Dr Ian Repath
Senior Lecturer
Classics, Ancient History & Egyptology
Telephone: (01792) 602404

Dr Repath is Lecturer in Classics and teaches widely in the areas of Greek and Latin literature and language. He is also Undergraduate Admissions Officer for the Department of History and Classics. He obtained his first degree, in Classics, from the University of Oxford in 1998, and his PhD from the University of Warwick in 2002, with a thesis on the influence of Plato on the ancient Greek novel of Achilles Tatius. He is a founding member of KYKNOS, the Swansea, Lampeter, and Exeter Centre for Research in Ancient Narrative Literatures.

Publications

  1. 'Cleitophon the Charlatan'. In S. Panayotakis, G. Schmeling, and M. Paschalis (Ed.), Holy Men and Charlatans in the Ancient Novel. (pp. 47-68). Groningen: Barkhuis.
  2. 'Yours Truly? Letters in Achilles Tatius'. In O. Hodkinson, P. A. Rosenmeyer, and E. Bracke (Ed.), Epistolary Narratives in Ancient Greek Literature. (pp. 237-262). Leiden: Brill.
  3. 'Platonic Love and Erotic Education in Longus’ Daphnis and Chloe'. In K. Doulamis (Ed.), Echoing Narratives: Studies of Intertextuality in Greek and Roman Prose Fiction. (pp. 99-122). Groningen: Barkhuis.
  4. 'Plato in Petronius: Petronius in platanona'. Classical Quarterly 60(2), 577-595.
  5. ‘Emotional Conflict and Platonic Psychology in the Greek Novel’. In J. R. Morgan and Meriel Jones (Ed.), Philosophical Presences in the Greek Novel. Ancient Narrative Supplementum 10. (pp. 53-84). Groningen: Barkhuis.

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Teaching

  • CL-M08 Research Methodologies in Ancient History

    This module is designed to develop academic research skills, an understanding of the methods used in the advanced study of Classics and Ancient History, and a grasp of appropriate ways of presenting the results of such study.

  • CL-M09 Dissertation in Ancient History and or Classical Literature

    Dissertation in Ancient History or an approved Classical subject.

  • CL-M49 Romance Refracted and novels renewed

    A study of secondary and marginal narrative fiction in the Roman imperial to the Byzantine periods.

  • CL-M50 Narrative genres and theory

    A series of case-studies surveying the narrative literature of classical antiquity, and exploring appropriate literary and cultural theory.

  • 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.

  • CLC204 The Roman Comic Novel: Excrement and Sacrament

    This module studies, through English translations, the two surviving Roman comic novels, the `Satyrica¿ of Petronius, and the `Metamorphoses¿ (`The Golden Ass¿) of Apuleius. These ostensibly bawdy and comic texts are in fact works of great literary sophistication, and invite reading at several different levels. The lectures will concentrate on close reading and interpretation, but also set the novels in a variety of contexts: historical, cultural, religious and philosophical. The generic identity of the `Satyrica¿, its connection with other literary genres, and its relevance to the Neronian period will be explored; Federico Fellini's film of the `Satyrica¿ will be shown and discussed. In connection with Apuleius' novel, students will also read some relevant Platonic philosophy (especially the myth of the soul in `Phaidros¿), and learn something about the mystery religions of the Roman Empire, of which Apuleius was a devotee and of which his novel seems to be in part an allegory.

  • CLC206 Reading Classical Civilisation

    An introduction to some central themes and approaches in the study of Classical Civilisation.

  • CLC304 The Roman Comic Novel: Excrement and Sacrament

    This module studies, through English translations, the two surviving Roman comic novels, the `Satyrica¿ of Petronius, and the `Metamorphoses¿ (`The Golden Ass¿) of Apuleius. These ostensibly bawdy and comic texts are in fact works of great literary sophistication, and invite reading at several different levels. The lectures will concentrate on close reading and interpretation, but also set the novels in a variety of contexts: historical, cultural, religious and philosophical. The generic identity of the `Satyrica¿, its connection with other literary genres, and its relevance to the Neronian period will be explored; Federico Fellini's film of the `Satyrica¿ will be shown and discussed. In connection with Apuleius' novel, students will also read some relevant Platonic philosophy (especially the myth of the soul in `Phaidros¿), and learn something about the mystery religions of the Roman Empire, of which Apuleius was a devotee and of which his novel seems to be in part an allegory.

  • CLD300 Classics, Ancient History, Egyptology Dissertation

    Dissertation module for students doing single honours or joint honours degrees in Classics, Classical Civilisation, Ancient History or Egyptology. The aim is for students to do detailed research, to work on a project for several months and to produce a scholarly study of c. 8000-10000 words. The dissertation topic can be chosen freely, in consultation with a member of academic staff and subject to compatibility with a student's degree scheme and availability of supervisors and library material. This is a chance for students to pursue an area in which they are especially interested, and to deal with it in depth. Students may choose to do museum-based research. There are two preparatory pieces of assessment: an abstract, outline and bibliography, and an analysis of crucial source material and/or secondary literature. Work on the dissertation itself takes up most of the two semesters. Students are expected to do research independently, but there is a series of lectures in the first semester to provide advice on research and scholarly writing, Every student will be assigned a supervisor who will be organising group sessions with his/her supervisees and who will also be available for one-to-one supervision sessions.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • CLP200 Level 2 Project

    This module enables students to expand their knowledge of the Classical and/or ancient Egyptian world in an area of their own choice, and to experiment with a method of communicating that knowledge which is different from the usual assessment practices of essay-writing and exam-writing. They might undertake research that leads to (for example) the construction of a database, the reconstruction of some ancient Greco-Roman or Egyptian artefact, or the production of a storyboard, play script or dramatisation. They might acquire experience of a communication method which could be of use in a future career, e.g. by constructing a teaching plan, writing in a journalistic or creative style, or planning a museum exhibit. They might choose to experiment with a different medium of communication, e.g. video, website. The topic and form of the project chosen must both be approved by the module convener.

Supervision

  • The representation of Persians in the ancient Greek novel. (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Ian Repath
    Other supervisor: Dr Maria Pretzler
  • Marriage in the Ancient Greek Novels (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Ian Repath
    Other supervisor: Dr Maria Pretzler