About our staff
Dr Richard Rawles
I was born and brought up in Glasgow, but my BA and PhD are both from University College London (UCL); I am also particularly fond of the English Lake District.
Since completing my PhD I have taught at St Andrews, UCL, Edinburgh and Nottingham, and I am very pleased now to have returned to Scotland and to Edinburgh.
When not in my office or the library, I enjoy classical music and looking at wildlife and the company of Figaro, a ginger and white cat.
I have been invited to act as referee for a number of distinguished journals in Classics:
- Bulletin of the Institute of Classical Studies
- Classical Quarterly
- Harvard Studies in Classical Philology
- Journal of Hellenic Studies, Ramus.
Summary of research interestsPlaces:
- Ancient Civilisations
- Language & Literature
My main research interests are in the poetry of archaic, classical and Hellenistic Greece, especially archaic and early classical lyric and Hellenistic poetry.
I am interested in approaching early Greek poetry through its ancient reception, and in the relationship between drama and non-dramatic poetry. Poets of special interest include Simonides (especially!), Sappho, Ibycus, Callimachus, Theocritus; I have also published on both Aeschylus and Aristophanes.
P. Köln 429: Sappho's 'Tithonus poem' and another anonymous poem. In recent years, new papyrus finds have continued to transform our knowledge of early Greek poetry.
Current research activities
At the moment I am awaiting publication of my book Simonides the Poet: intertextuality and reception, in which I combine reading Simonides against traditions from earlier poetry with reading Simonides in the light of the rich tradition of ancient reception through stories and anecdotes about his life.
I am also writing a short book on Callimachus.
After that, I intend to develop a project about genre and intertextuality in early and classical Greek poetry.
My teaching, as my research, has focused on Greek language, literature and culture, but I have been known to dabble on the Roman side as well. At the moment, I am teaching Greek language and literature from beginners' to advanced levels, and contributing literature lectures for our interdisciplinary first year courses on Greek history and culture.
I shall be teaching a Greek reading course for our masters students this year, on Bacchylides.
Books - Authored
Rawles, R. (2019) Callimachus. London: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Rawles, R. (2015) Lysimeleia (Thucydides 7.53, Theocritus 16.84): What Thucydides does not tell us about the Sicilian Expedition. Journal of Hellenic Studies, 135DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/S0075426915000105
Rawles, R. (2018) Simonides on tombs, and the 'tomb of Simonides'. In: Goldschmidt, N. and Graziosi, B. (eds.) Tombs of the Ancient Poets: Between Literary Reception and Material Culture. Oxford: Oxford University Press
Rawles, R. (2018) Theoric song and the rhetoric of ritual in Aeschylus’ Suppliant Women. In: Andújar, R., Coward, T. and Hadjimichael, T. (eds.) Paths of Song: the lyric dimension of Greek tragedy. Berlin : de Gruyter, pp. 221-238
Rawles, R. and Natoli, B. (2013) Erotic lyric. In: Hubbard, T. (ed.) A Companion to Greco-Roman Sexualities. Oxford, Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell, pp. 335-351