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Dr Ian Goh

Senior Lecturer, Classics

Email address

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


Ian is a Latin literature specialist with a strong interest in Roman cultural 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. In 2021 Ian received an Excellence in Learning and Teaching Award from Swansea University. He is an External Examiner for Latin at the University of Sheffield, was a Trustee of the Roman Society from 2019 to 2022 and is a Council Member of the Classical Association.

Ian’s current major project is a monograph under contract for Bloomsbury, Scipionic Family History in the Roman Republic and Beyond. It is the first ever analysis in English of the literary legacy, typified by confusion, of the gens Cornelia. A particular interest is how resilient the family was in the face of failure both military and political. Ian is also working on various topics in Latin poetry, including the editing of a collection on the elegist Tibullus, and pieces on Virgil’s Eclogues, Ennius’ Hedyphagetica, the pseudo-Virgilian Moretum, and rhetoric in Roman satire. His next major project will be a commentary on Columella’s De Agri Cultura Book 12, and another future monograph will focus on vomiting in the ancient imagination and experience.

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 has 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, 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 Award Highlights