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Lyndsay M Coo, MA(Cantab.), MPhil(Cantab.), PhD(Cantab.)


Lyndsay Coo

Lyndsay M Coo, MA(Cantab.), MPhil(Cantab.), PhD(Cantab.)


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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 as Lecturer in Ancient Greek Language and Literature. 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. I recently co-edited the volume Aeschylus at Play: Studies in Aeschylean Satyr Drama (BICS 62.2, 2019) and have a forthcoming volume Female Characters in Fragmentary Greek Tragedy (Cambridge University Press, 2020), co-edited with Patrick Finglass. I am currently 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.


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 2019-20 I am running the following as unit director:

Greek Language Level B1

The Trojan War in Ancient Literature

Women and the Family in Ancient Greek Tragedy

In previous years, I have taught Greek at all levels (A-D), Latin level D, and my interdisciplinary unit 'The Body in Antiquity'.


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