Dr Owen Hodkinson

Lecturer in Greek and Roman Cultures; Study Abroad Coordinator; Year in Industry Coordinator.

+44 (0)113 34 33548

Summary: Greek letters and epistolary literature; ancient prose fiction and narrative literature; modern receptions of the classics.

Location: Michael Sadler Building 1.24

Teaching Commitments: CLAS3380 Classics in 20th-21st Century Literature; CLAS2933 Advanced Latin Grammar 1; CLAS1801 Fast-Track Ancient Greek 1; CLAS1802 Fast-Track Ancient Greek 2; CLAS2800 Evidence & Enquiry in Classics; MODL1150 Worlds of Literature



Dr Owen Hodkinson is an expert in ancient (especially Greek) epistolary literature, and a specialist in ancient fiction and narrative literature, especially in the Roman Empire. He studied Classics at The Queen's College, Oxford (BA) and the University of Exeter (MA) before completing his AHRC-funded D.Phil. at Oxford in 2009 on the letters of Aelian, Alciphron, and Philostratus, supervised by Prof. Ewen Bowie. He previously served several years at University of Wales Trinity St David's. He was awarded an Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Postdoctoral Research Fellowship for a year in Bonn, hosted by Prof. Thomas Schmitz, before coming to Leeds in September 2012.

As well as several articles, Dr Hodkinson is the author of two monographs: Authority and Tradition in Philostratus’ Heroikos (2011, reviewed here) and Metafiction: The Origins of Self-Conscious Fiction in Classical Literature (forthcoming 2015). He is also co-editor of Epistolary Narratives in Ancient Greek Literature (2013, reviewed here), and of three forthcoming volumes, on Greek hymns, the Reception of the classics in modern children’s literature, and the Platonic Epistles. He is working on a new translation of the Platonic Epistles for OUP with introduction and notes, with Dr Jenny Bryan.

Dr Hodkinson is an Associate Member of Kyknos, the Swansea and Lampeter Centre for research on the narrative literatures of the ancient world.


As well as teaching both ancient Greek and Latin languages at all levels, Dr Hodkinson teaches research-led optional modules on the Ancient Greek Novel and on Classics in 20th-21st Century Literature. He offers supervision to BA dissertation and MA essay and dissertation students in a wide range of Greek and Latin literary topics, especially ancient prose fiction, letters, and the modern reception of the classical world.

Postgraduate supervision

Dr Hodkinson would like to supervise research students on:

  • the ancient, especially Greek, novel and other prose narrative or fiction (projects encompassing or comparing both Greek and Roman fiction would be particularly well served at Leeds by the expertise of Dr Regine May on the Roman novel with Dr Hodkinson)
  • projects relating the theory of fiction, definitions of fiction, metafiction, or similar with ancient fictional texts or ancient concepts of fiction
  • ancient (especially Greek) letters and epistolary literature of all periods
  • Greek literature in the Roman Empire / the 'Second Sophistic'
  • recent (20th-21st century) literary receptions of the classics, especially in modern novels and other prose narratives / fictions

Administrative roles

  • Study Abroad year / Erasmus exchange coordinator for Classics
  • Year in Industry / work placement year coordinator for Classics