Dr Katharine Earnshaw

Lecturer in Classics and Ancient History at University of Exeter

I am interested in how we learn about the world with and through texts, and particularly enjoy topics and concepts in ancient didactic poetry which intersect with modern philosophy and physics. I am currently PI on two AHRC grants looking at present and future landscape decisions and agricultural ethics, and Co-I on a large NERC grant looking at memory in trees and climate change. I enjoy the pluralistic aspects of Classics, and often work with other disciplines and non-academic partners.

My research centres around Latin hexameter poetry (in particular the authors Virgil, Lucan, and Lucretius), and texts such as Seneca’s Natural Questions, especially where they initiate a discourse with ‘science’, geography, and philosophy. In recent times I have worked mainly on didactic poetry and its reception, and especially Virgil’s Georgics.