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Dr Maria Fragoulaki (On leave 2018-19)

Dr Maria Fragoulaki (On leave 2018-19)

Lecturer in ancient Greek history, FHEA

School of History, Archaeology and Religion

Email:
fragoulakim@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 2087 0558
Location:
5.01, John Percival Building, Colum Drive, Cardiff, CF10 3EU
Media commentator
Available for postgraduate supervision

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). In 2014 I joined the Cardiff School of History, Archaeology and Religion.

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.

I am currently working on:

- a monograph on Thucydides and Homer: Literary, Cultural, and Political Interactions

- a co-edited volume (with Christy Constantakopoulou) on collective memory in ancient Greece (Shaping Memory in Ancient Greece: Poetry, Historiography, and Epigraphy, Histos Supplement, forthcoming)

- a journal article on the Athenian cleruchies, involving both historical and literary questions

In 2018-19 I am on research leave, holding a Visiting Fellowship at the Instittue of Classical Studies, SAS, London

In collaboration with Ruhr Universität Bochum, Germany and the Institute of Classical Studies in London, I am organising a international workshop on Thucydides' modern reception ('Thucydides Global: Teaching, Researching, and Performing Thucydideshttps://ics.sas.ac.uk/events/event/19267) supported by the Hellenic Society for the Promotion of Hellenic Studies (SPHS) and the Classical Association, UK, taking place on 30 April 2019.

Research interests

  • 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
  • Plutarch
  • 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)

Professional Memberships

  • 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)

Career overview

2018-2019: Visiting Fellow, Institute of Classical Studies, School of Advanced Study, University of London

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, and 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 and acting; employment as actress, translator and copy-editor in classics and performing arts (Greece)

Honours and awards

2019: Funding for the organisation of 'Thucydides Global: Teaching, Researching, and Performing Thucydides'; International workshop (April 2019), co-organised by Cardiff SHARE, Ruhr Universität Bochum, ICS London, and supported by the Society for the Promotion of Hellenic Studies (SPHS) and the Classical Association, UK

2018-19: Visiting Fellow of the Institute of Classical Studies, School of Advanced Study, London, UK

2016: Funding for the organisation of the 2016 Distinguished University Lecture, Cardiff University, Prof. Irad Malkin, 'The Small Greek World' (Cardiff, SHARE)

2013- Honorary Research Fellow, Department of History, Classics and Archaeology, Birkbeck, University of London, UK

July 2007: A.G. Leventis Foundation scholarship, for the academic year 2007-8

January 2007: The 2006 George Grote Prize for Ancient History (University of London)

2004-7: Funding of my PhD research by the Greek State Scholarships Foundation (Ίδρυμα Κρατικὠν Υποτροφιών, I.K.Y.), following national competition (full fees and subsistence)

Erasmus + International Exchange teaching scheme

14-21 May 2017: Russian State University for the Humanities, Moscow, GAUGN

Academic positions

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-)

Member of the external advisory panel for PhD supervision, Department of Philology, University of Crete, Greece

Speaking engagements

  • March 4, 2019, Newcastle, International Workshop on Homer and Herodotus, 'The dying and suffering body in war: the landscape of death in Herodotus and Homer'
  • February 13, 2019, Cardiff, Historical Association, 'Leadership, populism, and participation: ancient and modern democracies' (public talk)
  • November 28, 2018, 'Athenian cleruchies revisited: Hegemonic power and settlement patterns in Thucydid
  • April 28, 2017, International Colloquium on ‘Ritual and Politics, Individual and Community in Plutarch'; ‘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' (in Greek)
  • November 18, 2015, Exeter, Research Seminar, 'Flexibility, fluidity and authorial agency: Ethnicity in Thucydides'
  • November 2, 2015, Cambridge, 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, Classical Association Conference, Nottingham, 'Death in Thucydides and Homer'
  • June 2013, International Colloquium on Emotion and Persuasion in Classical Antiquity, Centre for Oratory and Rhetoric, Royal Holloway, London, 'Emotion, persuasion and kinship in Thucydides: The Plataian debate (3.52-68) and the Melian Dialogue (5.85-113)'
  • May 2012, London: Ancient History Seminar, Institute of Classical Studies, 'Why Mykalessos? Religion and Intertextuality in Thucydides'
  • February 2010, Research Seminar, UCL Greek and Latin Department, London. 'Kinship and narrative in Thucydides: text and context'
  • January 2008, Work in Progress Seminar, University of London (ICS), London, 'Kinship in Thucydides: Sparta’s kinship ties with the Greeks of the West'
  • April 2007, Classical Association Conference, Birmingham, 'Thucydides in the light of Herodotus: the kinship ties between Athenians and Thracians'
  • November 2006, Ancient Literature Seminar, Institute of Classical Studies, London, 'Autochthony and Ionianism in Thucydides 2.15'
  • April 2006, Classical Association A Conference, Newcastle, 'Kinship in Thucydides: the case of the Kerkyraika narrative (1.24-55)'
  • March 2006, AMPAH (Annual Meeting of Postgraduates in Ancient History), Exeter, 'Kinship in Thucydides: the case of the Kerkyraika narrative (1.24-55)'

Organisation

  • 30 April 2019, 'Thucydides Global: Teaching, Researching, and Performing Thucydides'; International Workshop on Thucydides' reception; a collaboration of Cardiff SHARE, Ruhr Universität Bochum, Germany, and the Institute of Classical Studies, SAS, London.
  • 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

  • 2017-18 Examinations Officer for Ancient History, SHARE
  • Research Ethics Officer and Research Integrity Lead for the Cardiff School of History, Archaeology and Religion
  • Ancient History Library Representative
  • Led review of the School's policy on equality in relation to the protection and promotion of research of female academics within SHARE

2019

2018

2017

2016

2015

2014

  • Fragoulaki, M. 2014. Death in Thucydides and Homer. Presented at: Classical Association Annual Conference 2014, Nottingham, UK, 13-16 April 2014.

2013

2012

2010

2007

2006

Undergraduate

Postgraduate

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.

Research supervision

I have been involved in PGR supervision on: the modern reception of classical mythology; Greek historiography; ancient ethnicity. I would be happy to supervise postgraduate research on: Thucydides; Herodotus; the interaction of Greek historians with literature; Greek ethnicity and interstate relations in ancient Greece; cultural politics; the political and social history of archaic and classical Greece; modern theories and the classics.

Teaching profile

October 2004 to date, I have designed and taught: BA and MA courses in ancient Greek history (archaic and classical periods, in full- and small-size groups, organised in lectures and seminars); ancient Greek literature (Thucydides, Herodotus, Homer, Plato, Greek drama; introduction to ancient Greek literature); 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.

Forthcoming chapter on the topic: '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, 2019).

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, 2019).

International Workshop 'Thucydides Global: Teaching, Researching, and Performing Thucydides' (Institute of Classical Studies, London, 30 April 2019) https://ics.sas.ac.uk/events/event/19267 

Articles and book chapters submitted and/or in preparation:

Athenian cleruchies (a historical and literary approach)

Comparing Portraits: Nicias in Plutarch and Thucydides (based on an international colloquium on Ritual and Politics, Individual and Community in Plutarch's Works', University of Crete, 27-30 April 2017

Thracian ethnicity in ancient Greek literature and its context (CA/FIEC Conference 2019)