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Brian Breed

Professor | Undergraduate Program Director


(413) 577-3479

529 Herter Hall

Brian Breed has degrees in Classics from Emory University (BA, 1994) and Harvard (PhD, 1999). He has taught at UMass since 2000. His research is focused on Latin poetry of the late Republican and Augustan periods, especially the work of Virgil, Catullus, Horace, and Propertius. He is interested in issues related to genre, textuality, and the relationships between texts and their audiences, as well as the complex of concerns that cluster around Latin literary responses to Hellenistic Greek literature. He is also interested in the earliest Roman literature. 

Research Areas

  • Latin poetry, especially late Republican and Augustan
  • Early Latin literature, especially epic and satire
  • Hellenistic poetry


Recent books

  • Lucilius and Satire in Second-Century BC Rome. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2018; co-edited with Rex Wallace and Elizabeth Keitel.
  • Citizens of Discord: Rome and Its Civil Wars. New York: Oxford University Press, 2010; co-edited with Cynthia Damon and Andreola Rossi.

Recent articles and chapters

  • “Sicilian Muses: Theocritus and Virgil’s Eclogues,” in Brill’s Companion to Theocritus, ed. A. Rengakos, P. Kyriakou, and E. Sistakou (Leiden: Brill, 2021) 679–702. 
  • "Eclogue 4 and the Futures of Rome," in The Future of Rome: Greek, Roman, Jewish and Christian Visions, ed. J. Price and K. Berthelot (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2020) 32–46.
  • "Ennius and Lucilius: Good companion | bad companion," in Ennius' Annals, Poetry and History, ed. J. Farrell and C. Damon (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2020) 243–61.
  • "Some Second Poems: Virgil, Theocritus, Tibullus," in They Keep It All Hid: Augustan Poetry, Its Antecedents and Reception. Studies in Honor of Richard F. Thomas, ed. P. E. Knox, H. Pelliccia, and A. Sens (Berlin: De Gruyter, 2018) 117–28.
  • “Lucilius' Books," in Lucilius and Satire in Second-Century BC Rome, ed. B. W. Breed, R. Wallace, and E. Keitel (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2018) 57–79

Courses Recently Taught

  • Classics 190A Greeks Romans and Others
  • Latin 691B History of Latin Literature
  • Latin 625 Virgil
  • Latin 612 Advanced prose style
  • Greek 491D Hellenistic Poetry
  • Greek 310 Greek Poetry (Homer)
  • Latin 425 Virgil Aeneid
  • Latin 450 Cicero
  • Latin 320 Latin Poetry