Department of Humanities

Visiting address
101 Howard, Digby Stuart

Phone: +44 (0)20 8392 3733


I am Head of Classics in the Humanities Department. 


BA Honours Ancient and Modern Greek

MA Ancient Drama and Society

PhD on The Ideology of Revenge in Ancient Greek Culture

Research interests

I am interested in ancient and modern Greek literature, folk poetry, anthropology and culture. My focus to date has been on revenge ethics, especially in Homeric epic, Greek tragedy and Attic oratory. I have a particular interest in representations of gender and revenge in ancient and modern Greek literature. Currently I am working on gendered violence in ancient Greek myth and literature with a particular focus on infanticide, domestic violence and uxoricide.

Research projects

My monograph about revenge in Greek culture was published in 2008 and I am currently working on a co-authored volume about gender and violence in ancient Greece with Susan Deacy. I have recently completed work on a co-edited volume on gender and revenge in classical, medieval and early modern literature with Lesel Dawson from the University of Bristol. My most recent pedagogical work has been on diversity and inclusivity with Susan Deacy with whom I also completed an HEA-funded project on Teaching Sensitive Subjects in the Classics Classroom. A volume on this topic which I co-edited with Prof. Nancy Sorkin Rabinowitz came out in 2014.

Professional affiliations

Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Fellow of SEDA

Member of the Classical Association of England and Wales

Member of the Society for the Promotion of Hellenic Studies

Member of the Society for Classical Studies (N.America)

Member of the Women's Classical Caucus and editor of Cloelia


I teach the following modules:

- Homer and the Epic Cycle

- Violence and Law in Ancient Greece

- Intermediate Greek

- Dissertation and Special Essay


I am currently supervising PhD theses on the following topics:

- Paraphilias in Ancient Greece

- Individual and Community Responses to Sexually Motivated Crimes against Women in Greek Literature

- A Study of Combat Trauma in 5th and Early 4th Century Greece


I have previously supervised PhD students working on:

- Animal Metaphors and the Depiction of Female Avengers in Attic Tragedy 

- Greek and Poetic Identity in the Works of C. P. Cavafy


Research outputs

  1. Euripides' Bacchae

    Research output: Other contribution

  2. Gossip was a Powerful Tool for the Powerless in Ancient Greece

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  3. Female Violence towards Women and Girls in Greek Tragic Fragments

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

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  1. Teaching Literature Book Award

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

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