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Professor Ismene Lada-Richards

Professor Ismene Lada-Richards

Professor of Classical Literature & Performance Culture

Tel +44 (0)20 7848 1090
Address Department of Classics
E3, North Wing
King's College London
London WC2R 2LS



After a first degree in the University of Athens, I did my PhD in Cambridge under the supervision of Richard Hunter. I subsequently spent three years as a Junior Research Fellow at St John's College, Cambridge. In 1995 I was appointed to a lectureship in Classics at the University of Nottingham, where from I joined King's in 1999.

Research interests and PhD supervision

My research interests range very broadly in the field of Greek and Roman literature and culture and currently include: the performance dimension of Greek drama, with particular focus on the history and practice of acting in antiquity; Graeco-Roman pantomime dancing, with emphasis on its perception in antiquity, its multiple reflections in imperial literature and its post-Renaissance reception (with particular focus on the 18th century); aspects of the interface between élite and popular culture in antiquity, and comparative cultural studies pertaining to theatre and performance history. My publications include Initiating Dionysus: Ritual and Theatre in Aristophanes' Frogs (OUP 1999), Silent Eloquence: Lucian and Pantomime Dancing (Duckworth 2007) and numerous articles on aspects of ancient drama and pantomime dancing.

I would be delighted to supervise students working on any of the following:

  • pantomime dancing
  • dance traditions of the ancient world
  • ancient theatrical culture
  • fifth-century drama (especially from the angle of performance)
  • early reception of tragedy in literature and/or art
  • drama and ritual (especially from an anthropological perspective)
  • Dionysus
  • initiation rituals (especially as reflected in literature)

For more details, please see my full research profile.

Selected Publications
  • Ismene Lada-Richards (2010) 'Dead but not Extinct: On Reinventing Pantomime Dancing in Eighteenth-Century England and France', in The Ancient Dancer in the Modern World Responses to Greek and Roman Dance pp. 19-38
  • Ismene Lada-Richards (2009)  'Pots and Plays: Interactions between Tragedy and Greek Vase-painting of the Fourth Century B.C.' ARION-A JOURNAL OF HUMANITIES AND THE CLASSICS, 17 (2), pp. 99-166.
    [Book Review (Print)]
  • Ismene Lada-Richards (2009) '“‘The Players Will Tell All’: The Dramatist, the Actors and the Art of Acting in Sophocles' Philoctetes', in Sophocles and the Greek Tragic Tradition pp. 48-68
  • Ismene Lada-Richards (2008) '“Was Pantomime ‘Good to Think With’ in the Ancient World', in New Directions in Ancient Pantomime pp. 284-313
  • Ismene Lada-Richards (2007) Silent Eloquence: Lucian and Pantomime Dancing Duckworth 
    [Authored Book in print]

For a complete list of publications, please see my full research profile.


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