Jonathan Wallis

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Jonathan Wallis

Senior Lecturer in Classics

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Dr Jonathan Wallis is a Senior Lecturer in Classics. He is also the Coordinator of the Ancient Languages major, and the Digital Futures Leader within the School of Humanities in the College of Arts, Law and Education. Jonathan teaches widely within the Classics program, and has published numerous articles and a book on literary culture and genre in the Roman world, and on the modern reception of Latin literature. Jonathan is a regular recipient of teaching awards and commendations, including a 2019 Team Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning with colleagues in the Classics program. He has a particular interest in blended learning, and on the innovative use of technology in teaching.


Before joining the University of Tasmania, Jonathan completed his doctoral studies at the University of Cambridge (UK). He has worked as a lecturer at the Monash University and the University of Melbourne.

Career summary


PhD, The University of Cambridge (2008).

MA, The University of Melbourne (2001)


Teaching expertise


Latin language, Roman culture, Latin literature, Epic poetry, Ancient personal poetry, Gender, Genre, Virgil, Horace, Catullus, Propertius

Teaching expertise

Jonathan is a passionate and experienced teacher with a long-standing interest in pedagogy. Jonathan is a university leader in curriculum design and in the integration of technology in teaching practice.

Teaching responsibility

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Research Themes

Augustan poetry & early imperial Roman literature, the Roman novel; reflexivity and generic conflict in Latin poetry; representations of gender and genre in Latin literature.

Current projects

Jonathan’s current research examines the reception of Catullus in the 20th century, with a particular focus on non-textual media (art, illustration, music, theatre, among others).

Fields of Research

  • Latin and classical Greek literature (470513)
  • Latin and classical Greek languages (470316)
  • Other language, communication and culture (479999)
  • Culture, representation and identity (470208)
  • Humanities and social sciences curriculum and pedagogy (excl. economics, business and management) (390107)
  • Curriculum and pedagogy theory and development (390102)
  • Classical Greek and Roman history (430305)

Research Objectives

  • Expanding knowledge in history, heritage and archaeology (280113)
  • Literature (130203)
  • Assessment, development and evaluation of curriculum (160301)
  • Communication (130299)
  • Understanding past societies (130799)
  • Expanding knowledge in language, communication and culture (280116)
  • Pedagogy (160302)
  • Understanding Europe's past (130704)


Total publications


Journal Article

(5 outputs)
2021Wallis J, 'Masculine Redemption in Carl Orff's Catulli Carmina (1943)', Antichthon, 55 pp. 155-171. ISSN 0066-4774 (2021) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1017/ann.2021.9 [eCite] [Details]


2020Wallis J, 'Trojan Restoration and the Aeneid in Horace, Odes 3.3', Mnemosyne, 74, (4) pp. 626-647. ISSN 0026-7074 (2020) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1163/1568525X-12342837 [eCite] [Details]


2016Wallis J, 'Ghostwriting elegy in Propertius 4.7', The Classical Quarterly, 66, (2) pp. 556-572. ISSN 0009-8388 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1017/S0009838816000410 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1


2011Wallis J, 'Marriage and the Elegiac Woman in Propertius 3.12', Ramus: critical studies in Greek and Roman literature, 40, (2) pp. 106-129. ISSN 0048-671X (2011) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1017/S0048671X00000369 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 2Web of Science - 2


2011Wallis JAC, 'Review of L. B. T. Houghton, Maria Wyke (ed.), Perceptions of Horace: A Roman Poet and His Readers', Bryn Mawr Classical Review, 2011, (04) pp. no. 54. ISSN 1063-2948 (2011) [Letter or Note in Journal]

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(1 outputs)
2018Wallis J, 'Introspection and Engagement in Propertius: A Study of Book 3', Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, pp. 242. ISBN 978-1-108-27177-6 (2018) [Authored Research Book]

DOI: 10.1017/9781108265003 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 6


Chapter in Book

(3 outputs)
2023Knight J, Wallis J, 'Toxic Masculinity in the First-Year Classics Classroom', Toxic Masculinity in the Ancient World book, Edinburgh University Press, A McMaster and M Racette-Campbell (ed), United Kingdom, pp. 1-12. (In Press) [Research Book Chapter]

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Co-authors: Knight J

2013Wallis J, 'Reading False Closure in(to) Propertian Elegy', The Door Ajar: False Closure in Greek and Roman Literature and Art, Universitatsverlag WINTER, Farouk K. Gewing, Benjamin Acosta-Hughes and Alexander Kirichenko (ed), Heidelberg, pp. 229-246. ISBN 9783825356972 (2013) [Research Book Chapter]

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2013Wallis J, 'Turning Elegy Upside Down Propertius 3.1-3', Approaches to Genre in the Ancient World, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Michelle Borg and Graeme Miles (ed), Newcastly upon Tyne, UK, pp. 30-58. ISBN 9781443849807 (2013) [Research Book Chapter]

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Conference Publication

(1 outputs)
2010Wallis J, '(Un)Elegiac characterisation in Propertius 3.12', Open Access Australasian Society for Classical Studies Proceedings, 2-5 February 2010, Perth: University of Western Australia EJ (2010) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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(1 outputs)
2009Wallis JAC, 'Reading Backwards and Looking Forwards in Propertius Book 3' (2009) [PhD]

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Grants & Funding

Funding Summary

Number of grants


Total funding



Genre & Identity in Latin Personal Poetry: Three Explorations in Propertian Elegy (2012)$4,000
University of Tasmania ($4,000)
Grant-Research Enhancement (REGS)
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Wallis JAC

Research Supervision

Jonathan has supervised many postgraduate research projects which investigate Roman culture of the late Republic and early Principate. He also supervises projects exploring the reception of the Roman world.






PhDReceptions of Ancient Sexualities2021


PhDVerecundia in Livy and Valerius Maximus
Candidate: Tegan Joy Gleeson
PhDProteus and Poikilia. The Influence of Philostratus the Elder on the Dionysiaca of Nonnus of Panopolis, with Particular Emphasis on Ekphrastic and Metamorphic Elements
Candidate: John Charles Pickstone
PhDManaging Empire: Romano-Italic relations and the origins of the social war
Candidate: Owen James Stewart
PhDThe Inward Turn: Reading masochism in Latin literature
Candidate: Emma Jane Donnelly
MastersFemale Monsters and Monstrous Females Readings of Monstrosity in Statius' Thebaid
Candidate: Isabelle Jane Duroe
PhDCentaurs, Sophists and Satire: Hybridity in the Works of Lucian of Samosata
Candidate: Megan Campbell Abel
PhDMetaphysics, Morality and Malevolence: An investigation into the philosophical outlook inherent in the treatment of the myths in Ovid's Metamorphoses
Candidate: Callum James Hyland
MastersThe Politics of Rape in Ovid's Fasti
Candidate: Abigail Mckay
PhDThe Role of Battle Narrative in the Bellum Gallicum
Candidate: David Jonathon Nolan
PhDElegiac Ascent: Plotting a Path through Propertius' Poetic Landscape
Candidate: Michael John Berry
MastersThe First Meeting of the Roman and Parthian Empires - Geopolitical Context and Consequences
Candidate: Frankie Krsto Strk
PhDLucan's Bellum Ciuile and the Epic Genre
Candidate: Frances Louise Alexis