Associate Professor of Ancient Greek Language and Literature
On Research Leave (Loeb Classical Library Foundation Fellowship, Harvard University, and Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Fellowship) until April 2023.
Returning Summer Term 2023 as Senior Tutor.
Humanities Building, University Road
University of Warwick
Coventry, CV4 7AL
I joined the University of Warwick in 2015, initially as Leverhulme Research Fellow and from January 2016 as Assistant, and then Associate, Professor of Ancient Greek Language and Literature. Before coming to Warwick, I held a British Academy Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at UCL (2007-12) and a Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship at King’s College London (2013-15).
I have been researching Greek theatre (tragedy, comedy and satyr play) since 2001. In my previous research, I explored the relationship of ancient comedy to other literary genres, ancient literary criticism and methodological questions of working with fragments. My published work included the OUP monograph Cratinus and the art of comedy and the co-edited CUP volume Greek comedy and the discourse of genres.
More recently, I have become interested in the theatricality of Greek tragedy (especially tragic space) and in tragedy's interactions with early Greek philosophy, especially views about nature and the cosmos. During my fellowship, I am working on a monograph entitled The Erinyes and the Economy of the Cosmos: Aeschylus' Oresteia, which is a re-reading of the Oresteia in light of early views about the cosmos as an economic and biological equilibrium. Until the monograph The Erinyes and the Economy of the Cosmos is completed, you can find some of my publications on this project here. You can also view a research paper which analyses keystones of the project (the centrality of the Erinyes, and how they are connected with 'wealth', nature and cosmos) here.
As part of my project on Greek literature and the natural environment, I have organised two major symposia, namely Greek Theatre, Landscape and Environment (KCL, Feb 2014), and Locating the Daimonic: Daimones, Spaces and Places in the Greek World (KCL, March 2015) and one workshop, Craft Process and Cultural Response: Making, and thinking about making, in Greco-Roman antiquity (KCL, Oct 2015).
Bakola, E., Prauscello, L. and M. Telò (eds.) Greek Comedy and the Discourse of Genres, Cambridge University Press, 2013
Bakola, E., Lunn-Rockliffe, S (eds.) Locating the daimonic in the Ancient Greek World, Taylor & Francis / Routledge (under contract)
Articles and chapters:
• (2019a) ‘Space, place and the metallurgical imagination of the Prometheus trilogy’ in Braund, D., Hall, E. and Wyles, R. (eds) Greek Theatre and Performance Culture around the Black Sea, Cambridge University Press, 225-251
• (2019b) ‘Reconsidering the chthonic in Aeschylus’ Oresteia: Erinyes, the earth’s resources, and the cosmic order’ in Hunt, A. and Marlow, H. (eds) Greening the Gods: Ecology and theology in the Ancient World, London, Bloomsbury Academic, 103-118
• (2018a) ‘Seeing the invisible: Interior Spaces and Uncanny Erinyes in Aeschylus’ Oresteia’ in Kampakoglou, A. and Novokhatko, A. (eds.) Gaze, Vision and Visuality in Ancient Greek Literature, De Gruyter Press, 163-186
• (2018b) ‘Earth, Nature, and the Cult of the Tomb: The Posthumous Reception of Aeschylus heros’ in Graziosi, B. and Goldschmidt, N. (eds.) Tombs of the Ancient Poets: Between Text and Material Culture, Oxford University Press, 123-145
• (2016) ‘Textile symbolism and the ‘wealth of the earth’: creation, production and destruction in the ‘tapestry scene’ of Aeschylus’ Oresteia (Ag. 905-78)’, in Harlow, M., Nosch, M.-L. and G. Fanfani (eds.) Spinning Fates and the Song of the Loom: the Use of Textiles, Clothing and Cloth Production as Metaphor, Symbol and Narrative, Oxbow Books, Oxford: 115-136.
• (2014) ‘Interiority, the ‘deep earth’, and the spatial symbolism of Darius’ apparition in the Persians of Aeschylus’, Proceedings of the Cambridge Philological Society (CCJ) 60: 1-36.
• (2013) ‘Crime and Punishment: Cratinus, Aeschylus’ Oresteia, and the metaphysics and the politics of wealth’ in Bakola, E., Prauscello, L. and Telo, M. (eds.) Greek Comedy and the Discourse of Genres, Cambridge, 226-55.
• ‘Cratinus reads Aeschylus: The Erinyes and the wealth of the earth’ in E. Tamiolaki (ed.) New Trends in Ancient Comedy, Rhethymnon 2014, 17-44 (in modern Greek)
• ‘The Drunk, the Reformer and the Teacher: Agonistic Poetics and the Construction of Persona in the Comic Poets of the Fifth Century’, Proceedings of the Cambridge Philological Society (CCJ) 54 (2008), 1-29
• Nine entries for The Encyclopedia of Greek Comedy, Sommerstein, A. (ed.), Wiley-Blackwell press, on various themes
• ‘Old Comedy Disguised as Satyr Play: A New Reading of Cratinus’ Dionysalexandros (POxy 663)’ ZPE 154 (2005) 46-58
• ‘A missed joke in Aristophanes’ Wasps 1265-74’ Classical Quarterly 55 (2005), 609-13
Teaching and supervision
- Ancient Greek Theatre (2016/17, 2018/19)
- Space and Place in Ancient Greek Literature (2017/18, 2019/20)
- Greek Culture and Society (with J. Davidson and D. Fearn; the module runs every year)
I am primary supervisor to a PhD project on 'Metals and metallurgy in the Greek literary imagination'.
- Outreach and Public Engagement Officer
Drop-in hours (Virtual Office Hours)
Postponed until April 2023