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 creative receptions of Catullus by women
  • Feminist theory and its application to ancient world studies

Much of my recent work centres on space and the spatial turn, including two articles on Catullus' spatial poetics out in Paideia in 2019. I am currently writing a monograph on Catullus’ use of geography and place that explores multiple theoretical approaches to space. I also publish on Catullus' reception.

In my research and teaching generally I am particularly interested in spatial theories, 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 Classical Studies and Ancient History, Latin, and ancient Greek. In 2020 I am teaching:

CLASSICS 110 Classical Mythology (this course can also be taken as a General Education paper CLASSICS 110G)

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

LATIN 200 Latin Language Acquisition: Intermediate.

LATIN 202 Latin Literary Texts 2B / LATIN 302 Latin Literary Texts 3B

ANCIENT 741 Latin Language (Higher)

Postgraduate supervision

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

  • Latin literature, especially Catullus, Virgil, Ovid, Propertius, Sulpicia, Juvenal, and Martial
  • Roman history, especially mid-late Republican, Augustan, and imperial
  • Women authors of Greece and Rome
  • Gender and sexuality in Greece and Rome
  • Space and place in antiquity, including the spatial turn
  • Reception of classical texts and myths, especially relating to gender
  • Literary and critical theories

My supervisions include:


  • Alecia Bland, PhD. Crowds and Leadership in Statius’ Thebaid. Co-supervisor
  • Caro Crowhurst, PhD. “True of Voice”? The Speech, Actions, and Portrayal of Women in New Kingdom Literary Texts, Dating c.1550 to 1070 B.C. Co-supervisor (Completed 2017)
  • Nova Petrechko, PhD. Magic, Law, and Gender in Late Antiquity. Co-supervisor
  • Christina Robertson, PhD. The Poetics of Geography in Ovid’s Metamorphoses. Co-supervisor (Completed 2017)


  • Sinead Brennan-McMahon, MA. The Reception of Martial’s Obscene Poetry in English from 1800 to the Present Day.
  • Luke Ellery, MA. Polyphemus in Greek and Roman Culture.
  • Jennifer Matthews, MA. Imagining Monstrosity: A Comparative Study of Masculine and Feminine Monsters in Ancient Greek Art and Literature. (Completed 2015)


  • Sinead Brennan-McMahon, Hons. Inconsistency in Catullus’ Poetry. (Completed 2014)
  • Katie Logan, Hons. Author, Persona and Poetic Unity in the Corpus Sulpicianum. (Completed 2017)
  • Jennifer Matthews, Hons. Rediscovering Circe. (Completed 2013)


In 2019 I was part of the Ako Arts team which received a Faculty of Arts Staff Excellence award for Rangatiratanga.

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. C. (2018). Anna Jackson’s I, Clodia: Catullus, women’s voices, and feminist implications. Classical Receptions Journal, 10 (2), 127-148. 10.1093/crj/clx018
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/40427
  • Lewis, M. C. (2018). Gender, Geography, and Genre: Catullus' Constructions of Lesbia in Space in Time. In W. Fitzgerald, E. Spentzou (Eds.) The Production of Space in Latin Literature (pp. 119-145). Oxford: Oxford University Press. 10.1093/oso/9780198768098.003.0006
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/40706
  • Lewis, M. C. (2017). C. K. Stead writes Catullus: Persona, intention, intratext and allusion. In D. Burton, S. Perris, W. J. Tatum (Eds.) Athens to Aotearoa: Greece and Rome in New Zealand literature and society (pp. 245-266). Wellington, N.Z.: Victoria University Press.
  • 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.


Contact details

Primary office location

ARTS 1 - Bldg 206
Level 8, Room 810
New Zealand

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