About me

Dr Peter Gainsford

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I am a scholar of Greek antiquity. I teach classical languages and literature at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. I have not always been based there -- I have done stints in Canada and the UK -- but it is my hometown.

My research centres on early Greek epic. I find it engrossing to study how stories about the Trojan War developed over time, ranging from the Late Bronze Age to the Byzantine era. I have written articles on many aspects of Greek language, literature, and myth; a book, Early Greek Hexameter Poetry (Cambridge, 2015); various research aids; and, since late 2015, a blog, which is much more wide-ranging than my peer-reviewed publications, and has the common theme of dispelling modern myths about the Greco-Roman world.

Currently I’m working on pieces on the following subjects: ethnicity in the Catalogue of Ships in the Iliad; Greek papyri held in New Zealand museums; and the folkloric and mythological development of the story of Odysseus’ son Telegonus.

Publications

Book

Peer-reviewed articles

Research aid

Blog