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Neil Adkin studied Classics at undergraduate level at University College, Oxford, where he was awarded several prestigious Scholarships, and graduated with First Class Honours. His PhD was from the University of Glasgow. After graduating he spent three years as a Fellow at the Thesaurus Linguae Latinae in the Bayerische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Munich, and was then appointed as a Lecturer and University Research Fellow at the University of Liverpool; there he was responsible for teaching the foundation medieval Latin component of the degree course in Latin (Classical and Medieval). In 1986 he was appointed Assistant Professor of Classics (later Associate Professor) at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He won numerous teaching awards during his tenure there. In 1993 he was a Visiting Fellow at All Souls College, Oxford. Since 2008 he has been a Visiting Scholar at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

He is a “Membre Adhérent” of Latomus (2007-), is Assistant Editor of Eirene (2013-), is on the editorial board of Acta Classica Universitatis Scientiarum Debreceniensis (2009-), and is one of the General Editors of the series ARCA (Classical and Medieval Texts, Papers and Monographs).

Neil Adkin has published two volumes in the ARCA series, Masters of Roman Prose (Arca 23) and Jerome on Virginity: A Commentary on the ‘Libellus de Virginitate Servanda’ (Letter 22) (Arca 42). He is currently working on two commissions: The Letters of Saint Jerome, volumes II - VI in the Ancient Christian Writers series, and Erasmus: Patristic Scholarship, volume II of the Collected Works of Erasmus. In addition he has published a prodigious number of articles, mainly on aspects of Classical and Patristic Latin - listed below.

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1. Masters of Roman Prose from Cato to Apuleius: Interpretative Studies; by Michael von Albrecht; translated from the German by Neil Adkin (Leeds 1989; xiii + 192 pp.)

2. Jerome on Virginity: A Commentary on the ‘Libellus de Virginitate Servanda’ (Letter 22) (Cambridge 2003; xxxv + 458 pp.)

Under commission:

3. The Letters of Saint Jerome, vols. II‑VI (Ancient Christian Writers; New York)

4. Erasmus: Patristic Scholarship, vol. II (Collected Works of Erasmus; Toronto, Buffalo and London)

Recent and forthcoming Articles

280. “Virgil’s Cacus and Etymology”, Commentaria Classica 5 (2018), 39-48

281. “Horace, Carm. 2,17,5 and Quintilian, Inst. 6 prooem. in Jerome”, Prometheus 44 (2018), 202-208

282. “Cunni(ng) Cacemphaton in Catullus”, Paideia 73 (2018), 725-732

283. “MA VE PU Again: Kill Caesar! (Georg. 1,424-471)”, Acta Classica Universitatis Scientiarum Debreceniensis 54 (2018), 73-90

284. “Sallustius (Historiker)”, Reallexikon für Antike und Christentum, vol. XXIX  (Stuttgart 2018), 370-378

285. “The Etymology of ferus / fera in Virgil”, Commentaria Classica 6 (2019), 19-43

286. “Horace’s Cleopatra Ode: A Crapulent Crux (1,37,23-24)”, Latomus 78 (2019), 192-196

287. “An Acrostic in Apollonius of Rhodes (Argon. 3,1008-1011)”, Mnemosyne n. s. 72 (2019), 1029-1035

288. “Cicero’s ‘Pro Sexto Roscio’ and Jerome”, Museum Helveticum 76 (2019), 88-95

Accepted for publication:

289. “Why Are the Fathers Better Than the Classics?”, Proceedings of the International Conference on ‘Pagan Forms - Christian Content’, Pázmány Péter Catholic University, Budapest (forthcoming)

290. “Corydon’s Can-Can: A ‘Gammy’ Gamma-Acrostic (Virgil, Ecl. 2,23-25)”, Invigilata Lucernis (forthcoming)

291. “Jerome and the Classics”, Oxford Handbook of Jerome (edd. A. Cain and S. Rebenich; Oxford) (forthcoming)

292. “Acrostic Conversation: Horace, Ode 1,18”, Acta Classica Universitatis Scientiarum Debreceniensis (forthcoming)

293. “Tertullian”, Encyclopedia of Philosophy of Religion (forthcoming)

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