Five Questions with… Dr Walter

Classics Marketing Intern Chloe has been finding out more about our academic staff! Next up on the interview list is Dr Anke Walter, Senior Lecturer in Classics

Who is your favourite ancient writer and why? 

Hard to say – but if I had to pick just one, I’d probably say Ovid, for the variety of his works, his imagination, and wit.

Who do you think is one of the most interesting figures of antiquity?

Augustus, the first Roman Emperor, who lived from 63BC – AD14. He ruled from 27BC until his death.

Why have you chosen Augustus?

I keep being fascinated by his skills in using the past to create a new present.

What book would you recommend to everyone? 

Vergil’s Aeneid.

What are you researching at the moment? 

I am currently researching how festivals are depicted in Latin texts of different genres, and which narrative and metapoetic functions their representation can have.

Thanks Dr Walter! If you’d like to find out more about her research and teaching, you can visit her Academic Profile Page.

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