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Dr Jan Haywood

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Professional biography

I began my studies by reading for an undergraduate degree in History and a Master's degree in Classics at the University of Manchester. I then moved to the University of Liverpool, where I completed a PhD on the topic of Herodotean intertextuality under the supervision of Professor Tom Harrison and Professor Graham Oliver. Since then I have held two temporary teaching positions: first, as the J. P. Postgate University Teacher in Classics at the University of Liverpool; and secondly, as a Teaching Fellow in Ancient History at the University of Leicester. I joined the Open University as Lecturer in Classical Studies in January 2017.

Research interests

My research centres on ancient Greek historiography and its contexts, ancient Greek divination, as well as the reception of the Trojan War tradition in antiquity and beyond. At present, I am putting the finishing touches to a revised version of my PhD thesis, Intertext and Allusion in Herodotus' Histories: Authority, Proof, Polemic (Univ. of Liverpool, 2013). The research identifies considerable connections between Herodotus' work and other textual sources (oracles, prose writers, epic poetry, etc.). In unearthing this extensive engagement with a wide range of texts in the Histories, my research challenges current perceptions of Herodotus as an historian reliant predominantly on oral sources. I also have a forthcoming article which explores Herodotus' uses of epigraphic sources afresh.

Alongside this work on Herodotus, in 2018 I published a co-authored book with Professor Naoíse Mac Sweeney (University of Vienna), entitled Homer's Iliad and the Trojan War: Dialogues on Tradition. Our dialogical study explores the varied responses to Homer's version of the Trojan War in both ancient and modern media, from Attic pottery to the Elizabethan stage to Hollywood cinema. The book ultimately charts a complex, pluriform engagement with Homer's work, which many have engaged with both for its historical and literary merits.

In addition to these two projects, my current research is centred on the role of religious narratives (and in particular, divination stories) in Greek historiography. Indeed, one article I have published concerns the role of the divine in terms of explaining Xenophon's successful retreat back to Greece from Asia Minor in the Anabasis. I am building on this research by exploring more fully Xenophon's sophisticated portrait of piety and good or bad leadership in his work. Moreover, I  recently hosted a research workshop with Professor Thomas Harrison (University of St Andrews) that brought together an interdisciplinary group of scholars in order to explore anew the role of reilgious narratives in Thucydides' History; we now plan to publish the papers from this workshop.

Publications:

Books:

Forthcoming: Herodotus and his Sources

2019: The Power of Individual and Community in Ancient Athens and Beyond (The Classical Press of Wales): http://www.classicalpressofwales.co.uk/Power%20of%20Individiual.htm

2018: Homer's Iliad and the Trojan War: Dialogues on Tradition (Bloomsbury) : https://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/homers-iliad-and-the-trojan-war-9781350012684

Articles, chapters and Reviews:

In press: 'The use(s) of inscriptions in Herodotus Histories', American Journal of Philology.

In press: 'Alice Oswald's Memorial, a new Iliad', in Maria de Fátima Silva, David Bouvier and Maria das Gracas Augusto (eds.) A Special Model of Classical Reception: Summaries and Short Narratives (Cambridge Scholars).

In press: Entries for the new Wiley Herodotus Encyclopedia (including 'Reception of Herodotus: Ancient Greece and Rome', 'Lade' and 'Icthyophagoi').

Forthcoming: Shared affinities between Herodotus' Croesus logos and Sophocles' Oedipus Tyrannos

Forthcoming: 'The epigraphic medium in Greek historiography'

Forthcoming: 'Inscriptions as evidence in Xenophon'

Forthcoming: 'Herodotus' most-Homeric Histories', in I. Matijasic (ed.) Homer and Herodotus (OUP).

2019: ‘From Croesus to Pausanias: Tragic Individuals in Early Greek Historiography’, in Z. Archibald and J. Haywood (eds.) The Power of Individual and Community in Ancient Athens and Beyond. Essays in Honour of Professor J. K. Davies (The Classical Press of Wales).

2017: ‘Character and motivation in Aeschylus’ Persae’, Syllecta Classica 27: 29-63.

2016: ‘Divine narratives in Xenophon’s Anabasis’, Histos 10: 85-110.

2016: Review of E. Bridges, Imagining Xerxes: Ancient Perspectives on a Persian King, in Journal of Hellenic Studies 136. Read this here.

2016: Review of V. Zali, The shape of Herodotean rhetoric: a study of the speeches in Herodotus' Histories with special attention to books 5-9, in Journal of Hellenic Studies 136. Read this here.

2014: Review of I. Torrance, Metapoetry in Euripides, in Bryn Mawr Classical Review. Read this online.

2012: Review of A. Hollmann, The Master of Signs: Signs and the Interpretation of Signs in Herodotus' Histories, in Bryn Mawr Classical Review. Read this online.

Online media:

Practitioniers' Voices in Classical Reception Studies interviews with Kimberley Sykes, Director of Dido, Queen of Carthage (RSC, 2017), and Chipo Chung, Dido in Dido, Queen of Carthage (RSC, 2017): http://www.open.ac.uk/arts/research/pvcrs/2019.

The Conversation articles on Troy: Myth and Reality exhibition at the British Museum (2019): https://theconversation.com/from-the-iliad-to-circe-cultures-enduring-fascination-with-the-myths-of-troy-127405 and on Helen of Troy (2016): https://theconversation.com/was-helen-really-to-blame-for-the-trojan-war-or-just-a-scapegoat-64456.

Teaching interests

I am the author for the classical Greece materials for Exploring the Classical World (A229), the remake of our gateway Level 2 Classical Studies module, which is currently in its third presentation. I am also on the module team for Myth in the Greek and Roman Worlds (A330). In the past, I have taught a wide suite of modules that touch on multiple aspects of Classical Studies, notably Greek and Roman history.

I am also Reviews Editor for The Journal of Hellenic Studies, a position that I share with Dr Laurence Totelin (Cardiff University).

Impact and engagement

I recently set up the Herodotus Helpline in collaboration with Professor Thomas Harrison (St Andrews University). Further information about this initiative and how to get involved can be found here.

Publications

The use(s) of inscriptions in Herodotus’ Histories (2020)
Haywood, Jan
American Journal of Philology ((In press))


Divine Narratives in Xenophon's Anabasis (2016-08-27)
Haywood, Jan
Histos, 10 (pp. 85-110)


Character and Motivation in Aeschylus' Persae (2016)
Haywood, Jan
Syllecta Classica, 27 (pp. 29-63)


Homer's Iliad and the Trojan War: Dialogues on Tradition (2018-03-22)
Haywood, Jan and Mac Sweeney, Naoise
Bloomsbury Studies in Classical Reception
ISBN : 9781350012684 | Publisher : Bloomsbury | Published : London


Alice Oswald's Memorial, a new Iliad (2020-10-01)
Haywood, Jan
In: Silva, Maria de Fátima; Bouvier, David and Augusto, Maria das Graças eds. A Special Model of Classical Reception: Summaries and Short Narratives (pp. 73-90)
ISBN : 978-1-5275-5714-7 | Publisher : Cambridge Scholars Publishing (In Press) | Published : Newcastle upon Tyne


Lade (2020)
Haywood, Jan
In: Baron, Christopher ed. The Herodotus Encyclopedia
ISBN : 978-1119113546 | Publisher : Wiley-Blackwell (In Press)


Preface (2019-01-31)
Archibald, Zosia and Haywood, Jan
In: Archibald, Zosia and Haywood, Jan eds. The Power of Individual and Community in Ancient Athens and Beyond (ix-xxvii)
ISBN : 9781910589731 | Publisher : The Classical Press of Wales | Published : Swansea


From Croesus to Pausanias: Tragic Individuals in Early Greek Historiography (2018)
Haywood, Jan
In: Archibald, Z. and Haywood, J. eds. The Power of the Individual in Ancient Athens: Essays in Honour of John K. Davies
ISBN : 9781910589731 | Publisher : Classical Press of Wales | Published : Swansea


The Power of Individual and Community in Ancient Athens and Beyond (2019-01-31)
Archibald, Zosia and Haywood, Jan eds.
ISBN : 9781910589731 | Publisher : The Classical Press of Wales | Published : Swansea