Dr Christine Spillane

Part-time tutor in Classics

Christine graduated from the University of Reading where she undertook research into imagery in Virgil’s Aeneid. Her doctoral thesis with the Open University examined Late Antique and Mediaeval illuminated manuscripts of the Aeneid. She is an experienced teacher of both secondary school students and adults.

Christine seeks to inspire her students with a similar enthusiasm for the Classical world as she holds herself, not least by encouraging her students to look at artefacts in museums and by organising visits to the Classical world. When reading texts, she encourages a co-operative spirit in her students to investigate style and sound, in addition to moulding a good translation.

Courses Taught


  • PhD, Open University
  • M.Phil, University of Reading
  • BA, University of Reading
  • PGCE, Institute of Education, London University

Associations and memberships

The Virgil Society

The Classical Association

The Society for the Promotion of Roman Studies

The Ramblers' Association

Cyclists Touring Club

English Heritage

The Art Fund

The Royal Horticultural Society