Professor Bruce Gibson

After studying for his degrees in Oxford (with a year in Harvard as a Kennedy Scholar), Bruce Gibson taught Classics at Newcastle and Oxford, before joining the University of Liverpool as a Lecturer in 1998; he was promoted to Professor in 2007. Professor Gibson teaches widely across the range of Greek and Latin language and literature and also in Roman history. His research has mainly been concerned with literature of the Roman empire, such as Statius’ Silvae and Pliny’s Panegyricus, with a particular focus on praise literature.

Among his current roles in the University, Professor Gibson is one of the University’s two Public Orators, with responsibility for researching, writing and delivering speeches for honorary graduates. Externally, he served on the 2014 REF sub-panel in Classics and on the Modern Foreign and Classical Languages panel of the A-level Content Advisory Board, while current roles include service as an Editor of Classical Quarterly and as a member of Council and charitable trustee of the Virgil Society.