Department of Greek & Latin


Dimitra Kokkini

Lecturer (Teaching) in Greek

Dimitra Kokkini

Email: d.kokkini@ucl.ac.uk

Research interests:  Greek Drama, Gender studies, Masculinities, Cultural History


Before joining the Department as a Lecturer (Teaching), I did a BA in Greek Philology at the University of Athens before coming to UCL for an MA and a PhD in Classics. In the past I have taught various courses at King's College London, Royal Holloway, Birkbeck, the University of Kent and UCL.
My research focuses on representations of gender in classical literature under the prism of gender studies and cultural history. I am currently working on turning my PhD thesis into a monograph. It focuses on representations of maleness and male behaviour in Euripidean drama and aims to revisit Euripidean men as characters in their own right, not simply as foils to powerful women, and in relation with ideas of manliness as expressed and experienced in fifth century Athens. The monograph makes use of cultural history and the idea of masculinity as a cultural construct to focus on how close to the concept of 'ideal maleness' as promoted in ancient Greek sources were men in Euripidean tragedy.

IRIS Research Profile


  • Tzetzes J., Allegories of the Odyssey, Introduction and Translation by A. J. Goldwyn and D. Kokkini (Dumbarton Oaks Medieval Library, Harvard UniversityPress - forthcoming 2016)
  • Tzetzes J., Allegories of the Iliad, Introduction and Translation by A. J. Goldwyn and D. Kokkini (Dumbarton Oaks Medieval Library, Harvard University Press -forthcoming spring 2015)
  • Kokkini D., "The rejection of erotic passion in Euripides' Hippolytos", Bulletin of the Institute of Classical Studies 2013: 67-84
  • Kokkini D., "Admetos as everyman in Euripides' Alkestis", in L. Langerwerf and C. Ryan (eds.), Zero to Hero, Hero to Zero: In Search of the Classical Hero (Newcastle Upon Tyne, 2010) 28-4

Book reviews:

  • Leitao, D. D., The Pregnant Male as Myth and Metaphor in Classical Greek Literature (New York 2012), Journal of Hellenic Studies (forthcoming 2014)
  • Liapis V., A Commentary on the Rhesus Attributed to Euripides (New York 2012), Journal of Hellenic Studies 133 2013: 172-73
  • Chong-Gossard J. H. K. O., Gender and Communication in Euripides' Plays. Between Song and Silence (Brill 2008), Classical Review 60(1) 2010: 24-25