School of History, Classics and Archaeology

Staff Profile

Dr Athanassios Vergados

Reader in Greek


Athanassios Vergados received his first degree in Classics at the University of Athens and pursued postgraduate studies at the University of Virginia. Before joining Newcastle University he taught in the USA and in Germany. His research interests include Greek poetry (esp. hymnic and didactic), ancient etymology and linguistic thought, and papyrology. He is currently completing the revisions of a monograph on Hesiod's linguistic thought and is working on two collaborative projects: a commentary on Hesiod's Theogony for the Cambridge Greek and Latin Classics Series (with Jenny Strauss Clay) and an edition of 30 documentary papyri from the collection of Columbia University (with Amphilochios Papathomas).

He is keen to hear from prospective research students who wish to work on Greek poetry or ancient etymology and linguistic thought.


  • Ph.D. (Classics), University of Virginia, 2007
  • M.A. (Classics), University of Virginia, 2002
  • B.A. / Πτυχίο (Classics), National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, 1999
  • Degree in Music (Violin), Ἑλληνικὸν Ὠδεῖον, Athens, 1996

Academic Employment:

  • March 2017 -  today: Reader in Greek, Newcastle University
  • Oct. 2013- Feb. 2017: W-3 Professur für Klassische Philologie: Griechische Literaturwissenschaft, University of Heidelberg (temporary, 5-year position at the rank of Full Professor)
  • Aug. 2012 - July 2013: Assistant Professor of Classics (tenure-track), University of Tennessee / Knoxville
  • Sept. 2010- July 2012: Postdoctoral Research Fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation at the Seminar für Klassische Philologie, University of Heidelberg
  • July 2007 - June 2010: Visiting Assistant Professor of Classics, Franklin & Marshall College / Lancaster, PA
  • Aug. 2001 - May 2007: Postgraduate teaching assistant, University of Virginia


  • Hesiod's Verbal Craft: Studies in Hesiod's Linguistic Thought and its Ancient Reception (accepted for publication in Oxford University Press).
  • A Commentary on the Homeric Hymn to Hermes, Texte und Kommentare 41, Walter De Gruyter: Berlin / New York, Nov. 2012 (XVI 717p.) || Reviews: Religious Studies Review 40 (2014) 40 (A. Faulkner); Classical World 107.3 (2014) 415–7 (C. Nobili); Exemplaria Classica 18 (2014) 197–200 (I. Taida); Journal of Hellenic Studies 135 (2015) 184–5 (A. Kelly); Gnomon 89 (2017) 107–10 (J. Klooster).

Edited Volumes:

  • (with Jenny Strauss Clay), Thinking in Images: Imagery in Greek and Roman Didactic Poetry (under contract with Brill).
  • (with A. Faulkner and A. Schwab), The Reception of the Homeric Hymns, Oxford University Press, 2016.

Articles in peer-reviewed journals and book chapters:

  • Ὁ ὁμηρικὸς ὕμνος στὸν Ἑρμῆ.” Forthcoming in F. Manakidou & M. Noussia, Ἀρχαῖοι Ἑλληνικοὶ Ὕμνοι, Athens.
  • “Hermes and the Figs (On P.Oxy. 17.2084).” Forthcoming in: J. F. Miller & J. Strauss Clay (eds.), Tracking Hermes/ Mercury, OUP.
  •  "Der Dichter als Leser und (Fehl-)interpret: Hesiod in den homerischen Scholien." In: J. Grethlein & A. Rengakos (eds.), Griechische Literaturgeschichtsschreibung. Traditionen, Probleme und Konzepte (De Gruyter), p. 271–97.
  • “Zusammenspiel von Gattung und Interpretation in Euripides Bakchen 266-327.” Antike und Abendland 62 (2016) 38–57.
  • Article “Hermes”. Oxford Bibliographies Online 2016.
  • (with A. Faulkner and A. Schwab), “Introduction. The Homeric Hymns’ Reception in Hellenistic Literature.” In: A. Faulkner, A. Vergados, and A. Schwab (eds.), The Reception of the Homeric Hymns, OUP, 2016, 1–26.
  • “The Homeric Hymns in the Prose Hymns of Aelius Aristides.” In: A. Faulkner, A. Schwab, and A.Vergados (eds.), The Reception of the Homeric Hymns, OUP, 2016, 165–86.
  • “Introduction to and commentary on Corinna PMG 654, 655, 664, 690.” In: D. Sider (ed.), Hellenistic Poetry: A Selection (University of Michigan Press), 2016, p. 243–64.
  • “Introduction to and commentary on Philoxenus PMG 836 (‘Attic Dinner’).” In: D. Sider (ed.), Hellenistic Poetry: A Selection (University of Michigan Press), 2016, p. 485–509.
  • “Narrative Strategies and the Reception of Hesiod in Callimachus’ Loutra Pallados.” In: A. Faulkner & O. Hodkinson (eds.), Hymnic Narrative and the Narratology of Greek Hymns, Brill: Leiden/Boston, 2015, p. 69–86.
  • “Stitching Narratives: Unity and Episode in Hesiod.” in: Chr. Werner, A. Dourado-Lopes & E. Werner (eds.), Tecendo narrativas: Unidade e episódio na literatura grega antiga, São Paulo, 2015, p. 29–54.
  • “Defining δίκη in Hesiod’s Works and Days.” In: M. Christopoulos & M. Paizi-Apostolopoulou (eds.), Ἔγκλημα καὶ τιμωρία στὴν ὁμηρικὴ καὶ ἀρχαϊκὴ ποίηση (Crime and Punishment in Homeric and Archaic Poetry). Proceedings of the 12th International Symposium on the Odyssey, Ithaca, 2014, 367–78.
  • “Form and Function of Some Theban Resonances in Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey.” In: C. Tsangalis (ed.), Theban Resonances in Homeric Epic, De Gruyter: Berlin/Boston, 2014, p. 423–37.
  • “Etymologie und Aitiologie bei Hesiod: die Musennamen in der Theogonie.” In: Chr. Reitz & A. Walter (eds.), Dichtung und Ursache: Strukturen aitiologischen Denkens, Olms: Hildesheim/Zürich/New York, 2014, p. 105–40.
  • “What Was He Reading Exactly? Marcus Argentarius, AP 9.161 (= GP 1369–72), and Hesiod’s Works and Days.” Illinois Classical Studies 38 (2013) 65–80.
  • “An Unnoticed Testimonium to the Hesiodic Melampodia? PSI 14.1398 and [Hesiod] Melampodia fr. 276 M.-W. (= 212 Most).” Philologus 157 (2013) 5–15.
  • “The Cyclopes and the Hundred-Handers in Hesiod, Theogony 139–53.” Hermes 141 (2013) 1–7.
  • “Commenting on the Homeric Hymn to Hermes: Between Philology and History.” In: R. Bouchon, P. Brillet-Dubois, N. Le Meur-Weissman (eds.), Hymnes de la Grèce antique: approaches littérraires et historiques, Maison de l’Orient et de la Méditerranée, Lyon, 2012, p. 191–98 (submitted October 2008).
  • “Verbal Performances in Lucian’s Symposium.” Ἀρχαιογνωσία 16 (2012) 225–43.
  • “Hesychius, s.v. στορεύς (σ 1933).” Glotta 88 (2012) 224–31.
  • “ἐρίηρος ἀοιδός (θ 62—3): Etymologisches Wortspiel in der Odyssee.” Wiener Studien 125 (2012) 7–22.
  • (with Shawn O’Bryhim) “Reconsidering Catullus’ passer.” Latomus 16 (2012) 101–13.
  • “Corinna’s Poetic Mountains: PMG 654 col. I 1–34 and Hesiodic Reception.” Classical Philology 107 (2012) 101–18.
  • “Wein, Weib und Gesang: on Catullus 27.” Classica et Mediaevalia 62 (2011) 153–67.
  • “Edition of P.Duke Inv. 913: Letter of Hermias to Apollon.” Bulletin of the American Society of Papyrologists 48 (2011) 51–60.
  • “The Homeric Hymn to Hermes: Humour and Epiphany.” In: A. Faulkner (ed.), The Homeric Hymns: Interpretative Essays (Oxford University Press, 2011), p. 83–104.
  • “Shifting Focalization in the Homeric Hymn to Hermes: the Case of Hermes’ Cave.” Greek Roman and Byzantine Studies 51 (2011) 1–25.
  • “Hesiod, Hellanikos und Hermes (zu ZPE 160 (2007) 15–23).” Zeitschrift für Papyrologie und Epigraphik 170 (2010) 20–21.
  • “Nicarchus A.P. xi 328 and Homeric Interpretation.” Mnemosyne 63 (2010) 406–23.
  • P.Mich. Inv. 1715: Letter from Simades to Pynas.” Bulletin of the American Society of Papyrologists 46 (2009) 59–68.
  • “Penelope’s Fat Hand Reconsidered (Odyssey 21.6).” Wiener Studien 122 (2009) 7–20.
  • “Homer’s Iliad and the Unity of Sophocles’ Ajax.” In: E. Karamalengou and E. Makrygianni (eds.), Ἀντιφίλησις. Studies on Classical, Byzantine and Modern Greek Literature and Culture in Honour of John-Theophanes A. Papademetriou (Franz Steiner Verlag Stuttgart, 2009), 154–60.
  • “The Homeric Hymn to Hermes v. 51 and Antigonus of Carystus.” Classical Quarterly 57.2 (2007) 737–42.

Conferences organised:

  • (with Jenny Strauss Clay and Anke Walter) “Time and Eternity: the Conception of Time in Archaic Greek Literature”, to be held at the University of Virginia, Sept. 22–24, 2017 [supported by the University of Virginia Department of Classics, the Ancient History Fund, the UVa College of Arts and Sciences, the UVa Institute for Global Humanities, and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation]
  • (with Jenny Strauss Clay) “Teaching through Images: Imagery in Greek and Roman Didactic Poetry”, Heidelberg, July 1–3, 2016 [supported by the foundation Humanismus heute]
  • Workshop on philological commentaries, Heidelberg, June 20, 2015.
  • (with Andrew Faulkner) Conference on “Greek poetry, from Homer to Nonnus”, Heidelberg, June 13, 2015
  • (with Andrew Faulkner and Andreas Schwab), “The Reception of the Homeric Hymns”, Heidelberg, June 22-24, 2014 [supported by the Fritz Thyssen Foundation]
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    Research Interests

    Ancient Greek poetry (esp. hymnic and didactic), ancient etymology and linguistic thought, papyrology.


    Teaching in 2017/18

    Semester 1 (as module leader or contributor):

    • CAC2063, Approaches to Greek Mythology 
    • CAG1001/CAG8097, Beginners' Greek 
    • CAG1011, Intermediate Greek 
    • CAG2001, Stage 2 Greek, Interpretation of texts 
    • CAC8009, Masterclass in Classics, Text and Performance

    Semester 2 (as module leader or contributor):

    • CAG2001, Stage 2 Greek, Interpretation of texts (Euripides, Cyclops)
    • CAG3001, Stage 3 Greek, Interpretation of texts (Theocritus)
    • CAC1015, How should I live? An introduction to ancient moral philosophy)
    • CAC2001, Researching the Classics
    • CAC8010, Masterclass in Classics
    • HIS2240, Greece from antiquity to modern times.

    Note that there are no regular office hours during nont-teaching weeks. Please email me for an appointment.