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Elizabeth specialises in the culture and ethics in Homeric epic, with a focus on women, through analysing textual evidence. Homeric epic, as the first written texts in the Greek world, provide a textual blue print for ancient Greek culture/s and ethics, which in turn contributes to providing a framework for Western thought.

Elizabeth's PhD is focused on the female figures and their merits in Homer's Odyssey.

Her second main area of interest is ancient philosophy, with a focus on Stoicism.


Current Research

 Focus area: Female figures and merits in the Odyssey.

Her current research methodology is in the following fields:

Feminist literary criticism

Gender Studies


Ancient Greek thought and ethics


Her other book project is on Helen.




 Prior to academia, Elizabeth's career was in secondary education where she served in all three sectors (Public, Independent and  the GPS). Elizabeth served as Head of Department twice, and held positions on examination and syllabus committees for History and Latin at the Board of Studies. She also taught Ancient Greek. Elizabeth served as a Marker for the HSC Ancient History Examinations for six years, and was a member of the International Baccalaureate for both History (Modern), and Classical Languages.

During the first few years in a Latin post, Elizabeth also completed two A.T.C.Ls  (Trinity College of Music, London) in Pianoforte and Music Theory.

Elizabeth has been a Reader for Greek language, history and culture at the British School at Athens, and at the Norwegian Institute at Athens.



 Research Network and Research Interests

Elizabeth is a member of the Network for the Study of Archaic and Classical Greek Song. The international network has a collaborative research focus. For  2020-21 the Network is steered by the Centre for Hellenic Studies, Harvard University.

Elizabeth's research interests include the following: Homeric epic, comparative ancient epic,  ancient Greek thought and morality, early ancient Greek literature, Plato, Stoic philosophy, ancient Greek Reception in 19th and 20th century art, literature, and music, and the representation of the female in ancient Greek literature.

Elizabeth's research interests are cross-disciplinary. They are focused in the following areas: 

  • Homeric Studies
  • Early Ancient Greek literature
  • Comparative Ancient Epic and Narrative
  • Ancient Thought and Ethics (particularly Homer, Plato, and Marcus Aurelius)
  • Gender Studies
  • Greek Reception Studies



Elizabeth has given talks on women in wartime in Archaic and Classical Greek History and Culture, and on Spartan women and religion for a number of chapters in the Australasian Women in Ancient World Studies (AWAWS) in Australia, the Annual Macquarie Ancient History Teachers' Conference, and the Greek Community of Melbourne. For a number of schools, Elizabeth has given talks on the excavations at Troy, David Malouf's Ransom and the Iliad.  She has also given radio interviews.

For classical languages outreach Elizabeth has taught both Latin and Ancient Greek at the Macquarie Ancient Languages School. She continues to serve as a co-judge for the NSW Latin and Ancient Greek Reading Competition, as well as being an Executive Member of the Classical Association of NSW.



Elizabeth has been involved in teaching in the discipline of Ancient History since 2011 at Macquarie. She has taught a range of courses at Macquarie in Ancient Greek History, Literature and Culture, within a cross disciplinary course with Modern Greek Studies, as well as Latin and Ancient Greek.

External positions

Visiting Researcher (Invited), Girton College, University of Cambridge

2022 → …

Executive Member Classical Association of N.S.W.

2018 → …

Member British School at Athens


Reader Norwegian Institute at Athens


HSC Ancient History Examinations Marker, NSW Board of Studies


Classical Languages Representative, NSW Board of Studies



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