Associate Professor Lindsay C. Watson

Honorary Associate in the Department of Classics and Ancient History
School of Philosophical and Historical Inquiry (SOPHI)
Quadrangle Building A14
The University of Sydney
NSW 2006 Australia

Fellowships and Awards

  • Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities (elected 2004)

Select Publications


  • (in press) Magic in ancient Greece and Rome. Harmful, Lethal, and Benign Sorcery in Classical Antiquity (I. B. Tauris, London/NY)
  • [with Dr. P Watson] Martial. Understanding Classics Series (I. B. Tauris, London/NY 2015): 174 pages
  • [with Dr. P Watson] Juvenal Satire 6 (Cambridge University Press, 2014): 320 pages
  • A Commentary on Horace’s Epodes (Oxford University Press, 2003): 604 pages
  • Martial: Select Epigrams [with Dr. P. Watson] (Cambridge University Press, 2003): 374 pages
  • Arae: The Curse Poetry of Antiquity (Francis Cairns, Leeds, 1991): 263 pages

Book Chapters

  • (forthcoming) 'The Masculine and Feminine in Epigram' in The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Greek and Roman Epigram ed. Christer Henriksén. Malden, MA
  • 'Epigram' in A Companion to Latin Literature ed S. J. Harrison (Blackwell Publishing , Malden MA/Oxford, 2005), 201-12
  • 'Horace and the Pirates' in A. Powell, K. Welch edds. Sextus Pompeius (University of Wales Press/Duckworth, 2002), 213-28.
  • 'Epode 14. Horace's carmen inconditum?' in A. Cavarzere, A. Aloni. A. Barchiesi edds. Iambic Ideas (Rowman and Littlefield, Rochester, 2001), 185-202.
  • ‘Horace’s Epodes: The Impotence of Iambos?’ in S. J. Harrison ed. Homage to Horace: A Bimillenary Celebration (Oxford, 1995), 188-202
  • 'Horace, Epode 5: Theme and Purpose', in H. D. Jocelyn and H. Hurt edds. Tria Lustra (Liverpool Classical Papers 3, 1993), 269-82.
  • 'Epode 9, or the Art of Falsehood', in M Whitby, P. Hardie, M. Whitby edds. (Bristol Classical Press, 1987), 119-30.


  • 'The Echeneis and Erotic Magic' Classical Quarterly 60 (2010), 639-46
  • 'Catullus and the Brothel-Creepers. Carmen 37' Antichthon 43 (2009), 123-36
  • [with P. Watson] 'Seneca and Felicio: Imagery and Purpose' Classical Quarterly 59 (2009), 212-26
  • 'Juvenal Satire 6: Misogyny or Misogamy? The Evidence of the Protreptics on Marriage' Publications of the Lanham International Latin Seminar 13 (2008), 269-96
  • 'The Bogus Teacher and his Relevance for Ovid's Ars Amatoria' Rheinisches Museum für Klassische Philologie 150 (2007), 337-74
    'Of Hernias and Wine Jugs: Catalepton 12' Mnemosyne 61 (2008), 245-56
  • ‘Catullus and the Poetics of Incest’ Anticthon 40 (2006), 35-48
  • ‘Martial 12. 32: an indigent immigrant?’ Mnemosyne 57 (2004), 311-24
  • ‘Bassa’s Borborysms: on Martial and Catullus’ Antichthon 37 (2003, published 2004), 1-12
  • ‘Martial 8.21, literary lusus and imperial panegyric’ Papers of the Leeds International Latin Seminar 10 (1998), 359-72
  • ‘Rustic Suffenus (Catullus 22) and literary rusticity’ Papers of the Leeds International Latin Seminar 6 (1990), 13-33
  • ‘Problems in Epode 11’ Classical Quarterly 33 (1983), 299-38
  • ‘Cinna and Euphorion’ Studi italiani di filologia classica 54 (1982), 93-110

Refereed conference proceedings and invited papers

  • 'Les techniques de l'invective dans la Sixième Satire de Juvénal', in Mauvaises langues! ed. F. Cabaret and N. Vienne-Guerin (Presses universitaires de Rouen et du Havre, 2013), 147-64
  • 'Catullus, inurbanitas and the Transpadanes' in Lepos e Mores, ed. A. Morelli, (University of Cassino Press, 2012), 151-69
  • 'The Unity of Martial's Epigrams' Flavian Poetry ed. R. R. Nauta, H. Smolenaars, H.-J. Van Dam (Brill, Leiden 2006), 271-84
  • 2003: Invited speaker at first Groningen Colloquium on Flavian Poetry, University of Groningen, The Netherlands
  • 2001: Invited speaker at international conference on Magic, 'Hecate at the Crossroads', University of New England, Armidale
  • 1999: invited speaker at University of Wales Institute of Classical Studies Colloquium at Haye on Wye, Wales (subject: Sextus Pompey)
  • 1998: Invited speaker at international conference on Greek and Latin Iambus, University of Trento, Italy
  • 1992: Invited speaker at international conference on Horace celebrating the retirement of Robin Nisbet from the Oxford Chair of Latin, Corpus Christi College

Other Interests

Golf, opera singing, reading modern novels, good wine