Daisy Dunn

Daisy Dunn

Dr Daisy Dunn is a classicist, art historian, and cultural critic. She read Classics at the University of Oxford, before winning a scholarship for an MA in Art History at the Courtauld, and completing a doctorate in Classics and Renaissance Italian Art History at University College London, in affiliation with the Warburg Institute.

Her first two books, CATULLUS’ BEDSPREAD: The Life of Rome’s Most Erotic Poet, and THE POEMS OF CATULLUS: A New Translation, were published by William Collins (and Harper Press in the US) in 2016. The same year, Daisy was named in the Guardian as one of the leading female historians.

Daisy’s new book, IN THE SHADOW OF VESUVIUS: A Life of Pliny, is published by William Collins in May 2019 and by Norton in the US in December.

Daisy writes for a variety of newspapers and magazines and is editor of the Greek culture journal ARGO. She has contributed to the BBC World Service, presented two short films on antiquity for BBC Ideas, and participated in the University Challenge Christmas Special on BBC 2. She has been awarded the Gay Clifford Award for Outstanding Women Scholars, an Italian Cultural Association scholarship, an AHRC doctoral award, and in 2015 she was longlisted for the international Notting Hill Editions Essay Prize.

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