Dr Maxine Carinna Elizabeth Lewis

BA (Hons) (Newcastle) , PhD (Sydney)

Research | Current

  • Latin literature (especially Late Republican, Catullus, and early Augustan)
  • The use of geography, place and space in literature
  • The construction of gender and sexuality in Greek and Roman literature and society
  • Classical Reception Studies, especially Catullus' reception and creative receptions by women
  • Feminist theory and its application to ancient world studies

I am currently writing a monograph on Catullus’ use of geography and place for Oxford University Press that explores multiple theoretical approaches to space, as well as articles on Late Republican literature and Classical Reception. Much of my recent work centres on gender, inlcuding a recently published an article on feminist receptions of Catullus in the Classical Receptions Journal, and a book chapter on Catullus' construction of Lesbia across various spaces in the forthcoming The Production of Space in Latin Literature.

In my research and teaching generally I am particularly interested in allusion and intertextuality, gender and sexuality, and the application of contemporary literary critical theory to study of the ancient world.

Teaching | Current

I teach courses that span material from the Greco-Roman world, across our majors in Latin, Greek, Classical Studies and Ancient History.

In Semester One 2018 I am the course director and teacher of: 

GREEK 100 Introduction to Ancient Greek Language 1

CLASSICS 216/316 Sex and Power in Greek and Roman Literature

I am also the course director for LATIN 200 Latin Language Acquisition: Intermediate.

Postgraduate supervision

I am available to supervise Honours and Masters students, and to co-supervise PhD students. I especially welcome enquiries about topics related to the following areas:

  • Latin literature
  • Roman history
  • Catullus, Virgil, Ovid
  • Female authors, Greek and Roman
  • Gender and sexuality in Greece and Rome
  • Literary theory
  • Reception of classical texts and myths

I am currently supervising:

  • Inconsistency in Catullus (Hons)
  • Gendering monsters (MA)

and currently co-supervising:

  • Geography and place in Ovid's Metamorphoses (PhD)
  • Leadership in the Thebaid (PhD)
  • Gendered language in Egyptian literature (PhD)


In 2016 I was awarded the Faculty of Arts Early Career Excellence in Teaching Award.


Undergraduate Adviser for Classics and Ancient History

Areas of expertise

  • Latin literature (especially Late Republican and early Augustan)
  • Catullus
  • The use of space, place and geography in literature
  • The construction of gender and sexuality in Greek and Roman literature and society
  • Classical Reception Studies, including reception by women writers

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Lewis, M. (2016). Uzzi ( J.D.), Thomson ( J.) The Poems of Catullus. An Annotated Translation. Pp. viii + 224. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015. Cased, £39.99, US$69.99. ISBN: 978-1-107-02855-5. The Classical Review, 66 (2), 596-597. 10.1017/S0009840X16000974
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/30980
  • Lewis, M. (2016). Catullus’ Intertextual Crossroads: Where Theocritus’ Idyll 15 Meets Poems 64 and 36. American Journal of Philology, 137 (2), 321-357. 10.1353/ajp.2016.0015
  • Lewis, M. (2014). Queering Catullus in the Classroom: The Ethics of Teaching Poem 63. In N. Rabinowitz, F. McHardy (Eds.) From Abortion to Pederasty: Addressing Difficult Topics in the Classics Classroom (pp. 248-266). Columbus: Ohio State University Press. Related URL.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/23025
  • Lewis, M. (2013). Narrativising Catullus: a Never-ending Story. Melbourne Historical Journal, 41 (2), 1-19.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/22266
  • Lewis, M. (2012). Review: Daniel H. Garrison, The Student's Catullus. Bryn Mawr Classical Review, 9 (48). Related URL.
  • Lewis, M. (2009). Audience, Communication and Textuality in Catullus Carmen 67. Antichthon: Journal of Ancient World Studies, 43 (2009), 34-49. Related URL.


Contact details

Primary location

ARTS 1 - Bldg 206
New Zealand

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