School of History, Classics and Archaeology

Jordan Bayley

Jordan Bayley

British Histories: The reception of Herodotus’ Histories into British domestic life throughout the long nineteenth century.

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Project outline

The project explores the phenomenon of Herodotean reception in Britain throughout the long nineteenth century, with emphasis on Herodotus’ inclusion into literature, art, and the home. The project explores a number of case studies to ascertain the role that Herodotean receptions played in the domestic images of the British Empire at a time when the classics were rife in the European imagination. It will explore who was likely to come into contact with the references being made to the historian, and what meanings these references were intended to convey. This will be done in order to evaluate how instances of Herodotean reception shaped images of Empire, of British life, and what is meant to be a British citizen during the period. This will be achieved through the evaluation of a number of different forms of evidence including poetry and prose, artwork, satire, evidence from public exhibitions, and media engagement across newspapers and serial magazines. This evaluation will be achieved by means of an interdisciplinary approach using reception theory, postcolonial theory, literary criticism, and iconology.

Conference papers

May 2018: “El significado de pietas en las glandes inscriptae del bellum Sertorianum: bases para una propuesta de interpretación histórica”. Talk in the “XVII Encuentro de Jóvenes Investigadores de Historia Antigua”, Complutense University of Madrid.
May 2018: “Nueva interpretación histórica del templo dedicado a Iovis Stator de Cartagena”. Talk in the “XII Congreso Internacional de la Sociedad Española de Ciencias de las Religiones”, University of Zaragoza.
October 2017: “Sic semper tyrannis. Creación y recepción de arquetipos perversos en la serie Roma” (co-author with David García Domínguez). Poster for the conference “En los Márgenes de Roma. Apropiaciones y reinterpretaciones de la Antigüedad romana en la cultura de masas contemporánea”, Autonomous University of Madrid.
June 2017: “The Sertorian War as a bellum civile: an outlook from the 4th and 5th centuries AD”. Talk in the “18th Annual Postgraduate Colloquium Centre for Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek Studies (CBOMGS)”, University of Birmingham.
May 2017: “Quinto Sertorio Proconsole: Gli slogan e i simboli sulle glandes inscriptae”. Lecture for the Department of Humanities of the Ca’ Foscari University of Venice.
March 2017: “Cicatrices adverso corpore. Il corpo come esempio di virtù nel discorso politico degli homines novi durante il bellum Sertorianum”. Talk in the “Seminario Poikilia II”, Department of Humanities of the Ca’ Foscari University of Venice.
December 2016: “Relaciones de poder en la serie Roma a través de los personajes de Marco Antonio y Atia” (with David García Domínguez). Talk in the 19th Conferences of the Department of Classics, Autonomous University of Madrid.
April 2016: “La influencia del pensamiento griego en la actividad política de Tiberio Graco”. Talk in the 3rd International Congress of Young Researchers of the Ancient World (“III Congreso Internacional de Jóvenes Investigadores del Mundo Antiguo”), University of Murcia.
April 2018: ‘Dining on the Histories’  Conference paper given at the ‘Herodotus’ Egyptian logos and its afterlife’ workshop. April 6th 2018, St Andrews’ University.

Academic qualifications

BA Combined Honours in Ancient History and History, 2.1 from Newcastle University
MA Classics and Ancient History, distinction from Newcastle University