Fritz-Gregor Herrmann’s area of research is Ancient Philosophy and Literature, with a focus on Plato, Greek tragedy and Thucydides. His special interest is the relationship between words and ideas, and the way in which tradition and innovation in language influence the way thoughts are developed, formulated, expressed and presented. He is currently working on conceptualisations of decision-making in early Greek thought and on continuities and differences between the political psychologies of Thucydides and Plato. His teaching covers Ancient Philosophy and Literature as well as Greek and Latin Language. Past and present PhD research topics supervised include Plato on Poetry, Mathematics in Plato’s Republic, and Aeschylus’ Theology.

Areas of Expertise

  • Ancient Philosophy
  • Plato
  • Presocratics
  • Greek Literature
  • Aeschylus
  • Greek Language
  • Latin Language
  • Comparative Philology
  • Ancient History


  1. Herrmann, F. Poetry in Plato’s Gorgias (Ed.), Plato and the Poets 21 40 Leiden Brill, Mnemosyne Supplements
  2. Herrmann, F., Repath, I. Some Organic Readings in Narrative, Ancient and Modern Ian Repath and Fritz-Gregor Herrmann(Ed.), Groningen Barkhuis and Groningen University Library


  • CL-M00 Word, Metaphor, Allegory: Effective Models of Reality


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

    Dissertation in Ancient History or an approved Classical subject.

  • 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.

  • CLC103 Introduction to Ancient Philosophy and Rhetoric

    An introduction to philosophical argument in the dialogue form.

  • CLC206 Reading Classical Civilisation

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

  • CLC209 Decision and Responsibility: The Tragic Predicament

    A study, through English translation, of selected Greek tragedies, with a focus on the role of the individual in society.

  • CLC309 Decision and Responsibility: The Tragic Predicament

    A study, in English translation, of Greek tragedy, its themes, techniques and social civic functions, with particular relevance to Aischylos' Oresteia trilogy and the Theban plays of Sophokles.

  • 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.

  • CLG106 Intermediate Greek Language (post-GCSE or equivalent) II

    this module is a continuation of CLG105.

  • CLG125 Further Greek 1 (Level 1)

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

  • CLG204 Intermediate Greek Language II (post-Beginning Greek Language)

    This module is a continuation of CLG203.

  • CLG322 Intermediate Greek Language II

    Continuation of CLG321.


  • The Representation of Gods and Divine Beings in Chariton's 'Kallirhoe' (current)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Dr Ian Repath