Dr Tristan Franklinos

College Lecturer in Classics
MA (St And.), MPhil (Oxon), DPhil (Oxon)


After reading for an MA in Classics at St Andrews, Tristan came up to Oxford for an MPhil in Classical Languages and Literature before completing his doctorate on the elegies of Propertius. 

He is a British Academy Postdoctoral Research Fellow and Junior Research Fellow at Trinity College, where he lectured for a couple of years before joining Oriel in 2017.

Research interests

Tristan is currently writing a literary commentary on [Vergil]’s Catalepton and Priapea that concerns itself with the construction of reader and author in relation to the collection alongside the more philological aspects of the poems. His doctoral thesis explores the ways in which the Latin elegist Propertius engages with and recasts his own poetic material, as well as that of his peers and predecessors. More broadly, he interested in the literature of the first century BC (esp. the poets and Vitruvius); the place of the author and the reader in relation to the text; and in textual criticism, palaeography, and the history of the book.

Selected publications

(forthcoming), H. Hope & T. E. Franklinos (edd.), Revisiting the Codex Buranus: Contents, Contexts, Composition (Boydell & Brewer, Woodbridge).

(forthcoming), ‘Classical Presences in the carmina amatoria: A Case-Study on Codex Buranus 92’, in Hope & Franklinos (edd.), supra.

(forthcoming), ‘The Cause of Idmon’s Death at Seneca, Medea 652–3, and at Valerius Flaccus 5.2–3’.

(forthcoming), ‘Textual Notes on Catalepton 10’.

(forthcoming), ‘summa harena: the sand’s surface and Ovid, metamorphoses 2.573’, Hermes.

(2018), ‘Ovid, ex Ponto 4: an intratextually cohesive book’, in S. Harrison, S. Frangoulidis & T. Papanghelis (edd.), Intratextuality and Latin Literature (Berlin/Boston), 289–306.

(2017), ‘A Plautine Emendation: “miles gloriosus” 1268’, Hermes 145.

(2015), ‘Textual Notes on Palladius’ opus agriculturae’, Mnemosyne 60: 1020–30.