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David O. Davies, Ph.D.

David Davies received his Ph.D. from the State University of New York, Buffalo. He is a scholar on the classical traditions of English and Greek literature. 

Areas of Expertise

  • Milton
  • Classical Traditions in English Literature
  • Philosophical Foundations of Literary Criticism
  • Classical Tragedy & Comedy
  • Classical Epic
  • Roman Lyric Poetry
  • Founder and Director of Latin in Rome (1997-2006)


  • BA (Philosophy and History): University of Rochester
  • MA (Classics): University of Rochester
  • PhD (Classics): State University of New York at Buffalo

Recent Courses

ENG 1301: Literary Tradition I

ENG 1302: Literary Tradition II

ENG 2311: Literary Tradition III

ENG 2312: Literary Tradition IV

ENG 3326: Early Modern Literature

ENG 4360: American Literature

ENG 4362: Twentieth Century Literature

ENG 6316: Pastoral Poetry

ENG 6333: Milton

ENG 6344: Tragedy & Comedy

ENG 6360: Literary Criticism and Theory

IPS 8341: Dante & Milton (with John Alvis)


CLG 1301: Elementary Greek I

CLG 1302: Elementary Greek II

CLG 2311: Intermediate Greek

CLG 3325: Historians: Xenophon

CLL 2312: Intermediate Latin II (Catullus & Vergil)

CLL 3332/5301:  Cicero De Officiis

CLL 3334: St. Augustine: The Commentaries on Genesis

Selected Publications

  • "Eve's First Words: Ovidian Wit, Platonic Self-Knowledge & Milton's Translations in Paradise Lost 4.440-491".Classical and Modern Literature Vol. 27 No. 2 (Winter 2008).
  • "Becoming Dear: A Gift of Nature and the Work Called Providence in the First Conversations of Adam and Eve in Paradise Lost" (forthcoming).
  • Davies, D.O. et al. Agnellus of Ravenna, Arethusa Monograph VIII, SUNY at Buffalo, (1981).
  • Davies, D.O. and Dowling, P. "Shrewd books, with dangerous Frontispieces': Areopagitica's Motto," Milton Quarterly Vol. 20, no. 2 (May 1986).


  • "Michael Davis' The Poetry of Philosophy: Aristotle's Poetics,"  Rowman and Littlefield, Lanham : 1992, in the Review of Politics.