Эндрю Лерд

D.Phil (Doctor of Philosophy) in Classical Literature, Oxford University (1992), John Rowe Workman Distinguished Professor of Classics and Humanities, Brown University, Rhode Island (since 2016)



He obtained the degree of MA in Literae Humaniores [Greek and Latin Literature and Philosophy] from Magdalen College, Oxford (1986) and a second MA in Classics from King’s College London (1987), prior to  his doctoral research at the University of Oxford, where he was awarded the D.Phil in April 1992 for a thesis entitled Modes of reporting speech in Latin fictional narrative.

Research Interests: His research interests extend from Greek and Roman classical literature and poetics to humanism and the history of scholarship in early modern Europe (especially Italy and Spain) and to colonial Spanish America. His work currently focuses on the role of Latin humanism in mediating native languages and legacies in sixteenth-century Mexico. 

Visiting Positions and Fellowshlps

Margo Tytus Fellowship in Classics, University of Cincinnati, 2001–2002

Solmsen Fellowship, Institute for Research in the Humanities, Univeristy of Wisconsin: Madison, 2003-4

Cátedra Extraordinaria Méndez Plancarte, Faculty of Philosophy and Letter, National Autonomou University of Mexico [UNAM], Mexico, 2008–2009

Webster Distinguished Lecturer and Visiting Professor, Classics, Stanford University, 2012

Humanities Initiative Visting Professor, Brown University, 2015–2016.




1992: Fellow by Examination in Classical Literature at Magdalen College, Oxford

2007: Leverhulme Trust Three-Year Major Research Fellowship awarded for ‘The Culture of Latin           in Colonial Mexico: Creole Humanism and Native Memory’.

Scholarly Publicatios: 100+ publications, including 2 monographs and several edited volumes.


Major Works:


  • Powers of Expression, Expressions of Power (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1999).
  • The Epic of America. (London: Duckworth, 2006).

 Edited and co-edited volumes

  • A Companion to the Prologue of Apuleius’ Metamorphoses (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2001).
  • Ancient Literary Criticism (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2006).
  • Italy and the Classical Tradition: Language, Thought and Poetry 1300-1600 (London: Duckworth, 2009).
  • The Role of Latin in the Early Modern World: Latin, linguistic identity and nationalism 1350-1800. (Aarhus and Copenhagen: Renaessanceforum, 2010).
  • Antiquities and Classical Traditions in Latin America. (Bulletin of Latin American Research Monographs (Oxford and Malden, MA: Wiley Blackwell, 2018 forthcoming).


Selected Articles

  • Sounding out Ecphrasis: Art and Text in Catullus 64, in: Journal of Roman Studies (83), 1993, 18–30.
  • Ringing the Changes on Gyges: Philosophy and the Formation of Fiction in Plato’s Republic, in: Journal of Hellenic Studies (121) 2001, 12–29.
  • The Poetics and Afterlife of Virgil’s Descent to the Underworld: Servius, Fulgentius and the Culex, in: Proceedings of the Virgil Society (24) 2001, 49–80.
  • Roman Epic Theatre? The poet in Virgil’s Aeneid, in: Proceedings of the Cambridge Philological Society (49) 2003, 19–39.
  • Juan Luis De La Cerda and the Predicament of Commentary, in: The Classical Commentary Histories Practice Theory Roy K. Gibson and Christina Shuttleworth Kraus, Mnemosyne Supplement 232, Brill 2002, 171–203.
  • Da Virgilio a Góngora: Istruzione e innovazione nel commentario di La Cerda, in: Studi Umanisitici Piceni: Atti dei Congressi (22) Sassoferrato 2002, 219–26.
  • La Alexandriada de Francisco Xavier Alegre: arcanis sua sensa figuris, in: Nova Tellus 2, 2003, 167–76 (in Spanish).
  • Metaphor and the riddle of representation in Historia Apollonii Regis Tyri, in: Ancient Narrative: Supplement 4, 2005, 225–44.
  • Selenopolitanus: Diego José Abad, Latin, and Mexican identity, in: Studi Umanistici Piceni: Atti dei Congressi 24, Sassoferrato 2004, 231–7.
  • Allegories of colonialism in Rafael Landívar’s Rusticatio Mexicana, in: Grazer Beiträge: Supplementband 9, Vienna 2005, 146–55.
  • Renaissance Emblems and Aztec Glyphs. Italian Humanism and Mexico (I): 1520–1590, in: Studi Umanistici Piceni: Atti dei Congressi (26) Sassoferrato 2006, 227–39.
  • The Virgin of Guadalupe and the Rebirth of Latin Epic: Centonicum Virgilianum Monimentum, in: Mexico 1680: Cultural and Intellectual Life, ed. J. Andrews and A. Coroleu, Bristol: Hispanic Portugues and Latin American Monographs, 2007, 199–220.
  • Metamorphosis and Mestizaje: Ovid in New Spain, in: Latin and Vernacular in Renaissance Spain III ed. Alejandro Coroleu and Barry Taylor, Cañada Blanch Monographs, Manchester Spanish and Portuguese Monographs 2008, 135–45.
  • Pagan Symbols and Christian Images. Italian Humanism and Mexico (II): 1590–1750, in: Studi Umanistici Piceni: Atti dei Congressi 28, Sassoferrato 2008, 167–81.
  • Bartolo da Sassoferrato and the dominion of native Americans: The De debellandis indis and Las Casas’ Apologia, in: Studi Umanistici Piceni: Atti dei Congressi 29, 2009, 365–73.
  • Vergil Aeneis, in: Der Neue Pauly Supplemente 7. Die Rezeption der antiken Literatur. Kulturhistorisches Werklexikon, ed. C. Walde, Stuttgart: J.B. Metzler 2010, 1108–30.
  • The Reinvention of Virgil’s Wheel, in: Classical Literary Careers and their Reception ed. Philip Hardie and Helen Moore, CUP 2010, 138–59.
  • The Aeneid from the Aztecs to the Dark Virgin: Vergil, native tradition and Latin poetry in colonial Mexico, in: A Companion to Vergil's Aeneid and its Tradition, eds. Joseph Farrell and Michael C.J. Putnam, Chicester: Wiley-Blackwell, 2010, 21–233.
  • Latin in Cuauhtémoc’s Shadow, in: Latinity and Alterity in the Early Modern World ed. Yasmin Haskell and Juanita Ruys, Medieval and Renaissance Texts and Studies, Arizona 2010, 169–199.
  • Migration und Ovids Exildichtung in der lateinischen Kultur, in: 2000 Jahre Wiederkehr der Verbannung des Ovid: Exil und Literatur, ed. Veronika Coroleu and Gerhard Petersmann, Salzburg: Berger, 2011, 101–18.
  •  Patriotism and the Rise of Latin in Eighteenth-Century New Spain: Disputes of the New World and the Jesuit constructions of a Mexican legacy, in: The Role of Latin in the Early Modern World: Latin, linguistic identity and nationalism 1350–1800. Renaessanceforum 7. Aarhus & Copenhagen: Forum for Renaissance Studies, 2012, 163–93.
  • Niccolò Perotti, I Rudimenta grammatices e le Cornu copiae nel Michoacan del XVI secolo Studi Umanistici Piceni: Atti dei Congressi (32) Sassoferrato 2012, 55–73.
  • Franciscan humanism in post-conquest Mexico: Fray Cristóbal Cabreraʼs epigrams on classical and Renaissance authors (Vat. Lat. 1165), in: Studi Umanistici Piceni 33, 2013, 195–211.
  • Nahuas and Caesars: Classical learning and bilingualism in post-conquest Mexico; An inventory of Latin writings by authors of the native nobility, in: Classical Philology 109, 2014, 150–69.
  • Humanism and the humanity of the peoples of the New World: Fray Julián Garcés, De habilitate et capacitate gentium, Rome 1537. A study, transcription and translation of the original imprint in the John Carter Brown Library, in: Studi Umanistici Piceni 34, 2014, 183–225.
  • Latin in Latin America [chapter 61]: Brill Encylopedia of the Neo-Latin World ed. Philip Ford, Charles Fantazzi and Jan Bloemendahl, Leiden and Boston: Brill, 2014, vol i: 821–32.
  • The teaching of Latin to the native nobility in Mexico in the mid-1500s: Contexts, methods and results, in Latin and Greek as second languages from antiquity to the present day ed. Jonathan Gnoza, Elizabeth Archibald, William Brockliss. Cambridge: CUP and Yale Classical Studies 2014, 118–35.
  • Colonial Spanish America and Brazil, in: The Oxford Handbook of Neo-Latin ed Sarah Knight and Stefan Tilg. Oxford: OUP, 2015, 525–40.
  • Columbus, the Lily of Quito and the Black Legend. The context of José Manuel Peramás’ epic on the discovery of the New World, De invento novo orbe inductoque illuc Christi Sacrificio, Dieciocho: Journal of the Hispanic Enlightenment 38.1, Spring 2015, 7–32 [co-authored with Desiree Arbo].
  • Les Métamorphoses et le métissage religieux. L’influence d’Apulée dans l’écriture latine, espagnole et nahuatl 1540–1680, in: La réception de l'ancien roman de la fin du moyen âge au début de l’époque classique, Actes du colloque de Tours, 20–22 octobre 2011, ed. Cécile Bost-Pouderon, Lyon: Maison de l’Orient et de la Méditerranée, 2015, 163–79.
  • The classical foundations of Utopia in sixteenth-century Mexico: Lucian, Virgil, More, and Erasmus in Vasco de Quiroga’s Información en derecho (1535), in: Comparatismes en Sorbonne 6-2015: Les Classiques aux Amériques, Paris 2015: 1–9.
  • Aztec and Roman Gods: Strategic uses of classical learning in Sahagún’s missionary ethnography, in Altera Roma: Art and Empire from Mérida to Mexico ed. John Pohl and Claire Lyons, Los Angeles: Cotsen Institute of Archaeology, 2016, 147–67.
  • Nahua humanism and political identity in sixteenth century Mexico. A Latin letter from Antonio Cortés Totoquihuatzin, native ruler of Tlacopan, to Charles V (1552), in: Latin, Linguistic Identity and Nationalism II, Aarhus & Copenhagen: Renæssanceforum 9, 2016, 127–172.
  • Nahua humanism and ethnohistory: Antonio Valeriano and the Latin letter from the rulers of Azcapotzalco to Philip II, Estudios de Cultura Náhuatl 52, 2016, 23–74.
  • Classical Letters and Millenarian Madness in Post-Conquest Mexico: The Ecstasis of Fray Cristóbal Cabrera (1548), International Journal of the Classical Tradition 24.1, April 2017, 78–108.
  • Orator, sage and patriot: Cicero in colonial Spanish America and Brazil, in: The Afterlife of Cicero ed. G. Manuwald, London: Bulletin of Institute of Classical Studies Supplement, 122–43.
  •  A Mirror for Mexican Princes: Reconsidering the Context and Latin Source for the Nahuatl Translation of Aesop’s Fables, for: Brief Forms in Medieval and Renaissance Hispanic Literature ed. Barry Taylor and Alejandro Coroleu, Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Pubishing 2017, 132–167.
  • Love and Death in Renaissance Latin Bucolic: The Chronis and its Origins (Biblioteca Nacional de México Ms. 1631), in: Love and Death in Roman Literature ed. Stavros Frangoulidis and Stephen Harrison, Berlin and Boston: De Gruyter, 2018 (publication March 2018).


Teaching career

Fellow by Examination in Classical Literature and Lecturer in Latin, Magdalen College, Oxford, 1989–1992

Lecturer in Latin, University of Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom 1992–1996

Lecturer and Reader in Classical Literature, Warwick Univeristy, United Kingdom 1996–2006

Professor of Classical Literature, Warwick Univeristy, United Kingdom 2007–2016

John Rowe Workman Distinguished Professor of Classics and Humanities, Professor of Hispanic Studies, Brown University, Rhode Island, 2016-