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Professor Michael Reeve FBA

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About this Fellow

King Edward's School Birmingham 1953-60; Domus Scholar, Balliol College Oxford, 1960-64 (Craven, Hertford, Ireland, and Derby Scholarships, Gaisford Prize for Greek Verse); Senior Scholar, Merton College Oxford, 1965-6; Gasthörer, Freie Universität Berlin, 1965-6; fellow and tutor, Exeter College Oxford, 1966-84 (emeritus fellow 1984-); Kennedy Professor of Latin, Cambridge, 1984-2006, and Director of Research, Faculty of Classics, 2006-7; fellow, Pembroke College Cambridge, 1984-; visiting professor Hamburg 1976, McMaster 1979, Toronto 1982-3; F. B. A. 1984; corresponding member, Akademie der Wissenschaften Gättingen, 1990-, and Istituto Lombardo, Milan, 1993-; Accademico, Biblioteca Ambrosiana Milan, 2014-. Premio Capitolino, Rome, 1991; Corresponding member of the Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei 2017-. Sandars Reader in Bibliography, Cambridge, 2012. Chairman, Advisory Council, Warburg Institute, 2008-13. Editor, Classical Quarterly, 1981-6; editor, Cambridge Classical Studies, 1984-2007; editor in chief, Cambridge Classical Texts and Commentaries, 1984-; on editorial board of Materiali e discussioni 1992-, Revue d'Histoire des Textes 1994-. Main field: transmission of classical Latin texts, currently Pliny's Natural histor. Full bibliography to 2015 in R. Hunter & S. P. Oakley (ed.), Latin literature and its transmission (Cambridge 2016), 323-38; bibliography on studies of transmission in Manuscripts and methods (Rome 2011) xiii-xvii. 



Current post

  • Formerly Kennedy Professor of Latin, and Director of Research, Faculty of Classics, University of Cambridge

Past Appointments

  • Tutorial Fellow, Exeter College University of Oxford, 1966 - 1984
  • Kennedy Professor of Latin, University of Cambridge, 1984 - 2006
  • formerly Director of Research, Faculty of Classics, University of Cambridge, University of Cambridge, 2008 - 1970
  • Formerly Kennedy Professor of Latin, and Director of Research, Faculty of Classics, University of Cambridge, 2008 - 1970


Manuscripts and methods 2011


Longus, Daphnis and Chloe 1982


Texts and transmission 1983


Cicero, pro Quinctio 1992


Vegetius, Epitoma rei militaris 2004


Geoffrey of Monmouth, History of the Kings of Britain 2007


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