no. 2, 1997, pp. 321–33.

Davis, G. “Cupid at the Ivory Gates: Ausonius as a reader of Vergil.” Colby Quarterly, vol. 30.3, 1994, pp. 162–70.


Davis, Gregson, et al., editors. “Euphrosyne.” Beiträge Zur Altertumskunde, vol. 370, De Gruyter, 2020.

Davis, G. “Ut pictura poesis: A testament.” Agenda, vol. 39, no. 1–3, 1 Dec. 2003, p. 198.

Davis, G. “The figure of Anacreon in Horatian lyric.” Hellas, vol. 7, no. 2, 1996, pp. 63–74.

Davis, G. A flag of one’s own? Aimé Césaire between poetry and politics. Oxford University Press, 26 June 2013.

Davis, G. “Lyric worlds: Old and New under the sun.” Arts and Sciences Newsletter, vol. 12, no. 1, Cornell University, 1991.

Davis, G. “The mind at the end of the palm.” The Stanford Magazine, 1982, pp. 46–51.