ancient Greek literature
Areas of expertise
I work on ancient Greek literature (especially tragedy), and ancient mythology and religion. One of my main aims is to explore the contexts – for example, social life and the landscape – which can help us to recover the meanings which myths had for their tellers and hearers/readers.
In 1996 I organised a major international conference at Bristol, whose proceedings appeared as From Myth to Reason? (1999) Since 2003 I have been one of the editors of Thesaurus Cultus et Rituum Antiquorum and since 2006 I have been President of the LIMC Foundation. I have just finished a book on Greek narratives of metamorphosis, and I will next be revising for publication a selection of my papers on Greek myth and tragedy. I have taken part in a number of radio programmes about myth. My work has been translated into nine languages.