School of History, Classics and Archaeology

Staff Profile

Dr Susanna Phillippo

Senior Lecturer in Classics



BA (Oxon), PhD (St. Andrews)
Personal Tutor and Research modules leader: Classical Studies and English QQ83

Teaching Strands: Greek literature & language, Classical Tradition
Research Interests: Greek tragedy; Greek literary influence on European literature and culture, especially in 16th—18th-C French drama (and other European drama) and in 18th-C opera.

New approaches to Greek beginners' language teaching.

Research supervision areas: Greek tragedy (especially Euripides); the later influence of Greek literature in western literature, music and art, especially with regard to Greek tragedy, Homer, and Plutarch; Homeric epic. 

After teaching and research posts in St. Andrews and Oxford, Dr. Phillippo moved to Newcastle in 1997, where she has pursued research interests in the Classical Tradition; taught widely in Greek literature and developed courses on the Classical Tradition, as well as the innovative 'Greek in Action' modules; and moved into the house where Alan Shearer grew up in Gosforth.

To see examples of the Greek/Latin in Action approach pioneered by Dr Phillippo, you can look at the following:

Latin in Action: Higher Education Academy: Teaching Ancient Languages Workshops

  • Under 2009 Bristol, click on link to ‘The Latin in Action method’, Susanna Phillippo


Having taken her first degree in Classics and Modern Languages (Classical Greek and French) at Oriel College, Oxford, Dr. Phillippo then moved to the University of St. Andrews in 1989 to pursue doctoral research on the influence of Euripides on 17th-century French tragedy. Her first post, as Teaching and Research Fellow in Greek at St. Andrews (1992-1995) introduced her to teaching Greek at beginners' level, an area which has become of great interest as, drawing on her experiences in St. Andrews, Oxford and Newcastle, she has pioneered new approaches to such teaching. After another spell in Oxford as a British Academy Postdoctoral Research Fellow (1995-1997), she was offered a post as Lecturer in Classics at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, where she moved in September 1997.  She was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2015.

Roles and Responsibilities

Dissertation Co-ordinator for all Classics degree programmes; Classical Studies and English

Organiser of extra-curricular ‘Exploring Classical and Historical Northumbria’ programme of trips for School of History, Classics and Archaeology:


BA (Oxon), PhD (St. Andrews)


Member of the editorial board for Verlag Antike's ‘Rezeption der Antike’ series.

Informal Interests

Casual references in lectures and other tell-tale signs reveal that outside interests include football, Shakespeare, detective novels, classical music, Star Trek, penguins, Playmobil and cake-decorating (not necessarily in that order).


Feedback, consultation and guidance ('Office') hours 2019/20

Armstrong room 1.40 (1st floor)

Semster 1:  Monday 3–4 p.m. (except week 1)

                  Tuesday 3–4.15 p.m.

                  Wednesday 11–11.45 a.m. (except week 2)

Semester 2: (updated)

                   27th Jan. only: Monday 12–1 p.m. 

                   Tuesday 12.15–1 & 4–5.15 p.m.

                   Friday 3–4 p.m. (except Jan. 31st)

Undergraduate Teaching

CAC2037/3037: The Classical Inheritance in Western Culture
CAC2054/3054 Epic Journeys: The Odyssey and Homeric Epic
CAC2052/3052 Foundations of European Drama: Tragedy in Greece and Rome

CAC1014 Tragedy, Comedy, History: the world of Greek literature

CAG1001 & CAG1002 Beginners' Greek in Action 1 & 2
CAG1001 & CAG1012 Intermediate Greek Language and Literature 1 & 2

Postgraduate Teaching

CAC8010 Masterclass in Classics

CAC8097 Beginners' Greek for MA Candidates

I am available to teach the following module on subjects relating to my research interests, in particular: Greek & Roman Tragedy; the reception of Homer; the Classical Tradition. 

CAC8106: Independent Study Project in Classics and Ancient History 1