About me

Dr Peter Gainsford

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I am a scholar of Greek antiquity based in 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, 2016); datasets for research; and, since late 2015, nearly 100 articles on Kiwi Hellenist, which are much more wide-ranging than my print publications.

Currently I’m working on pieces for print publication 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.



Chapters and journal articles


Online articles