Alison Sharrock
  • School of Arts, Languages, and Cultures, University of Manchester

    M13 9PL Manchester

    United Kingdom

Personal profile


I came to Manchester in August, 2000, after eleven years at the University of Keele. Previous to that, I studied at the University of Liverpool (BA, 1984) and the University of Cambridge (PhD, 1988). I have been Editor of the Journal of Roman Studies, and also Director of Research in the School of Arts, Histories & Cultures. Most of the last 10 years has gone on being Head of the Division of ARC, then Head of the Department of CAHAE, within the School of Arts, Languages, and Cultures. Within the department, my particular interests are in the teaching of Latin literature and language. I recently developed interactive online materials to support the learning of Latin from the beginnings to advanced level, recognised by students and the University in the award of 'outstanding technology-enhanced teaching' in 2021.

Research interests

My research interests range across Latin poetry from Plautus to the imperial age. I began with Ovid and to Ovid I have returned, with a range of projects, particularly in the Metamorphoses, which is currently the main focus of my attention. In between, I made a foray into Roman comedy, on which I gave the WB Stanford memorial lectures in Trinity College Dublin in 1999. A book arising from those lectures, entitled Reading Roman Comedy: Poetics and Playfulness in Plautus and Terence, was published by CUP in 2009. The other strand to my interest is in literary theory, including feminist readings of Classical literature.  Most recently, I have developed a particular interest in eco-criticism.

Together with David Konstan (Brown University), I edit an OUP series entitled Oxford Studies in Classical Literature and Gender Theory. I am an active member of the EUGESTA (European Gender Studies in Antiquity) network. I'm also very interested in other forms of literary theory, especially the interactions between author, text, and reader.

Current and recent supervision of PhDs

  • Horace and Ovid: an intertextual study
  • A commentary on Lucan BC 4
  • The textualisation of violence in Latin literature
  • Roman comedy and Japanese Kyogen
  • The tragedies and the Younger Seneca and the declamations of the Elder
  • Statius' Thebaid
  • Ovid and Virgil's pastoral poetry
  • Statius' Achilleid
  • Landscape in Lucan's Pharsalia
  • The mirror in Ovid's Ars Amatoria

PhD/MPhil opportunities

I am pleased to supervise research students in any of the following areas: Roman comedy, republican and Augustan poetry, any Latin epic, literary theory, any aspect of women in Latin literature.


Current teaching

Intensive Latin

Epic Traditions

Supervision information

Current PhD supervision (start dates)

  • 2020 - Lucy Mudie: Magic Mirrors: Mirror Metaphors in Ovid’s Ars Amatoria
  • 2017 - Matteo Dessimone Pallavera: Time and space in Lucan’s Pharsalia


Recent PhD supervision (award dates)

  • 2019 - Julene Abad Del Vecchio: Statius' Achilleid and its Literary Predecessors. A Tragic Reading of the Achilleid

  • 2018 - Eleni Ntanou: Ovid and Virgil’s Pastoral Poetry 

  • 2017 - Helen Dalton: Banquet of Death: Alimentary Imagery in Statius’ Thebaid





Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Creative Manchester


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