N. Gregson Davis

N. Gregson Davis

Andrew W. Mellon Distinguished Research Professor of Humanities

(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 at Berkeley 1969

  • B.A., Harvard University 1960

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, edited by 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, edited by W. W. Batsone and G. Tissol, vol. 15, Peter Lang Publishing, 2005, pp. 175–91.

Davis, G. “Consolation in the Bucolic mode: The Epicurean cadence of Vergil’s First Eclogue.” Vergil. Philodemus, and the Augustans, edited by D. Armstrong et al., University of Texas Press, Austin, Texas, 2003, pp. 63–74.

Davis, G. “Carmina/Iambi: the literary-generic dimension of Horace's Integer vitae (C.1, 22).” Why Horace: A Collection of Interpretations, edited by W. S. Anderson, Bolchazy- Carducci, 1999, pp. 51–62.

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

Davis, G. “Between Cultures: toward a redefinition of Liberal Education.” African Studies and the Undergraduate Curriculum, edited by P. Alden et al., Lynne Reicher Publishers, 1994, pp. 19–34.

Davis, G. “Desire and the Hunt in Ovid’s Metamorphoses.” The Burnett Lectures: A Quarter Century, edited by E. N. Genovese, 1993, pp. 142–70.


Davis, G. “Ingenii cumba?: literary aporia and the rhetoric of Horace's O navis referent (C.1.14).” Rheinisches Museum Für Philologie, vol. 132, 1989, pp. 331–45.

Davis, G. “Carmina/Iambi: the literary-generic dimension of Horace's Integer vitae (C.1, 22).” Quaderni Urbinati Di Cultura Classica: Atti Di Convegni, vol. 27, no. 3, 1987, pp. 67–78.

Davis, G. “Quis...digne scripserit?: The topos of alter Homerus in Horace C.1.6.” Phoenix, vol. 41.3, 1987, pp. 292–95.

Davis, G. “Silence and Decorum: Encomiastic Convention and the Epilogue of Horace Carm. 3.2.” Classical Antiquity, vol. 2, no. 1, Jan. 1983, pp. 9–26. Scopus, doi:10.2307/25010779. Full Text

Davis, G. “The Disavowal of the Grand (Recusatio) in two poems by Wallace Stevens.” Pacific Coast Philology, vol. 17, no. 1–2, 1982, pp. 92–102.

Davis, G. “Ovid Metamorphoses 3.442ff. and the Prologue to Menander's Misoumenos.” Phoenix, vol. 32, 1978, pp. 339–42.

Davis, G. “Towards a ‘Non-Vicious Circle’: The Lyric of Aimé Césaire in English.” Stanford French Review, vol. 1.1, 1977, pp. 135–46.

Davis, G. “The persona of licymnia: A revaluation of horace, carm. 2. 12.” Philologus, vol. 119, no. 1–2, Jan. 1975, pp. 70–83. Scopus, doi:10.1524/phil.1975.119.12.70. Full Text