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Dr Arlene Allan (Senior Lecturer)

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Office 5N9, Arts Building
Tel +64 3 479 5237
Email arlene.allan@otago.ac.nz

Academic Qualifications

PhD, University of Exeter
MA, Queen’s University at Kingston
BA, Trent University

Background and Research Interests

Arlene teaches Greek Literature (Homer and Drama), Religion and Greek and Latin language. Her research interests include Greek myth, religion and ritual, Greek society, reception studies and the interface between Hellenic religious beliefs and Christianity. She has published a book on Hermes,as well as a co-authored volume on Greek Drama and several articles on specific plays.

Teaching

Areas of Research Supervision

  • Greek myth, religion and/or ritual
  • Greek literature and/or society
  • Reception

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Publications

Allan, A. (2018). Hermes. Abingdon, UK: Routledge, 214p.

Storey, I. C., & Allan, A. (2014). A guide to ancient Greek drama (2nd ed.). Chichester, UK: Wiley Blackwell, 331p.

Mackay, M., & Allan, A. L. (2014). Filicide in Euripides' Medea: A biopoetic approach. Helios, 41(1), 59-86. doi: 10.1353/hel.2014.0002

Allan, A. (2013). 'Thanks, but no thanks': Oikêia kaka and Theramenes' failed dokimasia. Ancient History Bulletin, 27, 23-28.

Allan, A. L. (2011). The God above all gods: The heavenly throne-room of Revelation 4 and Phidias' Zeus. In J. McWilliam, S. Puttock, T. Stevenson & R. Taraporewalla (Eds.), The statue of Zeus at Olympia: New approaches. (pp. 123-136). Newcastle upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars.

Authored Book - Research

Allan, A. (2018). Hermes. Abingdon, UK: Routledge, 214p.

Storey, I. C., & Allan, A. (2014). A guide to ancient Greek drama (2nd ed.). Chichester, UK: Wiley Blackwell, 331p.

Storey, I., & Allan, A. (2004). A guide to ancient Greek drama. Oxford: Blackwell, 336p.

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Chapter in Book - Research

Allan, A. (2012). Turning remorse to good effect?: Arginusae, Theramenes and Aristophanes' Frogs. In C. W. Marshall & G. Kovacs (Eds.), No laughing matter: Studies in Athenian comedy. (pp. 101-114). London, UK: Bristol Classical Press.

Allan, A. L. (2011). The God above all gods: The heavenly throne-room of Revelation 4 and Phidias' Zeus. In J. McWilliam, S. Puttock, T. Stevenson & R. Taraporewalla (Eds.), The statue of Zeus at Olympia: New approaches. (pp. 123-136). Newcastle upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars.

Allan, A. L. (2010). Mars. In M. Gagarin (Ed.), Oxford encyclopedia of ancient Greece and Rome (Vol. 4). (pp. 358-360). Oxford University Press.

Allan, A. (2007). Masters of manipulation: Euripides' (and Medea's) use of oaths in Medea. In A. H. Sommerstein & J. Fletcher (Eds.), Horkos: The oath in Greek society. (pp. 113-124). Exeter, UK: Bristol Phoenix Press.

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Journal - Research Article

Allan, A. L., & Potter, J. A. (2014). Loxias and Phoebus in tragedy: Convention and violation. American Journal of Philology, 135(1), 1-27. doi: 10.1353/ajp.2014.0002

Mackay, M., & Allan, A. L. (2014). Filicide in Euripides' Medea: A biopoetic approach. Helios, 41(1), 59-86. doi: 10.1353/hel.2014.0002

Allan, A. (2013). 'Thanks, but no thanks': Oikêia kaka and Theramenes' failed dokimasia. Ancient History Bulletin, 27, 23-28.

Allan, A. L. (2012). A reconsideration of the MSS attribution at Sophokles' Philoktetes 671-3. Mnemosyne, 65(2), 286-294. doi: 10.1163/156852511x548162

Allan, A. L. (2011). “Am I not the one...?” (Sophokles' Phil. 114): Neoptolemos and the allure of kleos. Classical Journal, 107(1), 1-26.

Allan, A. L. (2011). Generational degeneration: The case of Telemachus. Scholia [2010], 19, 14-30.

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Journal - Research Other

Allan, A. L. (2013). [Review of the book Performing oaths in classical Greek drama]. Journal of Hellenic Studies, 133, 176-177. doi: 10.1017/S0075426913000256

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Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Allan, A. (2013). The political side of Hermes. Proceedings of the Australasian Society for Classical Studies (ASCS) 34th Conference. (pp. 1). Retrieved from http://www.cvent.com/events/alexander-the-great-and-his-successors-exhibition-conference-and-ascs-34

Allan, A. (2011). Reconsidering pepnumenos in its Homeric context. Proceedings of the Australasian Society for Classical Studies 32nd Annual Conference (ASCS32). (pp. 2). Retrieved from http://www.ascs32.com/download/abstracts.pdf

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Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

Allan, A. (2013, June). Apprehending Christ through Herakles: 'Christ-curious' Greeks and Revelation 5-6. Verbal presentation at the Hercules Conference: A Hero for All Ages, Leeds, UK.

Allan, A. (2010, June-July). The Homeric Hymn to Hermes: from epichoric reaction to panhellenic hymn. Verbal presentation at the Orality & Literacy IX Conference: Composition & Performance, Canberra, Australia.

Allan, A. (2010, July). Sacrifice and feast in Euripides’ Ion: From birthday party to warriors farewell. Verbal presentation at the Dining Divinely: Banqueting in Honour of the Gods Conference, Christchurch, New Zealand.

Allan, A. (2008, January). Between Delos and Delphi comes Hermes. Verbal presentation at the Australasian Society for Classical Studies Conference, Christchurch, New Zealand.

Allan, A. (2006, January-February). Spotting the invisible god: Hermes in Sophokles' Oidipous plays. Verbal presentation at the Twenty-Seventh Conference of the Australasian Society for Classical Studies, Hobart, Australia.

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