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Research Interests

My research interests are in ancient Greek culture, literature and theatre, and in their reception in antiquity and in the modern world.

I have published on Greek tragedy, performance history, classical reception, and film. Among my publications are three monographs: Greek Tragedy on Screen (Oxford University Press, 2013), EuripidesIphigenia at Aulis (Duckworth, 2006), and Achilles in Greek Tragedy (Cambridge University Press, 2002; reissued 2007). I have also coedited four volumes of essays: Classics and Media Theory (Oxford University Press, 2020) The Ancient World in Silent Cinema (Cambridge University Press, 2013), Agamemnon in Performance, 458 BC to AD 2004 (Oxford University Press, 2005), and Homer, Tragedy and Beyond: essays in honour of P.E. Easterling (SPHS, 2001). 

I am at present writing two monographs. One of them is on archaic and classical Greek narrative and how it thematizes the conditions of its production and transmission, focusing primarily on narrative contagion and the poetics of coercion (for OUP). The other monograph is on the encounter between ancient Greece and early cinema at the turn of the twentieth century and on the wider implications of that encounter for classical antiquity and the culture of modernity. I am also currently working on articles on classics and media theory/history, on classics and cinema in the digital age, on the performance history of Greco-Roman drama and on Greek aesthetics and literary theory.

Among research-related events, I have organized an international conference on media history/theory and the classics, held at the University of Bristol on 26 and 26 November 2016. I am also co-director, with Prof. Maria Wyke (UCL), of a project on representations of ancient civilizations in silent cinema. We have held numerous project events, including a whole series of archival film screenings with live musical accompaniment in Europe and North America (Anaheim, Athens, Berlin, Bologna, Bristol, London, Malibu, and Oxford). Our most recent screening took place in the context of the CA/FIEC 2019 (London, July 2019).

I am a member of the editorial board of the Classical Receptions Journalthe International Journal of the Classical Tradition, and the Bloomsbury series Classical Receptions in Twentieth-Century Writing. I am also Consultant Director of the Archive of Performances of Greek and Roman Drama at the University of Oxford and, until very recently, member of the Peer Review College of the Arts and Humanities Research Council. Before joining Bristol, I was Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Wolfson College Oxford and Research Fellow at the Archive of Performances of Greek and Roman Drama at the University of Oxford (1999-2002).

I have held grants by the British Academy, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, and the A. G. Leventis Foundation as well as Research/Visiting Fellowships at the Free University in Berlin (2010-11), the Seeger Center for Hellenic Studies at Princeton University (2015-2016) and the University of Bonn (2017, 2020).


Room 2.37, 11 Woodland Road

(0117) 928 9785, P.Michelakis[at]bris.ac.uk

Research Supervision

I would be interested in taking on postgraduate students with research interests in any aspect of archaic and classical Greek literature; Greek tragedy and comedy; Greece, Rome and cultural transmission; classics and film; classics and modern theatre. Current/recent research topics supervised: the concept of the future in Greek tragedy; hatred in early Greek literature; queer theory and gender ambiguity in Greece and Rome; performativity and classical antiquity in performance in the Edwardian era; African adaptations of Greek tragedy.


My teaching interests are in archaic and classical Greek literature and culture, Greek and Roman drama, cultural transmission, classical poetics, and the reception of Greece and Rome on stage and screen. I have recently taught the following modules:

Greek and Roman Drama (core module)

Communication and the Classics (optional module)

Greek Poetry and Poetics (final-year seminar)

Cinematic Antiquity (final-year seminar)

Plato's Symposium (intermediate Greek)

Comedy and Philosophy on Tragedy (advanced Greek)

Plague narratives in Greek literatury (advanced Greek)

Archaic Greek Lyric (advanced Greek) 


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Classics and Media History/Theory

Michelakis, P.


Project: Research

Ancient narrative: representation, anticipation, and teleology

Liveley, G., Michelakis, P., Fowler FBA, R. L., Morley, N. D. G. & Grethlein, J.


Project: Research

Research Output

Greek Tragedy on Screen

Michelakis, P., 2013, Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Research output: Book/ReportAuthored book

The Ancient World in Silent Cinema

Michelakis, P. & Wyke, M., Aug 2013, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Research output: Book/ReportEdited book


Alexander von Humboldt Visiting Fellowship, University of Bonn, Germany

Pantelis Michelakis (Speaker)

1 Feb 202030 Apr 2020

Activity: Other activity typesFellowship awarded competitively

Agamemnon, Classics and Contemporary

Pantelis Michelakis (Participant)

4 Mar 2020

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesInvited talk

Contagious Narrative: Epidemic Disease and Greco-Roman Literature

Pantelis Michelakis (Organiser)

5 Jan 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference


Fluid Bodies: Queering Gender in Ancient Greece

Author: Rengel, B., 23 Jan 2019

Supervisor: Michelakis, P. (Supervisor)

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


Hatred in Hesiod

Author: Kilgallon, S., 25 Jun 2019

Supervisor: Michelakis, P. (Supervisor) & Lampe, K. W. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy (PhD)