Dr Maria Fragoulaki
Lecturer in ancient Greek history
I was born and grew up in Athens (Greece), where I studied Classics (Classical Philology) at the University of Athens, and then drama (acting), and worked as an actress and translator, copy-editor and advisor in publications on classics and performing arts. I returned to the academia in 2002, when I moved to the UK (London), where I did an MA (Classics in Education, KCL) and a PhD (Classics, UCL). From my PhD thesis (2010) arose my monograph Kinship in Thucydides: Intercommunal Ties and Historical Narrative, 2013, Oxford University Press https://global.oup.com/academic/product/kinship-in-thucydides-9780199697779?cc=gb&lang=en&
Kinship in Thucydides studies the concept of kinship between communities (syngeneia) in Thucydides and ancient Greek politics. It applies new kinship discourses and modern anthropological work on kinship relations beyond biology and descent (relatedness) to ancient constructions of intercommunal kinship, in order to describe and explain the maleable and dynamic nature of kinship claims in ancient Greek politics. As in all periods and societies, kinship is a powerful (albeit at times invisible to cultural outsiders) mechanism, which fuels rhetoric and collective emotions, and mobilises diplomacy and action in war and peace.
- Ancient Greek historiography, esp. Thucydides and Herodotus
- Ethnicity and intercommunal kinship; the emotional and ethical factors of ethnic conflicts in ancient Greece
- Thucydides' interaction with Homer and other literary genres
- Cultural politics and the social history of archaic and classical Greece
- The application of modern anthropological theories of kinship to Greek politics and culture
Education and qualifications
BA Classical Literature (Athens); MA Classics in Education (King's College London); PhD (University College London)
- Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
- Classical Association, UK
- Societies for the Promotion of Hellenic and Roman Studies, London
- Society for Classical Studies (former American Philological Association)
2014-: Lecturer in Ancient Greek History, Cardiff University, School of History, Archaeology and Religion
2013-2014: Associate Lecturer and Honorary Research Fellow, Birkbeck, University of London
2011-2012: University of London, Contributing lecturer to the Intercollegiate MA Course 'Sources and Methods in Ancient History'
2010-2011: Teaching Fellow, University College London, Associate Lecturer, Birkbeck, University of London
2009-2010, 2005-2008: Postgraduate Teaching Assistant, University College London
2007-2010: Associate Lecturer, Birkbeck, University of London
2004-2006: Postgraduate Teaching Assistant, King's College London
1992-2002: Studies of drama; employment as actress, translator and copy-editor in classics and performing arts (Greece)
Honours and awards
July 2007: A.G. Leventis Foundation scholarship, for the academic year 2007-8 (£4,000)
January 2007: The 2006 George Grote Prize for Ancient History (University of London) (£3,000)
2004-7: Funding of my PhD research by the Greek State Scholarships Foundation (Ίδρυμα Κρατικὠν Υποτροφιών, I.K.Y.), following national competition (fees and subsistence, £36,000)
2015-16: Funding for the 2016 Distinguished University Lecture, Cardiff University, Prof. Irad Malkin, 'The Small Greek World' (Research Committee of SHARE (School of History, Archaeology and Religion), Cardiff University: £234)
Erasmus + International Exchange teaching scheme
14-21 May 2017: Russian State University for the Humanities, Moscow, GAUGN (£1,255)
Academic Service and Esteem
Referee for Academic Journals and Publishers in Classics:
Historia (2012-); Greece and Rome (2011-); Wiley Blackwell (2012-); Philologus (2014-); Oxford University Press (2015-); Journal of Hellenic Studies (2017-)
2013- Honorary Research Fellow, Department of History, Classics and Archaeology, Birkbeck, University of London, UK
- April 28, 2017, International Colloquium on ‘Ritual and Politics, Individual and Community in Plutarch’s Works’, ‘Comparing Portraits: Nicias’ wealth in Plutarch and Thucydides. Anxiety of Influence and Narrative Choice’, University of Crete, Greece
- February 13, 2017, Cardiff, Classical Association Lecture, “Thucydides Homericus: Myth and History, Space and Collective Memory”
- December 6, 2016, University of Crete, Greece, “Thucydides Homericus: Myth and History, Space and Collective Memory”
- November 18, 2015, Exeter, Ancient History Research Seminar, “Flexibility, fluidity and authorial agency: Ethnicity in Thucydides”
- November 2, 2015, Cambridge, Ancient History Research Seminar, “The mytho-political map of Spartan colonial activity in Thucydides”
- April 2015, Cardiff, Work in Progress History Research seminar, “Kinship and Interstate Relations in Ancient Greece”
- April 2014, Nottingham: “Death in Thucydides and Homer”, Classical Association Conference
- June 2013, London: “Emotion, persuasion and kinship in Thucydides: The Plataian debate (3.52-68) and the Melian Dialogue (5.85-113)”, Colloquium on Emotion and Persuasion in Classical Antiquity, Centre for Oratory and Rhetoric, Royal Holloway
- May 2012, London: “Why Mykalessos? Religion and Intertextuality in Thucydides”, Ancient History Seminar, Institute of Classical Studies
- February 2010, London: “Kinship and narrative in Thucydides: text and context”, Departmental Research Seminar, UCL Greek and Latin Department
- January 2008, London: “Kinship in Thucydides: Sparta’s kinship ties with the Greeks of the West”, Work in Progress Seminar, University of London (ICS)
- April 2007, Birmingham: “Thucydides in the light of Herodotus: the kinship ties between Athenians and Thracians”, Classical Association Conference
- November 2006, London: “Autochthony and Ionianism in Thucydides 2.15”, Ancient Literature Seminar, Institute of Classical Studies
- April 2006, Newcastle: “Kinship in Thucydides: the case of the Kerkyraika narrative (1.24-55)”, revised version of next item, CA Conference
- March 2006, Exeter: “Kinship in Thucydides: the case of the Kerkyraika narrative (1.24-55)”, AMPAH (Annual Meeting of Postgraduates in Ancient History)
- 1 March 2016, I organised the 2016 Distinguished University Lecture, Cardiff University. Invited Speaker: Prof. Irad Malkin, University of Tel-Aviv, Israel Prize Laureate for History, 2014. Title: 'The Small Greek World' (open lecture).
- March-June 2012, Institute of Classical Studies, London: I co-organised and co-chaired the series of the Ancient History seminar on 'The Shaping of the Past: Greek Historiography, Mythography, and Epigraphic Memory'.
Committees and reviewing
- 2017- Examinations Officer for Ancient History, SHARE
- 2017- Research Committee, SHARE
- 2017- Review and analysis of the School's policy on equality in relation to the protection and promotion of research of female academics within SHARE
- 2016- Chair of the Research Ethics Committee and Research Integrity Lead, SHARE
- 2015- Ancient History Library Representative
- Introduction to Ancient History 1a: 1000-323 BCE (HS3105), Year 1 module
- Myth and History in Ancient Greek Culture – 20 credits (HS3375)
- Drama in Context: Ancient Greek Theatre, Politics and Society - 20 credits (HS3381)
- Tyrants, Kings and Democrats: The Rise of Classical Greece - 20 credits (HS3374) (http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/courses/course/ancient-history-ba)
- Researching the Ancient World: Final Year Dissertation – 40 credits (HS4335)
- Independent Second Year Study – 20 credits (HS4334)
- Pots, Poems and Pictures: Using Evidence for Ancient History – 20 credits (HS4336)
- Greek Historical Texts - 20 credtis (HS3345/6)
- Themes and Approaches in Ancient History – 20 credits (HST002)
- MA Special Topic; Two Greek Historians: Herodotus and Thucydides (HST221)
- MA Religious Studies: Myth, Narrative and Theory
Undergraduate supervision (dissertations, projects etc.)
I have supervised Undergraduate and Taught Postgraduate work on Greek historiogaphy, the political and social history of ancient Greece and the intersection of history and literature, such as: International law in antiquity, esp. Thucydides and Herodotus; the Sicilian Expedition (415-13 BCE); Heroes' tears and weeping in Homer; Athenian identity and the myth of autochthony; The memory of tyranny in classical Athens; Female representations in Greek tragedy; The reception of ancient Greek tragedy; Ancient Greek myth and its reception in modern media; Mystery cults, esp. the Eleusinian Mysteries.
I would be happy to supervise postgraduate research topics on: Thucydides; Herodotus; the interaction of Greek historians with literature; Greek ethnicity and intercommunal kinship in ancient Greece; cultural politics of ancient Greece; the political and social history of archaic and classical Greece; modern theories and the classics.
October 2004 to date: I have designed and taught BA and MA courses in ancient Greek history (archaic and classical periods, as a core course, in full-size groups, organised in lectures and seminars); ancient Greek literature (Thucydides, Herodotus, Homer, Plato, Greek drama), paying due attention to the historical and cultural context and modern approaches to ancient texts; I have taught ancient Greek and Latin language at all levels.
My research interests include: Thucydides; Herodotus; Homer; the interaction between history and literature in study of the ancient world; the political and social history of ancient Greece, esp. of the archaic and classical periods; Greek colonization and ethnicity; ancient Greek mythology and religion; comparative and interdisciplinary approaches to classics from the perspectives of: modern anthropological theories of kinship; political science; war studies; sociology of emotions; modern literary criticism.
My monograph Kinship in Thucydides, OUP 2013 (https://global.oup.com/academic/product/kinship-in-thucydides-9780199697779?cc=gb&lang=en&) studies the concept of kinship between communities (syngeneia) in Thucydides and ancient Greek politics. It applies new kinship discourses and modern anthropological work on kinship relations beyond biology and descent (relatedness) to ancient constructions of intercommunal kinship, in order to describe and explain the maleable and dynamic nature of kinship claims in ancient Greek politics. As in all periods and societies, kinship is a powerful (albeit at times invisible to cultural outsiders) mechanism, which fuels rhetoric and collective emotions, and mobilises diplomacy and action in war and peace.
Reviews of Kinship in Thucydides, 2013, OUP
P. Liddel, Omnibus 68, September 2014, 69; S. Forsdyke, Histos 8, 23 November 2014 (http://research.ncl.ac.uk/histos/documents/RR17ForsdykeonFragoulaki.pdf); C. Scardino, BMCR 16 December 2014; P. Low, Mnemosyne, 2015 68/3, 511-14 http://booksandjournals.brillonline.com/content/journals/10.1163/1568525x-12341909 (DOI: 10.1163/1568525X-12341909); R. J. Littman, Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute (N.S.) 21, 2015, 211-243; M. Tamiolaki, Classical Review, January 2015, 65/1, 42-4 (DOI: 10.1017/S0009840X14002686); M. S. Trifirò, Anabases 21, April 2015, 274-5 (URL: http://anabases.revues.org/5349); M. Taylor, sehepunkte Rezensionsjournal fur die Geschichtswissenschaften 15 (2015) No. 4 (URL: http://www.sehepunkte.de/2015/04/24471.html); S. Roy, Classical Journal Online 5.09.2015 https://cj.camws.org/sites/default/files/reviews/2015.09.05%20Roy%20on%20Fragoulaki.pdf; D. Konstan, Journal of Hellenic Studies, 135, 2015, 192-3 (DOI: 10.1017/S0075426915000233); K. Vlassopoulos, Greece & Rome 63.1, April 2016, 134 (DOI: 10.1017/S0017383515000303, Published online: 29 March 2016); P. Debnar, Gnomon 89, 2017, 67-9.
Current Research projects
Thucydides and Homer
My current research involves a monograph on the relationship between Thucydides and Homer, two archetypal war authors, through literary, historical and socio-cultural questions. It is the first large-scale study on the topic.
My first major publication on the topic (17,000 words) is my chapter 'Thucydides Homericus and the episode of Mycalessus (Th. 7.29-30): Myth and History, Space and Collective Memory' in C. Constantakopoulou and M. Fragoulaki (eds.) Shaping Memory in Ancient Greece: Poetry, Historiography, and Epigraphy, Histos Supplement http://research.ncl.ac.uk/histos/ (forthcoming, 2018).
Collective memory in ancient Greece
I am co-editing a volume entitled Shaping Memory in Ancient Greece: Poetry, Historiography, and Epigraphy, which studies collective memory in ancient Greece through different media and genres, Histos Supplement, http://research.ncl.ac.uk/histos/ (forthcoming, 2018). The volume arises from the Ancient History seminar series I co-organised in London (Institute of Classical Studies) in 2012.