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Dr Jan Haywood

Profile summary

  • Central Academic Staff
  • Lecturer in Classical Studies
  • Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences
  • School of Art His, Class St, Eng&CW, Mus
  • Classical Studies
  • jan.haywood

Professional biography

I began my studies by reading for an undergraduate degree in History and a Master's degree in Classics at the University of Manchester. I then moved to the University of Liverpool, where I completed a PhD on the topic of Herodotean intertextuality under the supervision of Professor Tom Harrison and Professor Graham Oliver. Since then I have held two temporary teaching positions: first, as the J. P. Postgate University Teacher in Classics at the University of Liverpool; and secondly, as a Teaching Fellow in Ancient History at the University of Leicester. I joined the Open University as Lecturer in Classical Studies in January 2017.

Research interests

My research centres on ancient Greek historiography and its contexts, as well as the reception of the classical world in antiquity and beyond. At present, I am working on three major projects. First, I am putting the finishing touches to a revised version of my PhD thesis, Intertext and Allusion in Herodotus' Histories: Authority, Proof, Polemic (Univ. of Liverpool, 2013). The research identifies considerable connections between Herodotus' work and other textual sources (oracles, prose writers, epic poetry, etc.). In unearthing this extensive engagement with a wide range of texts in the Histories, my research challenges current perceptions of Herodotus as an historian reliant predominantly on oral sources.

Secondly, I am working on a co-authored volume with Dr Naoise Mac Sweeney (University of Leicester), entitled Dialogues with Homer's Iliad. This research explores the varied responses to Homer's version of the Trojan War in both ancient and modern media, from Attic pottery to the Elizabethan stage to Hollywood cinema. The research charts a complex, pluriform engagement with Homer's work, which many have engaged with both for its historical and literary merits.

Alognside these two projects, I am now beginning to work on a project that explores Xenophon's approach to leadership in the Anabasis. I have recently published an article on the importance of the gods in terms of explaining Xenophon's successful retreat back to Greece from Asia Minor. I am now looking to build on this work by exploring more fully Xenophon's sophisticated portrait of good and bad leadership in his work.



(Forthcoming, 2018): The Trojan War and its Receptions: Dialogues with Homer’s Iliad (Bloomsbury)

(Forthcoming): Intertext and Allusion in Herodotus’ Histories: Authority, Proof, Polemic

Articles and Reviews:

(Forthcoming): Entries for the new Wiley Herodotus Encyclopedia (including 'Reception of Herodotus: Ancient Greece and Rome', 'Lade' and 'Icthyophagoi').

2016: ‘Character and Motivation in Aeschylus’ Persae’, Syllecta Classica 27: 29-63.

2016: ‘Divine Narratives in Xenophon’s Anabasis’, Histos 10: 85-110.

2016: Review of E. Bridges, Imagining Xerxes: Ancient Perspectives on a Persian King, in Journal of Hellenic Studies 136. Read this here.

2016: Review of V. Zali, The shape of Herodotean rhetoric: a study of the speeches in Herodotus' Histories with special attention to books 5-9.  in Journal of Hellenic Studies 136. Read this here.

2014: Review of I. Torrance, Metapoetry in Euripides, in Bryn Mawr Classical Review. Read this online.

2012: Review of A. Hollmann, The Master of Signs: Signs and the Interpretation of Signs in Herodotus' Historiesin Bryn Mawr Classical Review. Read this online.

Teaching interests

I am the author for the classical Greece materials for Exploring the Classical World (A229), the remake of our gateway Level 2 Classical Studies module, which is currently in production and will have its first presentation in 2018. I am also on the module team for Reading Classical Greek: Language and Literature (A275) and MA Classical Studies part 1 (A863). In the past, I have taught a wide suite of modules that touch on numerous aspects of Classical Studies, as well as Greek and Roman history.


Divine Narratives in Xenophon's Anabasis (2016-08-27)
Haywood, Jan
Histos, 10 (pp. 85-110)
Character and Motivation in Aeschylus' Persae (2016)
Haywood, Jan
Syllecta Classica, 27 (pp. 29-63)
Homer's Iliad and the Trojan War: Dialogues on Tradition (2018)
Haywood, Jan and Mac Sweeney, Naoise
Bloomsbury Studies in Classical Reception
ISBN : 9781350012684 | Publisher : Bloomsbury (forthcoming) | Published : London
From Croesus to Pausanias: Tragic Individuals in Early Greek Historiography (2018)
Haywood, Jan
In: Haywood, Jan; Archibald, Zosia and Oliver, Graham eds. The Power of the Individual in Ancient Greece. Essays in honour of Professor J. K. Davies
Publisher : The Classical Press of Wales (In Press)

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