Texas Tech University

David Larmour

Horn Professor, Classics


David H. J. Larmour (Ph.D. in Classical Philology, Univ. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) is Paul Whitfield Horn Professor of Classics at Texas Tech and Honorary Professor Classics, Ancient History & Archaeology, (University of Birmingham). He has particular interests in ancient sports, Greek and Roman satire, lyric poetry, narrative theory, and comparative literature. He has published on Corinna, Euripides, Plutarch, Lucian, Ovid and Juvenal, as well as Nabokov and Dostoyevsky. His book, Stage and Stadium: Drama and Athletics in Ancient Greece, was published by Weidmann Press in 1999. He is also the co-author with A. Georgiadou of Lucian's Science Fiction Novel, True Histories (Leiden: Brill, 1998), an interpretation and commentary of that work. He has edited volumes on Rethinking Sexuality: Foucault and Classical Antiquity (Princeton), Russian Literature and the Classics (Routledge), and Discourse and Ideology in Nabokov's Prose (Routledge). A volume called The Sites of Rome: Time, Space, Memory, co-edited with Diana Spencer, was published by Oxford University Press in 2007.

His book The Arena of Satire: Juvenal's Search for Rome, forthcoming from the Univ. of Oklahoma Press (2015), looks at the connections between satire and the Roman arena, and the "modern Juvenalians" of the 20th century. Current projects include a second book with Diana Spencer, on topography and narrative in Ovid's Metamorphoses and a study of the portrayal of women in Nabokov's King, Queen, Knave. In 1997, Dr. Larmour co-founded, with Paul Allen Miller, the journal INTERTEXTS, which publishes articles of comparative and theoretical reflection, and served as editor for 10 years. He also edited special issues on The Literature of Exploration, Landscapes of Desire and Nabokov's Novels. Since December 2007, he has been the editor of The American Journal of Philology, the oldest classical journal in North America, founded by Basil Lanneau Gildersleeve in 1880.


Classical & Modern Languages & Literatures