Research Lecturer in Classics

Alexandros Kampakoglou

  • My research interests lie in Greek poetry (in particular, of the Archaic and Hellenistic periods).

  • I hold a degree from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and a DPhil from the University of Oxford.

  • What I enjoy about teaching at Trinity is getting to share the students’ enthusiasm for classics in our lively tutorial discussions and the sense of community that it helps create.

Alexnadros Kampakoglou


I teach most Greek language and literature papers. For Mods, I teach Homer’s Iliad (first term), Greek language (third to fifth terms), and Greek literary aspects of Texts and Contexts (third term). I teach the following papers for Greats: Greek Literature of the 5th century BCE, Greek Tragedy, Early Greek Hexameter Poetry, and Hellenistic Poetry. I also teach the Ancient and Classical French Tragedy paper for the joint school of Classics and Modern Languages.


My first book, entitled Studies in the Reception of Pindar in Ptolemaic Poetry (De Gruyter: Berlin) was published in 2019. It examines the reception and influence of the lyric poet Pindar (first half of the 5th century BCE) on the poetry produced in Alexandria under the rule of the three Ptolemies (ca. 310–240 BCE). I contend that poets such as Callimachus of Cyrene, Apollonius of Rhodes, Theocritus of Syracuse, and Posidippus of Pela used Pindar’s poems as an example in order to praise their royal patrons but also to state the uniqueness of their poetic voices in the face of a literary tradition that goes back to the 8th century BCE.

While I continue work on Hellenistic poets, my current research focuses on Callimachus’ fragments and epigrams. I am also preparing a book about the depiction of choral performances, rituals, and ceremonies in Hellenistic poetry.

Selected Publications

‘Maidens and the City: Argive Ritual and Choreia in Callimachus’ Hymn 5’, in Féminités hellénistiques: Voix, genre, representations, edited by C. Cusset, P. Belenfant, C.-E. Nardone, Hellenistica Groningana 25 (Peeters: Leuven, 2020), pp. 25–51

‘Epinician Discourse in Euripidean Drama: The Case of Alexandros’, in Paths of Song, edited by R. Andújar, T. Coward, and T. Hadjimichael, Trends in Classics – Supplementary Volume 58 (De Grutyer: Berlin, 2018), pp. 187–218

‘Gazing at Heroes in Apollonius’ Argonautica’, in Gaze, Vision, and Visuality in Ancient Greek Literature, edited by A. Kampakoglou and A. Novokhatko, Trends in Classics – Supplementary Volume 54, De Gruyter, Berlin, 2018, pp. 113–139 

‘Melampus in Callimachus and Hesiod’, Classical Journal, vol. 113 (2017), 1–24

 ‘Danaus bougenēs: Greco-Egyptian Mythology and Intercultural Poetics’, Greek, Roman, and Byzantine Studies, vol. 56 (2016), 111–139

Crossing Boundaries in Bacchylides 17’, in Vivre et penser les frontières dans le monde méditerranéen antique, edited by H. Berthelot, et al. (Bordeaux : Ausonius, 2016), pp. 149–158

‘Staging the Divine: Epiphany and Apotheosis in Callimachus HE 1121–1124’, Harvard Studies in Classical Philology, vol. 108 (2015), 119–171

‘Cowherd or athlete? Aegon's Ambiguous Status and the Erotics of Genre in Theocritus Idyll 4’, Phoenix, vol, 68 (2014), 1–26

‘Glimpses of Immortality: Theocritus on the Apotheosis of Queen Berenice I’,

Rivista di filologia e istruzione classica, vol. 141 (2013), 300–334

‘Victory, Mythology and the Poetics of Intercultural Praise in Callimachus’ Victoria Berenices’, Trends in Classics, vol. 5 (2013), 111–143

Dr Kampakoglou

The possibility of alternative interpretations ought to be raised… especially in view of our present state of knowledge.