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Barbara Goff

  • Co-Head of Department
  • Careers/alumni 

Areas of interest

Greek Tragedy and its reception; women in antiquity; postcolonial classics; reception of Greek political thought.


I usually teach the Part 2 core module Ancient Drama (CL2DR) and Ancient Greek language. I enjoy teaching modules on gender in the ancient world, and on the reuse of classical literature in the modern world.

Research centres and groups

I am a member of the Legacies research cluster in the Department.

I am on the executive committee of the Classical Reception Studies Network, based at the Open University.

I am on the international editorial boards of the Classical Receptions Journal (OUP) of Elektra (University of Patras), and of Classical Receptions in Twentieth Century Writing (Bloomsbury).


I did my undergraduate work at King's College Cambridge, where I was later a Junior Research Fellow, and I pursued my postgraduate work at the University of California. I have taught at different institutions including the University of Texas at Austin.