Marek Thue Kretschmer

Professor of Medieval Latin Literature Department of Historical Studies Faculty of Humanities

+47 73596443
Dragvoll, Edvard Bulls veg 1, Bygg 6 * 6429

Background and activities

Research interests

Latin literature, especially medieval Latin historiography and poetry — Medieval reception of classical literature, especially of Ovid — Allegory and biblical typology in medieval literature — Medieval French literature


Selected publications (for a complete list, follow the link)


On Love Elegy and the Medieval Reception of Ovid

"The Love Elegy in Medieval Latin Literature (Pseudo-Ovidiana and Ovidian Imitations)", in T. S. Thorsen (ed.), The Cambridge Companion to Latin Love Elegy, Cambridge 2013, 271-289.

"The Elegiac Love Poems Versus Eporedienses and De Tribus Puellis and the Ovidian Backdrop”, The Journal of Medieval Latin 23 (2013), 35-47.

The Play of Ambiguity in the Medieval Latin Love Letters of the Ovidian Age”, in Ch. Høgel and E. Bartoli (eds.), Medieval Letters – between Fiction and Document, (Utrecht Studies in Medieval Literacy 33), Brepols, Turnhout 2015, 247-263.

"Amores 3.6 and the Versus Eporedienses", The Journal of Medieval Latin 26 (2016), in press.


On the Matter of Troy

"Aeneas without the Gods: a 10th-century Abbreviation and Paraphrase of the Excidium Troie" , Studi Medievali 51 (2010), 307-327.

"Bourgueil, la nouvelle Athènes (ou Troie), et Reims, la nouvelle Rome - La notion de translatio studii chez Baudri de Bourgueil", Latomus 70 (2011), 1102-1116.

Literary Appropriations of the Matter of Troy in Medieval Latin Poetry ca. 1070-1170", Mittellateinisches Jahrbuch 48 (2013), 41-54 and 49 (2014), 383-392.


On the Medieval Reception of Terence

"Autorità e no - Alcune considerazioni sul progetto antiterenziano di Rosvita di Gandersheim", in E. D'Angelo and J. Ziolkowski (eds.), Auctor et Auctoritas in Latinis Medii Aevi Litteris - Proceedings of the Sixth Congress of the International Medieval Latin Committee, Firenze 2014, 555-565.

"The Anti-Terentian Dramas of Hrotsvit of Gandersheim", in M. Dinter (ed.), The Cambridge Companion to Roman Comedy, Cambridge (forthcoming).


On Medieval Latin Historiography

"Rewriting Roman History in the Middle Ages - the Historia Romana and the Manuscript Bamberg, Hist. 3", (Mittellateinische Studien und Texte 36), Brill, Leiden 2007.

"Un recueil pour connaître l’homme et le monde : Savoir géographique, historique et moral dans le manuscrit Madrid, Biblioteca Nacional 8816", in M. J. Muñoz, P. Cañizares & C. Martín (eds.), La compilación del saber en la edad media, (Textes et Études du Moyen Âge 69), Brepols, Turnhout 2013, 301-313.

"Historiographical Rewriting", Filologia Mediolatina 15 (2008), 283-306.

"Some Remarks on a 10th-Century Paraphrase of the Epitome de Caesaribus", Symbolae Osloenses 83 (2008), 84-95.

"Una versione abbreviata e parafrasata della Historia Romana di Landolfo Sagace: Edizione del codice Paris, Bibliothèque Nationale, n. a. lat. 1523-II", Symbolae Osloenses 78 (2003), 71-128.


On Medieval Historiography and Biblical Typology

La typologie biblique comme forme de pensée dans l'historiographie médiévale, (Textes et Études du Moyen Âge 75), Brepols, Turnhout 2014.

‘Drinking of the Golden Cup of Babylon’ : Biblical Typology and Imagery in the Chronicle of Otto of Freising”, Viator 47 (2016), 67-84.


Courses taught (spring semester 2016)

LAT1002 and LAT1004


Any student wishing to write a Master's or Doctoral thesis based on Latin sources (from Plautus to Petrarch) is welcome to contact me. 

Memberships, administrative and editorial functions

Member of NTNU's Board for language and literature, 2006-
Director of NTNU's Board for classical studies, 2009-
Board member of the Norwegian Classical Association, 2005-2010.
Board member of the Norwegian Council for Greek and Latin, 2006-13
Member of the Faculty Board, Faculty of Humanities (NTNU), 2009-13
Member of the Committee of Employment, Faculty of Humanities (NTNU), 2009-13
Co-founder and co-editor of Trondheim Studies in Greek and Latin, 2011-
Member of the S.I.S.M.E.L., 2013-
Member of the advisory board of Troianalexandrina, 2014-

Short CV

Studies in pedagogy in Italy 1994-97.
Cand. mag. (BA) in Classics (Greek and Latin) at the University of Bergen (degree earned spring 1999).
Cand. philol. (MA) in Classics (Latin) at the University of Bergen (degree earned fall 2001).
Dr. art. (PhD) research fellow in Latin 2002-2005 (degree earned, spring 2006).
Temporary lecturer in Classics at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) spring semester 2002, academic year 2005/6.
Associated with the research team
Construction of the Past, Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Bergen, 2003-2012.
Associate Professor of Latin at NTNU, 2006-11.
Researcher and co-director at the Centre franco-norvégien en sciences sociales et humaines - Fondation Maison des Sciences de l'Homme (Paris), 2008.
Full Professor of (esp. Medieval) Latin Literature at NTNU, 2011-
Associated with the research group Interfaces, Centre for Medieval Literature (CML), University of Southern Denmark, 2012-
Associated with the research centres CML, CERAM (Centre d’Études et de Recherches Antiques et Médiévales, Université Sorbonne Nouvelle – Paris 3) and CIHAM (Centre Interuniversitaire d’Histoire, d’Archéologie, de Littérature des mondes chrétiens et musulmans médiévaux, Université Lumière Lyon 2) professor Kretschmer will conduct the two-year (2017-18) research project    « Les explications allégoriques/typologiques de l’Ovide moralisé et de l’Ovidius moralizatus de Pierre Bersuire »