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Subjects: Ancient and Modern History
Department: Classics
College appointment: Official Fellow
Officer: Senior Tutor, Tutor for Graduates, Disability Lead Officer and Freedom of Information Officer
Phone: 01865 276000


Mark Pobjoy is a Roman historian with interests in a variety of classical subjects. After his undergraduate degree in Classics at Oxford, he was Teaching Fellow in Classics at Marlboro College, Vermont, USA for two years, before returning to Oxford for a DPhil in Ancient History. He then spent a year as Rome Scholar in Ancient Italian Studies at the British School at Rome, followed by two years as Junior Research Fellow in Classics at New College, Oxford. He was Tutorial Fellow in Ancient History at Magdalen from 1998 to 2003, and has been Senior Tutor of the College since 2002 (full-time since 2003), and Tutor for Graduates since 2006.


Besides teaching in the USA and Italy, he has given tutorials for more than 30 papers at Oxford in Greek and Latin Language (prose and verse composition, syntax, and translation), Greek, Hellenistic, and Roman History, and Roman Literature, for the Honour Schools of Classics (and its joint schools with English and Modern Languages), Ancient & Modern History, Classical Archaeology & Ancient History, Modern History, and Music. Although now working full-time in academic administration, he still teaches one of the Special Subjects for Classics Mods, and occasionally other papers.

Research Interests

His research interests and publications range across the fields of ancient history, classical literature, textual criticism, epigraphy, numismatics, and papyrology. His main areas of interest are the late Roman Republic and Roman Italy, and his major long-term project is a three-volume history of the Campanian city of Capua throughout its life under Roman rule.

Selected Publications

  • Transcription and translation of the libretto of Benedetto Marcello, Il Trionfo della Poesia, ed. M.J. Burden (Middleton, Wisconsin, 2016), xvii-xxxii.
  • Edition of the historian L. Calpurnius Piso Frugi in The Fragments of the Roman Historians (FRHist), ed. T.J. Cornell (Oxford, 2013), I.230-9 (introduction); II.288-335 (text, apparatus criticus, translation); III.195-221 (commentary).
  • Edition of the historian Sempronius Asellio in FRHist (Oxford, 2013), I.274-7 (introduction); II.446-57 (text, apparatus criticus, translation); III.277-83 (commentary).
  • M.P. Pobjoy and J.W. Rich, ‘From Riccoboni to Roth: Early Editions of the Fragments of the Roman Historians’, in FRHist (Oxford, 2013), I.652-60.
  • ‘A Note on Dates’, in FRHist (Oxford, 2013), I.661-2.
  • A.G. Beresford, P.J. Parsons, and M.P. Pobjoy, ‘On Hellenistic Historians’, Oxyrhynchus Papyri 71 (2007), 27-36.
  • ‘Epigraphy and Numismatics’, in The Blackwell Companion to the Roman Republic, edd. R. Morstein-Marx and N. Rosenstein (Oxford, 2006), 51-80.
  • ‘The Roman Republic’, in The Edinburgh Companion to Ancient Greece and Rome, edd. E.H. Bispham, T. Harrison, and B.A. Sparkes (Edinburgh, 2006), 102-7.
  • Translation of the libretto of Benedetto Marcello, Il Pianto e il Riso delle Quattro Stagioni dell’Anno, ed. M.J. Burden (Middleton, Wisconsin, 2002), xv-xxiv.
  • ‘The First Italia’, in The Emergence of State Identities in Italy in the First Millennium BC, edd. K. Lomas and E. Herring (London, 2000), 187-211.
  • ‘Building inscriptions in Republican Italy: euergetism, responsibility, and civic virtue’, in The Epigraphic Landscape of Roman Italy, ed. A.E. Cooley (London, 2000), 77-92.
  • ‘The decree of the Pagus Herculaneus and the Romanisation of “Oscan” Capua’, Arctos 32 (1998), 175-95.
  • ‘Dido on the Tragic Stage: an invitation to the theatre of Carthage’, in A Woman Scorn’d: the myth of Dido, Queen of Carthage, ed. M.J. Burden (London, 1998), 41-64.
  • ‘A New Reading of the Mosaic Inscription in the Temple of Diana Tifatina’, Papers of the British School at Rome 65 (1997), 59-88.