Frances Muecke

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

Research interests

  • Greek and Roman Comedy
  • Horace’s Satires
  • genre in ancient poetry
  • Humanist scholarship and antiquarianism in Rome (1470-1527)

Current projects

  • Translation of Biondo Flavio, Roma triumphans
  • Critical edition and translation of Andrea Fulvio, Antiquaria Urbis

Awards and honours

  • 2013: David Raeburn Award for the Advancement of the Classics
  • 2007: Elected Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities
  • 2003: Visiting Fellow, Institute of Classical Studies, Institute of Advanced Studies, University of London
  • 1990: Life Member, Clare Hall, Cambridge
  • 1988: Visiting Fellow, Clare Hall, Cambridge
  • Socio corrispondente ‘Roma nel Rinascimento’
  • Advisory Board: SemRom: Seminari Romani per la cultura greca, L’Ellisse: Studi storici di letteratura italiana
  • Editorial Board: StEFI. Studi di erudizione e di filologia italiana, Antichthon

Select Conferences and Invited Papers

  • ‘Light (and Dark) on Pomponio Leto’s Students’, The Classics in the Classroom Conference, Thursday July 27-Saturday July 29, 2006, Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Sydney
  • ‘Translating Plautinisches im Plautus’, Literary and Scholarly Translation: a Colloquium, 20 November 2004 (National Institute of the Humanities and Creative Arts, Canberra)
  • ‘Teaching music: the didactic poem of Venceslaus Philomathes’, 4 November 2004, Didactic Symposium, Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Sydney
  • ‘The 18th century reception of Du Fresnoy’s De arte graphica’, 2 February 1999, York Centre for 18th century Studies

Selected grants

The invention of Rome: Biondo Flavios Roma triumphans and its worlds; Muecke F, Campanelli M; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Discovery Projects (DP).

'Undoing the Ancient' Research Group; Blanshard A, Ledbury M, Milam J, Gagne J, Borghesi F, Muecke F, Turner M; Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences/FASS Collaborative Research Scheme.

Selected publications & creative works

Rome in Triumph, Volume 1, Books I–II, Biondo Flavio, Translated by Frances Muecke, Edited by Maria Agata Pincelli, Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.

Muecke, F. (2016) 'Fama superstes'? Soundings in the Reception of Biondo Flavio's Roma triumphans in A New Sense of the Past: The Scholarship of Biondo Flavio (1392-1463), eds. Angelo Mazzocco and Marc Laureys, Belgium: Leuven University Press

Muecke, F. (2015) "Suberat imago Sylii Italici..." Pomponio Leto and fifteenth-century Lives of Silius Italicus, Renaessanceforum, 9, 117-138.

Muecke, F. (2014). From Pomponio Leto to Pietro Marso: reading Silius Italicus at Rome in the fifteenth century, StEFI: Studi di erudizione e di filologia Italiana, III, 153-179.

Muecke, F. (2014). Verus Medicus: Pierio Valeriano's ode on Leo X and the Tiber Island, Roma nel rinascimento, 315-330.

Muecke, F. (2013). The Invention of Satire: A Paradigmatic Case? In Theodore D. Papangelis, Stephen J. Harrison and Stavros Frangoulidis (Eds.), Generic Interfaces in Latin Literature: Encounters, Interactions and Transformations, (pp. 283-295). Berlin: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co. KG.

Muecke, F. (2012). Gentiles Nostri: Roman Religion and Roman Identity in Biondo Flavio's Roma triumphans. Journal of the Warburg and Courtauld Institutes, 75, 93-110.

Muecke, F. (2011). Ante Oculos Ponere: Vision and Imagination in Flavio Biondo's Roma Triumphans. British School at Rome. Papers, 79, 275-298.

Muecke, F., Dunston, J. (2011). Introduction. In Frances Muecke and John Dunston (Eds.), Commentary on Silius Italicus, (pp. 13-65). Geneve: Librairie Droz SA.

Muecke, F. (2010). Silius Italicus in the Italian Renaissance. In Augoustakis, Antony (Eds.), Brill's Companion to Silius Italicus, (pp. 401-424). Leiden, The Netherlands: Brill.


Muecke, F., Forgacs, R. (2008). 'Dulces discet ab arte sonos': The Latin Didactic Poem on Music of Philomathes (Vienna, 1512). In Juanita Feros Ruys (Eds.), What Nature Does Not Teach: Didactic Literature in the Medieval and Early Modern Periods, (pp. 427-447). Belgium: Brepols Publishers.

Muecke, F. (2008). Silius Italicus, cos. 68, c. AD 26-102.

Muecke, F. (2007). Hannibal at the 'Fields of Fire': a 'wasteful excursion'? (Silius Italicus, Punica 12, 133-157). Materiali e Discussioni per l'Analisi dei Testi Classici, 58, 73-91.

Muecke, F. (2007). Introduction. In Eduard Fraenkel (Eds.), Plautine Elements in Plautus - (Plautinisches im Plautus), (pp. 1-4). Oxford, New York: Oxford University Press.

Muecke, F. (2007). Poetry on Rome from the ambience of Pomponio Leto: Topography, history, encomium. L'Ellisse, 2, 101-126.

Muecke, F. (2007). The Satires. In Stephen Harrison (Eds.), The Cambridge Companion to Horace, (pp. 105-120). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Muecke, F. (2006). A (literary) voyage round Mt Etna. Classicum, 32(1), 13-23.

Davidson, J., Muecke, F., Wilson, P. (2006). Greek Drama III: Essays in Honour of Kevin Lee. London: Institute of Classical Studies, School of Advanced Study, University of London.

Allen, C., Haskell, Y., Muecke, F. (2005). De arte graphica 1668. Geneva: Librairie Droz SA.

Muecke, F. (2005). Domizio Calderini’s lost ‘edition’ of Silius Italicus. Res Publica Litterarum: studies in the classical tradition, 28, 51-67.

Muecke, F. (2005). Pomponio Leto’s later work on Silius Italicus: the evidence of BAV, Vat. Inc. I 4. Rivista di Cultura Classica e Medioevale, 47, 139-156.

Muecke, F. (2005). Rome's first "satirists": themes and genre in Ennius and Lucilius. In Freudenburg, K (Eds.), The Cambridge Companion to Roman Satire, (pp. 33-47). Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.

Muecke, F. (2004). Poets on the via Appia. Classicum, 30(1), 2-9.

Muecke, F. (2004). The Origins Of Vinduna, Or, The Curious Survival Of A Fifteenth-Century Conjecture. Materiali e Discussioni per l'Analisi dei Testi Classici, 51, 253-255.

Green, J., Muecke, F., Sowada, K., Turner, M., Bachmann, E. (2003). Ancient Voices, Modern Echoes: Theatre in the Greek World. Ancient Voices, Modern Echoes: Theatre in the Greek World, Australia.

Muecke, F. (2003). Angelo Poliziano, Pomponio Leto, Domizio Calderini, and the Codex Mediceus. Roma nel Rinascimento, , 231-239.

Muecke, F. (2003). Domus and Via: place-hunting in Hor. Satires 1.9 and Juvenal 3. Classicum, 29(1), 18-22.

Muecke, F. (2003). Humanists in the Roman Forum. British School at Rome. Papers, 71, 207-233.

Muecke, F. (2003). Introduction to Greek Drama. In Green, J.R., Muecke, F., Sowada, K.N., Turner, M., and Bachmann, E. (Eds.), Ancient Voices, Modern Echoes: Theatre in the Greek World, (pp. 8-12). Australia: Nicholson Museum, University of Sydney.

Muecke, F. (1997). Horace, Satires II. Warminster: Aris and Phillips.