Directory of Researchers
If you would like to be included in the following directory of researchers, please submit your details using this form. The directory is open to all staff, students and researchers with an interest in Classical Reception. Updated: April 8, 2018.
Australian National University
Dr. Paul Burton
Senior Lecturer, Centre for Classical Studies
Research Interests: International Relations in the ancient Mediterranean
Reception of Roman and Greek history in the post-Classical world
the Ancient World in Film
Current Project: Friendship and Empire: The Establishment of Rome’s Amicitia with Heraclea Pontica (190 BC)
Rome vs. Macedon: the Great War for Mediterranean Supremacy, 172-167 BC
Dr. Ioannis Ziogas
Lecturer, Classics and Ancient History
Research Interests: Reception of Ovid in the twentieth century (Rushdie, Malouf, Shakar). A.D. Hope and classical literature.
Dr. Flavia Marcello
Lecturer, Architecture and Built Environment
Research Interests: Reception of the Classical world during the Italian Fascist period, in particular the use of text on facades and in interiors of buildings. Also: archeology, archaeological approaches, exhibitions and the use of Augustus as a model of rule.
Program Director, Bachelor of International Studies
Department of International Studies
Research Interests:Neoclassicism in art and architecture; The legacy of Hellenism
Current Projects:Neoclassical style: the visual vocabulary of power in European and colonial in public architecture and monuments; Troy through the ages: the visual representation of a mythohistorical city
Assoc. Prof. Jane Montgomery Griffiths
Department of Performance Studies,
School of English, Communications, and Performance Studies
Research Interests: Greek and Roman theatre in modern performance and reception; application of critical, cultural and performance theory to the Classics.
Current Projects: Working on the application of interdisciplinary/transferable methodologies to the study of ancient dramatic texts and contemporary performance practice (in particular, experiential insight and reflective practice in relation to performances of Sophocles’ Electra).
Dr Chris Murray
Research Interests: British Romanticism/Victorian literature, tragedy, Irish studies, Orientalism, and how classical reception converges with those areas.
Current Projects: I am writing a book for Oxford University Press on how classical culture contributes to British ideas of China in the nineteenth century.
University of Adelaide
University of Auckland
Lecturer, Classics and Ancient History
Research Interests: Latin literature, especially Catullus; Catullus' reception in later literatures; Gender and sexuality in Classical antiquity; Theory and Classics, e.g. the application of intertextuality, post-colonial theory, intersectional feminism, etc to both ancient texts and their reception.
Current Projects:Catullus' poetics of place; Catullus' reception in 20th and 21st century literature; Intersectionality in antiquity.
University of Canterbury
Associate Professor Robin Bond
School of Classics and Linguistics
Research Interests: The translation and presentation for the contemporary stage of classical drama, both Greek and Latin.
Current Projects: A translation of Euripides' "Alcestis" for possible production to coincide with 2008 ASCS/NZ Triennial at Canterbury. Also a production of Euripides' "Cyclops" at the same time in a version based on the translation of my colleague Dr Patrick O'Sullivan. I am also interested in building up a teaching collection of tapes/DVDs of appropriate material for use in researching and teaching modern re-presentations of ancient drama.
University of Melbourne
Postgraduate Student, Research Assistant
Department of Classics
School of Culture and Communications
Research Interests: Oscar Wilde, Victorian Oxford Classical Curriculum, English Aestheticism, Modern Literature, Media Culture (Victorian-early 20th C), The Great War, Modern Receptions of Classical Mythology.
Current Projects: PhD - Oscar Wilde the Great of 'Greats': Aestheticism, Christ and Oxford Classics.
Postgraduate Student, Sessional Tutor
The Centre for Classics and Archaeology
Research Interests: The uses of myth in contemporary settings, specifically as it is utilised in music; constructions of masculinity; sex and gender; transgression; hybridity; liminality; ritual.
Current Projects: M. A. thesis on demigods at Troy: their role in the destruction of the city, and the end this heralds for the 'heroic' generations within Greek myth.
Postgraduate student and tutor
Research interests: Roman republican triumph, modern processions and their relation to the triumphal procession, visual spectacle in Rome, ancient propaganda in art and architecture.
Dr Paul Monaghan
Senior Honorary Fellow, School of Performing Arts, Victorian College of the
Arts, University of Melbourne
Classics and History, Nipissing University, Ontario, Canada
Adjunct Professor, Theatre Department, University of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Research interests: Theatre/Classics academic, theatre director & dramaturg, editor. Co-convenor, The Dramaturgies Project. Co-editor, Double Dialogues (http://www.doubledialogues.com)
Current Projects: I am writing a history of the reception of Greek drama
in Australia. I recently published a chapter which constitutes a brief summary of
the work: Monaghan, P. 2016. 'Greek Drama in Australia', in Betine van Zyl
Smit (ed.), The Reception of Greek Drama (Blackwell Handbooks to Classical
Reception series; Wiley, pp.422-445.
Postgraduate Student, Sessional Tutor
Research Interests: The manifestations of myth in ancient and contemporary contexts; the role of children's literature in perpetuating the classical tradition; the enduring power of the Troy story.
Current Projects: M.A. thesis on the myth of the wooden horse - its crafting, development and deployment.
PhD Student, Tutor
Centre for Classics and Archaeology
Research Interests: Aegean Archaeology, Egyptology, the reception of the ancient world, particularly Minoan Crete, Egypt and Israel, Mnemohistory, and the interface between academic and popular archaeological 'knowledges'.
Current Projects: PhD Thesis: The Sacred Life of Trees: What Trees say about people in the prehistoric Aegean Cyprus and Israel.
Dr Monique Webber
Honorary Fellow, Principal Instructor, Assistant Coordinator
School of Historical and Philosophical Studies
Website: http://unimelb.academia.edu/MoniqueWebber; http://www.findanexpert.unimelb.edu.au/display/person372202
Research Interests: Public Art and Political Discourse. Roman Visual Culture. Changing Perceptions of Classical Heritage. The Impact of Classical Memory on Early Modern Topography and Modern Culture.
University of New England
Dr Elizabeth Hale
Senior Lecturer, School of Arts
Research Interests: Nineteenth-century British classical tradition; esp. representation of classical scholars, the classical impulse in children's literature; the underworld, classical and Christian. New Zealand children's literature.
Current Projects: Articles on masculinity in Victorian representations of classical scholars; a book on the role of intelligence in Victorian children's literature. Edited book on The Three Worlds of Maurice Gee (with Lawrence Jones).
University of Newcastle
Conjoint Professor Michael Ewans
Conjoint Professor: School of Humanities and Social Science
Research Interests: Reception of Greek tragedy and comedy (also epic), especially into opera.
Current Projects: Editor of and contributor to A Cultural History of Comedy (Antiquity) (Bloomsbury Methuen). Recently completed: article on Szymanowski's opera King Roger, which was inspired by Euripides' Bacchae.
Dr Leanne Glass
Conjoint Fellow: School of Humanities and Social Science
Research Interests: The study and analysis of cinematic adaptations of literature, myth and history from Ancient Greece and Rome.
Current Projects: Political themes in Federico Fellini's Fellini Satyricon; a consideration on the connections found in Pier Paolo Pasolini and Lars von Trier's Medeas.
Professor Marguerite Johnson
Professor: School of Humanities and Social Science
• interdisciplinary cultural history of the ancient Mediterranean
• comparative cultural analyses
• gender and post-colonial theories
• Classical Reception Studies in dialogue with Australasian colonial and post-colonial history
• gender, sexualities and the body in the ancient Mediterranean
Postgraduate Student/Tutor: School of Humanities and Social Science
Research Interests: Classical Mythology, Folklore, Magic, Popular Culture.
Current Projects: Thesis Topic: The Reception of Magic across Time and Place.
Postgraduate Student, Tutor: School of Humanities and Social Science
Research Interests: Transformation myths and their reception in modern media; Classical reception in folk and fairy tales; gender, sexuality, and body studies in antiquity.
Current Projects: The development and cultural impact of man-to-wolf transformation.
Postgraduate Student: Humanities and Social Science, Faculty of Education and Arts
Research Interests: Classical reception, folklore, magic, myth & legend, monstrous beings, gender & sexuality and popular culture.
Current Projects: Reception of Greco-Roman monsters in contemporary popular mediums.
University of Queensland
Professor Alastair Blanshard
Paul Eliadis Chair of Classics and Ancient History
School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry
Research Interests: Greek cultural history, the use of myth, the politics of translation, classics and popular culture, and issues of gender and sexuality.
Current Projects: "Post-classicisms" (an international research network funded by the Princeton Global Collaborative network fund); Locating the Greek Body; Travel and the Invention of Greece.
University of Sydney
Postgraduate Student and Tutor
Department of Performance Studies
Research Interests: Plautine drama; Roman theatrical performance, stagecraft, and conventions; reception of ancient drama.
Current Projects: PhD thesis: Space and Place in the Plautine Theatre.
Postgraduate Student and Director of Sydney Film School
Department of Classics and Ancient History
Website: www.penelopa.com.au and www.sydneyfilmschool.com
Research Interests: Ancient Greek Myth and World Cinema
Current Projects: Croatian-Australian Feature Film "Penelopa", based upon Homer's Penelope.
Dr Nicholas Hardwick
Classics and Ancient History
Research Interests: Ancient coinage, especially Greek coinage (Chios, Athens and Terone); archaic silver ingots and precious metal use; forgeries of ancient Greek coins made in Italy in the 18th century; the representation of classical antiquities in 19th century paintings, especially ancient Jewish coins in two works of William Holman Hunt; the iconography of south Italian vase painting, especially representations of Euripides' Medea; and the curation of antiquities.
Classics and Ancient History
Research Interests: Classical reception in political theory, classical reception in eighteenth century America and Britain, early Christianity, first-century Jewish-Roman relations.
Current Projects: Stoicism and the American Revolution
Ms Frances Muecke
Dept. of Classics & Ancient History, SOPHI
Research Interests: She is currently working on an an edition of the Renaissance humanist Domizio Calderini’s ‘lost’ commentary on Silius Italicus, a critical edition of Andrea Fulvio's Antiquaria Urbis (1513), a translation of Biondo Flavio's Roma triumphans and an essay on the reception of Silius Italicus in Renaissance Italy. Publications include a book on C.-A. Dufresnoy’s De arte graphica, a collaboration with C. Allen and Y.A. Haskell, 2005 (Droz: Geneva).
Dr Anne Rogerson
Charles Tesoriero Senior Lecturer in Latin
Dept. of Classics & Ancient History, SOPHI
Research Interests: The main focus of my work is Virgil's epic poem, the Aeneid. I am interested in Virgil's representation of character and the ways in which he uses characters to talk about the past and future of the Roman people. I also work on the commentary tradition on Virgil, from late antiquity to the present, and on the influence of the Aeneid on later writing, from Renaissance Italy, to the Golden Age of detective fiction and beyond.
Current Projects: A commentary on Aeneid 8; the reception of the Classics in Dorothy L. Sayers' "Gaudy Night"; Maffeo Vegio's "Supplement" to the Aeneid.
University of Tasmania
Associate Professor Peter Davis
Research Interests: the reception of Senecan tragedy in Renaissance drama; Ovid's erotic poetry
Current Projects: the representation of war in Roman epic
University of Western Australia
Associate Professor Yasmin Haskell
Cassamarca Foundation Associate Professor in Latin Humanism
Chair of the Discipline Group in Medieval and Early Modern Studies
Dept. of Classics and Ancient History, School of Humanties
Research Interests: neo-Latin literature, especially poetry; early modern Jesuits; humanism and science and medicine.
Current Projects: A book on 'hypochondria' in early modern Italy; anthology of early modern scientific poetry; edited volume on 'Latinity and Alterity in the Early Modern Period' (with Juanita Ruys); various articles on the early modern reception of Lucretius.
Architecture, Landscape, Visual Art
Research Interests: British Grand Tour to Italy C17 to present; History of painting.
Current Projects: The Trope of Contrast in the British Grand Tour of Italy; Backs of Paintings from Classical Times to the Present.
University of Western Sydney
Dr Tracy D Olverson
Lecturer, School of Communication, Arts
Research Interests: Women Writers and the Classical Tradition; Classics in nineteenth-century British culture and intellectual life; representations of classical mythology in English Literature.
Current Projects: Representations of Ancient Rome in Nineteenth Century Britain.
Victoria University (Wellington)
Professor John Davidson
Classics, School of Art History, Classics and Religious Studies
Research Interests: Greek drama and modern drama/opera; Greek mythology; New Zealand poetry.
Current Projects: Co-authorship of book on classical mythology in the work of New Zealand author James K. Baxter (1926-72); Articles on Baxter's four 'Greek' plays; Article on Richard Wagner and Greek tragedy.
Department of English
Research Interests: Research interests include girlhood and the Gothic, nineteenth century adolescence, medicine and literature, the verse biography (conference to be held in November, 2014) - but my interest in the classics is as a poet, in particular responding to Catullus.
Current Projects: I, Clodia - a collection of poetry forthcoming from Auckland University Press, November 2014. Reception theory: thinking about space and time, beyond the local, beyond the now.
Current Projects: MA thesis on the reception of Tacitus' Germania in the Federal Republic of Germany and the German Democratic Republic since the Second World War, particularly its use as a school text.
School of English, Film, Theatre, and Media Studies
Research Interests: Classical mythology in English literature; the Pygmalion legend; the classical world in Shakespeare and Renaissance drama.
Current Projects: Co-authored book (The Snake-Haired Muse) on classical mythology in the work of New Zealand poet James K. Baxter.
Department of Classics
Research Interests: Reception of Greek literature; Greek drama, especially Euripides; epic; reception theory and the classics.
Current Projects: Simon is currently writing a book on English-language translations and adaptations of Euripides’ Bakkhai, as well as working more broadly on classical reception in contemporary fiction.
Associate Professor Arthur Pomeroy
Research Interests: The portrayal of the ancient world in film and on television. He has published on Ridley Scott\'s Gladiator as well as presenting papers on Alexander films, Odyssean themes, and classical references in Buffy the Vampire Slayer at various international conferences.
Current Projects: "And Then it was Destroyed by the Volcano": a book on depictions of the ancient world in film and television (Duckworth).
Dr Babette Puetz
Department of Classics, School of Art History, Classics and Religious Studies
Research Interests: Greek drama, especially Aristophanes, ancient mythology and its uses in modern literature, ancient Greek drinking parties.
Current Projects: animal imagery and species-boundary crossing of characters in Aristophanic comedy and other Greek drama.
Department of Classics
Research Interests: Women in antiquity; feminist approaches to classics research; Greek tragedy and modern re-interpretation of this genre; classics on film; and several billion other things!
Current Projects: Currently I am a Ph.D. candidate investigating how the Amazons were presented in antiquity, and how the Amazon figure is still represented now, in media such as television and film.
Dr Victoria Jennings
Independent Scholar, South Australia
Research Interests: ancient popular literature (in particular, the Life of Aesop); the Roman fable-writer Phaedrus; divination and popular culture; Ion of Chios; the classical tradition in Australia.
Australasians Abroad & Overseas Scholars of Ancient Receptions
Assistant Professor, Comparative Literature
Underwood International College
Research Interests: Nachleben of Menippean satire and Roman prose fiction in the 18th-century English novel.
Current Projects: I'm currently adapting my dissertation, directed by Daniel L. Selden, into a series of articles. Presently, I'm working on the relationship between Horace's Ars Poetica (as it's misquoted in the second edition of Horace Walpole's The Castle of Otranto) and the Gothic novel.
Alexandre G. MItchell
Institute of Archaeology
University of Oxford
Research Interests: Classical reception - Greek and Roman material culture, (Greek vases and Roman terracotta)
- Greek Vase Painting and the Origins of Visual Humour (Cambridge University
Press, 2009, 2012).
- 'Disparate bodies in ancient artefacts: the function of caricature and pathological grotesques among Roman terracotta figurines', in Laes, C. (ed.) (2012). Disparate Bodies "A Capite ad Calcem" in Ancient Rome, Leyden: Brill, 275-297.
- "Democracy and popular media. Classical receptions in 19th to 21st centuries political cartoons: statesmen, mythological figures and celebrated artworks, in artworks", in Hardwick, L., Harrison, S. J. (eds). Classics in the Modern World: A ŒDemocratic Turn‚? (O.U.P.), 319-349.
Current Projects: 1. Classical reception in political cartoons. A vast database of thousands of political cartoons from a great variety of newspapers and artists from around the world (1920s - today). 2. Writing a number of articles on various myths (Pandora, Herakles) in political cartoons. 3. Preparing a large monograph on the subject. 4. Director of Expressum (French to English Translation agency specialised
in the field of classical and medieval studies) | www.expressum.eu
Dr Tiziana Ragno
Assistant Professor, Department of Humanities
University of Foggia
Research Interests: Latin Literature (Petronius); reception of classical literature in the history of music (especially, opera).
Dr Kathleen Riley
British Academy Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Corpus Christi College, Oxford
Research Interests: The reception and performance history of Greek and Roman tragedy.
Current Projects: Kathleen is working on an international and interdisciplinary study of the modernist reception of Greek Tragedy, The Shock of the Old. Her doctoral thesis, Reasoning Madness: The Reception and Performance of Euripides' Herakles, will be published as an Oxford Classical Monograph in 2008. She is also co-editor of Dionysus Recast: Ancient Drama on Modern Stages (Legenda, forthcoming).
Associate Professor, Modern Lang. & Classics
University of Alabama, USA
Research Interests: Epic poetry, women studies, Athenian democracy and its legacy, classical tradition and reception.
Current Projects: A volume on women and the ideology of political exclusion in the past 2500 years.