School of History, Classics and Archaeology

Staff Profile

Dr Claire Stocks

Senior Lecturer in Classics



BA Classics (Durham), MA Classics (Durham), PhD Latin Literature (Cambridge)

My primary research interest is Latin epic, especially Flavian epic. My first book was on the characterisation of Hannibal in Silius Italicus' epic, Punica (Liverpool, 2014) and I am now working on the relationship between the emperor Domitian and the divine in Flavian poetry and Culture. I co-run the Flavian Literature and Culture Network in collaboration with the Emma Buckley (St Andrews) and Antony Augoustakis (University of Illinois). I am the PI for an ACE-funded project in collaboration with the Roman site of Vindolanda and the Game Lab, Newcastle University, designing a mystery game for Key Stage 2 students, set on the site and playable on smart phones and tablets, that uses hand-drawn 2D animation. I am also the co-curator for an exhibition on the Emperor Domitian ('The Emperor Domitian: God on Earth') that will be taking place in the Rijksmuseum van Oudheden, Leiden, October 2021 - March 2022, and in Rome, Trajan's Markets.

Feedback, Guidance, and Consultation (Office) Hours:

NB: Due to Covid19 it is not currently possible to run office hours in person. I am available for office hours online, however, via zoom during the following times in weeks 1-4 (links available upon request or via Canvas).

Mondays 4pm-5pm (weeks 1-4)

Thursdays 9am-10am (weeks 1, 3, and 4) and 12-1pm (week 2); 4pm-5pm (weeks 1-4)

Stay safe and all the best.

Tel: 0191 2087971

Academic Career

2020 -        Senior Lecturer in Classics, Newcastle University 

2016-20     Lecturer in Classics, University of Newcastle (UK)

2012-16     Assistant Professor for Classics, Radboud University, Nijmegen (Netherlands)

2011-12     Lecturer in Classics and Ancient History, University of Manchester (UK)

2010-11     Supervisor of Studies, Classics, Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge (UK) 


Publications (In Print):




2018                Stocks, C and Lardinois, A. (section editors for ‘Part 1: Antiquity’) in S. Levie, and M. De Pourcq (volume eds);. European Literary History: an Introduction. Routledge: London. Pp. 382; Part 1 ‘Antiquity’, pp. 14-83.


2016                Stocks, C. and Bather, P (eds) Horace’s Epodes: Context, Intertexts, and Reception,

Oxford: Oxford University Press. Pp. xiv, 279.


2014                Stocks, C. The Roman Hannibal: Remembering the Enemy in Silius Italicus’ Punica (Liverpool: Liverpool Press). Pp. xii, 276.




2018             Stocks, C. (2018) ‘Band of Brothers: Fraternal Instability and Civil Strife in Silius Italicus’ Punica’, in L. Ginsberg and D. Krasne (eds) After 69 CE – Writing Civil War in Flavian Literature. Trends in Classics Supplementary Volumes 65. Pp.253-70.


2018            Stocks, C. (2018) ‘In a Land of Gods and Monsters: Silius Italicus’ Capua’, in A. Augoustakis and J. Littlewood (eds) Flavian Literature and Campania. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Pp. 233-47.


2018              Stocks, C. and Lardinois, A. (eds) (2018) ‘Antiquity: 1.1 Introduction’, in S. Levie and M. De Pourcq (eds) European Literary History: an Introduction. Routledge. London. Pp.15-25.


2016                Stocks, C. (2016) ‘Monsters in the Night: Horace, Prodigia, and the Parallel Worlds of Epode 16 and Odes 4.4’, in P. Bather and C. Stocks (eds), 2016. Pp. 153-74.


2016             Stocks, C. (2016) ‘Daddy’s Little Girl? The Father/Daughter Bond in Valerius Flaccus’ Argonautica and Flavian Rome’, in N. Manioti (ed) Family in Flavian Epic. Leiden: Brill. Pp. 41-60.

2015                Stocks, C. (2015) ‘Dying in Purple: Life, Death, and Tyrian Dye in the Aeneid’, PVS 28: 173-196.
2012                Stocks, C. (2012) ‘To whom does the quem refer? A note on Aeneid 9.438-45’, in Mnemosyne 65: 135-140.


2010                Stocks, C. (2010) ‘[Re]constructing Epic: Sicily and the Punica in Miniature’ in Schaffenrath, F. (ed) (2010) Ordior arma... Gegenwart und Zukunft der Silius Italicus-Forschung. Innsbruck 19-21 giugno 2008: Frankfurt am Main. Pp. 151-166.




2019                Stocks, C. (2019) on F. Bessone, M. Fucecchi (eds) The Literary Genres in the Flavian Age. Canons, Transformations, Reception, in Trends in Classics Supplementary Volume 51. Pp. viii 361. Berlin and Boston: De Gruyter, 2017. The Classical Review, 69: 128-131.


2018                Stocks, C. (2018) on E. Giusti Carthage in Virgil's 'Aeneid': Staging the Enemy under Augustus. Cambridge classical studies. Cambridge; New York: Cambridge University Press, 2018. Pp. xiv, 334. Bryn Mawr Classical Review.   


2018                Stocks, C. (2018) on A. Keith and J. Edmondson (eds) Roman Literary Cultures: Domestic Politics, Revolutionary Poetics, and Civic Spectacle. (Phoenix Supplementary volume 55: Toronto). Journal of Roman Studies.


2018                Stocks, C. (2018) on M. G. L. Cooley (ed) The Flavians. LACTOR 20. (London).  

                        Bryn Mawr Classical Review.


2015            Stocks, C. (2015) on A. Augoustakis (ed) Ritual and Religion in Flavian Epic (Oxford;

2013). Mnemosyne 68: 174-177.


2015                Stocks, C. (2015) P. Chaudhuri, The War with God: Theomachy in Roman Imperial

Poetry (Oxford; 2014). The Classical Review 6: 464-466.


Publications (Forthcoming):




2019              A. Augoustakis, E. Buckley, and C. Stocks (eds) Fides in Flavian Literature. (Phoenix Supplementary volume: Toronto). 180 pages.



2019                Stocks, C. (2019) ‘Broken Bonds: Perfidy and the Discourse of Civil War’, in Augoustakis, Buckley, and Stocks (eds). 29 pages.