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Department of Classics and Ancient History

Staff

Dr Ioannis Ziogas, BA, MA (University of Thessaloniki), PhD (Cornell University)

(email at ioannis.ziogas@durham.ac.uk)

Areas of Doctoral Supervision

I am keen to supervise students working on Latin poetry and its reception as well as those interested in law and classical literature.

Biography

I studied in Greece and the United States and worked in Australia before moving to Durham in 2016. My research interests revolve around the politics and poetics of Latin poetry, mainly of the age of Augustus. My first book (Ovid and Hesiod: The Metamorphosis of the Catalogue of Women, CUP 2013) offers the first wide-ranging study of Hesiod’s reception in Ovid. I have also co-edited two volumes: Geography, Topography, Landscape (DeGruyter 2014) examines spatial constructions in Greek and Roman epic; Wordplay and Powerplay in Latin Poetry (De Gruyter 2016) examines the ways in which etymologies, puns, anagrams, and acronyms play a critical role in constructing poetic voices as politically powerful.

The resonance of Greco-Roman antiquity in our times is a major aspect of my research and teaching interests. I have published articles on the reception of classical literature in David Malouf, Salman Rushdie, and A.D. Hope.

My current projects include an interdisciplinary study of ‘Law and Love in Imperial Rome’, which aims to open a dialogue between legal theory and classical literature by examining the interdependence of legal and poetic discourse in Latin love elegy and epic. 

When I am not wandering in the maze of Greek and Latin literature, I listen to music. I have a passion for classical music and hold a Diploma in violin from the State Conservatory of Thessaloniki.

Research Interests

  • Latin Poetry
  • Law and Literature
  • Greek Epic
  • Reception Studies, Intertextuality, Narratology
  • Gender studies

Publications

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