Department of Greek & Latin


Completed Titles

Completed PhD Theses:

Below is a list of completed theses within the department in the last decade.

  • Peter Agocs: The Language of Genre: A Study of Epinician Poetry (2010)
  • Emmanuela Bakola: Cratinus and the Art of Comedy (2006)
  • Giulia Biffis: Cassandra and the female perspective in Lycophron's Alexandra (2012)
  • Ljuba Bortolani: Greek magical hymns: Egyptian voices in Greek dress? (2012)
  • Bellini Boyten: Epic Journeys: Studies in the Reception of the Hero and Heroism in Quintus Smyrnaeus' Posthomerica (2010)
  • Charles Connaghan: Signs, Language and Knowledge in St. Augustine’s De Magistro (2005)
  • Daisy Dunn: Ecphrasis from Hellenistic Poetry to Cinquecento Venetian painting (2013)
  • Silvia Ferrara: An Interdisciplinary Approach to the Cypro-Minoan Script (2006)
  • Maria Fragoulaki: Kinship in Thucydides: xyngeneia and relatedness between cities and ethnic groups (2010)
  • John Franklin: Terpander: the invention of music in the Orientalizing period (2002)
  • Brenda Griffith-Williams: A commentary on selected speeches of Isaios (2009)
  • Ioanna Hadjicosti: Aeschylus and the Trojan Cycle: the lost tragedies (2008)
  • Theodora Hadjimichael: Bacchylides and the Emergence of the Lyric Canon (2011)
  • Ita Hilton: A Literary Commentary on Euripides' Phoinissai (2011)
  • Jean-Michel Hulls: The Role of Kingship in Statius’ Thebaid (2006)
  • Maria Kalli: The Manuscript Tradition of Procopius’ Wars, Books V-VIII:  a Reconstruction of Family in the Light of a New Extant Manuscript (Athos, Lavra H-73) (2003)
  • Maria Kanellou: Erotic Epigram: a study of motifs (2013)
  • Adam Lecznar: Wole Soyinka's adaptation of the Bacchae in its performative, cultural and political contexts (2013)
  • Dimitra Kokkini: Euripidean men revisited: four case studies (2010)
  • Evangelina Kylintirea: Pseudo-Apollodoros' Bibliotheke and the Greek mythographical tradition (2002)
  • Ioanna Karamanou: A commentary on Euripides’ Danae and Dictys (2005)
  • Jerome Kemp: The Philosophical Background to Horace’s Satires (2006)
  • David Leith: Editions of a selection of Greek medical papyri from the Oxyrhynchus collection (2006)
  • Antonios Makrinos: Eustathius’ commentary on Homer’s Odyssey (1379-1397) (2005)
  • Christina Manolea: The Homeric tradition in Syrianus (2002)
  • Kleanthis Mantzouranis: Wealth, Honour and Traditional Morality in Aristotle (2012)
  • Francesco Montarese: A Study of Lucretius, De Rerum Natura I, 635-920: Lucretius and his sources (2005)
  • Andrew Morrison: Lyric style and narrative in Hellenistic poetry (2002)
  • Athina Papachrysostomou: A Commentary on Selected fragments of Middle Comedy (2006)
  • Diotima Papadi: Tragedy and Theatricality in Plutarch (2007)
  • Styliani Papastamati: Gamos in archaic and classical Greek poetry: theme ritual, metaphor (2013)
  • Emily Proctor: Beyond Persephone: a study of the twice-told tales in Ovid's Fasti and Metamorphoses (2012)
  • Richard Rawles: Simonides and the Role of the Poet (2006)
  • Lorna Robinson: Magical Realism in Ovid’s Metamorphoses (2005)
  • Aris Rogkotis-Kainamisis: Thucydides' relation to Herodotus (2003)
  • Mary Ruskin: Christology in Context and Conflict: The purpose and Nature of Christ in Origen’s Polemical Theology (2006)
  • Ed Sanders: Envy and Jealousy in Classical Athens (2010)
  • Antonia Sarri: Edition of Greek papyri from Oxyrhynchus (literary papyri with parts of the Kyrou Anabasis of Xenophon; and Greek documents of the Roman period from Oxyrhynchus)
  • Carolyn Schofield: Kretan cult and customs, especially in the Classical and Hellenistic periods: a religious, social, and political study (2011)
  • Andreas Serafim: Performing Justice: aspects of performance in selected speeches of Aeschines (2, 3) and Demosthenes (18, 19) (2013)
  • Martin Skipper: Stoic unformed substance and its relation to Old Academic Ontology (2009)
  • Aspasia Skouroumouni: Staging the female: studies in female space in Euripides (2011)
  • Barbara Smith:  ‘Mimicking Bears’ for Artemis: Girls’ Maturation Rites in Attika (2003)
  • Stavros Solomou: The Indica of Ctesias of Cnidus: Text (incl MSS Monacensis gr.287 and Oxoniensis, Holkham gr.110), Translation and Commentary (2006)
  • Akrivi Taousiani: Sophocles' Lying Tale: A study of dolos and fiction in the Philoctetes (2011)
  • Monica Tobon: Apatheia in the Teachings of Evagrius Ponticus (2010)
  • Linda Woodward: Diogenes of Babylon: A stoic on music and ethics (2010)
  • Noriko Yasumura: Challenges to the power of Zeus in early Greek poetry (2004)
  • Vasiliki Zali: Reshaping Herodotean Rhetoric: A study of the speeches in Herodotus' Histories with special attention to books 5-9 (2009)

Ed Sanders

PhD – Envy and Jealousy in Classical Athens

Since April 2011 I have held a Leverhulme-funded Early Career Fellowship at RHUL, in which I look at the arousal of audience emotions in both the Attic oratorical corpus and speeches in historiography of the period.  I consider which emotions orators chose to arouse or suppress (covertly as well as explicitly), and the arguments used to do so, in a variety of performance contexts: lawcourt (public and private, prosecution and defence), Assembly, envoy, exhortation, supplication, and display speeches.  In each type of speech I consider both more elemental emotions (e.g. anger, hatred, fear) whose appropriateness of display is nevertheless socially constructed, and wholly constructed ones (e.g. gratitude, civic pride and shame), in light of such variables – historical, geographic, ideological, military, personal, situational, and authorial – as might influence whether emotion arousal could helpfully be used, and if so which emotions and how.

Other projects and academic interests
My research interests are in ancient emotions, Classical Greek oratory, and Athenian political and social history.  I am currently turning my PhD thesis – on Envy and Jealousy in Classical Athens – into a monograph (under contract with OUP).  I am also taking the lead in editing the proceedings of a major international conference I co-organised at UCL in 2009, on Erôs in Ancient Greece; these will appear as a collected volume (also under contract with OUP), and separately some articles in BICS.

Biographical note
Having initially done a degree in chemistry at Oxford, I then qualified and worked as a chartered accountant for seven years to 2004.  During this time I did a part-time BA in Classics at Birkbeck College, London.  This inspired me to a new career in academia, and I did a full-time MPhil at Cambridge (2004/5), followed by a PhD at UCL (awarded January 2010).  From January 2009, I worked for nearly two years on the ‘Social and Cultural Construction of Emotions – the Greek Paradigm’ project at the University of Oxford, focusing on literary sources from the Classical period through the ‘Second Sophistic’.

Giulia Biffis


Brief biography: In 2004 I graduated from the University of Padova, where I wrote a thesis in Historical Linguistics in which I studied the ethnic variation revealed by early inscriptions from Latium. In 2005 I completed my MA in Classics at the Department of Greek and Latin of UCL, where I focused on the study of the poetic influences that enrich Thucydides’ work. In 2007 I started my Mphil/Phd in the same department, working under the supervision of Prof. Simon Hornblower. My research project is funded by the Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC).      

Research interests: Greek poetry and historiography.

Abstract: my thesis focussed on Lycophron’s Alexandra. This Hellenistic poem is famous for the obscurities of its language and of its mythological subject-matter and not least because of the mysterious identity of the author. My research is based on the assumption that in the poem each detail is a piece of a puzzle, where only the sum of its parts conveys the full meaning of it. By avoiding looking at the poem from a specific angle, my approach shows that heterogeneous elements of the poem, traditionally belonging to different fields of study (literary, historical, archaeological) are in reality markedly interconnected. Thus different aspects of the poem suggest that Alexandra shows a special interest in Greek female status.


'The cultic dimension in Lycophron's rewriting of myth: the case of Iphigeneia', forthcoming in Poetic Language and Religion in Greece and Rome (Universidad de Santiago de Compostela, Spain, 31 May-1 June 2012), Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

La Battaglia delle Epipole (Tucidide VII 44, 1-7)’, Hesperìa 22 (2008): 91-101.

‘In search of an iconographical confirmation for the ritual of the Daunian virgins (Al. 1126-1140)’, in Lycophron et les images  (table ronde Paris INHA, 17 décembre 2009, ANR CAIM - UMR 7041 équipe ESPRI) ed. by É. Prioux, Cl. Pouzadoux:  forthcoming in Aitia (Regards sur la culture hellénistique au xxi siècle) 3 (2013).

Per un catalogo di iscrizioni latine archaiche, Padova 2004 (200 pp.)


‘Lycophron, Alexandra, Texte établi, traduit, présenté at annoté par Cédric Chauvin et Christophe Cusset, Paris 2008’, Revue de philologie, de littérature et d'histoire anciennes 81 (2007) vol. 2: 383-385.

Pache, C. O., A Moment's Ornament (Oxford 2011), forthcoming in
Classical Review 63, March (2013)

Kleanthis Mantzouranis

Research interests: Homer and lyric poetry; historiography; Aristotle's
ethical and political philosophy.

Thesis Title: Wealth, Honour and Traditional Morality in Aristotle

Studies: I graduated from the University of Athens (B.A. in Classical Philology, 2001), and then I moved to the University of Ioannina (2002-2004), where I obtained a MA in Classics.

Thesis abstract: My PhD thesis focuses on the concepts of wealth and honour, two of Aristotle's 'external goods', and investigates in a systematic manner Aristotle's methodology in ethics, namely his practice of examining ta endoxa (the reputable views and the views of 'the wise') on the subject under discussion. I examine the extent to which traditional and contemporary beliefs about wealth and honour contributed to the formulation of Aristotle's discussion of the two concepts, and the philosopher's own response to such beliefs. Drawing on evidence from the poets of the archaic age (most notably Solon, Pindar, Theognis, Hesiod, and Homer), as well as fifth-century historians and fourth-century orators, I present Aristotle's discussions of wealth and honour and their relevant virtues as part of a long-standing debate in Greek ethical thinking. My examination of Aristotle's views in the light of pre- Aristotelian literature illuminates the philosopher's conscious attempt to preserve traditional ethical norms, while at the same time reformulating them by giving special priority to moral goodness and proper moral motivation.

Stella Papastamati

Research Interests: Epic, Lyric Poetry, Drama

Thesis title: Gamos in archaic and classical Greek poetry: theme ritual, metaphor

Thesis Abstract: My thesis investigates the rich, embedded role of marriage in archaic and classical Greek poetry.  In particular it examines the literal presence of marriage as a plot component as well as the imaginative use which poets make of this motif, whether literal or metaphorical. In this framework it looks at the ways in which marriage in its different forms contributes to the thematic concerns and  purposes of the poetic genre in which it is employed, and aims at extracting a more nuanced picture of the ways in which marriage is exploited. The texts examined include Homer, Pindar, Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides, Aristophanes and Menander.

Brief Biography: I hold a BA from the University of Thessaloniki, and an MA from King's College London.

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