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Barbara Goff

  • Professor Emerita

Areas of interest

Greek tragedy and its reception, women in antiquity, postcolonial Classics, reception of ancient political thought. 



Research centres and groups

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).


Barbara retired from the University of Reading at the end of September 2023, after many years of teaching and research, at Reading and formerly at the University of Texas, Austin.  She is a graduate of King’s College, Cambridge, and the University of California, Berkeley.  

For the conference in honour of her retirement, please click here.

Selected publications

  1. Classicising Crisis: the Greco-Roman Repertoire and the Modern Age of Revolutions.  Co-edited with Michael Simpson, Goldsmiths, University of London, with a co-authored Introduction.  London: Routledge, 2021
  2. Your Secret Language: classics in the British colonies of West Africa. London: Bloomsbury, 2013
  3. Thinking the Olympics: the classical tradition and the modern Games.  Co-edited with Michael Simpson, with an Introduction.  London: Bloomsbury Academic/Bristol Classical Press, 2011
  4. Euripides: Trojan Women.  Duckworth Companions to Greek and Roman Drama.  London: Duckworth, 2009
  5. Crossroads in the Black Aegean: Oedipus, Antigone, and Dramas of the African Diaspora.  Co-authored with Michael Simpson. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007
  6. Classics and Colonialism.  Edited with an Introduction.  London: Duckworth, 2005
  7. Citizen Bacchae: women’s ritual practice in ancient Greece. Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press, 2004
  8. The Noose of Words: readings of desire, violence and language in Euripides’ ‘Hippolytos’.  Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1990


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