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Dr Akrivi Taousiani

Senior Lecturer in Classics (Education) & Language Coordinator


I studied Classics at the University of Bristol (BA), and the University College London (MA), where I completed my PhD on Sophocles’ Philoctetes. My thesis explores Sophoclean dolos  and its ability to redefine truth as a rhetorical vehicle and a theatrical construct. I have taught at the University College London, King’s College London, and the Open University in Cyprus.

Research Interests and PhD supervision

  • Theatricality and performance in Greek tragedy
  • Persuasion and oratorical tropes
  • Political thought and the evolution of morality


I teach Ancient Greek and Latin language at all levels. I have also taught modules on translation theory and the evolution of teaching ancient texts in Europe.


  • ‘OY MĒ PΙTHĒΤΑΙ: Persuasion Versus Deception in the Prologue of Sophocles’ Philoctetes’ (The Classical Quarterly, November 2011, Volume 61, Issue 02, pp. 426-444).
  • ‘Why Plato got it wrong: when seeing is thinking in Greek Tragedy’ (forthcoming)
  • 'Αγάπης ἄγων ἄγονος: Love’s Labour Lost and the tragic agon  in the 5th Century BC’  in  (eds.) M. Edwards, A. Efstathiou , I. Karamanou  and E. Volonaki,  The Agon in Classical Literature: Studies in Honour of Professor Chris Carey, BICS  Supplements, London (forthcoming).