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.

Marguerite is a member of the Centre for 21 Century Humanities at The University of Newcastle, and a Deputy Director.

Marguerite is interested in receiving applications from potential MPhil/PhD candidates to undertake research in her areas of expertise.

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

Please check out the website for a conference currently being organised by Marguerite, and her colleagues James Bennett and Kcasey McLoughlin: Surveilling Minds and Bodies: Sexualities, Medicine and the Law in Australasian Contexts


  • –present
    Professor, The University of Newcastle


  • 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