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Maria Fragoulaki   BA, MA, PhD, FHEA

Dr Maria Fragoulaki



Senior Lecturer in Ancient Greek History, FHEA

School of History, Archaeology and Religion

+44 29208 70558
John Percival Building, Room 5.01, Colum Drive, Cardiff, CF10 3EU
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Available for postgraduate supervision


I am an historian of ancient Greece, specialising in Thucydides, Herodotus, and Greek historiography. I have a special interest in the relationship between history and literature. I studied classical philology (BA) at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece (EKPA). After an interval of ten years during which I studied acting and worked in the acting profession in Greece, I studied for an MA Classics in Education at King’s College London and a PhD in Classics at University College London (2010). My monograph Kinship in Thucydides: Intercommunal Ties and Historical Narrative, 2013, Oxford University Press, based on my PhD, examines the role of colonial ties and other forms of connections in Thucydides and ancient Greek history more broadly.

I work and publish on Thucydides, Herodotus and their relationship with other texts, especially Homer, collective memory in ancient Greece, Athenian cleruchies, tragedy, and Thucydides’ theatrical performance, as a form of its modern reception. I am collaborating with theatrical and educational organisations in Greece as academic advisor in theatrical productions of Thucydides and other historical texts.






  • Fragoulaki, M. 2021. Thucydides. In: Baron, C. ed. The Herodotus Encyclopedia., Vol. 3. Wiley Blackwell, pp. 1462-1466.
  • Fragoulaki, M. 2021. The Peloponnesian War. In: Baron, C. ed. The Herodotus Encyclopedia., Vol. 3. Wiley Blackwell, pp. 1075-1077.
  • Fragoulaki, M. 2021. Autochthony. In: Baron, C. ed. The Herodotus Encyclopedia., Vol. 1. Wiley Blackwell, pp. 205-207.
  • Fragoulaki, M. 2021. Stasis. In: Baron, C. ed. The Herodotus Encyclopedia., Vol. 3. Wiley Blackwell, pp. 1371-1373.
  • Fragoulaki, M. 2021. Death. In: Baron, C. ed. The Herodotus Encyclopedia., Vol. 1. Wiley Blackwell, pp. 414-419.







  • Fragoulaki, M. 2014. Death in Thucydides and Homer. Presented at: Classical Association Annual Conference 2014, Nottingham, UK, 13-16 April 2014.







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My research interests include: Thucydides; Herodotus; Homer; the interaction between history and literature; the political and social history of archaic and classical Greece; collective memory; colonization and ethnicity; ancient Greek mythology and religion; comparative and interdisciplinary approaches to classics; theatrical performance of Thucydides and other historians.

My monograph Kinship in Thucydides, OUP 2013 ( studies the concept of kinship between communities (syngeneia) in Thucydides and ancient Greek politics. It applies modern anthropological work on kinship relations beyond biology and descent (relatedness) to describe and explain the maleable and dynamic nature of intecommunal kinship in ancient Greek politics. As in all periods and societies, kinship is a powerful (albeit at times invisible to cultural outsiders) mechanism, which fuels rhetoric and collective emotions, and mobilises diplomacy and action in war and peace.

Reviews of Kinship in Thucydides, 2013, OUP

P. Liddel, Omnibus 68, September 2014, 69; S. Forsdyke, Histos 8, 23 November 2014 (; C. Scardino, BMCR 16 December 2014; P. Low, Mnemosyne, 2015 68/3, 511-14  (DOI: 10.1163/1568525X-12341909); R. J. Littman, Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute (N.S.) 21, 2015, 211-243; M. Tamiolaki, Classical Review, January 2015, 65/1, 42-4 (DOI: 10.1017/S0009840X14002686); M. S. Trifirò, Anabases 21, April 2015, 274-5 (URL:; M. Taylor, sehepunkte Rezensionsjournal fur die Geschichtswissenschaften 15 (2015) No. 4 (URL:; S. Roy, Classical Journal Online 5.09.2015; D. Konstan, Journal of Hellenic Studies, 135, 2015, 192-3 (DOI: 10.1017/S0075426915000233); K. Vlassopoulos, Greece & Rome 63.1, April 2016, 134 (DOI: 10.1017/S0017383515000303, Published online: 29 March 2016); P. Debnar, Gnomon 89, 2017, 67-9.


  • Thucydides Global: Teaching, Researching, and Performing Thucydides; International Workshop on Thucydides’ modern reception. A collaboration of Cardiff SHARE, Ruhr Unversität Bochum, Germany & Institute of Classical Studies, London, 30 April 2019; you can read more in the ICS Blog
  • A BICS (Bulletin of the Institute of Classical Studies) volume based on the workshop; in preparation
  • Monograph in preparation on the relationship between Thucydides and Homer; relevant publication here
  • Thucydides' ancient and modern performance

Research links



  • HS3103 Investigating the Ancient World: Skills and Evidence
  • HS3104 The Ancient World in 20 Objects
  • HS3105 Introduction to Ancient History 1a: 1000-323 BCE
  • HS3345/6 Greek Historical Texts
  • HS3349 Two Greek Historians: Herodotus and Thucydides
  • HS3375 Myth and History in Ancient Greece
  • HS3374 Tyrants, Kings and Democrats: The Rise of Classical Greece
  • HS3381 Drama in Context: Ancient Greek Theatre, Politics and Society
  • HS4334 Independent Second Year Study
  • HS4335 Researching the Ancient World: Final Year Dissertation
  • HS4336 Pots, Poems and Pictures: Using Evidence for Ancient History


  • HST002 Themes and Approaches in Ancient History
  • MA Religious Studies: Myth, Narrative and Theory

Undergraduate and postgraduate supervision

I have supervised undergraduate and postgraduate work on Thucydides, Herodotus, Greek drama, myth, and the political and social history of ancient Greece.

Teaching profile

I have designed and taught BA and MA courses in ancient Greek history (archaic and classical periods, in full- and small-size groups, organised in lectures and seminars); ancient Greek literature (Thucydides, Herodotus, Homer, Plato, Greek drama; introduction to ancient Greek literature and history); I have taught ancient Greek and Latin language at all levels.


  • PhD Classics, University College London
  • MA Classics in Education, King's College London
  • BA Classics (Classical Philology), National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece (EKPA)

Honours and awards

  • 2019: Visiting Researcher, Harvard University, Center for Hellenic Studies, Washington, DC (External funding received)
  • 2019: Exernal funding for the organisation of 'Thucydides Global: Teaching, Researching, and Performing Thucydides'; International workshop (April 2019), co-organised by Cardiff SHARE, Ruhr Universität Bochum, ICS London, and supported by the Society for the Promotion of Hellenic Studies (SPHS) and the Classical Association, UK
  • 2018-19: Visiting Fellow of the Institute of Classical Studies, School of Advanced Study, London, UK
  • 14-21 May 2017: Erasmus + International Exchange teaching scheme, Russian State University for the Humanities, Moscow, GAUGN
  • 2016: Internal funding for the organisation of the 2016 Distinguished University Lecture, Cardiff University, Prof. Irad Malkin, 'The Small Greek World' (Cardiff, SHARE)
  • 2013- Honorary Research Fellow, Department of History, Classics and Archaeology, Birkbeck, University of London, UK
  • July 2007: A.G. Leventis Foundation scholarship, for the academic year 2007-8
  • January 2007: The 2006 George Grote Prize for Ancient History (University of London)
  • September 2005: Hollier Scholarship in Greek, Greek & Latin Dept., University College London
  • 2004-7: Funding of my PhD research by the Greek State Scholarships Foundation (Ίδρυμα Κρατικὠν Υποτροφιών, I.K.Y.), following national competition (full fees and subsistence)

Professional memberships

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Member of the Advisory Council of the Institue of Classical Studies, School of Advanced Study, University of London
  • Member of the Council of University Classical Departments, UK (CUCD)
  • Branch Secretary of the Cardiff & District (Wales) Classical Association, UK
  • Member of the Societies for the Promotion of Hellenic and Roman Studies, UK
  • Member of the Classical Association, UK
  • Member of the Society for Classical Studies (former American Philological Association)

Academic positions

  • 2018-2019: Visiting Fellow, Institute of Classical Studies, School of Advanced Study, University of London
  • 2013-2014: Associate Lecturer and Honorary Research Fellow, Birkbeck, University of London
  • 2011-2012: University of London, Lecturer (Intercollegiate MA Course 'Sources and Methods in Ancient History')
  • 2010-2011: Teaching Fellow, University College London, and Associate Lecturer, Birkbeck, University of London
  • 2009-2010, 2005-2008: Postgraduate Teaching Assistant, University College London
  • 2007-2010: Associate Lecturer, Birkbeck, University of London
  • 2004-2006: Postgraduate Teaching Assistant, King's College London

Committees and reviewing

  • Postgraduate Tutor, Ancient History and Religion Department, 2022-
  • Member of the Open Research Integrity and Ethics Committee (ORIEC) for the University, 2021-
  • Examinations Officer for Ancient History, 2017-
  • Research Ethics Officer and Research Integrity Lead, SHARE (School), 2015-18
  • Ancient History Library Representative, 2014-18


  • Historia
  • Greece and Rome
  • Wiley Blackwell
  • Philologus
  • Oxford University Press
  • Journal of Hellenic Studies


I welcome supervision of suitable PhD candidates wishing to work on ancient Greek history and literature of the archaic and classical periods, especially Thucydides and its socio-political context; kinship theory and politics; Thucydides and Homer; myth; collective memory.

Current supervision

Ludovico Runco

Ludovico Runco

Graduate Tutor

Alex Heath

Alex Heath

Research student