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Aspects of Death and the Afterlife in Greece and the Near East

Who we are

Dr George Gazis

George Gazis is a Classicist based at the Department of Classics and Ancient History in Durham. His main research interests lie in Archaic Greek Epic and Lyric in general and the Homeric epics in particular. He is especially interested in the function of mortality and the afterlife in the Homeric Epics and early Lyric (especially Stesichorus and Bacchylides), and the ways in which these concepts help shape a meta-poetic understanding of the Underworld as a poetic space of free expression for the poet. In his forthcoming monograph he explores the ways in which epic tradition is recast and retold in the Homeric Hades of Odyssey 11 from the shades’ personal point of view. This results in narratives that have strong affinities with the voice of the Lyric poet and its notorious subjectivity and neglect of epic values such as kleos and timÄ“.

Dr Anthony Hooper

Anthony Hooper is a Junior Research Fellow in the Department of Classics and Ancient History at Durham University. He is an ancient philosopher with a particular focus on Plato, Presocratic Philosophy, and traditions of post-mortem fate. His current research project is a monograph on Plato’s presentation of immortality in the Symposium.

Eliza Petrow

Eliza is a 3rd year classics undergraduate with an interest in Greek poetry and especially Archaic Greek Epic. She is currently writing her dissertation on the voice of the Homeric Sirens and their reception in Apollonius’ Argonautica under the supervision of Professor Johannes Haubold.

Martina Astrid Rodda

Martina is an MA student in Classics at the Scuola Normale Superiore (Pisa, Italy) and an Erasmus+ student at Durham’s Department of Classics and Ancient History. They are primarily interested in ancient languages (Greek and Akkadian) and linguistics, focusing especially on diachronic and synchronic variation in the language of poetry. Their MA dissertation, under the supervision of Professors Barbara Graziosi (Durham) and Maria Serena Mirto (Pisa), analyses parodies of Homeric criticism in Lucian of Samosata.