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Dr Sebastian Matzner

Education/Academic qualification

  • Doctor of Philosophy, Classics and Comparative Literature, King's College London

  • Associate of King’s College, Theology, Philosophy, Ethics, King's College London

  • Master of Arts, Comparative Literature, King's College London


Professional Qualifications

  • Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice, PGCAP

    Sep 2014 - Sep 2015
  • Graduate Certificate in Academic Practice, GCAP

    Feb 2010 - Jan 2012

Biographical details

Dr Sebastian Matzner read Greek and Latin Languages and Literature, Religious Studies and Comparative Literature at the Philipps-Universität Marburg and the Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen (2002-5), followed by an MA in Comparative Literature (2007) at King’s College London where he also earned his PhD in Classics and Comparative Literature (2012). His doctoral thesis, The Forgotten Trope: Metonymy in Poetic Action, won the University of Heidelberg’s Prize for Classical Philology and Literary Theory. He was subsequently awarded a Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship to pursue his postdoctoral research project ‘Beautiful Tyrants: Postcolonial Reflections on Philhellenism in Rome and Germany’ at the Faculty of Classics, University of Oxford (2012-14). He was P.S. Allen Research Fellow at Corpus Christi College (2012-14) and Lecturer in Classics at St John’s College (2013-14) before taking up a lectureship in Latin Language and Literature at the University of Exeter (2014-15). Sebastian returned to King’s as Lecturer in Comparative Literature in September 2015.

Research interests

Dr Matzner’s research focuses on interactions between classical literature (both Greek and Latin) and modern literature (especially German), with a particular focus on literary and cultural theory as pertinent to such interactions. His doctoral work drew on both classical Greek and modern German and English literature as well as on ancient and modern rhetorical and linguistic theory to tackle problems (of stylistic analysis, structuralist interpretation, and translation criticism) that confront literary scholars tout court. In his current research project, a comparative study of philhellenism in ancient Rome and modern Germany— framed as a self-imposed subjugation to a foreign culture and studied from the perspective of postcolonial theory—he continues this approach to explore questions of the politics and poetics of cultural influence that not only affect our understanding of this historical phenomenon, but are also highly relevant to our own globalised world.

His current research activities centre on the following fields: poetic language in theory and practice, global cultures of classicism, classical literature and LGBTIQ writing/identities.

Editorial activity

International Journal of the Classical Tradition (Journal)

Sebastian Matzner (Editor)

1 Jan 2018 → …

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workEditorial activity

Classical Receptions Journal (Journal)

Sebastian Matzner (Associate Editor)


Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workEditorial activity

Types of Award - Election to learned society

Mitglied der Jungen Akademie / Member of the Young Academy

Sebastian Matzner (Recipient)


Activity: OtherTypes of Award - Election to learned society

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