N. Gregson Davis

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: 

Wed. 4:30 to 5:30

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 1969

  • B.A., Harvard University 1960

Davis, G. "Between Cultures: toward a redefinition of Liberal Education." African Studies and the Undergraduate Curriculum. Ed. P Alden, D Lloyd, and A Samatar. Boulder, Colorado & London: Lynne Reicher Publishers, 1994. 19-34. (Essay)

Davis, G. "Desire and the Hunt in Ovid’s Metamorphoses." The Burnett Lectures: A Quarter Century. Ed. EN Genovese. 1993. 142-170. (Essay)

Davis, G. "Translation of "Statue of Lafcadio Hearn"." Soleil éclaté: Melanges offerts à Aimé Césaire à l’occasion de son soixante-dixiéme anniversaire par une équipe internationale d’artistes et de chercheurs. Ed. J Leiner. Gunter Narr Verlag, Tübingen, 1984.