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Professor Naoko Yamagata

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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.


Socrates the Homer-lover as portrayed in Plato, Xenophon and Aristophanes (2022-04-01)
Yamagata, Naoko
Synthesis, 29, Article e118(1)

[Book Review] R. Gagné) and M. Herrero de Jáuregui (eds) Les dieux d’Homère 2: anthropo-morphismes (Kernos Supplement 33). Liège: Presses Universitaires de Liège, 2019 (2021-12-03)
Yamagata, Naoko
The Journal of Hellenic Studies, 141 (pp. 243-244)

Suicide in Homer and the Tale of the Heike (2020-11-05)
Yamagata, Naoko
Yearbook of Ancient Greek Epic, 4 (pp. 72-94)

ホメーロスと『平家物語』における生死の選択―英雄美女が死を選ぶ時 [Choices of Life and Death in Homer and the Tale of the Heike: When Heroes and Heroines commit suicide] (2017-03-23)
Yamagata, Naoko
Journal of Classical Studies, 65 (pp. 1-11)

ホメーロスと『平家物語』における戦争の「報道」[“Reportage” of War in Homer and the Tale of the Heike] (2016-12-20)
Yamagata, Naoko
ペディラヴィウム [Pedilavium], 71 (pp. 46-60)

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)

Anax and basileus in Homer (1997)
Yamagata, Naoko
Classical Quarterly, 47(1) (pp. 1-14)

Classics for multilingual Europe (1997)
Yamagata, Naoko
Kleos(2) (pp. 275-284)

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)

Reading Homer: Iliad Books 16 and 18 (2022-11)
Anderson, Stephen; Maclennan, Keith and Yamagata, Naoko
The Joint Association of Classical Teachers' Greek Course: Reading Greek
ISBN : 978-0-521-17088-8 | Publisher : Cambridge University Press | Published : Cambridge

Homeric Morality (1994)
Yamagata, Naoko
Mnemosyne, Bibliotheca Classica Batava Supplementum
ISBN : 9004098720 | Publisher : Brill Academic Publishers

Thetis and the Shield of Achilles – Reading the Iliad with Auden (2023-04-27)
Yamagata, N.
In: Paprocki, M; Vos, G. P. and Wright, D. J. eds. The Staying Power of Thetis: Allusion, Interaction, and Reception from Homer to the 21st Century (pp. 395-410)
Publisher : De Gruyter

Thetis and the Shield of Achilles — Reading the Iliad with Auden: Allusion, Interaction, and Reception from Homer to the 21st Century (2023)
Yamagata, Naoko
In: Paprocki, Maciej; Vos, Gary Patrick and Wright, David John eds. The Staying Power of Thetis. Trends in Classics (pp. 395-410)
ISBN : 9783110678437 | Publisher : De Gruyter

Homeric Summaries in Plato (2020-11-05)
Yamagata, Naoko
In: de Fátima Silva, M; Bouvier, D and das Graças Augusto, M eds. A Special Model of Classical Reception: Summaries and Short Narratives (pp. 22-33)
ISBN : 978-1-5275-5714-7 | Publisher : Cambridge Scholars Publishing | Published : Newcastle upon Tyne

Thetis: the goddess between four worlds (2020)
Yamagata, Naoko
In: Christopoulos, M. and Païzi-Apostolopoulou, M. eds. The Upper and the Under World in Homeric and Archaic Epic: Proceedings of the 13th International Symposium on the Odyssey, Ithaca, August 25-29, 2017 (pp. 11-30)
Publisher : Centre for Odyssean Studies | Published : Ithaca, Greece

第六章 ホメロスの英雄像—アキレウスとヘクトル、サルぺドン、パトロクロス— [Chapter 6 Images of Homeric heroes – Achilles, Hector, Sarpedon and Patroclus] (2019)
Yamagata, Naoko
In: Kawashima, S.; Furusawa, Y. and Kobayashi, K. eds. 『ホメロス『イリアス』への招待』 [An Invitation to Homer’s Iliad] (pp. 163-189)
ISBN : 978-4-903505-18-3 | Publisher : Pinakes | Published : Tokyo

'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