Denis Feeney

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Denis C. Feeney
NationalityNew Zealander
Alma materOxford University
Known forThe Gods in Epic
Scientific career
InstitutionsPrinceton University

Denis C. Feeney, FBA (born 1955) is Professor of Classics and Giger Professor of Latin at Princeton University. He was born in New Zealand and educated at St Peter's College, Auckland and Auckland Grammar School. He received his B.A. (1974), MA in Latin (1975) and MA in Greek (1976) from the University of Auckland and a D.Phil. from Oxford University in 1982. He has also been a Fellow of Magdalene College, Cambridge and New College, Oxford.[1]

Professor Feeney is especially known for his highly influential[citation needed] book The Gods in Epic on the interaction between Roman literature and religion, and his recent book Caesar's Calendar: Ancient Time and the Beginnings of History (University of California Press, 2008).[2] In 2016 he was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences[3] and a Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy.[4]


  • The Gods in Epic: Poets and Critics of the Classical Tradition. Oxford UP. (1991)
  • Literature and religion at Rome: Cultures, contexts, and beliefs. Cambridge UP. (1998)
  • Traditions and Contexts in the Poetry of Horace. Cambridge UP. (2002)
  • Caesar's Calendar: Ancient Time and the Beginnings of History. California UP. (2008)
  • Beyond Greek: The Beginnings of Latin Literature. Harvard UP. (2016)


  1. ^ "Denis Feeney"
  2. ^ Bookfinder, Feeney, Denis (Retrieved 2 March 2013)
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  4. ^ British Academy (15 July 2016). "British Academy announces New President and elects 66 new Fellows". Retrieved 29 May 2018.