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Dr Naoko Yamagata

Senior Lecturer and Staff Tutor

Naoko Yamagata studied Classics at International Christian University (Tokyo), Tsukuba University, University College London and King’s College London.  Her research interests centre on Homer, including comparative studies on Homer and the Tale of the Heike and reception of Homer in antiquity, especially in Plato. 



Homeric Morality, E. J. Brill, Leiden, 1994.

Shigenari Kawashima, translated by Naoko Yamagata, A New Interpretation of Sophocles’ Oedipus Tyrannus: In the Light and Darkness of Apollo, The Edwin Mellen Press (Lewiston, Queenston & Lampeter, 2014).

Articles and Book Chapters

Use of Homeric references in Plato and Xenophon. The Classical Quarterly, 62 (2012) 130–144.

‘Epithets with echoes: A study on formula-narrative interaction’. In: Montanari, Franco; Rengakos, Antonios and Tsagalis, Christos C. eds. Homeric Contexts: Neoanalysis and the Interpretation of Oral Poetry. Trends in Classics: Supplementary Volumes 12 (2012), Berlin, Germany & New York, USA: Walter de Gruyter, pp. 445–468.

‘Male and female spaces in Homer and in Heike monogatari’. in Japan Studies in Classical Antiquity 1 (2011) 27-41.

‘Penelope and Early Recognition: Vlahos, Harsh, and Eustathius’ in College Literature 38.2 (Spring 2011) 122-130.

‘Hesiod in Plato – Second fiddle to Homer?’ in eds. G. Boys-Stones & J. Haubold, Plato and Hesiod, Oxford University Press, 2010, pp. 68-88.

‘Clothing and Identity in Homer: The Case of Penelope’s Web’ in Mnemosyne 58 (2005) 539-546.

‘Disaster revisited: Ate and the Litai in Homer's Iliad’ in eds. E. Stafford & J. Herrin, Personification In The Greek World: From Antiquity To Byzantium, Ashgate Press, 2005, pp. 21-28.

‘Plato, Memory, and Performance’ in Oral Tradition 20 (2005) 111-129.

‘Locating Power: Spatial Signs of Social Ranking in Homer and in the Tale of the Heike’, Scholia 12 (2003) 34-44.

‘Hesiod: the Cosmology of a Farmer-Poet’ in Ennepe Mousa: an Invitation to the Ancient Greek Literature, eds. S. Kawashima & Y. Takada, Tokyo: Sanriku Publishing, 2003, pp.63-78 (in Japanese).

‘Linear B’ in Encyclopedia of Greece and the Hellenic Tradition, ed. G. Speake, Fitzroy Dearborn Publishers, 2000, pp. 950-952.

‘Odyssean Parenthood’, Homerica: Proceedings of the 8th International Symposium on the Odyssey, 1-5 September 1996, Ithaca, Greece, 1998, pp. 277-81.

‘Anax and basileus in Homer’, Classical Quarterly 47 (1997) 1-14.

‘Epiphanies in Homer and in the Tale of the Heike - reading the supernatural in literature -’ (in Japanese with English summary), Language and Culture (ed. The Institute of Language and Culture, Meiji Gakuin University, Tokyo) 14 (1997) 1-16.

‘Ritual offerings in Homer and in Linear B’, Studi Micenei ed Egeo-Anatolici 35 (1995) 57-68.

‘Laertes heros’, Spondes ston Omiro, ed. M. P. Apostolopoulou, Centre for Odyssean Studies, Ithaca, Greece, 1993, pp. 251-6.

‘Young and old in Homer and in Heike monogatari’, Greece & Rome 40 (1993) 1-10.

‘Phoenix’s speech - is Achilles punished?’, Classical Quarterly 41 (1991) 1-15.

‘Aisima pareipon - A moral judgement by the poet?’, Parola del Passato 45 (1990) 420-30.

 ‘The Apostrophe in Homer as part of the oral technique’, Bulletin of the Institute of Classical Studies 36 (1989) 91-103.

Current work:

Current research projects include a comparative study of Homer and the Tale of the Heike and a study of Plato's use of Homeric quotations and allusions.

See also Open Research Online for further details of Naoko Yamagata’s research publications.

Homeric Morality cover

Plato and Hesiod book cover

Homeric Contexts - book cover
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