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Tristan Franklinos


After reading for an MA in Classics at St Andrews, Tristan came up to Oxford for an MPhil in Classical Languages and Literature before completing his doctorate on the elegies of Propertius. He is a Lector in the Faculty of Classics, a Supernumerary Fellow here at Wolfson, and a Lecturer at Oriel, where he also serves as Dean of Degrees. Previously, he was a British Academy Postdoctoral Research Fellow and Junior Research Fellow at Trinity College, where he also taught from 2015–2021. From 2022 to 2024, Tristan is also holding an Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung fellowship part-time at the Abteilung für Griechische und Lateinische Philologie (Mittellateinische Philologie) at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich. He is Pro-Proctor of the University for the procuratorial year 2022–23.

While completing a monograph on the ways in which the Latin elegist Propertius engages with and recasts his own poetic material, as well as that of his peers and predecessors, Tristan is also working on a literary commentary on [Vergil]’s Catalepton and Priapea that concerns itself with the construction of reader and author in relation to the collection alongside the more philological aspects of the poems. This latter project has been complemented by a 2020 volume, co-edited with Laurel Fulkerson, on the ideas of authorship and readership in the Appendices Vergiliana, Tibulliana, and Ouidiana. He has also edited an interdisciplinary volume on the thirteenth-century Codex Buranus with Henry Hope (2020), and is now working on Peter Abelard’s Hymns and Sicco Polenton’s quattrocento history of the Latin language. More broadly, he is interested in the literature of the first century BC (esp. the poets and Vitruvius); Medieval Latin literature; the place of the author and the reader in relation to the text; and in textual criticism, palaeography, and the history of the book.