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Dr Regine May


			Dr 			Regine 			May

+44 (0)113 34 33541

Staatsexamen Trier (Germany), DPhil (Oxford)

Research Interests

Regine's special interests are ancient drama and the Latin novel.

She has published a book on Apuleius' use of Roman comedy, tragedy and mime entitled Apuleius and Drama: The Ass on Stage (Oxford 2006), and a lemmatised concordance on Cornelius Nepos (Hildesheim 2006).

She has also written several articles on dramatic intertextuality in Apuleius, women in the ancient novels and Greek comedy, and short pieces on ancient medicine. Regine is currently working on a commentary on Apuleius Metamorphoses I and her next project will be a commentary on Plautus' Cistellaria.


My first degree was in Latin and English from the University of Trier in Germany (1991-8), to which I added an examination in Greek a year later. As part of this degree, I studied at Jesus College Oxford for one year (1994/5), and I went back to Corpus Christi College Oxford for my DPhil (1998-2001).

I held positions as lecturer in both Latin and Greek in Manchester (2001-3) and Durham (2003/4), and enjoyed two years as a fixed-term Fellow in Classical Languages and Literature at Merton College, Oxford (2004-6), before joining the Classics Department at Leeds in September 2006.


  • (2006) Cornelii Nepotis Vitarum Concordantia (Lemmatised Concordance), Hildesheim
  • (2006) Apuleius and Drama: The Ass on Stage, Oxford   
  • "The Prologue to Apuleius´ Metamorphoses and Coluccio Salutati: MS. Harley 4838. With an Appendix on Sozomeno of Pistoia and the Nonius Marginalia", in W.H. Keulen, R.R. Nauta and S. Panayotakis (eds.), Lectiones Scrupulosae: Essays on the Text and the Interpretation of Apuleius' Metamorphoses in Honour of Maaike Zimmerman, Ancient Narrative Supplement 6 (2006), 281-312.
  • "Visualising drama, oratory and truthfulness in Metamorphoses 3", in V. Rimell (ed.), Seeing Tongues, Hearing Scripts: Orality and Representation in the Ancient Novel, 86-105. (AN Supplement 7)
  • Lexicon entries in K.-H. Leven (ed.), Lexikon der antiken Medizin (Munich, 2005) in the field of the ancient novel: "Roman" (p. 756f.); "Apollonius v. Tyana" (p. 70f.); "Isis" (p. 464); "Petronius" (p. 691); "Philostratos, Flavius" (p. 698f.). Miscellaneous: "Eidechse" (p. 243), "Kamel" (p. 481f.); "Maus" (p. 595f.); "Perücke" (p. 684); "Ratte" (p. 748)
  • "'The Rape of the Locks': Cutting Hair in Menander´s Perikeiromene", in J. Schwind and S. Harwardt (eds.), Corona Coronaria: Festschrift für Hans Otto Kröner zum 75. Geburtstag (Hildesheim, 2005), 275-289
  • "Chaste Artemis and Lusty Aphrodite: The Portrait of Women and Marriage in the Greek and Latin Novels", in W.S. Smith (ed.), Satiric Advice on Women and Marriage (Michigan, 2004), 129-153. [reviewed by A.M. Keith in Choice, September 2005, p. 97]
  • "A Parasite in a Domus Comica: Comic Characterisation of Lucius in Met. 1", in M. Zimmerman, S. Panayotakis and W. Keulen (eds.), The Ancient Novel in Context: Abstracts of the Papers to be Read at the Third International Conference on the Ancient Novel to be held at the University of Groningen, The Netherlands 25-30 July 2000 (Groningen, 2000), 73ff.
  • "Köche und Parasit: Elemente der Komödie in den Metamorphosen des Apuleius", in Groningen Colloquia on the Novel IX (Groningen, 1998), 131-155

Papyrus editions (with the editors)

     Editions of literary papyri for the Oxyrhynchus Papyri, Oxford:

  • Inv. No. 263B.50/E (1) part = Demosthenes, Oratio 24.33-37
  • Inv. No. 104/6(c) = Herodotus, Historiae 1.93.2
  • Inv. No. 101/108(b) = Homer, Iliad 21.273-284 & 461-472

(cf. Martin L. West (ed.): Homeri Ilias vol. II. Stuttgart 2000, p. v.)

  • Inv. No. 85/40(a) = Herodotus, Historiae 2.76-80
  • Inv. No. 101/204(a) = Glossary to Homer, Iliad 13