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Postgraduate Research

Current PhD students and research topics

  • Margarita Alexandrou: Commentary on Hipponax
  • Danai Bafa: An edition of unpublished papyri of Greek prose from Oxyrhynchus
  • Theophano Charalambous: studies in the language of Menander and Ptolemaic papyri
  • Vasileios Boutsis: Iphigeneia in Aulis
  • Emma Cole: The reception of Greek tragedy in postdramatic theatre
  • Manuela Dal Borgo: Thucydides and Game Theory
  • Joyce Datiles: Heroism on Screen
  • Beatrice Da Vela: Donatus’ Commentary on Terence’s Adelphoe
  • Manuela Irarrazabal Elliott: Ancient anger as depicted in Greek tragedy
  • Rithu Fernando: the Mirror: a comparative literary, cultural and art-historical study
  • Susan Fogarty: An Edition of unpublished Documentary Papyri from Oxyrhynchus
  • Jurgen Gatt: the creation of Greek technical language
  • Kyriaki Ioannidou: A commentary on Menander's fragmentary plays Georgos, Heros and Theophoroumene
  • Trinidad Silva Irarrazaval: A revision of the categories of sophistes, sophos and philosophos as qualities of human rationality and as moral models of wisdom before and in Plato
  • Xi Ji: Death and the identity of the dying (with special reference to the philosophical ideas of Plato)
  • Ioannis Lambrou: Homeric methodology of critical reception
  • Anastasia Lazani: the Aeschylean chorus
  • Henry Linscott: The oral origins of Greek Law
  • Wendy Little: Studies in Roman epic
  • Tsu-I Liao: Modern functional grammar and ancient rhetorical texts
  • Emily Lord-Kambitsch: Reception of Roman emotions in modern cinema
  • Skye McAlpine: Ovid's Ars Amatoria in seventeenth- and eighteenth-century England
  • Elizabeth McKnight: the rule of law in the late Roman republic and early empire
  • Victoria McVicar: Solon the lawgiver in ancient and early modern political thought
  • Maria Michalolia: New literary and documentary papyri from Oxyrhynchus
  • Federica Micucci: Studies in Roman and Byzantine papyri from Oxyrhynchus
  • Hamutal Minkowich: Between divination and philosophy: a post-Freudian perspective on Herodotean and biblical dreams
  • Annette Mitchell: Freud's ancient chronology
  • Carlotta Montagna: A commentary on selected letters of Seneca
  • Giada Orlietti: an edition of selected literary and documentary papyri
  • Angela Paschini: The numinous in Greek tragedy: intertextual relations between Aeschylus and Euripides
  • Christine Plastow: The Rhetoric of Classical Athenian Homicide
  • Grace Root: Onomastic investigations into Greek tragedy
  • Naomi Scott: Beyond cross-dressing: masculinity and the πόλις in the plays of Aristophanes.
  • Oliver Schwazer: Studies in the Satyricon of Petronius
  • Belinda Stojanovic: the Presocratics and early Greek conceptions of the self
  • Ben Temblett: Deleuze and Platonism
  • You-Shih Wang: Plato and the rhetoric of eros and the polis
  • James Watson: Euripides' narrative technique
  • Chris Webb: Artificial amnesia and memory management: λήθη in the Sophoclean πόλις
  • Bridget Wright: The treatment of Julius Caesar's memory in Rome, 14 - 98 AD


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Research Interests:
Homer, Archaic Greek Lyric, Ancient Greek Drama (especially Comedy), Hellenistic Poetry, Greek Literary Papyri
Thesis title: Commentary on Hipponax

Brief Biography:  After a BA in Greek Philology (with a focus in Classics) from the University of Athens and an MA in Classics at UCL, I am currently working on a PhD under the supervision of Professor Chris Carey.

Thesis abstract:  Hipponax is one of the most neglected poets of Archaic Lyric.  However, he is one of the most fascinating as he distances himself from the mainstream of iambus (Archilochus and Semonides) in many respects.  His social register is different from the rest of Archaic Lyric, and especially from the rest of archaic iambus; his poetry opens up broader narratological questions such as the role/identity of the poetic persona and larger literary-historical questions such as the nature of the genre of iambos and its audience in particular.  His iambography is also distinctive as far as his linguistic scope, register and tone of his poetry are concerned.  He is also compelling for his reworking of the past literature (especially of Homeric epic which is frequently an object of parody in his poems) as well as for the major influence that he has exercised on later literature and especially on Hellenistic poets such as Callimachus and Herodas, who were as Hipponax himself fond of exploring exotic areas of literature and unusual modes of poetry.  However, Hipponax not only depicts, but also remains himself a ‘scapegoat’ of Greek Literature, wronged both by the tradition (his work has been very fragmentarily preserved) and by recent scholarship, as he has been very little studied.

The absence of commentaries on Hipponax is generally acknowledged, along with the need to fill this gap and to provide an essential tool for a detailed study of his iambography.  Masson’s commentary (1962) is brief and in many aspects outdated, and West’s publication (1974), despite its scholarly merits, is very limited in scale and cover, restricted to brief notes on a handful of selected passages.  Finally the most important twentieth century student of Hipponax, Degani (1984) despite his long-term devotion to the iambographer, has not left us with a commentary.

Therefore, my aim is to provide a literary lemmatic commentary on the main fragments of the iambic poet Hipponax and subsequently a considerable bibliographical reference which will at last fill this gap in Classical bibliography.


Research interests: Economic and Military History, Historiography, Rhetoric, Narratology and Game Theory.

Thesis title: Thucydides and Game Theory

Brief biography: I am a final year PhD candidate in the Department of Greek and Latin engaged in cross-disciplinary research with the UCL Department of Economics. My supervisor (a.k.a my hero) is Chris Carey, Professor of Classics.

For my research I have been awarded the UCL Graduate School Research Scholarship (GSRS), the Overseas Research Students Award (ORS), the Cross-Disciplinary Training Award (MSc in Economics), UCL Advances Enterprise Scholarship, which was undertaken to apply my research to the telecommunication industry (temporary appointment at British Telecom (BT)), and finally two Advances Scholarships at London Business School (LBS), for cross-disciplinary training in finance and economics. Prior to my doctoral research, I completed an MA in Classics at UCL, supervised by Simon Hornblower, an MA in Interdisciplinary Humanities from Florida State University (USA), and a BA from FASM (Brazil). During this time I taught graduate courses in Pedagogy and Ancient Rhetoric, in addition to undergraduate courses in Ancient History and Literature. In the last three years, I taught seminars, mainly, in Mathematics for the Department of Arts and Sciences (ASc) and in Ancient Greek for the Department of Greek and Latin. In addition to my usual appointments, in the Spring of 2016, I will teach a course called Interdisciplinary Game Theory for ASc which bridges the worlds of humanities with that of sciences. This course reflects almost a decade of work in the humanistic and math based disciplines.

Thesis abstract: In 'Thucydides and Game Theory', I interpret the motivations of characters, utilizing the simple framework of game theory, to uncover the counterfactuals and sequences of actions, in order to distill the abstract strategic structures that the historian Thucydides illuminates.




Studies: During my undergraduate studies in Classical Philology at the University of Athens, my alma mater (I graduated with a BA (Ptychion) in 2009), I became increasingly fascinated by Homer’s obvious debt to epic tradition and I grew intrigued about the complexity which even today underscores the nexus of the pre-Homeric epic tradition, the Homeric epics and the Epic Cycle, and merits further investigation. The in-depth study of this interrelationship has become the focus of my postgraduate research ever since. In June 2010, I earned my M.Phil. degree in Classics from the University of Cambridge (Clare College) under the guidance of Professor James Diggle and Dr Renaud Gagné. Today, still furthering my passion for Classics and being mentored by Professor Christopher Carey, I have been continuing my research at UCL towards the completion of my doctoral thesis since September of 2010. My M.Phil. and Ph.D. research has been supported by the Cambridge European Trust, the A. G. Leventis Foundation, and the UCL Graduate School. Recent and forthcoming conference presentations include papers on aspects of the dialogical and competitive dynamics of Greek epic performance poetry. My other research interests cluster around the comparative study of agonistic poetics of oral performance, the Trojan War images in visual art, and the reception of the Trojan myth in lyric poetry and drama.

Research Project: Homer and the Epic Cycle: From Dialogical Dynamics to Challenge

Given that the Trojan War Cyclic epics survive only in isolated fragments and summaries, so far a collective and multi-faceted appreciation of the connections between the Homeric epics and the traditions represented in the Epic Cycle has not yet been attempted. Though suggestive, the Neoanalytic ‘source-and-recipient model’ in focusing on specific ‘intertextual’ echoes missed the larger dialogue in play between the Homeric epics and the Cyclic tradition, insofar as a linear analysis approach was applied to determine complex non-linear associations: ‘Homer’ was seen as having re-contextualised motifs taken from pre-Homeric epics which narrated stories which ultimately came to crystallise in the Epic Cycle, thereby putting old wine in new wineskins. This thesis, focusing closely on the competitive framework of epic performance, sets out to investigate the broad set of multilateral two-way dynamics between ‘Homer’ and the traditions represented in the Epic Cycle, i.e., how epic poets reflect back upon, thereby positioning themselves within, epic tradition: by examining anew all the available fragments and summaries therein this thesis traces how specific narrative patterns and methodology at work in the Cyclic poems find their way, through established dynamics both dialogical and competitive, into the texture of the Homeric epics and vice versa. This research project will potentially contribute to a better knowledge and understanding of Homeric artistry, and can also provide a basis to suggest that the Cyclic Epics may not have been as inelegant and tasteless as often supposed.



Doctoral Thesis title: ‘New literary and documentary papyri from Oxyrhynchus’.

Brief Biography: After having finished my BA studies in Greek Philology (having chosen the pathway of Classical Philology) at the National Kapodistrian University of Athens, I moved to London and I continued my studies obtaining a MA in Classics at UCL. I am currently working on a PhD under the supervision of Dr Nikolaos Gonis.

Thesis abstract:  My thesis is expected to contain an edition of selected unpublished Greek literary and non-literary (documentary) papyri texts from the Oxyrhynchus collection, dated to the Greek, Roman and Byzantine periods. My work will be divided into three parts. Since the core part of my research will be dealing mainly with literary issues, the two first parts will contain an edition of Homeric papyri and Homeric scholarship, respectively. In the first part I will knuckle down to the edition of unpublished fragments from the ninth, thirteenth, fourteenth, fifteenth, and sixteenth books of the Iliad. The second part of my research will be carried out on an edition of unpublished fragments of Homeric scholarship, namely the formal scholarly treatment of the Iliad and Odyssey during the Hellenistic period (principally the Iliad). Finally, the last part of my thesis will involve an edition of a variety of public and private documents which date to the first until the sixth century. 

Research Interests: Homer, Ancient Greek drama, Ancient Greek scholarship, palaeography, social history of the Hellenistic world, comparative-historical linguistics.

Chris WEBB

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Thesis title (provisional): Artificial amnesia and memory management: λήθη in the Sophoclean πόλις

Abstract: My research topic examines the concept of oblivion in Sophoclean tragedy. It examines the manipulation of recollection and forgetting in order to protect the tragic πόλις. By the analysing the use of memory, my aim is to articulate the way tragedy wields and controls remembrance in order to negotiate through a period of στάσις.
The interrelated themes of λήθη and μνησικακεῖν run prominently throughout 5th century Greek political history. It is the intention of this study to better define and contextualise the use of memory, and then to apply these results to the tragic πόλις as an interpretative tool. There are parallels within Greek politics and tragedy that I intend to exploit with the aim of centralising memory as being an important component in the interpretation and understanding of these themes in Sophocles. My research will analyse three test-cases; the Antigone, Electra and Oedipus at Colonus.

Research interests
: Alongside Tragedy, my interests include Epic, mythology and its representation in art, and Greek law.   

Brief Academic biography
:  Having trained and worked as a Chef since leaving secondary school, I returned to higher education (part-time) taking my BA hons (Classical Studies) from Birkbeck, University of London, where I wrote my dissertation on gender in the Iliad. I continued at Birkbeck for my MA (Classical Civilisation), completing my degree with a study of ξενία laws in the Odyssey. I came to UCL in January 2010, and am again to be found on the part-time route. My supervisors are Professor Miriam Leonard and Professor Chris Carey.

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