Staff Profile:

Dr David Carter
Job Title:
Head of Institute

Currently seconded to the International Study and Language Institute

Areas of Interest:

My research interests are in Greek drama and Greek political thought. A great deal (though not all) of my research to date is inspired by an enthusiasm for political drama in all its forms. (My favourite TV show is The West Wing, my favourite modern playwright is David Hare, and my favourite opera is John Adam's Nixon in China.) A central question in the study of Greek drama - essentially the question behind each of my two books - is: in what ways is Greek tragedy a political art form?

Fairly early in my work on tragedy and politics I came up against the problem of the Greeks and (human/natural or legal) rights: is it reasonable to discuss ancient Greek ideas of justice in terms of rights, or was the concept foreign to them? I am working on a book, under contract with Oxford University Press and provisionally entitled 'The Ancient Greeks and the Modern Theory of Rights'.

Research groups / Centres:

In the Department of Classics: The Classical Tradition and Reception Studies; Language, Text and Power. I am a member of  the University of Nottingham's Centre for Ancient Drama and its Reception. I am a founder member and co-director of an international network, based at Reading, on The Legacy of Greek Political Thought.

Other Activities:

I am Head of the University's International Study and Language Institute.

I am a keen supporter of Classics teaching in secondary schools and I am happy to give talks to sixth formers, especially the state sector. In a previous life I was Head of Classics in a large boys comprehensive school, and for two years I was chair of the Classical Civilisation committee of the Joint Association of Classical Teachers.

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  • Carter, D. (2012) Antigone. In: Markantonatos, A. (ed.) Brill's Companion to Sophocles. Brill's companions in classical studies. Brill, Leiden, pp. 111-128. ISBN 9789004184923







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