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Dr. Martine Cuypers

Lecturer (Greek)

I studied Classics in Leiden (Ph.D. 1997) and worked as a lecturer and research fellow in Hamburg, Leiden, Groningen, Chicago and Washington D.C. before joining the Trinity College department of Classics in 2005.

Research Interests

Most of my current research focuses on the literature, language and social history of the Hellenistic period and Empire, when Hellenic culture 'went global' and Greek was the lingua franca of much of the eastern Mediterranean and the Near East. Migration and interaction with other cultures (Near-Eastern, Egyptian, Roman) in this period forced writers of Greek to redefine their relationship with the Greek cultural and literary tradition and to re-invent Greekness itself as a cultural rather than an ethnic concept.

Selected Publications


Greek language, literature and culture from the Archaic period to the Roman Empire, with an emphasis on poetry (Homer, Athenian drama, Archaic and Hellenistic poetry) but also forays into historiography (Thucydides, Plutarch), oratory (Lysias), the history of gender and sexuality, and Roman literature, and contributions to the M.Phil. programmes in Comparative Literature and Literary Translation. Final year and M.Phil. topics have included the Greco-Roman epic tradition, ancient literary criticism, ethnicity, and sport. I am happy to supervise postgraduate research in any area of Greek poetry and post-classical Greek literature and culture (current/recent topics: male parthenogenesis in Aeschylus Oresteia; age and masculinity in Euripides; the figure of Kadmos in Euripides' Bacchae; Pindar's Theban odes; Porphyry's Cave of the Nymphs; Colluthus' Abduction of Helen).

Dr Cuypers on the TCD Research Support System

Contact Details

Department of Classics
Trinity College
Dublin 2

Telephone: 00 353 1 896 1930
Fax: 00 353 1 671 0862

Last updated 25 November 2015