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Dr Ian Repath

Dr Ian Repath

Senior Lecturer, Classics

Telephone number

+44 (0) 1792 602404

Email address

Office - 211
Second Floor
James Callaghan
Singleton Campus
Available For Postgraduate Supervision


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