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Classics Professor, Writer, Lecturer, Broadcaster

Exciting And Useful Education

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People's History of Classics (Routledge)

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The history of the study of ancient Greece and Rome's relationship to social class has never before been systematically examined. Edith's research is intended to pioneer a shift in the way we think about the history of the cultural presence of 'Classics' in Britain 1789-1939, by looking at it through the prism of social class. With postdoctoral researcher Dr Henry Stead. Edith is looking for compelling answers to the question of the true social sole played by engagement with Classics can be sought through an interdisciplinary study which focuses on the records left by working-class people as well as by the educated elite. They include lower-class diaries, autobiographies, memoirs, stories, poetry, journalism, entertainments, records of recreational activities, and political publications. In 2013 Edith embarked on an investigation of these sources, for details of which see the project's extensive website

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Forthcoming Books


Greek Theatre and Performance around the Ancient Black Sea 

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On 3rd-5th July 2015, Edith convened a conference with Rosie Wyles and David Braund bringing western scholars of the ancient theatre face-to-face with archaeologists and cultural historians from Russia, Bulgaria, Georgia and the Ukraine to discusss exicing new evidence for the performance culture of the Greeks around the Black Sea in antiquity. The conference washosted by the Centre for Hellenic Studies at King's College London in conjunction with the APGRD at Oxford. The book presenting this research is to be published by Cambridge University Press..

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Aristophanic Humour: Theory and Practice


This volume, co-edited with Peter Swallow, will be published by Bloomsbury in 2020. 

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Edith is editing Aeschylus' Agamemnon for the Aris & Phillips series

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New Light on Tony Harrison


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Tony Harrison, Poet of Radical Classicism 

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 New Light on Tony Harrison, of which Edith is the Editor, contains the lectures and tributes delivered at a conference in honour of his 80th birthday in April 2017 at the British Academy, Contributors include Lee Hall, Simon Armitage, Blake Morrison, Jo Balmer, Edith Hall and Richard Eyre. Here is Harrison  pictured in 2017 with his partner, actor Sian Thomas.


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Edith's monograph, Tony Harrison, Poet of Radical Classicism, will be published as part of the Bloomsbury series  Classics in Twentieth-Century Writing (series editor, Dr Laura Jansen) in 2019.