Gail Trimble
Brown Fellow and Tutor in Classics


I studied for my BA, MSt and DPhil in Classics at Corpus Christi College, Oxford between 2000 and 2010. After a year as a Junior Research Fellow at Trinity College, Cambridge, I returned to Oxford to take up the Tutorial Fellowship at Trinity in 2011.



At Trinity I do most of the undergraduate tutorial teaching in Latin language and literature; on the Greek side, I sometimes also teach the papers on Hellenistic Poetry and the Iliad. As the Tutorial Fellow in Classics I have overall oversight of language and literature teaching, and I liaise with my colleagues in Ancient History and Philosophy to arrange teaching in those areas. For the Classics Faculty I give lectures on various topics in Latin literature and approaches to the study of Classics, and I am involved in teaching classes on Latin textual criticism and the Epic link paper for Classics and English. I supervise graduate students working on Latin literature and its reception.



I am currently completing a commentary on Catullus 64, with newly edited text, to appear in the Cambridge University Press series Cambridge Classical Texts and Commentaries (the ‘orange’ series). This has recently been supported by a Research Fellowship (Early Career) from the Arts and Humanities Research Council. I also work on other Latin poetry of the late Republican and Augustan periods, and am interested in interrogating the history of scholarship as reception.

Across these research areas, much of my work is concerned with formal aspects of literary texts: I am interested in subjectivity, mode and genre, intertextuality, and related ways in which a text negotiates its relationships with its readers and with reality. Following a successful international conference in September 2015, I have co-edited a volume on metalepsis in classical texts, forthcoming with OUP. I am also planning a future project on the personal names of pastoral literature.

Selected Publications

  • ‘Further notes on the text and interpretation of Catullus’, Paideia 74 (2019) pp. 215-34. [with S.J. Heyworth]
  • ‘Echoes and reflections in Catullus’ long poems’, in S. Frangoulidis, S.J. Harrison and T. Papanghelis eds. Intratextuality and Latin Literature, Trends in Classics Supplementary Volumes 69 (de Gruyter, 2018) pp. 35-53.
  • ‘Catullus 64 and the prophetic voice in Virgil’s fourth Eclogue‘, in J. Farrell and D. Nelis eds. The Roman Republic in Augustan Poetry (Oxford University Press, 2013), pp. 263-277.
  • ‘Catullus and “comment in English”: the tradition of the expurgated commentary before Fordyce’, in C. Stray and S.J. Harrison eds. Expurgating the Classics: editing out in Greek and Latin (Bristol Classical Press, 2012) pp. 143-162.
  • ‘Catullus 64: the perfect epyllion?’, in M. Baumbach and S. Bär ed. Brill’s Companion to Greek and Latin Epyllion and Its Reception (Brill, 2012) pp. 55-79.
  • Thesea fide: heroic faith and faithlessness in Ovid’s exile poetry’, in L. Langerwerf and C. Ryan eds. Zero to Hero, Hero to Zero: in search of the classical hero (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2010) pp. 73-95.



A recent resource for Catullus studies
Catullus Online

A new online edition of Catullus and repertory of textual conjectures