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Dr Bobby Xinyue

British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow, Centre for the Study of the Renaissance

Email: b dot xinyue at warwick dot ac dot uk

Room H.453
Humanities Building, University Road

University of Warwick, Coventry, CV4 7AL


Dr Bobby Xinyue is a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow at Warwick's Centre for the Study of the Renaissance. His current research project, ‘Redesigning Time: Ovid’s Fasti and the Politics of Renaissance Poetic Calendars’, explores how Renaissance writers from across Europe used the calendar as a literary form to advance rivalling ideas about cultural identity.

Dr Xinyue also teaches classical literature and languages in the Department of Classics and Ancient History. His work in the field of Classics focuses mainly on the topic of divinisation in Latin poetry, especially in the works of Vergil and Horace. He is also interested in the reception of ancient Rome in modern Chinese culture. Dr Xinyue holds a PhD in Classics from UCL. He has previously lectured at University of Exeter; and held research grants/positions at the University of Virginia (US) and the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Neo-Latin Studies (Austria).

Research Interests

Dr Bobby Xinyue’s PhD dissertation, entitled 'The Divinity of Augustus in the Poetry of Vergil, Horace, and Propertius', was completed in 2015. This study sought to establish firmer connections between poetic texts and political and religious history on the divinisation of Rome's first emperor, Augustus. Dr Xinyue is currently in the process of preparing a monograph based on his doctoral dissertation.

Alongside the preparation of the monograph, Dr Xinyue has published articles and book chapters on the reception of Augustus in Neo-Latin literature and gender and sexuality in the ancient world. In addition, he is an investigator on the international research project “Translating the Complete Corpus of Ovid’s poetry into Chinese with Commentaries” (PI: Jinyu Liu). Dr Xinyue's work on this project has allowed him to conduct ground-breaking research on the reception of Latin literature in China and begin work on the first ever Chinese translation of Ovid’s Fasti with colleagues at Shanghai Fudan University.



2019, Reflections and New Perspectives on Virgil's Georgics, edited by B. Xinyue and N. Freer (London, Bloomsbury).

(In preparation) Paths to Divinity: Augustus the God in Vergil, Horace and Propertius.

Peer-Reviewed Articles and Book Chapters

2018: ‘The Didos of book 4: gender, genre, and the Aeneid in Propertius 4.3 and 4.4’, G&R 65: 218-41.

2018: ‘Augustus in Book 8 of Morisot’s Fasti’, in P. Goodman (ed.) Afterlives of Augustus: AD 14 - 2014 (Cambridge), 198-218.

2017: ‘Imperatrix and bellatrix: Cicero’s Clodia and Vergil’s Camilla’, in D. Campanile, F. Carlà, and M. Facella. (eds) TransAntiquity: Cross-Dressing and Transgender Dynamics in the Ancient World (London, Routledge), 164-77.

Book Review

2013: ‘Review Article: M. C. J. Putnam, The Humanness of Heroes: Studies in the Conclusion of Virgil’s Aeneid (Amsterdam, 2011)’, Mnemosyne 66: 335-37.

Teaching Experience


PhD, University College London

MSt, Merton College, Oxford

Office hours

By appointment.