Kyle Gervais

gervaisAssociate Professor of Classics and Graduate Chair

BSc (Queen’s), MA (Queen’s), PhD (Otago)

Lawson Hall, Room 3226

Areas of Interest

Classical Latin epic and lyric (literary interpretation and textual criticism), Late Antique and Medieval Latin literature, violence in the ancient world, Classical reception in comic books, digital humanities.

Current Projects


  • John of Garland, Integumenta Ovidii: Edited and Translated. TEAMS Secular Commentary Series.
  • Seneca, Hercules Furens: A Student Commentary. Co-author with N. W. Bernstein. Dickinson College Commentary Series.
  • Statius, Thebaid 12: Edited with an Introduction, Translation, and Commentary.

 Articles and Chapters

  • “Lucan and Flavian Epic”, Brill Research Perspectives in Classical Poetry. Co-author with R. J. Pogorzelski.
  • “‘Our names’ll live forever’: Generic heroism in Brett Ratner’s Hercules (2014) and Steve Moore’s Hercules: The Thracian Wars (2008)”. 


  • 2017. Statius, Thebaid 2: Edited with an Introduction, Translation, and Commentary (Oxford).
  • 2015. Brill’s Companion to Statius (Leiden). Co-editor with W. J. Dominik and C. E. Newlands. 

Articles (refereed)

  • “Positioning Aeneas: A proposed emendation to Aeneid 7.5”, Classical Journal 115.
  • Dominoque legere superstes? Epic and empire at the end of the Thebaid”, Harvard Studies in Classical Philology 111.
  • Odi(tque moras): Abridging Allusions to Virgil, Aeneid 12 in Statius, Thebaid 12”, American Journal of Philology 138.2.
  • “Comparative rates of text reuse in classical Latin hexameter poetry”, Digital Humanities Quarterly 9.3 Co-author with N. W. Bernstein and Wei Lin.
  • “Notes on Statius, Thebaid 2”, Classical Quarterly 65, 411–15.
  • “Tydeus the hero? Intertextual confusion in Statius, Thebaid 2”, Phoenix 69, 56–78.
  • “Statius, Thebaid 2.473: iam Telamona solo, iam stratum Ixiona linquens”, Mnemosyne66, 312–13.
  • Neu desint epulis rosae: Re-evaluating the addressee and intertexts of Horace, Odes I, 36”, Latomus 71 (2012), 47–62.

Chapters and Invited Articles

  • “Senecan heroes and tyrants in Statius, Thebaid 2”, in A. Marinis and S. Papaioannou (eds), Elements of Tragedy in Flavian Epic (De Gruyter).
  • Contribution to The Vates Anthology of New Latin Poetry (ed. M. Walker), pp. 42–50. Art by Garett Schoffro.
  • “Parent-child conflict in the Thebaid”, in Brill’s Companion to Statius, 221–39.
  • “Reading Statius”, in Brill’s Companion to Statius, 3–27. Co-author with C. E. Newlands and W. J. Dominik.
  • “‘This is my Sparta!’ 300 (1998), 300 (2007), and Three (2013–14)”, The Amphora Issue, Melbourne Historical Journal 42.2, 3–19.
  • “Viewing violence in Statius’ Thebaid and the films of Quentin Tarantino”, in H. Lovatt and C. Vout (eds), Epic Visions: Visuality in Greek and Latin Epic and its Reception (Cambridge), 139–67.

Selected Presentations 

  • “No cock-up: A serious reading of a marginal medieval pseudo-Ovidian metamorphosis” (2017 Midwest Classical Literature Consortium annual meeting, Ohio University, April 2017).
  • “Ending epic quickly: ‘Abridging allusions’ in Statius’ Thebaid” (University of Toronto, March 2016 and 2016 CAC annual conference, Laval University, May 2016).
  • “Make America great again! Roman renewal in the presidency of Donald J. Trump (and other speculative fiction)” (keynote address at 10th McMaster University Undergraduate Classics Conference, March 2016).
  • Es quod es: Monstrous heroism and Oedipal consumption in Statius, Thebaid 2” (26th Brock University Archaeological Society Scholarly Symposium, March 2015 and 2015 CAC annual conference, University of Toronto, May 2015).
  • “Writing and reading violence in Statius’ Thebaid” (Queen’s University, November 2014).
  • "Hexametric intertextuality: A digital approach” (Victoria University of Wellington, May 2014 and 35th ASCS conference, Massey University, January 2014).
  • “Arena, epic, internet: Viewing violence like a Roman (or, ‘I wouldn’t shoot a man in Reno, but I might watch him die’)” (34th ASCS conference, MacQuarie University, January 2013).