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Laura Swift

Lecturer in Classical Studies at The Open University

I studied for my undergraduate and graduate degrees at Magdalen College, Oxford. I then taught in Oxford as a Junior Research Fellow (Trinity College, 2006-9) and as a Lecturer in Classics (New College, 2009-10), and subsequently held a Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship at UCL (2010-12), before coming to the OU.

My research interests are in the field of archaic and classical Greek poetry and drama. I am currently completing a commentary on the seventh-century BC poet Archilochus.

My previous research has been on Greek tragedy, and in particular on the relationship between the tragic chorus and other types of choral song performed in Greek society: my book on this subject was published in 2010.