School of History, Classics and Archaeology

Staff Profile

Dr Stephanie Holton

Teacher in Classics


MA Hons Classics (Edinburgh); MSc Classics (Edinburgh); PhD Classics (London)

I grew up in a small town in Northern Ireland, before heading off to the 'mainland' to study Classics at university. I joined Newcastle in September 2018; prior to this, I was a Visiting Tutor in Greek Literature at Royal Holloway, and taught on the University of London's International Programme.

Broadly speaking, my primary research interest is early Greek thought in the long stretch from Homer to Plato. I am particularly interested in the psychophysiological investigations of the 'Presocratic' and 'Hippocratic' writers, and how their ideas are situated in and interact with wider Greek literature and culture. My doctoral research, which is under contract for publication as a monograph with Routledge, examined how sleep and dreams together were understood in early Greek thought as part of the growing investigation into natural phenomena. 

Beyond this, I am also interested in the reception of the ancient world by a wide array of writers - esp. Rabelais, C.S. Lewis, Philip K Dick, Seamus Heaney - as well as the reception of the classical tradition in both the architecture and political culture of the Ascendancy. 

Semester 2 Feedback and Consultation Hours: Thursday 11am - 12pm


International Association for Presocratic Studies

Classical Association of Northern Ireland

Ulster Architectural Heritage Society

Women Aloud NI

UK Council for Graduate Education

UK Council of International Student Affairs



As Lecturer:

CAG2001 Greek Interpretation of Texts: Plato's Phaedo 

CAG2001 Skills for Classicists 

CAG1012 Intermediate Greek Language and Literature 2 (Module Leader)

As Contributor:

CAG1011 Intermediate Greek Language and Literature 1 

CAC1014 Tragedy, Comedy, History: The World of Greek Literature 

CAC1015 How Should I Live? An Introduction to Ancient Moral Philosophy 

CAC2052/3052 Foundations of European Drama: Tragedy in Greece and Rome