About our staff
Dr Theodora Hadjimichael
BA Hons (Athens); MA, PhD (UCL)
Teaching Fellow in Greek ; Classics
I come from ancient Kition in Cyprus, the town that is nowadays called Larnaca, and studied Greek Philology at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens in Greece (specialisation: Classical Philology), before moving to the UK to complete an MA and PhD in Classics at University College London. After the completion of my PhD I held research and teaching posts in diverse academic environments. I was visiting lecturer for Modern Greek at Middlesex University (2012), short-term postdoctoral fellow at Radboud University Nijmegen in the Netherlands (2012), adjunct lecturer at the Open University of Cyprus (2012-14), postdoctoral fellow at LMU Munich in Germany (2013-17) with a fellowship that was funded by the DFG Exzellenzinitiative, and WIRL Marie-Skłodowska-Curie COFUND Fellow at the University of Warwick (2017-19). I joined the University of Edinburgh in 2019.
I also spent time in the USA with a Margo Tytus summer fellowship at the University of Cincinnati (2012), I received a visiting grant from the Center for Hellenic Studies in Washington DC (2015) and a visiting fellowship from LMUExcellent for a research stay at UC Berkeley (2016). I am fellow of the Advanced Seminar in the Humanities at Venice International University (VIU) and of the Fondation Hardt in Geneva, Switzerland, and was also a visiting scholar at the Faculty of Classics at the University of Oxford (MT 2018) and at the School of History, Classics, and Archaeology at the University of Edinburgh (June 2019), where I held a Nominated Fellowship at the Institute of Advanced Studies in the Humanities (IASH).
Summary of research interestsPlaces:
- Ancient Civilisations
- Language & Literature
My research to date has focused on Greek Lyric poetry and its reception and transmission in antiquity, but my research interests are broad and involve ancient literary and cultural history, Plato and the Peripatos as source of cultural and intellectual history, as well as ancient scholarship. I am also interested in the aesthetics and psychology of music and dance in antiquity, as those were perceived by poets and theorised by philosophers.
My first monograph The Emergence of the Lyric Canon (2019 Oxford: Oxford University Press UK) explores the complexities of the process of canonisation of lyric poetry by offering both synchronic and diachronic views of the survival and transmission of small-scale poetry in antiquity. The Emergence of the Lyic Canon is the first book that creates a whole and comprehensive narrative on the transmission and canonisation of Greek lyric in late classical and Hellenistic times, and it therefore fills in an important gap in scholarship. It conclusively demonstrates that the canonising process of the lyric poets was already at work from the fifth century BC, and is reflected both on the evaluation of lyric by fourth-century thinkers and on the activities of the Hellenistic scholars in the Alexandrian Library. More here.
Current research activities
My current research focuses on the reception and critique of sixth- and fifth-century lyric poetry in Plato. The project sits at the interchange of Classics and Philosophy, while it also touches on questions of ancient literary and cultural criticism, aesthetics, psychology, and musicology. One of the aims is to analyse how Plato reappropriates lyric poetry, lyric genres, and also lyric features -song, music, rhythm, and dance- in his dialogues and how he conceptualises the value of lyric activities in his aesthetics and in his moral criticism. Another aim is to examine Plato's influence on ancient perceptions of lyric and more broadly to demonstrate the importance of the fourth century BC in the reception of sixth- and fifth-century lyric poetry in antiquity.
Knowledge Exchange and Impact
I hold the role of the redactor and academic adviser on the series ‘Griechische Mythen’ [Greek Myths] that are published by icon Verlag Hubert Kretschmer in Munich Germany. The project started in 2016 with the aim to publish short magazines with modern colourful illustrations and short stories in German for individual mythological figures. So far we have published Orpheus and Eurydike (Heft 1), Perseus (Heft 2), and Zeus (Heft 3), and we are preparing Ixion, Theseus, Oedipus, and Prometheus.
- Greek 1c/1d/2a
- Greek 1d/2b/2hb/intermediate Greek 2
- Classical Literature 2A: Greek and Roman Epic (Apollonius of Rhodes)
- Tragedy (Classical Literature in Translation)
- Greek Lyric (Greek)
- The Emergence of the Lyric Canon. Oxford: Oxford University Press, UK (May 2019).
- (2018) ed. with Andújar, R. and Coward, Th.R.P., Paths of Song: The Lyric Dimension of Greek Tragedy Trends in Classics Supplementary Volumes 58, Berlin and Boston: De Gruyter
- (2019) ‘On Kinesias’ Musicopoetic Paranomia’, Greek and Roman Musical Studies 7.2: 284–307
- (2015) ‘Sports-writing: Bacchylides’ Athletic Descriptions’, Mnemosyne 68.3: 363–92
- (2014) ‘Bacchylides Fr. 60 M. and the Kassandra’, Bulletin of the American Society of Papyrologists 51: 77–100
- (2014) ‘Aristophanes’ Bacchylides: Reading Birds 1373–1409’, Greek and Roman Musical Studies 2: 184–210
- (2010-2011) ‘Epinician Competitions: Persona and Voice in Bacchylides’, in Castaldo, D. Giannachi, F. and Manieri, A. (eds), Poetry, Music, and Contests in Ancient Greece. Vol. 1. Rudiae. Ricerche sul mondo classico 22-23. Galatina, 331–56 (note: publication in 2012)
- (under contract) ‘Lyric’ in Sloan, M. C. and Sanzo, J. E. (eds), Greco-Roman Literature. Ancient Literature for New Testament Studies vol.6, Zondervan (10,000 words to be delivered by 1 February 2020)
- (accepted and forthcoming; expected 2020) ‘The Agōn as Literary Motif in Representations of the Lyric Poets’, in Edwards, M., Efstathiou, A., Karamanou, I. and Volonaki, E. (eds) The Agōn in Classical Greek Literature. Bulletin of the Institute of Classical Studies Supplement
- (2019) ‘The Peripatetics and the Transmission of Lyric’, in Currie, B. and Rutherford, I. (eds), The Reception of Greek Lyric Poetry 600BC-400AD: Transmission, Canonization, and Paratext. Leiden: Brill, 151–81
- (2018) ‘Introduction’ together with Andújar, R. and Coward, Th. R. P. in Andújar, R., Coward, Th. R. P. and Hadjimichael, Th. A. (eds), Paths of Song: The Lyric Dimension of Greek Tragedy. Trends in Classics Supplementary Volumes 58. Berlin: De Gruyter, 1–18
- (2016) Review of Capra, A. (2014) Plato’s Four Muses. The Phaedrus and the Poetics of Philosophy, Cambridge Mass in Journal of Hellenic Studies 136: 282-3
- (2015) Review of LeVen, P. (2014) The Many-Headed Muse: Tradition and Innovation in Late Classical Greek Lyric Poetry, Cambridge in Greek and Roman Musical Studies 3.1-2: 170-2
- (2013) Review of Caciagli, S. (2011) Poeti e società: comunicazione poetica e formazioni sociali nella Lesbo del VII /VI secolo a.C., Amsterdam in Journal of Hellenic Studies 133: 162-3
- (2012) Review of Pelosi, F. (2010) Plato on Music, Soul and Body. Engl. trans. Sophie Henderson. Cambridge in Classical Review 62.2: 403-404
- (2011) Review of Athanassaki, L. (2009) Aeideto pan temenos. Oi Chorikes Parastaseis kai to koino tous sten archaike kai proime klassike periodo, Heraklion in Classical Review 61.1: 28-30