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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  • Danai Bafa: An edition of unpublished papyri of Greek prose from Oxyrhynchus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
  • Joyce Datiles: Heroism on Screen
  • Beatrice Da Vela: Donatus’ Commentary on Terence’s Adelphoe
  • Joe Dodd: Classics and Italian opera
  • 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  • Susan Fogarty: An Edition of unpublished Documentary Papyri from Oxyrhynchus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
  • Biagio Gatto: The Syntax of Priscian in the cultural context of fifth-century Constantinople
  • Alexandros Gkosevits: Tragic Thinking: Tragedy and the concept of the tragic in post-Kantian German philosophy
  • 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)
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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


Picture of Margarita Alexandrou

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.



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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