Dr Lyndsay Coo

MA(Cantab.), MPhil(Cantab.), PhD(Cantab.)

  • BS8 1TB


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Personal profile

Research interests

I completed my PhD at the University of Cambridge and held a Junior Research Fellowship at Trinity College, Cambridge before joining the Department at Bristol in 2013. My main area of research is ancient Greek drama (with particular focus on Sophocles) and my current research interests include the representation of Troy and the Trojan War in Greek drama, sisterhood in Greek thought and literature, and satyr play and its relationship with tragedy. All of my research is driven by the conviction that we need to pay much more attention to fragmentary and lost texts, and work to develop new critical methodologies for talking about fragments as literature.

I am currently completing a commentary on selected fragmentary plays of Sophocles which dramatise episodes from the Trojan War. My publications include two recent edited volumes, Aeschylus at Play: Studies in Aeschylean Satyr Drama (BICS 62.2, 2019, co-edited with Anna Uhlig) and Female Characters in Fragmentary Greek Tragedy (Cambridge University Press, 2020, co-edited with Patrick Finglass). I am planning two future projects: a book on sisterhood in ancient thought and literature and its relationship to contemporary feminist political theory, and a volume on Sophocles' 'Oedipus the King' for the series 'Bloomsbury Companions to Greek and Roman Tragedy'.

Together with Dr Emma Cole, I was a co-ordinator of the Faculty 'Tragedy' research cluster in 2017-18 and 2018-19. Since 2019, I have been Deputy Director of the Institute of Greece, Rome, and the Classical Tradition. I am currently External Examiner for Classics at the University of Newcastle.

I have the unusual honour of being 'godmother' to a bulk carrier named Sophocles Graecia, which I christened in January 2020.


Room 1.04, 34 Tyndalls Park Road, Consultation Hours

(0117) 331 0824, 

Research Supervision

I am currently co-supervisor/second supervisor for five PhD students, and welcome enquiries from potential applicants. I particularly welcome PhDs on the ancient theatre, or fragmentary texts (or a combination thereof!), but am very happy to discuss projects relating to any aspect of classical Greek literature.


I have a wide range of teaching interests across ancient language and literature. In 2020-21 I am the Director of Teaching for Classics and Ancient History, and will also be teaching the following units:

Sculpture (with Dr Shelley Hales)

Greek Language Level A2

Latin Language Level C2/D2

In previous years, I have taught Greek at all levels (A-D), Latin level D, my interdisciplinary unit 'The Body in Antiquity', and my specialist third year units 'The Trojan War in Ancient Literature' and 'Women and the Family in Ancient Greek Tragedy'.


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Research Output

Aeschylus at Play: Studies in Aeschylean Satyr Drama

Coo, L. (ed.) & Uhlig, A. (ed.), 29 Dec 2019, In : Bulletin of the Institute of Classical Studies. 62, 2

Research output: Contribution to journalSpecial issue (Academic Journal)

Greek tragedy and the theatre of sisterhood

Coo, L., 2020, Female Characters in Fragmentary Greek Tragedy. Finglass, PJ. & Coo, L. (eds.). Cambridge University Press

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter in a book


  • 14 Participation in conference
  • 10 Invited talk
  • 2 Public talk, debate, discussion
  • 1 Fellowship awarded competitively

Editing Greek and Roman Fragmentary Drama: A Word to the Editors

Lyndsay Coo (Invited speaker)

2021 → …

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

Departing the Polis: Travel and Travellers in the Extant Plays and Fragments of Greek Drama

Lyndsay Coo (Invited speaker)

2021 → …

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

Research seminar: 'Greek tragedy and the politics of sisterhood'

Lyndsay Coo (Speaker)

17 Jan 2020

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesInvited talk

Supervised Work

“We Are All Greeks”: : Assessing The Appropriation of Ancient Greece in Modern Olympic Revivals

Author: Harlington, A. J., 24 Mar 2020

Supervisor: Finglass, P. (Supervisor) & Coo, L. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Master's ThesisMaster of Philosophy (MPhil)