Dr Evelien Bracke
Senior Lecturer
Classics, Ancient History & Egyptology
Telephone: (01792) 602974
Room: Office - 103
First Floor
James Callaghan
Singleton Campus

As an undergraduate student, I studied Literature & Linguistics: Latin & Greek at the University Ghent (Belgium). I did my PhD thesis at the National University of Ireland Maynooth, for which I examined the tension between metis and magic in the poetic representations of two major mythological figures, Medea and Circe. My research partly focuses on the concepts of cunning intelligence (metis) and magic in ancient Greek and Roman poetry and myth, with a focus on gender, narrative, and linguistics.

I have worked at Swansea University as language tutor of Latin and Greek since 2008 and am now also Employability and School Liaison Officer for our Department. I am the coordinator for Wales of the Iris Project’s Literacy through Latin project for which my students go to local schools and teach Classics (both culture and languages). To support this project, I hold Leverhulme funding to examine the impact of learning Latin on primary age pupils. 

I am the secretary of the South West Wales branch of the Classical Association; see their website (www.swwclassicalassociation.weebly.com) for more information.

Finally, I am also the secretary of KYKNOS, the Swansea and Lampeter Centre for Narratives of the Ancient World. See http://kyknos.swan.ac.uk.

Areas of Expertise

  • Ancient Greek myth
  • poetry
  • and linguistics
  • Teaching approaches to ancient languages at primary level and in deprived areas

Publications

  1. Naar een democratisering van klassieketakenonderwijs? Praktische voorbeelden van differentiatie en dekolonisatie van het VK. Prora 22(2), 16-22.
  2. Klassieke talen in crisis? Internationale perspectieven. Kleio 46(2), 87-96.
  3. & The impact of learning Latin on school pupils: a review of existing data. The Language Learning Journal, 1-11.
  4. (2015). Learning Latin in Wales: report on research and practice. (n/a).
  5. The role of university student teachers in increasing Widening Participation to Classics. Journal of Widening Participation and Lifelong Learning 18(2), 111-129.

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Teaching

  • CL-M26 Greek Texts 1

    This is the first of two master¿s level modules dedicated to the in-depth study, translation, criticism and interpretation of a Greek text in the original.

  • CL-M29 Latin Texts 2

    This is the second of two master¿s level modules dedicated to the in-depth study, translation, criticism and interpretation of a relatively complex and sophisticated Latin text in the original. It is appropriate for students who have studied Latin for three years or more.

  • CL-M54A Postgraduate Further Greek 1

    Consolidation and extention of Greek language skills for students who have completed Intermediate Greek at level 2. Study of one or more prose texts in the original language.

  • CL-M59A Postgraduate Further Latin 2

    Consolidation and extension of Latin language skills for students who have completed CL-M58 Postgraduate Further Latin 1. Study of one or more straightforward verse texts in the original language.

  • CLC101 Of Gods and Heroes - Greek Mythology

    Greek mythology for us represents the beginnings of Western Civilisation. Greek myths are gripping tales in their own right, and through reception in literature and art they tell their own story as well as the story of those who received them, from Greek and Roman times to the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. This module introduces the greatest of all Greek heroes, Herakles, as seen through the eyes of archaic and classical Greeks, from the Homeric epics to the Attic tragedians of the fifth century BC. At the centre of the module will be four tragedies by Sophocles and Euripides, which will be studied both as self-contained plays produced for public performance and as part of an ongoing discourse negotiating the character of Herakles in an age of social, political and cultural change.

  • CLC205 Homer and Heroism: Homer

    A study, through English translation, of Homer's Iliad, concentrating on its representation of heroic society.

  • CLC305 Homer and Heroism: Homer

    A study, through English translation, of Homer's Iliad, concentrating on its representation of heroic society.

  • CLG125 Further Greek 1 (Level 1)

    Study of one or more straightforward prose texts in the original language

  • CLG225 Further Greek 1 (Level 2)

    Consolidation and extension of ancient Greek language skills for students who have completed Intermediate Greek at Level 1. Study of one or more straightforward prose texts in the original language

  • CLG227 Advanced Greek 1 (Level 2)

    Consolidation and extension of advanced ancient Greek language skills for students who have completed Further Greek at Level 1. Study of one or more straightforward relatively complex and sophisticated prose texts in the original language.

  • CLG228 Advanced Greek 2 (Level 2)

    Consolidation and extension of advanced ancient Greek language skills for students who have completed Further Greek at Level 1. Study of one or more straightforward relatively complex and sophisticated verse texts in the original language.

  • CLG325 Further Greek 1 (Level 3)

    Consolidation and extension of ancient Greek language skills for students who have completed Intermediate Greek at Level 2. Study of one or more straightforward prose texts in the original language.

  • CLG327 Advanced Greek 1 (Level 3)

    Consolidation and extension of advanced ancient Greek language skills for students who have completed Further Greek at Level 2. Study of one or more straightforward relatively complex and sophisticated prose texts in the original language.

  • CLG329 Advanced Greek 3

    Consolidation and extension of advanced ancient Greek language skills for students who have completed Advanced Greek 1 and 2 at Level 2. Study of one or more relatively complex and sophisticated prose texts in the original language.

  • CLG330 Advanced Greek 4

    Consolidation and extension of advanced ancient Greek language skills for students who have completed Advanced Greek 1 and 2 at Level 2. Study of one or more relatively complex and sophisticated verse texts in the original language.

  • CLL126 Further Latin 2 (Level 1)

    Consolidation and extension of Latin language skills for students entering the University with an A level (or equivalent) in Latin. Study of one or more straightforward verse texts in the original language.

  • CLL226 Further Latin 2 (Level 2)

    Consolidation and extension of Latin language skills for students who completed Intermediate Latin at Level 1. Study of one or more straightforward verse texts in the original language.

  • CLL228 Advanced Latin 2

    Consolidation and extension of advanced Latin language skills for students who have completed Further Latin at Level 1. Study of one or more relatively complex and sophisticated texts in the original language.

  • CLL326 Further Latin 2 (Level 3)

    Consolidation and extension of Latin language skills for students who began the study of Latin at Level 1. Study of one or more straightforward verse texts in the original language.

  • CLL328 Advanced Latin 2 (Level 3)

    Consolidation and extension of advanced Latin language skills for students who have completed Further Latin at Level 2. Study of one or more relatively complex and sophisticated texts in the original language.

  • CLL330 Advanced Latin 4

    Consolidation and extension of advanced Latin language skills for students who have completed Advanced Latin at Level 2. Study of one or more relatively complex and sophisticated texts in the original language.

History and Classics Career Guidance

I’m the Departmental Employability Officer. This means I help students with aspects of finding a job: I organise workshops to develop or help you to become aware of your skills, and invite former graduates and people in exciting jobs to come and tell you about how they became successful.

I can help with the following: If you don’t know what you want to do; CV and personal statement development; Getting work experience during your degree to prepare for graduation;  Finding subject-specific jobs, funding, and training; Any questions related to jobs and skills for History, Classics, Ancient History, and Egyptology

I don’t know all the answers but can usually refer you to someone who can help if I can’t. (Naturally I can’t take any responsibility for whether or not you are successful in job or PGCE applications...)

For 2014-15 I have designed a series of workshops and talks. You can find information about these at Careers events  As you can see, not all the details are finalized, but you will be updated in due time.

I have made workshops specifically for certain levels or career paths, so you might only want to attend those you are interested in. However, keep in mind that you can always learn by listening to inspiring people, so don’t exclude speakers just because they’re not speaking about the career you want to pursue.

For more information take a look at  Places to look for subject specific jobs

Email (e.bracke@swansea.ac.uk) to ask for an appointment, even if you just want to have a chat about your options.