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Dr Martine Cuypers

Assistant Professor in Greek

I studied Classics at Leiden University and worked as a lecturer and research fellow in Hamburg, Leiden, Groningen, Chicago and Washington DC before joining Trinity College Dublin. At Trinity I teach Greek language and Greco-Roman literature and culture in the Department of Classics and contribute to the M.Phil. courses in Comparative Literature and Literary Translation in the School of Languages, Literatures and Cultural Studies. I also chair the Classics development group of the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment.


My research focuses on epic poetry and the Greek literature 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 mythical and literary tradition and to re-invent Hellenicity as a cultural rather than an ethnic concept. I am a steering committee member of Trinity’s Manuscript, Book and Print Cultures research theme and also contribute to Identities in Transformation and Creative Arts Practice.

Selected Publications

Teaching & Supervision

My teaching staples include the language acquisition modules Elementary Greek (co-ordination) and Advanced Greek, and Classical Civilisation and Greek modules on Homer, Athenian Drama, Gender and Sexuality, Rhetoric, Hellenistic Poetry and the Argonautic Tradition. I have supervised Ph.D. and M.Phil. research in a wide range of areas, including epic, tragedy, Hellenistic, Imperial and Late Antique poetry, ancient literary criticism, reception and translation studies.

Dr Cuypers on the TCD Research Support System

Contact Details

O: Arts B6015
T: +353 1 896 1930/1208