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Lucy Cockburn

Postgraduate Researcher

Email: lucy dot cockburn at warwick dot ac dot uk

Humanities Building, University Road
University of Warwick
Coventry CV4 7AL


I received my undergraduate MA (Hons.) in Classics from the University of St. Andrews in 2008. I then received my MA in Classics from King’s College, London in 2009. I am now working on my PhD alongside a career in teaching and public history. I have worked on TV documentaries, radio productions and book projects which explore the ancient world and other historical periods. I have taught Latin and Ancient Greek language in prep schools and also at King’s College, London and UCL.


Xenophon’s Peri Hippikes, despite being at the core of the genre of equestrian treatise that extends from the ancient world through history right into modern equestrianism as well as Classical Scholarship, has generally been relegated to the sidelines of Xenophontic scholarship. My thesis aims to demonstrate that in addition to the literal equitation advice, the Peri Hippikes has the same potential for metaphorical examination as other Xenophon texts – and that this text deserves to benefit from the attention of modern scholarship just as much as those other Xenophon texts.

Papers and Publications

  • Conference: Greek and Roman Military Manuals: Genre, Theory, Influence. Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, 21 & 22 October 2016. Paper Delivered: 'Xenophon’s Peri Hippikes: the equestrian military manual'.

  • Public talk: ‘Civic processions involving horses: a comparison of the Classical Athenian Cavalry and mounted ceremonial regiments of the modern British Army’ at The Naval and Military Club, London. February 2015.