Dr Luke Houghton

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My research focuses on Latin literature (primarily Virgil, Horace, Ovid and the elegists) and its reception in later art and literature, principally during the late Middle Ages and early Renaissance – though I have also been known to venture into other periods, including late antiquity and the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Much of my recent work has concentrated on the fortunes of Virgil’s enigmatic fourth Eclogue (the so-called ‘messianic eclogue’) in visual and verbal media; my monograph Virgil’s Fourth Eclogue in the Italian Renaissance was published by Cambridge University Press in 2019. I have worked extensively on Neo-Latin literature – that is, literature in Latin produced between the time of Petrarch in the fourteenth century and the present day – with particular reference to the genres of elegiac, pastoral and epic poetry. My research has benefited significantly from visiting fellowships at the British School at Rome (Hugh Last Fellow, 2010-11), the Warburg Institute (short-term Frances A. Yates Fellow, 2011), and the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Neo-Latin Studies in Innsbruck (2014). I have organised international conferences in London, Glasgow and Mantua, and have been awarded funding for study in Venice by the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation of New York. In December 2020 I appeared on Irish radio station Newstalk as a panellist for a programme on Horace; I have also contributed a podcast on Classical Mythology in Renaissance Art to the Godolphin & Latymer Ancient World Breakfast Club, and participated in the FutureLearn/University of Reading MOOC Rome: A Virtual Tour of the Ancient City.

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