School of History, Classics and Archaeology

Staff Profile

Dr Oliver Passmore

Associate Researcher


I read Classics at St Andrews (MA, 2004-8) and Cambridge (MPhil, 2012; PhD, 2016). My doctoral thesis studied the role of choral song and dance in early Greek hexameter poetry.

I was a Teaching Fellow in Greek in the School of History, Classics and Archaeology at Newcastle University (Jan-Sep 2017). Currently I'm a Visiting Fellow within the School. Before coming to Newcastle, I was a graduate teaching assistant and faculty supervisor within the Faculty of Classics at Cambridge.


My research focuses on early Greek literature, particularly Homer, Hesiod, the Homeric Hymns, and Pindar.

I am interested in the representation of chorality within these texts, and its broader significance for issues of poetics. Linked to this is an interest in deixis and performance.

Details of my publications can be found on my webpage:

My current research projects include: articles on Homer, Hesiod's Theogony, and the Homeric Hymn to Apollo.

Two longer term projects include preparing my doctoral thesis for publication as a monograph, and a new research project on song and technology in Greek epic.