Dr Ian Goh

Lecturer, Classics, Ancient History & Egyptology

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+44 (0) 1792 604190

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Academic Office - 215
Second Floor
James Callaghan
Singleton Campus
Available For Postgraduate Supervision

About

Ian is a Latin literature specialist with a strong research interest in Roman cultural and literary history. His Cambridge PhD, Lucilius and the Archaeology of Roman Satire, supervised by Emily Gowers, treated the inventor, Gaius Lucilius (c. 180-103/2 BCE), of Roman Verse Satire. This research has been published in numerous journal articles and book chapters, and Ian has continued to research and teach satire and Republican literature.

Ian’s current major project is a monograph under contract for Bloomsbury, Scipionic Failure and Family History in the Roman Republic and Beyond. It is the first ever analysis of the family relations of the gens Cornelia, especially six generations of senators named Scipio Nasica. The work incorporates political history, topographical analysis, historiography, and the study of cultural memory. A particular interest is how resilient the family was in the face of failure both military and political. Ian is also working on various other topics in Latin poetry, including (separately) the elegist Tibullus, Virgil’s Eclogues, and Horace’s Odes and Ars Poetica. Another project focuses on vomiting in the ancient imagination and experience. It will also result in a monograph, tentatively called Ancient Vomit: A Cultural History of Greek and Roman Emesis.

Ian was born in Melbourne, Australia and lived until the age of 18 in Sydney, where he attended Sydney Grammar School. He did his undergraduate degree at Harvard, then an MPhil and PhD at Trinity College, in the University of Cambridge. He taught at Cambridge, King's College London, the University of Manchester, Birkbeck, University of London, and the University of Exeter. In a past life he played the violin semi-professionally, and he is passionate about food, which is an important feature of Roman satire, as his ongoing series for the Department YouTube channel, ‘The Food of Roman Verse’, available here, should make clear.

Areas Of Expertise

  • Roman satire and the rhetorical invective tradition
  • Latin fragmentary texts
  • Republican & early Augustan literature (esp. Horace, Virgil, elegy)
  • Roman political and intellectual history
  • The reception of antiquity in 17th–19th century opera and drama

Career Highlights

Teaching Interests

At Swansea Ian has taught the first-year module on Ovid’s Metamorphoses, honours modules on Roman love poetry and verse satire, an MA module on historical poetry, and numerous text-based language modules reading works from Virgil’s Georgics to Tacitus’ Histories. He has supervised Undergraduate and Postgraduate dissertations on a wide variety of topics including doors in Roman poetry, the myth of the Young Hero in Homer and West African ‘griot’ culture, prosopography in Statius’ Silvae, and classical influences on hip-hop.

Research

Ian’s research on Lucilius has been published in prestigious journals such as the American Journal of Philology, Classical Philology, and Classical Quarterly, as well as several edited collections, and has contributed to a more sophisticated appreciation of what remains of his poetry. For more information, see here. He has also published on his research into elegy and vomit.

Award Highlights

Ian has received bursaries from Gladstone’s Library and the Fondation Hardt, participated in an Erasmus exchange to Rostock, and was a fellow of the Advanced Seminar in Humanities at Venice International University.