Dr Daniel King


Over the last four years, I have taught a number of Greek language modules at Levels 3, 4, 5. Some of the poetic texts studied in these language and literature courses include, Homer, Iliad, 24; Odyssey, 9,11. Sophocles, Philoctetes, Euripides Hippolytus, Aeschylus, Agamemnon; and, in prose, Herodotus, Histories, 1, and Plutarch, How to Read Poetry.

My historical courses are wide-ranging. Impact of Greek Culture explores the ways in which Greek culture was negotiated and adopted by, and influenced, the cutlures of the Hellenistic world. We move from Ptolemaic Alexandria (and the library) through to studies of Berossus, Hellenism in Bactria, and Republican Rome's reception of Greek culture). Hopefully, it is a fascinating course which explores areas classicists don't always study at UG level. The Reception of Greek Culture course looks at the reception of Greek culture in the Renaissance, early modern Europe, and the Victorian period. It looks at how different cultures negotiated what they considered important aspects of Greek culture. We finish with a lively debate about the Elgin marbles! 

At MA level, I teach Literary Interactions (a methodological course, which gives students a fast-paced introduction to much literary theory) and the Hellenistic History and Literature Programme. In the literature course, we examine not only some 'key' Hellenistic authors (Theocritus, Callimachus, Apollonius among others), but examine how these figures negotiated their relationship with earlier Greek literature and influenced later Roman and imperial Greek literature.

Modules taught