Dr Regine May

Dr Regine May


My first degree was in Latin and English from the University of Trier in Germany (1991-8), to which I added an examination in Greek a year later. As part of this degree, I studied at Jesus College Oxford for one year (1994/5), and I went back to Corpus Christi College Oxford for my DPhil (1998-2001).

I held positions as lecturer in both Latin and Greek in Manchester (2001-3) and Durham (2003/4), and enjoyed two years as a fixed-term Fellow in Classical Languages and Literature at Merton College, Oxford (2004-6), before joining the Classics Department at Leeds in September 2006.


Research interests

Myy special interests are ancient drama (especially Plautus) and the Latin novel: Apuleius and Petronius.

I have published a book on Apuleius' use of Roman comedy, tragedy and mime entitled Apuleius and Drama: The Ass on Stage (Oxford 2006), a lemmatised concordance on Cornelius Nepos (Hildesheim 2006), and a commentary on Apuleius Metamorphoses Book 1: With an Introduction, Translation and Notes (Oxford 2013).

I have also written several articles on dramatic intertextuality in Apuleius, women in the ancient novels and Greek comedy, on Latin rhetoric and ancient medicine. I am just completing an edited volume on the Reception of Cupid and Psyche 1650 to today, and am co-writing a volume on Apuleius’ reception with Stephen Harrison. I have also just completed a translation of Apuleius' Cupid and Psyche with notes.

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Student education

I teach Latin literature and language at Leeds. Research led teaching includes modules on the Latin novel, Roman comedy, and Latin poetry. I also teach Latin language to advanced levels and transmission of texts, manuscripts, papyri and the reception of Classics.

I have supervised BA and Masters dissertations on these topics and a broad spectrum of Latin literature and culture. PhD supervisions so far include Latin epic, ancient magic, Apuleius, Thyestes in Greek and Roman drama and witchcraft in ancient and early modern literature.

Research groups and institutes

  • Classics
  • Gender
  • Theatre, Music and Performance
  • Centre for World Literatures
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