Dr Ed Sanders

Personal profile

Qualifications: BA Hons (Birkbeck, 2000-4); MPhil (Cambridge, 2004-5); PhD (UCL, 2005-9).

Previous posts:

  • The Social and Cultural Construction of Emotions: The Greek Paradigm project, Oxford (2009-10)
  • Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship, RHUL (2011-14)
  • Associate Lecturer (part-time), Birkbeck (2014-17)
  • Visiting (0.5) then full Lecturer, Roehampton (2015-18)

I am currently an Honorary Research Associate at RHUL.

Research interests

My research is on the many (literary, historical, philosophical) roles that emotions play in Classical Greek literature and society.

My ongoing project examines the arousal of audience emotions in the Attic oratorical corpus, and speeches in Thucydides and Xenophon. I have a number of publications in this field, and a monograph under contract with OUP.

I retain interests in envy/jealousy and erôs from previous projects, and return to these topics periodically.  I expect to publish articles on 'Erôs in Xenophon' and 'Medea's emotions in Argonautica book 3' in late 2020 or 2021.

My publications include a monograph Envy and jealousy in Classical Athens: A socio-psychological approach, and three edited volumes: Erôs in ancient Greece, Erôs and the polis: Love in context, and Emotion and persuasion in classical antiquity.


I have 12 years' teaching experience in Greek literature, Greek history, and Greek and Latin language.  I have supervised under- and post-graduate projects.


Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.  Member of the Classical Assocation.  Member of the Society for Promotion of Hellenic Studies.

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