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Dr Anastasia Bakogianni

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Profile summary

  • Visiting Research Fellow in Classical Studies
  • Faculty of Arts
  • Classical Studies

Professional biography

I am a Visiting Research Fellow in Classical Studies and was a Lecturer from 2012-14. I completed my PhD at Royal Holloway College, University of London. I was a Research Associate (2005-6) and then a Research Fellow (2006-9) at the Institute of Classical Studies, a member of the School of Advanced Study at the University of London. I arrived at the Open University in 2009 to take up a British Academy funded Post-Doctoral Research Associate post. I worked with Professor Lorna Hardwick on the Reception of Classical Texts project. Follow this link for more information on the project.

Research interests

I am fascinated by classical reception studies and the dialogue between past and present. I investigate the translation, adaptation, and recreation of ancient Greek literature in the modern world. I focus on the interactions between ancient and modern texts within their historical, socio-political and cultural frameworks. I explore the ways in which reception can act as a commentary on the classical. I am particularly interested in Greek tragedy and its reception in the mediums of theatre, the visual arts, opera, poetry and cinema (18th - 21st century). My monograph Electra Ancient and Modern: Aspects of the Tragic Heroine’s Reception was published by the Institute of Classical Studies in 2011.

I am currently developing further my interest in the reception of the classical past in the arts and culture of Modern Greece, the subject of my second monograph. I am also working on a special issue devoted to exploring aspects of the revival of Greek drama in the modern nation.

See the publications tab for details of my research publications.

For more information about my book Electra Ancient & Modern see my interview on Classics Confidential.


Teaching interests

I have experience of teaching a number of courses including Greek Literature, Classical Mythology, Greek Drama, Homer and classical reception courses. At The Open University I chaired the Reading Classical Greek: Language and Literature module (A275) and contributed to Exploring the Classical World (A219). I was also heavily involved in designing a new MA module.

I hold an Honorary Research Fellowship from the Department of Greek and Latin at University College London which allows me to continue to be involved in the research activities of the University of London. I teach on the MA in Approaches to the Reception of the Classical World (2011-13). Previously I contributed to The Classical Past in Modern Greece MA course (2006-8).

I am also heavily involved in promoting the activities of the Classical Reception Studies Network (CRSN). Since 2005 I have organised a series of annual graduate workshops on behalf of the network.

In addition I am an Associate Editor of the New Voices in Classical Reception Studies annual e-journal published by the Open University and specially developed for early career researchers.

Research Activity

Research groups

NameTypeParent Unit
Classical Reception Research ClusterClusterFaculty of Arts
The Arts and their Audiences Research ClusterClusterFaculty of Arts


The taming of a tragic heroine: Electra in eighteenth-century art (2009-03)
Bakogianni, Anastasia
International Journal of the Classical Tradition, 16(1) (pp. 19-57)
Voices of resistance: Michael Cacoyannis’ The Trojan Women (1971) (2009)
Bakogianni, Anastasia
The Bulletin of the Institute of Classical Studies, 52(1) (pp. 45-68)
All is well that ends tragically: filming Greek tragedy in modern Greece (2008-12)
Bakogianni, Anastasia
Bulletin of the Institute of Classical Studies, 51 (pp. 119-167)
An eighteenth-century jealous woman and a twentieth-century hysterical diva: the case of Mozart's Idomeneo (1781) and Strauss' Elektra (1909) (2007-04)
Bakogianni, Anastasia
New Voices in Classical Reception Studies, 2 (pp. 1-32)
Electra Ancient and Modern: Aspects of the Reception of the Tragic Heroine (2011-12)
Bakogianni, Anastasia
Bulletin of the Institute of Classical Studies Supplement
ISBN : 978-1-905670-37-6 | Publisher : Institute of Classical Studies | Published : London
‘Who rules this nation? (Ποιός κυβερνά αυτόν τον τόπο;): political intrigue and the struggle for power in Michael Cacoyannis’ Iphigenia (1977)’ (2013-12)
Bakogianni, Anastasia
In: Bakogianni, Anastasia ed. Dialogues with the Past: Classical Reception Theory and Practice. BICS Supplement (126.1) (pp. 225-249)
ISBN : 978‐1‐905670‐54‐3 | Publisher : Institute of Classical Studies | Published : London
Annihilating Clytemnestra: the severing of the mother-daughter bond in Michael Cacoyannis’ Iphigenia (1977) (2013-11-28)
Bakogianni, Anastasia
In: Nikoloutsos , Konstantinos P. ed. Ancient Greek Women in Film. Classical Presences (pp. 207-234)
ISBN : 978-0-19-967892-1 | Publisher : Oxford University Press | Published : Oxford
Demotic power to the people: the triumph of dimotiki, the triumph of Medea (2013-10-31)
Bakogianni, Anastasia
In: Hardwick, Lorna and Harrison, Stephen eds. Classics in the Modern World: A Democratic Turn?. Classical Presences (pp. 197-212)
ISBN : 978-0-19-967392-6 | Publisher : Oxford University Press | Published : Oxford
Electra in Sylvia Plath’s poetry: a case of identification (2009)
Bakogianni, Anastasia
In: Harrison, Stephen J. ed. Living Classics: Greece and Rome in Contemporary Poetry in English (pp. 194-217)
ISBN : 9780199233731 | Publisher : OUP | Published : Oxford