Donald E. Lavigne is especially interested in the oral/poetic landscape of Archaic
Greece and its influence on the Hellenistic poets. He has been focused on the seamier
side of the Classical World in his research on the iambic tradition in Greece and
Rome and in his exploration of epigram. He is currently at work on a book, based
on his thesis, that examines the persona of iambic poems as the defining feature of
the genre. His second large project concerns ancient epigram and will explore the
poetic strategies employed in the overtly fictional and divisible epigrammatic poetics.
Prof. Lavigne is currently writing papers on Archilochus, Martial and Dioscourides
and has published on the new Posidippus roll (with Allen Romano). Since December 2007,
he has been the Book Review Associate Editor of The American Journal of Philology.