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Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing

Wolfson Fellow

Dr Ivana Petrovic

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Areas of Doctoral Supervision

Ancient Greek literature and Greek religion.


I am a Senior Lecturer in Greek Literature and have a Diploma in Classics from Belgrade University and a Ph.D. in Greek literature from Giessen University. I was a Fellow of Sasakawa Peace Foundation (1999), and a Residential Fellow at the Harvard Center for Hellenic Studies (2009/10).

My main research interests are Ancient Greek literature, religion and South-Slavic oral traditional poetry.

My first monograph, "Von den Toren des Hades zu den Hallen des Olymp. Artemiskult bei Theokrit und Kallimachos", was published by Brill Academic Publishers (Mnemosyne Supplements 281, Pp. xvi, 320).

Together with Andrej Petrovic, I have recently completed "Inner Purity and Pollution in Greek Religion. Vol. I: Early Greek Religion",  forthcoming with Oxford University Press 2016 (Pp. xv, 368), which is the first of the two co-authored volumes we have been developing over past several years. Apart from this, my current large-scale projects deal with Greek narratives and rituals concerning bound divinities and with the hymns of Callimachus. 

I have published articles in journals and edited volumes on Ancient Greek poetry, Greek magic and religion, and iconotexts (intermediality) and have co-edited volumes on the relationship between image and text (ebook, Giessen University), on the Roman triumph  (Steiner Verlag 2008, Pp. 327), and on Archaic and Classical Greek epigram (Cambridge University Press 2010, Pp. 454).

At the moment I am preparing two further co-edited volumes, one on The Materiality of Text which stems from a Durham reseach seminar and a conference, and another one on Greek Literary Epigram, arising from a conference which I co-organised in London with Ch. Carey and M. Kanellou -- and you can hear and see the talks here

I am also interested in reception and visual culture. My analysis of Oliver Stone's film "Alexander" which focuses on the way the film uses ancient biographies of Alexander the Great (especially Plutarch) and ancient mythology (especially the myths about Dionysus, Prometheus, Heracles, Medea, and Achilles.) has recently been singled out by Oliver Stone. He praised the article as "excellent" on his facebook page and recommended it to tens of thousands of his facebook followers. He also posted a link to the book on his website.

Current and Past PhD Students

Dr Helen E. Barber

Barnaby Chesterton

Andrea Giannotti

Daniele Sberna


Books: authored

Books: edited

Books: reviews

Edited works: contributions

Essays in edited volumes

  • Petrovic, A. & Petrovic, I. (Forthcoming). Catabasis in Hesiod's Theogony. In Roundtrip to Hades. Ekroth, G. & Nielsson, I. Brill Academic Publishers. 10000 words.
  • Petrovic, I. (Forthcoming). Gods in Callimachus’ Hymns. In The Gods in Greek Hexameter Poetry and Beyond. Clauss, J.J., Cuypers, M. & Kahane, A. Franz Steiner Verlag. 8000 words.
  • Petrovic, I. (Forthcoming). On Finding Homer - the Influence of Ancient Greek Epic Tradition on the Perception of South-Slavic Traditional Oral Poetry. In Homeric Receptions in Literature and Performing Arts. Carey, Ch. & Karamanou, J. De Gruyter. 8000 words.
  • Petrovic, I. (Forthcoming). Ptolemaic court in Hellenistic Poetry. In The Hellenistic Court. Erskine, A., Llewellyn-Jones, L. & Wallace, S. Swansea Classical Press of Wales. 8000 words.
  • Petrovic, I. (Forthcoming). The Style and Language of Epigrammatic Programmata. In Epigram and Style. Hunter, R., Montanari, F., Rengakos, A. & Sistakou, E. De Gruyter. 8500 words.
  • Petrovic, A. & Petrovic, I. (2016). Purity of Body and Soul in the Cult of Athena Lindia: On the Eastern Background of Greek Abstentions. In Purity and Purification in the Greek World: Concepts and Practices. Carbon, C. & Pirenne-Delforge, V. Université de Liège. 18000 words.
  • Petrovic, I. (2015). Deification: Gods or Men?. In The Oxford Handbook of Ancient Greek Religion. Kindt, J. & Eidinow, E. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 429-443.
  • Petrovic, Ivana (2015). Hymns in the Papyri Graecae Magicae. In Hymnic Narrative and the Narratology of Greek Hymns. Faulkner, A. & Hodkinson, O. Leiden: Brill. 244-267.
  • Petrovic, Ivana (2014). Posidippus and Achaemenid royal propaganda. In Hellenistic Studies at a Crossroads: Exploring Texts, Contexts and Metatexts. Hunter, Richard, Rengakos, Antonios & Sistakou, Evina Berlin: De Gruyter. 25: 273-300.
  • Petrovic, Ivana (2013). The Never-Ending Stories: A perspective on Greek Hymns. In The Door Ajar: False Closure in Greek and Roman Literature and Art. Grewing, Farouk, Acosta-Hughes, Benjamin & Kirichenko, Alexander Heidelberg: Winter Verlag. 132: 203-227.
  • Petrovic, Ivana (2012). Callimachus' Hymn to Apollo and Greek Metrical Sacred Regulations. In Hellenistica Groningana. Gods and Religion in Hellenistic Poetry, Proceedings of the Ninth Groningen Workshop on Hellenistic poetry. Harder, M.A., Regtuit, R.F. & Wakker, G.C. Leuven: Peeters Publishers. 281-306.
  • Petrovic, I. (2012). Dichtung, Reinheit, Opferritual. In Ästhetik des Opfers. Zeichen / Handlungen in Ritual und Spiel. Bierl, T., Honold, A. & Luppi, V. Wilhelm Fink. 107-130.
  • Petrovic, I. (2012). Divine Masters and Human Disciples. The idea of gods as teachers and its development in Greek poetry and philosophy. In Meister und Schüler in Geschichte und Gegenwart: von Religionen der Antike bis zur modernen Esoterik. Renger, A.-B. Göttingen: Vandenhoeck und Ruprecht Uni Press. 53-68.
  • Petrovic, I & Muth, S. (2012). Medientheorie als Chance. Überlegungen zur historischen Interpretation von Texten und Bildern. In Ansehenssache. Formen von Prestige in Kulturen des Altertums. Christiansten, B. & Thaler, U. München: Herbert Utz Verlag. 281-318.
  • Petrovic, Ivana (2012). Rhapsodic Hymns and Epyllia. In Brill’s Companion to Greek and Latin Epyllion and Its Reception. Baumbach, Manuel & Baer, Silvio Leiden: Brill Academic Publishers. 149-176.
  • Petrovic, I. (2011). Callimachus and Contemporary Religion: the Hymn to Apollo. In Brill's Companion to Callimachus. Acosta-Hughes, B., Lehnus, L. & Stephens, S. Leiden: Brill. 264-285.
  • Baumbach, M., Petrovic, A. & Petrovic, I. (2010). Archaic and Classical Greek Epigram: An Introduction. In Archaic and Classical Greek Epigram. Baumbach, M., Petrovic, A. & Petrovic, I. Cambridge University Press. 1-19.
  • Petrovic, Ivana (2010). The life story of a cult statue as an allegory: Kallimachos’ Hermes Perpheraios. In Divine images and Human imaginations in Ancient Greece and Rome. J. Mylonopoulos Leiden: Brill. 170: 205-224.
  • Petrovic, Ivana (2010). Transforming Artemis: From the Goddess of the Outdoors to the City-Goddess. In The Gods of Ancient Greece: Identities and Transformations. Bremmer, Jan N. & Erskine, Andrew W. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press. 209-227.
  • Petrovic, Ivana (2008). Aitiologie des Triumphes – Triumph als Motiv in Properz 4,6. In Triplici invectus triumpho – der römische Triumph in augusteischer Zeit. Krasser, H., Pausch, D. & Petrovic, I. Stuttgart: Franz Steiner Verlag. 25: 191-208.
  • Petrovic, Ivana (2008). Plutarch's and Stone's Alexander. In Ancient Greek World in Cinema. Morcillo, M.G. & Berti, I. Stuttgart: Franz Steiner Verlag. 163-184.
  • Petrovic, Ivana & Petrovic, Andrej (2006). Look Who is Talking Now!: Speaker and Communication in Metrical Sacred Regulations. In Ritual and Communication in the Graeco-Roman World. Stavrianopoulou, Eftychia Liège: Centre International d’Etude de la Religion Grecque Antique. Kernos Supplément 16: 151-179.
  • Petrovic, Ivana (2004). Artemisfeste und Frauen, Goettliche Didaktik als literarischer Topos. In Studia Humanitatis ac Litterarum Trifolio Heidelbergensi dedicata: Festschrift für Eckhard Christmann, Wilfried Edelmaier und Rudolf Kettemann. Hornung, A, Jäkel, Ch. & Schubert, W. Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang. 251-270.

Journal papers: academic