Ph.D., Harvard University, 1996
David Wray is the author of Catullus and the Poetics of Roman Manhood (Cambridge 2001) and is currently writing Phaedra's Virtue: Ethics, Gender, and Seneca's Tragedy. His research and teaching interests include Hellenistic and Roman poetry (especially Apollonius Rhodius, Catullus, Lucretius, Virgil, Tibullus, Ovid, Seneca, Lucan, and Statius); Greek epic and tragedy; Roman philosophy; ancient and modern relations between literature and philosophy; gender; theory and practice of literary translation; and the reception of Greco-Roman thought and literature, from Shakespeare and Corneille to Pound and Zukofsky. He is a member of the University's Poetry and Poetics program.
Honors and Awards
- 2005-2006, Mark Ashin Fellowship (for innovative and effective teaching in the College of the University of Chicago)
- 2001-2002, Franke Institute for the Humanities fellow, University of Chicago
- 1980, Scholarship from Emory University chapter of Eta Sigma Phi, for summer study at the American School of Classical Studies in Athens
- 1979, Phi Beta Kappa, Emory University
Most Recent Courses Taught
- Roman Epic
- Tragedy and the Tragic
- Intermediate Greek
- Human Being and Citizen
- Latin Poetry Survey
- Roman Elegy
- Aeneids in Translation
- Seneca and the Self, co-edited with Shadi Bartsch (Cambridge University Press 2009).
- Catullus and the Poetics of Roman Manhood (Cambridge University Press 2001).
Articles and Contributions to Edited Volumes
- "Apollonius' Masterplot: A Reading of Argonautica I," in Hellenistica Groningana IV: Apollonius Rhodius, ed. M. A. Harder et al. (Groningen 2000) 239-65.
- "Lucretius," in Dictionary of Literary Biography: Roman Authors, ed. W. W. Briggs (Detroit 1999).
- "Attis' Groin Weights (Catullus 63.5)," Classical Philology 96 (2001): 120-26.
- "What Poets Do: Tibullus on 'Easy' Hands," Classical Philology (forthcoming).
- "‘cool rare air’: Zukofsky’s Breathing with Catullus and Plautus," Chicago Review 50: 2/3/4: 52-99.
- "Louis Zukofsky’s ‘First Half of “A”-9’" in From Poetry to Verse: The Making of Modern Poetry (Chicago 2005).
- "Wood: Statius’ Poetics of Genius," Arethusa 40 (2007) 127-43.
- The Odes of Horace, tr. David Ferry, in Modernism/Modernity 6 (1999): 169-171.
- The Passions in Roman Thought and Literature, S. Braund and C. Gill, eds., in Classical Philology 94 (1999): 481-6.
- Christopher Nappa, Aspects of Catullus' Social Fiction, in Journal of Roman Studies 92 (2002): 234.
- Don Fowler, Lucretius on Atomic Motion, in Journal of Roman Studies 94 (2004): 238-9.
- Roland Mayer, Seneca: Phaedra, in Classical Review 54 (2004): 101-2.
- Paul Veyne, Seneca: The Life of a Stoic, in Classical Review 55 (2005): 141-3.
- Sean Gurd, Iphigenias at Aulis, in Classical and Modern Literature 27.1 (2008): 211-20.
- "Theocritus, Thyrsis and the Goatherd (Idyll 1)," Near South (Spring 2001): 12-18.
- "How to be Tibullus (Elegiae 1.1)," Chicago Review 48.4 (Winter 2002/3): 102-7.
Works in Progress
- Phaedra's Virtue (book).
- Four Mythological Plays by Pierre Corneille: Medea, Oedipus, Andromeda, and The Golden Fleece (translation).