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Institute of Advanced Study

About Edith Hall

Edith Hall is a British scholar of classics and cultural history, and from 2006 until 2011 held a Research Chair at Royal Holloway, University of London, where she directed the Centre for the Reception of Greece and Rome until November 2011.  She also co-founded and is Consultant Director of the Archive of Performances of Greek and Roman Drama at Oxford University, Chairman of the Gilbert Murray Trust, and Judge on the Times Stephen Spender Prize for poetry translation. Her prizewinning doctoral thesis was awarded at Oxford.

Hall studied for a BA degree in Classics & Modern Languages at Wadham College and a DPhil degree at St Hugh's College, Oxford.  She has held posts at the universities of Cambridge, Reading, Oxford and Durham, and visiting chairs at several North American institutions, before taking up her post at Royal Holloway.

Known for her humorous style of lecturing, Hall has made many television and radio appearances as well as acting as consultant for professional theatre productions. She is an advocate of 'Classical Reception' - studying the ancient world through the way that its culture has been received by later epochs, whether in fiction, drama, cinema, poetry, political theory, or philosophy. Her research has been influential in three distinct areas: (1) the representation of ethnicity; (2) the social and ideological role played by theatre (especially Greek tragedy) in both the ancient and modern worlds; (3) the uses made by Classical culture in European education, identity, and political theory.