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  • Senior Lecturer and Staff Tutor in Classical Studies

Professional biography

Naoko Yamagata studied Classics at International Christian University (BA), Tsukuba University (MA), University College London (MA and PhD) and King’s College London (PGCE).  Before joining the Department of Classical Studies of the OU in 2000, she taught Classics at University College London and University of Wales, Lampeter and also tutored three OU Classical Studies modules as Associate Lecturer.   

Research interests

Her research interests centre on Homer, including reception of Homer in antiquity, especially in Plato and Virgil, comparison of Homeric and Mycenaean Greek (Linear B) and comparison of Homer and the Tale of the Heike, a Medieval Japanese epic.

Current work:

Current projects include a comparative study of Homer and the Tale of the Heike and an edition of Homer’s Iliad Books 16 and 18.



Camilla and Tomoe: female warriors in Virgil and in medieval Japan (2014)
Yamagata, Naoko
Proceedings of the Virgil Society, 28 (pp. 81-98)
Use of Homeric references in Plato and Xenophon (2012-05)
Yamagata, Naoko
The Classical Quarterly, 62(1) (pp. 130-144)
Penelope and early recognition: Vlahos, Harsh, and Eustathius (2011-04)
Yamagata, Naoko
College Literature, 38(2) (pp. 122-130)
Male and female spaces in Homer and in Heike monogatari (2011)
Yamagata, Naoko
Japan Studies in Classical Antiquity, 1 (pp. 27-41)
Plato, memory, and performance (2005-03)
Yamagata, Naoko
Oral Tradition, 20(1) (pp. 111-129)
Clothing and identity in Homer: the case of Penelope's web (2005)
Yamagata, Naoko
Mnemosyne, 58(4) (pp. 539-546)
Locating power: spatial signs of social ranking in Homer and the Tale of the Heike (2003)
Yamagata, Naoko
Scholia, 12 (pp. 34-44)
Classics for multilingual Europe (1997)
Yamagata, Naoko
Kleos(2) (pp. 275-284)
Anax and basileus in Homer (1997)
Yamagata, Naoko
Classical Quarterly, 47(1) (pp. 1-14)
Ritual offerings in Homer and in Linear B (1995)
Yamagata, Naoko
Studi Micenei ed Egeo-Anatolici(35) (pp. 57-68)
Why Classics today - and tomorrow? (1995)
Yamagata, Naoko
Scholia(4) (pp. 108-109)
Young and Old in Homer and in 'Heike Monogatari' (1993)
Yamagata, Naoko
Greece & Rome, 40(1) (pp. 1-10)
Phoenix's speech - Is Achilles punished? (1991)
Yamagata, Naoko
Classical Quarterly, 41(1) (pp. 1-15)
Aisima pareipon - A moral judgement by the poet? (1990)
Yamagata, Naoko
Parola del Passato, 45 (pp. 420-430)
The apostrophe in Homer as part of the oral technique (1989)
Yamagata, Naoko
Bulletin of the Institute of Classical Studies, 36(1) (pp. 91-103)
Homeric Morality (1994)
Yamagata, Naoko
Mnemosyne, Bibliotheca Classica Batava Supplementum
ISBN : 9004098720 | Publisher : Brill Academic Publishers
'From Our Own Correspondent: Authorial Commentary on the "Spectacles of War" in Homer and in the Tale of the Heike' (2015-10-22)
Yamagata, Naoko
In: Bakogianni, Anastasia and Hope, Valerie M. eds. War as Spectacle: Ancient and Modern Perspectives on the Display of Armed Conflict (pp. 43-55)
ISBN : 9781472522290 | Publisher : Bloomsbury | Published : London
The Justice of Zeus revisited (2014)
Yamagata, Naoko
In: Christopoulos , Menelaos and Paizi-Apostolopoulou, Machi eds. Crime and Punishment in Homeric and Archaic Epic: Proceedings of the 12th International Symposium on the Odyssey, Ithaca, September 3-7, 2013 (pp. 47-56)
ISBN : 978-960-85093-7-5 | Publisher : Centre for Odyssean Studies | Published : Ithaca, Greece
Epithets with echoes: A study on formula-narrative interaction (2012-05)
Yamagata, Naoko
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) (pp. 445-468)
ISBN : 3110271958 | Publisher : Walter de Gruyter | Published : Berlin, Germany & New York, USA
Hesiod in Plato - Second fiddle to Homer? (2010-12-10)
Yamagata, Naoko
In: Boys-Stones, G. and Haubold, J. eds. Plato and Hesiod (pp. 68-88)
ISBN : 978-0-19-923634-3 | Publisher : Oxford University Press | Published : Oxford
Disaster revisited - Ate and the Litai in Homer's Iliad (2005-10)
Yamagata, Naoko
In: Stafford, Emma and Herrin, Judith eds. Personification in the Greek world: from Antiquity to Byzantium (pp. 21-28)
ISBN : 754650316 | Publisher : Ashgate | Published : Aldershot, UK
Hesiod: the cosmology of a farmer-poet (2003)
Yamagata, Naoko
In: Kawashima, S and Takada, Y eds. Ennepe Mousa: an invitation to the Ancient Greek Literature (pp. 63-78)
Publisher : Sanriku Publishing | Published : Tokyo
Linear B (2000)
Yamagata, Naoko
In: Speake, G ed. Encyclopedia of Greece and the Hellenic Tradition (pp. 950-952)
ISBN : 978-1-57958-141-1 | Publisher : Fitzroy Dearborn Publishers