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Dr Danielle Frisby

Frisby_DanielleLecturer in Latin Language & Literature

Tel +44 (0)20 7848 2353
Address Room C6, North Wing
Department of Classics
King's College London
London, WC2R 2LS




I arrived at KCL in September 2016, having worked at the Universities of Manchester and Cambridge previously, and having completed my PhD at the University of Nottingham in 2013.

Research interests
  • Intertextuality and the reception of the epic tradition
  • Animals and the environment in Greek and Latin literature
  • The concept of substitution in Latin epic

My current and largest project concerns Statius and his Thebaid’s intertextual relationship with Homer. At the heart of my analysis is the concept of heroic substitution, or ‘the one for the many’, and associated issues of identity, exemplarity and repetition in a literary and cultural context. Substitution becomes prominent in the Thebaid where a succession of heroes come to the fore, with no clear individual highlighted as protagonist, and where heroic, cultural and poetic exemplarity is problematized repeatedly. Stemming from my work on epic, but taking it into new and more diverse directions is my research into animals and the environment in ancient literature. I am especially interested in the ways non-human animals are configured to communicate concepts such as identity, emotions and dynamics of power.

Selected Publications
  • 'Redressing Epic Blood and Gold on the cloak of Polyneices in Statius' Thebaid in Spinning Fates and Songs of the Loom: The Use of Textiles, Clothing and Cloth Production As Metaphor, Symbol and Narrative Device in Greek and Latin Literature, Oxbow, 2016: 297-312.
  • Statius and Homer: an intertextual study of the Thebaid’s interaction with the Iliad and Odyssey (monograph, in progress)
  • ‘Statius’ Capaneus and Vergil’s Laocoon’ in Proceedings of the Virgil Society, (in progress, forthcoming)

Latin Literature, Latin language


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