magdalena ohrman

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Dr Magdalena Öhrman MA, PhD

Senior Lecturer in Classics


Dr Ohrman is on research leave in 2016/17 and 2017/18. She has received a Marie Curie Sklodowska Fellowship, and will be based in the Centre of Textile Research in the University of Copenhagen for this period. 

  • Classical Association UK
  • KYKNOS: The Swansea and Lampeter Centre for Research on the Narrative Literatures of the Ancient World
  • Associate member of EuGeSta: European Network for Gender Studies in Antiquity.
  • Forum Genus i Antiken (FoGA). 

My current work is in the interdisciplinary field of textile research and examines Latin literary engagement with textiles and material culture. In 2016-2018, I held a Marie Sklodowska Curie individual fellowship to the Centre of Textile Research at UCPH, where my project Textile Reflections: Multi-Sensory Representation of Textile Work in Latin Poetry and Prose provides a new lens for research on Latin poetry, as well as on Roman textile production. My work is both emphatically philological (relying on literary, metrical and stylistic analysis) and strongly connected to neighbouring disciplines of ancient history, archaeology, and experimental archaeology.


‘The Singing Loom: The Importance of Textile Production in the Roman Domestic Soundscape’, in Archaeoacoustics III: The Archaeology of Sound, eds. L. Eneix and M. Ragussa, Myakka City 2018, 143-150.

‘Looms’ in The Encyclopedia of Ancient History. [online only: 2018]

A Warped Version: Manipulating Roman Looms for Metaphorical Effect –  Potamius of Lisbon’s Epistula de Substantia 5-9’, Humanitas 71, 2018, 51-70.

Listening for licia: A Reconsideration of Latin licia as Heddle Leashes’, in Textile Terminologies from Orient to the Mediterranean and Europe, 1000 BC to 1000 AD, eds. S. Gaspa, C. Michel and M.-L. Nosch, Lincoln 2017, 278-287. 

‘For the Love of Letters: Swedish 18th Century Reception of Ovid’s Heroides’, in The Classical Tradition in the Baltic Region. Perceptions and Adaptations of Greece and Rome, eds. G. Vogt-Spira and A. Jönsson, Hildesheim 2017, 213-230.

‘From Calathos to Carmen: Metapoetics in the Story of the Daughters of Minyas (Ov. Met. 4)’, in Spinning Fates and the Song of the Loom, eds. G. Fanfani, M. Harlow, and M.-L. Nosch, Ancient Textile Series, Oxford 2016, 285-296.

‘Fake Farewells: The Elegiac Cast of Ov. Trist. 1.3’, in Latinet i tiden. En festskrift till Hans Aili (Stockholm University), eds. E. Andersson, E. Kihlman, and M. Plaza, Stockholm 2014, 427-438 

‘Adding An Audience: Notes on Mart. 11.104’, Bulletin of the Institute of Classical Studies 56, 2013, 117-121.

‘The Potential of Passion: The Laodamia Myth in Catullus 68b’, in Plotting with Eros. Essays on the Poetics of Love and the Erotics of Reading, ed. I. Nilsson and T. Hägg, Copenhagen 2009, 45-58.

Varying Virtue. Mythological Paragons of Wifely Virtues in Roman Elegy, Lund 2008

‘Ov. Am. 1,8,48: An Emendation in Context’, Eranos 104, 2008, 60-66.