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John Penwill Academic, HUSS School Operations

John Penwill grew up in Tasmania and studied first at the University of Tasmania and subsequently at Downing College, Cambridge. He has a first class honours degree in Classics and a Diploma in Education. He taught at Monash University from 1972-1977 and at the University of Tasmania from 1978-1981 before being appointed to La Trobe University's Bendigo campus.
John's general research interest is in the field of Greek and Roman literature. His particular interest is in Roman literature of the late republic and early empire, and his focus within that is the interface between literature and philosophy, principally in the didactic epic poem of John has been a foundation member of the Pacific Rim Roman Literature Seminar, which has convened annually since its inception at the University of Tasmania in 1987. He has attended and given papers at all its meetings bar one, which he was prevented from attending for health reasons, and hosted the 1989 meeting at La Trobe, Bendigo. In the first week of February 2004 he convened the annual conference of the Australian Society for Classical Studies.


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