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Marguerite Johnson

Professor of Classics, University of Newcastle

Marguerite Johnson is Professor of Classics at The University of Newcastle.

Her research expertise is predominantly in the area of ancient Mediterranean cultural studies, particularly in representations of gender, sexualities and the body. These interests also intersect with her work in contemporary debates surrounding feminism, LGBTIQ histories, and related issues. She also works in Classical Reception Studies, with an emphasis on colonial Australasia.

Much of her work for the media, including The Conversation, addresses magic and the occult, folklore and mythology, reflecting her interests in the cultural histories of belief, stories and storytelling, and traditions around magical thinking.

For more on Rosaleen Norton, featured in 'A Murky Cauldron,' see

For more on trigger warnings and teaching works such as Ovid's Metamorphoses, see

For more on Mary Beard and the long tradition of women being told to shut up, see


  • –present
    Professor, The University of Newcastle


  • 2019
    (Editor) Antipodean Antiquities: Classical Reception Down Under, Bloomsbury
  • 2016
    Ovid on Cosmetics: Medicamina Faciei Femineae and Related Texts, Bloomsbury
  • 2015
    Witches in Time and Space: Horace and Landscapes of Fear, Hermathena
  • 2015
    With H. Tarrant, Fairytales and Make-believe, or Spinning Stories about Poros and Penia in Plato's Symposium: A Literary and Computational Analysis, Phoenix
  • 2014
    Boadicea and British Suffrage Feminists, Outskirts
  • 2014
    Indigeneity and Classical Reception in The Voyage of Governor Phillip to Botany Bay, Classical Receptions Journal
  • 2013
    Classical Reception Studies: Some Pedagogical Considerations, Classicum
  • 2012
    What to Look for in a Mayor; or Classical Reception in the Coalopolis, Melbourne Historical Journal
  • 2012
    Boudicca, Bloomsbury
  • 2012
    Editor, with H. Tarrant. Alcibiades and the Socratic Lover-Educator, Bloomsbury
  • 2008
    With S. Joseph, ‘‘An Orchid in the Land of Technology’: Narrative and representation in Lars von Trier's 'Medea'', Arethusa
  • 2007
    Sappho, Duckworth
  • 2005
    With T. Ryan, Sexuality in Greek and Roman Society and Literature: A sourcebook, Routledge
  • 2003
    Catullus 2B: The Development of a Relationship in the passer Trilogy, Classical Journal
  • 1999
    Catullus 37 and the Theme of Magna Bella, Helios
  • 1997
    Martial and Domitian’s moral reforms, Prudentia

Professional Memberships

  • Australasian Society for Classical Studies

Research Areas

  • Culture, Gender, Sexuality (200205)
  • Latin And Classical Greek Languages (200305)
  • Comparative Literature Studies (200524)


Marguerite is the 2017 Australian Book Review Gender Fellow. For her essay on 'Picnic at Hanging Rock: 50 Years On,' please see