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Dr Lucy Jackson

Jackson_LucyLeverhulme Early Career Fellow in Classics


Address C7, North Wing
Department of Classics
King's College London
London, WC2R 2LS

Twitter @lucymjackson




I completed my undergraduate degree at University College, Oxford (2004-8) and, after an MA at the University of Exeter, returned to Oxford for my DPhil (Corpus Christi College, 2010-14). I also spent time at the Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa, Princeton University, and the University of Sydney during my graduate studies. I taught at KCL from 2014-5, and then at Balliol College, Oxford (2015-16). I (re-)joined the Classics department of KCL as Leverhulme Early Career Fellow in 2016.

Research interests and PhD supervision
  • Ancient Greek and Roman Theatre and Performance
  • Neo-Latin Translations of Greek drama and the Reception of classical theatre in the sixteenth century
  • Translation studies and theory in the ancient and modern worlds.

My doctoral thesis explored ancient Greek theatre and performance, with a specific focus on the dramatic chorus in the fifth and fourth centuries BCE.

Following my interests in the history of theatre and translation for the stage, my postdoctoral work will focus on how the language and use of Neo-Latin, and the translations of Greek tragedy into Latin, significantly affected how writers in Early Modern Europe thought about ancient Greek theatre.

I continue to be fascinated with the chorus as a phenomenon in performance and drama, and how that phenomenon reflects or challenges contemporary ideas about the individual, the collective, politics, and ritual.

Selected Publications

The Chorus of Drama in the Fourth Century BCE (in progress, Oxford University Press)

‘Transforming Euripides: the politics of early Greek tragedy and the English university stage’, co-authored with Dr Hannah Crawforth (KCL) in Poole, K. and Shohet, L. (eds) Gathering Force: British Literature in Transition 1557-1623 (in progress, Cambridge University Press)

‘Forces At Work: Euripides’ Medea at the National Theatre 2014’ in Brodie, G. and Cole, E. (eds) Theatre Translation (in progress, Routledge)

Greater than logos? Kinaesthetic Empathy and the Chorus in Plato’s Laws’, in Johncock, M. and Sanders, E. (eds.) Persuasion and Emotion in Classical Antiquity (2016, Steiner Verlag), pp.147-161


I teach ancient Greek and Latin language and literature as well as the reception of the classical world from the Renaissance onwards.

Expertise and public engagement

I have acted as a consultant for the National Theatre, London (Medea 2014), Shakespeare’s Globe (Oresteia 2015), the Royal Shakespeare Company (Cymbeline 2016), and various freelance theatre practitioners.

I have led theatre archive research days at the National Theatre Archive for FE students, created and taught a four-week course on Greek drama for the general public (2015), and collaborated with the NT Learning and Digital departments to produce a number of resources on ancient Greek drama: Google Arts & Culture Exhibition Greek Tragedy at the National Theatre 1964-2014, Modern Interpretations of the Chorus and Women in Greek Theatre


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