Padraig O'Cleirigh | College of Arts

Padraig O'Cleirigh

Associate Professor (retired)
School of Languages and Literatures



  • BA, National University of Ireland (Galway) 1963
  • MA, ibidem1965
  • PhD, Cornell University1975

Fields of Specialization

  • Later Platonism (especially the 3rd century Alexandrian strain, the writings of Origen, that is and Plotinos)
  • Greek Tragedy (especially Sophoclean drama)

Professional Activities

  • Promoting the living use of Latin in teaching, learning and translating literary texts (especially modern classics)





Current Research Projects

  • Attempting to show the pervasive presence of Origen’s elaborate theological system in his biblical exegesis.
  • Working out an argument for the connection of aesthetics with metaphysics. This will serve to unite my two fields of specialization, and connect ancient with modernist literature. 


Selected Publications

Book Edited

  • John M. Bell, An Introduction to Greek Mythology, ed. P.O’Cleirigh and R. Barrell, Edwin Mellen Press: Lewiston, N.Y.2000.

Chapter in Book

  • “Theology in Origen and Plotinos” in The Perennial Tradition of Neoplatonism, ed. John J. Cleary (Leuven U.P. 1997), pp.19-28.
  • “Origen’s Consistency: an Issue in the Quarrel between Rufinus and Jerome.” in Origeniana Septima, ed. W. Bienert (Leuven 1999), pp. 25-31.
  • de principum laudibus in carminibus Sedulii Scotti“(Praise of the Prominent in the Poems of Sedulius Scottus) in Acta Selecta Noni ConventusAcademiae latinitati Fovendae (Proceedings of the Ninth Conference of the Academia Latinitati Fovendae), edd. B Luiselli et alii, Roma 2002, pp 325-332.
  • “Phrasis toi noi summetros. Literary corroboration of doctrine in Origen’s Commentary on John Book I” in Metaphysik und Religion. Zur Signatur des spaetantiken Denkens, edd. Theo Kobusch & Michael Erler Leipzig 2002, pp.567-579.
  • “de pace ecclesiarum ineunda epistolare commercium (1717-1721)” in Acta Selecta Decimi Conventus Academiae Latinitati Fovendae, edd. A. Capellan Garcia et al. Roma-Madrid 2006, pp. 397-403.

Articles in Peer-Reviewed Journals

  • “De laudibus Caroli principis theologia circumscriptis” [Theological Limits in (Eriugena's) Panegyric of the Emperor Charles (the Bald)] in Retiarius: commentarii periodici latini, III, 2000-1, pp 1 – 17.

Translation into Latin

  • Two passages of Joyce’s Ulysses in Ephemeris, an online news centre attached to the Alcaeus site 2004 under Fabulae