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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 ( for more information.

Finally, I am also the secretary of KYKNOS, the Swansea and Lampeter Centre for Narratives of the Ancient World. See

Areas of Expertise

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


  1. Bracke, E. Naar een democratisering van klassieketakenonderwijs? Praktische voorbeelden van differentiatie en dekolonisatie van het VK. Prora, 22(2), 16-22.
  2. Bracke, E. Klassieke talen in crisis? Internationale perspectieven. Kleio, 46(2), 87-96.
  3. Bracke, E. & Bradshaw, C. The impact of learning Latin on school pupils: a review of existing data. The Language Learning Journal, 1-11.
  4. Bracke, E. 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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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 ( to ask for an appointment, even if you just want to have a chat about your options.