He has pursued his whole academic career at the University of Coimbra: he completed a Higher National Diploma in Classical Studies (1971), a Bachelor’s degree in Portuguese and Classical Languages and Literatures (1972) and a Doctorate in Renaissance Latin Literature (1983) and has been a Full Professor since 1992. He has lectured in the following subjects: Greek civilization, classical Latin language and literature, and Latin and Renaissance Latin Literature. At the same time he was also a Guest Lecturer of the same subjects at the University of Madeira and the Portuguese Catholic University (in Viseu).
Amongst his many roles at the University of Coimbra the following are particularly noteworthy: Vice-Chancellor, President of the Faculty of Letters Classical Studies Group Scientific Commission, scientific coordinator of the Centre for Classical and Humanistic Studies and director of one of the centre’s lines of research.
He is a member of many national and international associations and academies, he is a founding partner of the Associação Internacional Anchietana [International Anchietana Association] (AIA) in São Paulo, he was the Secretary-General and Treasurer of the International Lusitanistas Association (AIL) and co-founder and director of its journal, Veredas and also of the journal, Máthesis published by the Faculty of Letters of the Portuguese Catholic University (in Viseu). He is a founding partner of the Portuguese Association of Neolatin Studies (APENEL) and Chairman of its Board.
He has given talks at more than a hundred national and international conferences, gatherings, scientific symposiums and was the president or took an active part in the organization of more than 20 of such meetings, either nationally or internationally.
His scientific work is in the areas of classical Greek and Latin studies, the legacy of the classics in literature written in Portuguese, and studies on Camões especially on humanism and neo-Latin literature and the Renaissance in Portugal. Some of his publications are: D. Jerónimo Osório, Carta à Rainha da Inglaterra, Crítica e modernização do texto latino, tradução e notas [“D. Jerónimo Osório, a letter to the Queen of England, Criticism and modernization of the Latin text, with translation and notes”], Lisbon: Biblioteca Nacional (1981) 254 pgs.; Lopo Serrão e o Seu Poema "Da Velhice", Estudo introdutório, texto latino e aparato crítico, tradução e notas [“Lopo Serrão and his poem Da Velhice, introductory study, Latin text, critique, translation and notes”], (doctoral dissertation) Coimbra: IECH (1987) 954 pgs.; Cícero, As Catilinárias, Introdução, tradução do latim e notas [“Cicero, the Catilinarians, introduction, translation from Latin and notes”], Lisboa: Edições 70. 11990, 22006, 100 pgs.; Cícero, A Amizade, Introdução, tradução do latim e notas [“Cicero, On friendship, introduction, translation from Latin and notes”] Coimbra: IECH (1993) 88 pgs.; O Humanismo em Portugal. Estudos I [“Humanism in Portugal. Studies I”], Lisbon: INCM (2006) 352 pgs.; O Humanismo em Portugal. Estudos II [“Humanism in Portugal. Studies II”], Lisbon: INCM (2006) 402 pgs.; Decalogia Camoniana [“Decalogia Camoniana”], Coimbra: Centro Interuniversitário de Estudos Camonianos (2007) 208 pgs.