Dr Emma Bridges

Contact details

Name:
Dr Emma Bridges
Qualifications:
PhD
Position:
Public Engagement Fellow in Classics
Institute:
Institute of Classical Studies
Location:
Institute of Classical Studies, School of Advanced Study, University of London, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU
Email address:
emma.bridges@sas.ac.uk

Research Summary and Profile

Research interests:
Classics, Classics
Summary of research interests and expertise:

Emma Bridges' research expertise lies primarily in the field of ancient Greek literature (with a focus on epic, drama and historiography) and in the reception of classical history and culture in the modern world. She has a particular interest in ancient and modern literary and artistic responses to armed conflict. Much of her published research focuses on the ancient and modern receptions of the Persian Wars; her first monograph, Imagining Xerxes: Ancient Perspectives on a Persian King (Bloomsbury 2015), looks at ways in which Xerxes was reimagined in a variety of ancient literary and historical contexts.

Emma's current work also looks at contemporary creative practice and the ways in which writers, poets and artists adapt and reuse themes and ideas from the ancient world, with a particular focus on modern reworkings of ancient myths. On this theme, she curated a special issue of the open-access online journal Practitioners' Voices in Classical Reception Studies titled Remaking Ancient Greek and Roman Myths in the Twenty-First Century (2017: http://www.open.ac.uk/arts/research/pvcrs/2017/myth). She also writes reviews on classical reception publications for the journal Greece and Rome.

Her current research project brings together her interests in the depiction of war and the reception of ancient myth by exploring the ways in which the experiences of soldiers’ wives depicted in the Homeric epics and Athenian tragedy relate to those of modern-day ‘military wives’.

As Public Engagement Fellow in Classics, Emma also investigates the ways in which academic research in Classics can be made accessible to audiences beyond academia, and is committed to fostering conversation and collaboration between academics and wider communities.

 

Publication Details

Related publications/articles:

Date Details
01-Apr-2018 Reviews: reception

Review

Bridges, Emma and Joanna Paul (2018), 'Reviews: reception', Greece and Rome 65.1, 133-6.

08-Jan-2018 Athens Burning: The Persian Invasion of Greece and the Evacuation of Attica

Review

 Book review of Athens Burning: The Persian Invasion of Greece and the Evacuation of Attica, Robert Garland (Classical Journal online, 2018)

01-Jan-2018 Left behind: Naomi Mitchison's Cloud Cuckoo Land (1925) and the women of ancient Greece and the First World War

Articles

Bridges, Emma (2018), 'Left behind: Naomi Mitchison's Cloud Cuckoo Land (1925) and the women of ancient Greece and the First World War', Classical Receptions Journal 10.1, 70-85.

01-Sep-2017 Remaking Ancient Greek and Roman Myths in the Twenty-First Century

Journal articles

Special issue of Practitioners' Voices in Classical Reception Studies (2017).

22-Oct-2015 “The greatest runway show in history”: Paul Violi’s ‘House of Xerxes’ and the Herodotean spectacle of war

Chapters

 Bridges, Emma (2015), ‘“The greatest runway show in history”: Paul Violi’s ‘House of Xerxes’ and the Herodotean spectacle of war’, in A. Bakogianni and V. Hope (eds.) War as Spectacle: Ancient and Modern Displays of Armed Conflict (London: Bloomsbury), pp. 111-27.

20-Nov-2014 Imagining Xerxes: Ancient Perspectives on a Persian King

Monographs

Bridges, Emma (2014), Imagining Xerxes: Ancient Perspectives on a Persian King. London: Bloomsbury.

07-Feb-2007 Cultural Responses to the Persian Wars: Antiquity to the Third Millennium

Edited Book

Bridges, Emma, Edith Hall and P. J. Rhodes (2007, eds.), Cultural Responses to the Persian Wars: Antiquity to the Third Millennium. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Publications available in Senate House Libraries

Consultancy & Media
Available for consultancy:
Yes
Media experience:
Yes
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