Advisory Board

(see the separate page for APGRD staff members)

Advisory Board


Peter Brown

Peter Brown was Fellow and Tutor in Classics at Trinity College, Oxford from 1968 to 2011 and is now an Emeritus Fellow there. He has published extensively on both Greek and Roman Comedy, and his translation of Terence: The Comedies for the Oxford World's Classics series was reissued in 2009. He is currently working on a commentary on Terence's Andria for Aris & Phillips. He supervises the APGRD's opera data and was co-editor with Suzana Ograjenšek of the APGRD publication Ancient Drama in Music for the Modern Stage (Oxford University Press, 2010) (especially appropriate as he is a keen amateur singer). Peter Brown's publications (PDF).

Felix Budelmann

Felix Budelmann came to the University of Oxford in 2008 after teaching at the University of Manchester and the Open University and is now a Tutorial Fellow of Magdalen College at Oxford. He is the author of The Language of Sophocles (Cambridge, 2000) and editor of the The Cambridge Companion to Greek Lyric (Cambridge, 2009). He has worked on the reception of Greek tragedy in various periods and places, including Africa in particular. He is currently working on a commentary on selections from Greek lyric poetry and is in the early stages of a tentative project exploiting cognitive science for the study of Greek tragedy. Felix Budelmann's publications (PDF).

Helen Eastman

 Helen Eastman trained as a director at LAMDA after graduating from the University of Oxford where she was the Passmore Edwards Scholar in Classics and English. Helen is Visiting Lecturer in Contemporary Performance Practice at Westminster University, Artistic Director of Live Canon and Senior Reader at Soho Theatre. As a freelance director of theatre, opera (and occasionally circus), Helen has worked throughout the UK at venues including Trafalgar Studios, Hackney Empire, Belfast Opera House, Glasgow Citizens Theatre, Queens Theatre, BAC, The National Theatre Studio, The De La Warr Pavillion and Bath Theatre Royal.

Erika Fischer-Lichte

Erika Fischer-Lichte is Professor of Theatre Studies at the Freie Universität Berlin. From 1995 to 1999 she was President of the International Federation for Theatre Research. She is a member of the Academia Europaea, the Academy of Sciences at Goettingen, the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences, and the National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina at Halle. She is director of the International Research Centre for Advanced Studies on 'Interweaving Performance Cultures'. She has published widely in the fields of aesthetics, theory of literature, art, and theatre, in particular on semiotics and performativity, theatre history, and contemporary theatre. Among her numerous publications are Global Ibsen: Performing Multiple Modernities (2010), The Transformative Power of Performance: A New Aesthetics (2008, German 2004), Theatre, Sacrifice, Ritual: Exploring Forms of Political Theatre (2005), History of European Drama and Theatre (2002, German 1990), The Show and the Gaze of Theatre: A European Perspective (1997), The Semiotics of Theatre (1992, German 1983), and The Dramatic Touch of Difference: Theatre, Own and Foreign (1990).

Helene P. Foley

Helene P. Foley is Professor of Classics at Barnard College, Columbia University. She has served as President of the American Philological Association and as a Senior Fellow at the Center for Hellenic Studies in Washington D.C. She was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2008. She has received Guggenheim, National Endowment for the Humanities, American Council of Learned Societies, Loeb Foundation, and Institute for Advanced Study (at Princeton) fellowships as well as three teaching awards. She is the author of Ritual Irony: Poetry and Sacrifice in Euripides (1985), The Homeric Hymn to Demeter (1994), and Female Acts in Greek Tragedy (2001)  and co-author with Elaine Fantham, Natalie Kampen, Sarah Pomeroy, and Alan Shapiro, of Women in the Classical World: Image and Text (1994). She edited Reflections of Women in Antiquity (1982) and co-edited Visualizing the Tragic: Drama, Myth and Ritual in Greek Art and Literature (2007)She has most recently completed a book version of her Sather Classical Lectures at University of California, Berkeley on the reception of Greek tragedy on the U.S. stage and has co-edited with Erin Mee a book on global performances of Sophocles’ Antigone entitled Antigone on the Contemporary World Stage (2011).

Constanze Güthenke
Constanze GüthenkeConstanze Güthenke is Associate Professor of Greek Literature and the E.P. Warren Praelector at Corpus Christi College, Oxford. She was trained both in Classics (BA Cambridge) and in European and Comparative Literature (MPhil Cambridge, DPhil Oxford). From 2003-14 Constanze taught in the Classics Department at Princeton University where she was also affiliated with the Program in Hellenic Studies. Her main research interests lie in the field of antiquity after antiquity, and in questions of the disciplinary shape of Classics: why, and how, do classicists ask the questions they ask? Further details of her current project and a list of select publications can be found on the Classics Faculty website 

Justine McConnell

Justine McConnell is a Lecturer in Comparative Literature at King’s College London. She was formerly the APGRD’s Postdoctoral Research Associate on the Performing Epic project, and subsequently a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow at TORCH and Bowra Junior Research Fellow at Wadham College, Oxford. Justine’s publications include Black Odysseys: The Homeric Odyssey in the African Diaspora since 1939 (OUP, 2013), and three co-edited volumes: Ancient Slavery and Abolition: From Hobbes to Hollywood (OUP, 2011), The Oxford Handbook of Greek Drama in the Americas (OUP, 2015), and Ancient Greek Myth in World Fiction since 1989 (Bloomsbury, 2016). Justine McConnell's publication list.

Edith Hall

Consultant Director
Edith HallEdith Hall is Professor of Classics at King's College London. She was previously Research Professor in Classics and in Drama & Theatre at Royal Holloway University of London, Leverhulme Chair of Greek Cultural History at the University of Durham, 2001-2006, and Tutorial Fellow at Somerville College, Oxford, 1995-2001). Her publications include Inventing the Barbarian: Greek Self-Definition Through Tragedy(1989), and an edition of Aeschylus' Persians (1996). She also regularly writes in the Times Literary Supplement and reviews theatre productions on radio. She has recently, with Fiona Macintosh, written Greek Tragedy and the British Theatre, 1660-1914 (2005). Edith Hall's CV and publications (PDF). More information about Edith's research interests and published works can be found on her home page

Stephen Harrison

Stephen Harrison has been a teaching / tutorial Fellow of Corpus Christi College at Oxford since 1987 and is now also Professor of Latin Literature at Oxford. He has published extensively on Roman poetry, especially epic and lyric, and on the ancient novel, and he is particularly interested in the reception of these genres in later literature and in performance. He is editor of Living Classics: Greece and Rome in Contemporary Poetry in English (OUP, 2009) and is co-editing volumes on receptions of the ancient novel, on the classical radio plays of Louis MacNeice and on the 'democratic turn' in contemporary classical reception. Stephen Harrison's CV and publications.

Pantelis Michelakis

Consultant Director
Pantelis MichelakisPantelis Michelakis has been Research Fellow and then Honorary Research Fellow at the APGRD from 1998-2009. Since 2003 he has been at the University of Bristol where he is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Classics & Ancient History. He is the author of Achilles in Greek Tragedy (CUP 2002) and A Companion to Euripides' Iphigenia at Aulis (Duckworth 2006), and co-editor of Homer, Tragedy and Beyond: Essays in Honour of P.E. Easterling (Society for the Promotion of Greek Studies 2001) and Agamemnon in Performance, 458 BC to AD 2004 (OUP 2005). He is currently working on the reception of Greek tragedy on the modern stage and on screen. Pantelis Michelakis' publications.

Patrice Rankine
Patrice Rankine is a Professor of Classics and Dean for the Arts and Humanities at Hope College. He is author of Ulysses in Black: Ralph Ellison, Classicism, and African American Literature (2006), which focuses on the Ulysses theme as an organizing trope in African American literature of the twentieth century; and Aristotle and Black Drama: A Theater of Civil Disobedience (2013), which draws from theatre and performance theory. Slavery and the Book (2015) will continue Rankine’s study of race, modernity, and the classics through a history of the interactions with books and the publishing industry among enslaved people across time. He has spent time in Brazil, most recently doing archival research on slaves who worked in (or later owned) printing presses in the 19th century. Rankine is also a coeditor of The Oxford Handbook of Greek Drama in the Americas (2014).

Oliver Taplin

Consultant Director
Oliver TaplinOliver Taplin was Tutorial Fellow of Magdalen College at Oxford from 1973 to 2008; he was given the title of Professor in 1996. As an Emeritus Fellow and Professor, he remains actively involved with the APGRD and related projects. His books include The Stagecraft of Aeschylus (1977), Greek Tragedy in Action (1978), Comic Angels (1993), and Pots and Plays (Getty, 2007). He has always been concerned to disseminate interest in the ancient Greek world and in its reception. He has worked with productions in the theatre, including The Oresteia at the National Theatre (1980-1981), The Thebans at the RSC (1991-1992), and The Oresteia at the National Theatre (1999-2000). The APGRD combines his interests both in performance and in reception. Oliver Taplin's publications (PDF).

Ruth Webb

Ruth Webb is currently Professor of Greek at the Université Charles-de-Gaulle Lille 3 and a member of the UMR 8163, Savoirs, Textes, Langage. She has been Honorary Research Fellow in the Department of History, Classics and Archaeology at Birkbeck College, London and held teaching positions in the Department of Classics at Princeton (1994-2001), the Greek Department at the Université Paris X-Nanterre (2005-2008) and was most recently visiting Professor in the History of Art at Nanterre. She has also worked closely with the APGRD on the reception of ancient drama in Graeco-Roman antiquity. She has published Demons and Dancers: Performance in Late Antiquity (Harvard University Press, 2008) and Ekphrasis, Imagination and Persuasion in Ancient Rhetorical Theory and Practice (Ashgate, 2009) in addition to many articles on rhetoric, theatre and dance in the Imperial period and in Late Antiquity.