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Ashley ClementsDr. Ashley Clements

Lecturer in Greek Literature and Philosophy

I studied Ancient History and Social Anthropology at University College London, Classics at Cambridge, and taught at Durham University before joining the Classics Department at Trinity College Dublin in 2006.

Research interests

My research explores the intersections of Greek literature and philosophy in the fifth and fourth centuries BC. My most recent project (2014: CUP) examines the popular reception and political use of early Greek philosophy by the Greek comic poet Aristophanes in his comedy Thesmophoriazusae ('Women at the Thesmophoria') (411 BC). But further research interests also include Greek (popular and philosophical) conceptions of the senses and of perception; Greek philosophy and wisdom literature; literary approaches to Platonic dialogue; and anthropology in Classics (and vice versa). My next project is an introduction to the history of the dialogue between the disciplines of Anthropology and Classics.

Selected publications

  • Clements, A. (2014) Aristophanes’ Thesmophoriazusae: Philosophizing Theatre and the Politics of Perception. Cambridge University Press.
  • Clements, A. (2014) ‘The senses in philosophy and science: five conceptions from Heraclitus to Plato’, in J. Toner (ed.), The Cultural History of the Senses in Antiquity. Berg Press: 115-38.
  • Clements, A. (2014) ‘Divine scents and presence’, in M. Bradley (ed.), Smell and the Ancient Senses. Routledge: 46-59.
  • Clements, A. (2013) ‘”Looking Mustard”: Greek popular epistemology and the meaning of drimus’, in S. Butler and A. Purves (eds.), Synaesthesia and the Ancient Senses. Acumen Press: 71-88.
  • Clements, A. (2009) ‘Thesmophoriazusae’s Two Dawns’, Mnemosyne 62: 535-67.


My teaching spans a range of Greek literary and philosophical authors and texts of the Archaic and Classical period. Recent topics have included: early Greek poetry, the Presocratics, Herodotus, Aristophanes, the Sophists, and Plato. I also teach Greek Language, and Final-year courses on Greek conceptions of wisdom from the sixth to the fourth centuries BC, on Greek Comedy, and on modern anthropological approaches to the ancient world.

Dr. Clements on the TCD Research Support System

Contact Details

Department of Classics,
Trinity College,
Dublin 2.

Telephone: 00 353 1 8964014
Fax: 00 353 1 6710862

Last updated 17 August 2015