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Dr Nikoletta Manioti

Leverhulme Early Career Fellow
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nm66@st-andrews.ac.uk

Phone: 01334 462613

Room: S17

Research profile

Research Interests

  • Latin epic
  • Greek and Roman myth
  • Roman women
  • Roman family
  • Geography and the representation of space

My first research projects dealt with epic heroines and family bonds. During my MPhil I looked into Ovid’s representation of the mother-child in his Metamorphoses, and examined the importance of Augustan ideology and contemporary art in the poet’s detailed description of childbirth and maternal affection. My PhD both expanded this theme to include all family bonds and restricted it to female epic characters, from sisters, mothers and daughters, to aunts and nieces, and even sisters-in-law. In particular I was interested in the epic expression of kinswomen’s feelings for each other, and in the extent to which this reflected Roman ideals and attitudes. My current research is taking me to a new and exciting direction, as I am now focusing on Latin epic bird’s eye views, whether it is a god perched on a cloud, a heroine leaning from a city wall, or a hero standing on a hill. How does the poet describe what they see? How much do contemporary concerns about geography and space, travel and mapmaking, influence his depiction? And what do these scenes tell us about the poem, its poet, and its readers?

Current research 

I am currently working on ‘View from Above: Aerial Perspectives in Latin Epic’, a three-year project funded by the Leverhulme Trust (see description above).

Research students

I am happy to supervise students working on any aspect of Roman women, family, myth, or literary representations of space. Please email me to discuss your plans.

Publications

Family in Flavian Epic
Manioti, N. Aug 2016 Leiden and Boston: Brill. (Mnemosyne Supplements; vol. 394)
Research output: Book/ReportAnthology

 

The view from the island: isolation, identity and exile in Roman versions of Ariadne
Manioti, N. 1 Mar 2017 Insularity, Identity and Epigraphy in the Roman World. Velaza, J. (ed.). Cambridge Scholars Publishing
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Becoming sisters: Antigone and Argia in Statius' Thebaid
Manioti, N. Aug 2016 Family in Flavian Epic. Manioti, N. (ed.). Leiden and Boston: Brill, p. 122-142 (Mnemosyne Supplements; vol. 394)
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Family in Flavian Epic
Manioti, N. Aug 2016 Family in Flavian Epic. Manioti, N. (ed.). Leiden and Boston: Brill, p. 1-13 (Mnemosyne Supplements; vol. 394)
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Another Medea? Violence and Procne's family in Ovid's "Metamorphoses" 6
Manioti, N. 1 Mar 2016 Violence in the Ancient and Medieval Worlds. Pimentel, C. & Simões Rodrigues, N. (eds.). Peeters, (Interdisciplinary Studies in Ancient Culture and Religion)
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

'In limine sedit: Aglauros and the barring of the lover in Ovid's Metamorphoses'
Manioti, N. 2010 Rosetta Journal Supplementary Edition: AMPAL 2009 Proceedings. p. 64-74
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

 

Circles and landscapes: Ceres’ flight over the Greco-Roman world
Manioti, N. 2017 In : Mnemosyne. 70, 1, p. 79-93
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

 

‘Review of Fletcher, K.F.B. (2014) Finding Italy: Travel, Colonization, and Nation in Vergil’s Aeneid. Ann Arbor [The University of Michigan Press]’
Manioti, N. 2016 In : Classical Review. 66, 2
Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

‘Review of Skempis, M. and Ziogas, I. (2014) Geography, Topography, Landscape: Configurations of Space in Greek and Roman Epic. Berlin and Boston [De Gruyter]’
Manioti, N. 2016 In : Classical Review. 66, 1, p. 7-9
Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

‘Review of Augoustakis, A., ed. (2013) Flavian Poetry and Its Greek Past. Leiden [Brill]’
Manioti, N. 2015 In : Classical Review. 65, 2, p. 466-468
Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

‘Review of Bettini, M. (2013) Women and Weasels. Mythologies of Birth in Ancient Greece and Rome, transl. by E. Eisenach. Chicago [University of Chicago Press]’
Manioti, N. 2014 In : Bryn Mawr Classical Review. 2014.03.16
Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

'Review of Stover, T. (2012) Epic and Empire in Vespasianic Rome. A New Reading of Valerius Flaccus' Argonautica. Oxford [OUP]'
Manioti, N. 2013 In : Classical Review. 63, 2, p. 445-447
Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

'Review of Hardie, P. ed. (2009) Paradox and the Marvellous in Augustan Literature and Culture. Oxford and London [OUP]'
Manioti, N. 2010 In : Journal of Classics Teaching. 20, p. 38-39
Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

 

Teaching

  • I teach Beginners Latin in sub-Honours, and lecture on Propertius
  • I also lecture to sub-Honours Classical Studies modules, on Virgil, Livy and Sallust
  • I offer two Honours Latin modules, ‘Roman Epic’ and ‘Women in Myth’
  • Finally I regularly contribute to the MLitt programme with ‘Roman Epic’

Academic Career

I started my studies in my hometown, Thessaloniki, and have been moving northwards ever since. After my BA in Philology at the Aristotle University (2002-2007) which included a semester in Florence as an Erasmus student, I came to the UK for an MPhil in Classics at Cambridge (2007-2008). I then did my PhD at Durham (2008-2012), which led to a Teaching Fellowship at St Andrews (2012-2014).

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