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Dr Fiona Hobden

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Professional biography

On joining the Open University in September 2022, I also returned to Scotland, where I completed my degrees at the University of St Andrews, graduating with a PhD Ancient History in 2003.  The intervening years were spent in the University of Liverpool's Department of Archaeology, Classics & Egyptology, where my teaching and research ranged across topics in ancient Greek culture, society, politics and history and the reception of classical antiquity.  I particularly value the opportunities that my new role as Staff Tutor in Classical Studies brings to engage people from all backgrounds with the richness and diversity of human experience, past and present.

 

Research interests

My research circles around two interrelated questions, namely how did people living in classical antiquity think about and experience their world, and how does telling stories about classical antiquity help us to think about and experience ours.

Past projects have explored the use of inscriptional monuments in discussions of democracy and revolution; psycho-sociological, ethnographic, political, philosophical and religious aspects of the ancient Greek drinking party (e.g. The Symposion in Ancient Greek Society & Thought, 2013); the aesthetics, rhetorics and ideological strategies of television documentaries about classical antiquity (e.g. Ancient Greece on British Television, 2018, co-edited with Amanda Wrigley); and the moral and political ideas of the Athenian writer Xenophon (e.g. Xenophon, 2020).

My present research includes investigations into the physical, social and emotional dimensions of ageing in ancient Greece; the ethnographic 'edginess' of Anacharsis; the experiences and ethics of invasion in Xenophon’s Anabasis; and the gendering of television antiquities.

Teaching interests

I am involved in the modules A112 Cultures and A863 MA Classical Studies Part 1.

Publications

Redirecting the gaze: the woman and the gladiator on television in the twenty-first century (2020)
Hobden, Fiona and Potter, Amanda
New Voices in Classical Reception Studies. Conference Proceedings Volume Two, Article 3


Making leaders great again? Xenophon on leadership (2020)
Hobden, Fiona
Omnibus, 79


From philosophy to psychotherapy: retelling the story in Jeanette Winterson's Weight: The Myth of Atlas and Heracles (2005) (2016)
Hobden, Fiona
New Voices in Classical Reception Studies(11) (pp. 16-31)


Presenting the past: authenticity and authority in Athens: The Truth about Democracy (Lion TV, 2007) (2013-01)
Hobden, Fiona
Classical Receptions Journal, 5(1) (pp. 1-37)


Introduction (2013)
Hobden, Fiona and Kempf, Damien
Envisioning Landscapes: Adaptation & Renewal/Special Issue of Cultural History, 2(2) (pp. 125-132)


The archaeological aesthetic in ancient world documentary (2013)
Hobden, Fiona
Media, Culture & Society, 35(3) (pp. 366-381)


Did Euphiletus murder Eratosthenes? (2010)
Hobden, Fiona
Omnibus, 59 (pp. 11-13)


History meets fiction in Doctor Who, 'The Fires of Pompeii': a BBC reception of ancient Rome on screen and online (2009-10)
Hobden, Fiona
Greece & Rome, 56(2) (pp. 147-163)


Imagining past and present: a rhetorical strategy in Aeschines 3, "Against Ctesiphon" (2007-12)
Hobden, Fiona
Classical Quarterly, 57(2) (pp. 490-501)


The 'Men from Phyle' from agora to agôn: the rhetorical life of Athens' democratic counterrevolutionaries (2007)
Hobden, Fiona
Advances in the History of Rhetoric, 10 (pp. 151-174)


Reading Xenophon's Symposium (2005)
Hobden, Fiona
Ramus, 34(2) (pp. 93-111)


How to be a good symposiast and other lessons from Xenophon's Symposium (2004)
Hobden, Fiona
Proceedings of the Cambridge Philological Society, 50 (pp. 121-140)


Xenophon (2020-11-12)
Hobden, Fiona
Ancients in Action
ISBN : 9781474298483 | Publisher : Bloomsbury Academic | Published : London


The Symposion in Ancient Greek Society and Thought (2013-03)
Hobden, Fiona
ISBN : 9781316613733 | Publisher : Cambridge University Press | Published : Cambridge


Travels with Odysseus and the Odyssey in twenty-first-century television documentaries (2021)
Hobden, Fiona
In: Potter, Amanda and Gardner, Hunter eds. Ancient Epic in Film and Television. Screening Antiquity (pp. 135-151)
ISBN : 9781474473743 | Publisher : Edinburgh University Press | Published : Edinburgh


Spartacus: Blood and Sand (STARZ, 2010): a necessary fiction? (2019-12-13)
Hobden, Fiona
In: van Helden, Daniël and Witcher, Robert eds. Researching the Archaeological Past through Imagined Narratives: A Necessary Fiction. Routledge Studies in Archaeology (pp. 238-254)
ISBN : 978-1-138-30363-8 | Publisher : Routledge | Published : Abingdon, Oxon


Broadcasting Greece: an introduction to Greek antiquity on the small screen (2018-05)
Hobden, Fiona and Wrigley, Amanda
In: Hobden, Fiona and Wrigley, Amanda eds. Ancient Greece on British Television. Screening Antiquity (pp. 1-23)
ISBN : 9781474454650 | Publisher : Edinburgh University Press | Published : Edinburgh


Are We the Greeks? Understanding Antiquity and Ourselves in Television Documentaries (2018-05)
Hobden, Fiona
In: Hobden, Fiona and Wrigley, Amanda eds. Ancient Greece on British Television. Screening Antiquity (pp. 24-43)
ISBN : 9781474412599 | Publisher : Edinburgh University Press | Published : Edinburgh


Augustus and the politics of the past today in television documentaries (2018-04)
Hobden, Fiona
In: Goodman, Penelope ed. Afterlives of Augustus, AD 14 - 2014 (pp. 294-321)
ISBN : 978-1108423687 | Publisher : Cambridge University Press | Published : Cambridge


Ancient world documentaries (2017-08)
Hobden, Fiona
In: Pomeroy, Arthur ed. A Companion to Ancient Greece and Rome on Screen. Blackwell Companions to the Ancient World (pp. 491-514)
ISBN : 978-1-118-74135-1 | Publisher : Wiley-Blackwell | Published : Oxford


Between media and genres: Pompeii and the construction of historical knowledge on British television today (2016)
Hobden, Fiona
In: Sabban, Annette and Jaki, Sylvia eds. Wissenformate in den Medien: Analysen aus Medienlinguistik und Medienwissenschaft. Kulturen – Kommunikation – Kontakte (25) (pp. 119-138)
ISBN : 978-3732902019 | Publisher : Frank & Timme | Published : Berlin


Xenophon's Oeconomicus (2016)
Hobden, Fiona
In: Flower, Michael A. ed. The Cambridge Companion to Xenophon (pp. 152-173)
ISBN : 978-1107652156 | Publisher : Cambridge University Press | Published : Cambridge


Andron (2014)
Hobden, Fiona
In: Smith, Claire ed. Encyclopedia of Global Archaeology (pp. 243-247)
ISBN : 9781441904263 | Publisher : Springer | Published : New York, NY


Symposion (2014)
Hobden, Fiona
In: Smith, Claire ed. Encyclopedia of Global Archaeology (pp. 7189-7193)
ISBN : 9781441904263 | Publisher : Springer | Published : New York


Introduction (2012)
Hobden, Fiona and Tuplin, Christopher
In: Hobden, Fiona and Tuplin, Christopher eds. Xenophon: Ethical Principles and Historical Enquiry (pp. 1-41)
ISBN : 9789004224377 | Publisher : Brill | Published : Leiden


Enter The Divine: Sympotic Performance And Religious Experience (2011)
Hobden, Fiona
In: Lardinois, André; Blok, Josine and Van Der Poel, Marc eds. Sacred Words: Orality, Literacy and Religion.. Orality and Literature in the Ancient World (8) (pp. 37-58)
ISBN : 9789004194120 | Publisher : Brill | Published : Leiden


The politics of the symposion (2009-08-20)
Hobden, Fiona
In: Boys-Stones, George; Graziosi, Barbara and Vasunia, Phiroze eds. The Oxford Handbook of Hellenic Studies (pp. 271-280)
ISBN : 9780199286140 | Publisher : Oxford University Press | Published : Oxford


Symposion and the rhetorics of commensality in Demosthenes 19, On the False Embassy (2009)
Hobden, Fiona
In: Mann, Christian; Haake, Matthias and von den Hoff, Ralf eds. Rollenbilder in der athenischen Demokratie: Medien, Gruppen, Räume im politischen und sozialen System (pp. 71-87)
ISBN : 9783895007125 | Publisher : Reichert Verlagen | Published : Wiesbaden


Ancient Greece on British Television (2018-05)
Hobden, Fiona and Wrigley, Amanda eds.
Screening Antiquity
ISBN : 9781474454650 | Publisher : Edinburgh University Press | Published : Edinburgh


Envisioning Landscapes: Adaptation & Renewal (2013)
Hobden, Fiona and Kempf, Damien eds.
Special Issue of Cultural History, volume 2.2
Publisher : Edinburgh University Press | Published : Edinburgh


Xenophon: Ethical Principles and Historical Inquiry (2012)
Hobden, Fiona and Tuplin, Christopher eds.
ISBN : 9789004224377 | Publisher : Brill | Published : Leiden