Dr Daniel King

Senior Lecturer


Extension: 4102

Telephone: 01392 724102

I returned to Exeter in 2012 to take up the position of Leventis Lecturer in the Impact of Greek Culture.

My principal research and teaching interests lie in imperial Greek culture and literature (from Plutarch and Dio of Prusa through to Oribasius, writing in the mid-fourth century CE). I am particularly interested in a number of cultural themes in this period (the construction of gender, the representation of the body, the history of emotions) and a number of different genres, such as the the Greek romance novels and the anatomical and medical writings of Galen and others.  

Before coming to Exeter, I worked as a researcher for the ERC funded research project, ‘The Social and Cultural Construction of Emotions: The Greek Paradigm’. My role within this project was to investigate the construction of distress in imperial culture. My research looked at the relationship between lupe and other forms of physical pain in a number of philosophical treatises, medical texts, and epigraphic material from the second century AD, showing how the emotion was located within a family of painful experiences.     

I have now a number of projects ‘on the go’. My role as the Leventis Lecturer has led me to develop my teaching and research interests in Hellenistic history and literature. In 2013, I organised (with Boris Chrubasik, Toronto) an international conference at Exeter on cultural interaction in the Hellenistic world; we are now publishing the volume which emerged from this conference with OUP (Dialogues Between Greece and the East). With Dr. Erica Rowan, I organised the ‘Health, Diet, and Medicine in Rome’ conference at Exeter in 2015, and we are currently preparing the volume for publication. I have also spoken at a number of international conferences, both here, Europe and in the USA, on medicine and narrative and the construction of emotions in the writings of Galen and Rufus of Ephesus (https://projectnarrative.osu.edu/events/medicine-dialogue-narrative-medicine-and-humanities-21st-century)

In addition to this, I am currently writing a monograph on the experience of pain and its relationship to language and narrative in the imperial world: Painful Stories: Experiencing Pain in imperial Greek culture. This work investigates how the experience of pain was shaped by the process of narrating and representing it to others in a number of different cultural contexts (medicine, rhetorical and literary theory, as well as philosophical and fictional narratives).