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Brian Breed


Brian Breed

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Brian W.  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, with attention to issues related to genre, textuality, and the relationships between texts and their audiences, as well as to 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, esp. late Republican and Augustan

Hellenistic poetry



  • Citizens of Discord: Rome and Its Civil Wars. New York: Oxford University Press, 2010; co-edited with Cynthia Damon and Andreola Rossi.
  • Pastoral Inscriptions: Reading and Writing Virgil's Eclogues. London: Duckworth, 2006.
  • Ennuis and the Invention of the Roman Epic. Arethusa 39.3 (2006); co-edited with Andreola Rossi.

Articles & Chapters:

  • "The pseudo-Vergilian Dirae and the earliest responses to Vergilian pastoral." Trends in Classics 4 (2012): 3–28.
  • "Perugia and the Plots of the Monobiblos." Cambridge Classical Journal / Proceedings of the Cambridge Philological Society 55 (2009): 24-48.