Gregson Davis, Andrew W. Mellon Research Professor in the Humanities at Duke University, teaches in the Department of Classical Studies and the Program in Literature. He has previously taught at Stanford University, Cornell University, and, most recently, New York University. His primary research specialties are the interpretation of poetic texts in the Greek and Roman as well as Caribbean traditions (francophone and anglophone). In the domain of Late Republican and Augustan poetry, he has published monographs on Horace's Odes (Polyhymnia: The Rhetoric of Horatian Lyric Discourse) and Ovid's Metamorphoses (The Death of Procris: "Amor" and the Hunt in Ovid's Metamorphoses). His most recent book on Augustan poetry is: Parthenope: The Interplay of Ideas in Vergilian Bucolic (Brill, 2012). His abiding interest in contemporary Caribbean poetry is represented by two books on the late Martinican poet, Aimé Césaire, as well as by several articles on the St. Lucian poet, Derek Walcott.
Andrew W. Mellon Research Professor of Humanities