Dr Ian Repath
Senior Lecturer
Classics, Ancient History & Egyptology
Telephone: (01792) 602404
Room: Office - 211
Second Floor
James Callaghan
Singleton Campus

I am a Classicist with a particular interest in Greek and Latin fiction, especially the ancient novels. My teaching ranges widely in Greek and Latin literature and language, and I am particularly privileged to have the opportunity to teach the texts I work on to both undergraduate and postgraduate students. My research is focused on a variety of aspects of how ancient authors created fictional stories, constructing imaginative and literary worlds to entertain, stimulate, and challenge their readers. I am currently working on a number of projects, the core of which is an investigation into how the ancient Greek novelists exploit their readers’ knowledge of other texts, and how they reflect on the nature of their own creations.

I did my first degree, in Classics, at the University of Oxford and then my PhD at the University of Warwick. I subsequently held posts at Warwick, the University of Nottingham, and the University of Wales Lampeter, before coming to Swansea because of the concentration of interest here in ancient narrative literature. Since 2015, I have been leader of KYKNOS, the Centre for Research on the Narrative Literatures of the Ancient World.

Areas of Expertise

  • Ancient Greek and Latin prose fiction
  • Greek and Latin novels
  • Achilles Tatius
  • Heliodorus
  • Longus
  • Intertextuality, especially with Plato and Homer
  • Metaliterary aspects of ancient texts


  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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  • 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.

  • CLC203 The Greek Romance: Sea, Sun and Sex

    A study, in English translation, of the ancient Greek novel in its historical and cultural context, concentrating on Longus' Daphnis and Chloe and Heliodoros' Ethiopian Story.

  • CLC206 Reading Classical Civilisation

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

  • CLC303 The Greek Romance: Sea, Sun and Sex

    A study, in English translation, of the ancient Greek novel in its historical and cultural context, concentrating on Longus' Daphnis and Chloe and Heliodoros' Ethiopian Story.

  • 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.


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

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Dr Fritz-Gregor Herrmann
    Other supervisor: Dr Ian Repath
  • The representation of Persians in the ancient Greek novel«br /»«br /»«br /»«br /»«br /»«br /»«br /» (awarded 2019)

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

Research Groups


    The Centre for Research on the Narrative Literatures of the Ancient World