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Dr. Theodora Hadjimichael


Theodora holds a BA in Greek Philology from the University of Athens in Greece (specialisation: Classical Philology) and an MA and PhD in Classics from University College London with a thesis entitled Bacchylides and the Emergence of the Lyric Canon. After the completion of her doctorate, she taught as teaching fellow at University College London, she was visiting lecturer for Modern Greek at Middlesex University, short-term postdoctoral fellow at Radboud University Nijmegen in the Netherlands, adjunct lecturer at the Open University of Cyprus, and postdoctoral fellow at LMU Munich in Germany where her research was funded by the DFG Exzellenzinitiative. She also spent some time in the USA with a Margo Tytus summer fellowship at the University of Cincinnati, she received a visiting grant at the Center for Hellenic Studies in Washington DC and a visiting fellowship at UC Berkeley, and is also a fellow of the Advanced Seminar in the Humanities at Venice International University (VIU) and of the Fondation Hardt in Geneva, Switzerland. She joined the IAS and the Department of Classics and Ancient History at Warwick with a WIRL-COFUND fellowship in September 2017.

Research interests

My research to date has focused on Greek Lyric poetry and its reception and transmission in antiquity, but my research interests are broad and involve ancient literary and cultural history, Plato and the Peripatos as source of cultural and intellectual history, as well as ancient scholarship.

During my WIRL-COFUND fellowship at the IAS at Warwick I will be working on my project Plato on Lyric: The View from the Fourth Century that looks at the reception and critique of sixth- and fifth-century lyric poetry in Plato. The project explores the importance of the fourth century in the reception of sixth- and fifth-century lyric poetry by focusing on Plato and by analysing his impact on ancient perceptions of lyric. It takes into account the cultural and philosophical background of the Platonic dialogues and the broader intellectual context of the fifth and fourth centuries BC to demonstrate that Plato’s oblique criticism and judgement reveal on the one hand the fourth-century tendencies in defining lyric and on the other a moralising attitude in approaching its development. In the process my research brings to the foreground questions related to the evaluation of the fifth- and fourth-century poetic and musical culture, as well as to the ethics, the cultural and aesthetic values of certain agendas, which ultimately affected the survival of lyric.

My first monograph The Emergence of the Lyric Canon is currently in production with Oxford University Press UK, and explores the complexities of the process of canonisation of lyric poetry by offering both synchronic and diachronic views of the survival and transmission of small-scale poetry in antiquity. It conclusively demonstrates that the canonising process of the lyric poets was already at work from the fifth century BC, and is reflected both on the evaluation of lyric by fourth-century thinkers and on the activities of the Hellenistic scholars in the Alexandrian Library.

Areas of Research

  • Archaic and Classical Greek Lyric Poetry (esp. choral lyric)
  • Lyric Genre
  • Psychology of Music and Dance in Antiquity
  • Plato
  • Greek Cultural, Literary, and Intellectual History
  • History of Scholarship

Selected publications


Edited volumes

Articles and Contributions to Edited Volumes

  • (forthcoming 2019) ‘The Peripatetics and the Transmission of Lyric’, in Currie, B. and Rutherford, I. (eds), The Reception of Greek Lyric Poetry 600BC-400AD: Transmission, Canonization, and Paratext. Leiden: Brill.
  • (forthcoming 2019) ‘On Kinesias’ Musicopoetic Paranomia’, Greek and Roman Musical Studies 7.2.
  • (2018) ‘Introduction’ together with Andújar, R. and Coward, Th. R. P., in Andújar, R., Coward, Th. R. P. and Hadjimichael, Th. A. (eds) Paths of Song: The Lyric Dimension of Greek Tragedy. Trends in Classics, Suppl. Vols 58, Berlin and Boston: De Gruyter, 1-18.
  • (2015) ‘Sports-writing: Bacchylides’ Athletic Descriptions’, Mnemosyne 68.3: 363-92.
  • (2014) 'Aristophanes' Bacchylides: Reading Birds 1373-1409’, Greek and Roman Musical Studies 2: 184-210.
  • (2012) ‘Epinician Competitions: Persona and Voice in Bacchylides’, in Castaldo, D. Giannachi, F. and Manieri, A. (eds) Poetry, Music, and Contests in Ancient Greece. Vol.I, Galatina 331-356 (Series: Rudiae. Ricerche sul mondo classico 22-23, 2010-2011).

Book Reviews

  • (2016) Review of Capra, A. (2014) Plato’s Four Muses. The Phaedrus and the Poetics of Philosophy, Cambridge Mass in Journal of Hellenic Studies 136: 282-3 .
  • (2015) Review of LeVen, P. (2014) The Many-Headed Muse: Tradition and Innovation in Late Classical Greek Lyric Poetry, Cambridge in Greek and Roman Musical Studies 3.1-2: 170-2.
  • (2013) Review of Caciagli, S. (2011) Poeti e società: comunicazione poetica e formazioni sociali nella Lesbo del VII /VI secolo a.C., Amsterdam in Journal of Hellenic Studies 133: 162-3.
  • (2012) Review of Pelosi, F. (2010) Plato on Music, Soul and Body. Engl. trans. Sophie Henderson. Cambridge in Classical Review 62.2: 403-404.
  • (2011) Review of Athanassaki, L. (2009) Aeideto pan temenos. Oi Chorikes Parastaseis kai to koino tous sten archaike kai proime klassike periodo, Heraklion in Classical Review 61.1: 28-30.

Conferences organised

  • (2014) Plato as Literary Critic, Centre for Advanced Studies at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich, Germany 17-18 July 2014.
  • (2013) Paths of Song: Interactions between Greek Lyric and Tragedy, University College London UK, 11-13 April 2013, together with Dr Michael Carroll and Dr Thomas Coward.

Teaching (2018-19)

Professional associations

  • Member of The Classical Association, UK.
  • Member of MOISA: International Society for the Study of Greek and Roman Music and its Cultural Heritage.
  • Member of the Network for the Study of Archaic and Classical Greek Song.
  • Member of the Society of Classical Studies (SCS: former American Philological Association-APA).
  • Member of the Society for the Promotion of Hellenic Studies (SPHS), UK.

Beyond academia

I am currently the redactor and academic adviser on the series ‘Griechische Mythen’ [Greek Myths] that are published by icon Verlag Hubert Kretschmer in Munich Germany. The project started in 2016 with the aim to publish short magazines with modern colourful illustrations and short stories in German for individual mythological figures. So far we have prepared Orpheus and Eurydike (Heft 1), Perseus (Heft 2), and Zeus (Heft 3).


  • BA with Highest Honours (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece)
  • MA (UCL UK)
  • PhD (UCL UK)

Theodora Hadjimichael

T dot Hadjimichael at warwick dot ac dot uk

F211, Millburn House