Miss Hannah Baldwin

Supervised by

  • Nick Lowe First/primary/lead supervisor

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Research interests

Humour Studies

Classical Attitudes towards Humour

Ancient and Modern Humour Theory


Research interests (continued)

Doctoral Research

My thesis seeks to apply modern theories of humour to ancient texts, from individual jokes to extended prose, thus to assess the cross-cultural and trans-historical possibilities of humour. As the ancient world is also the seat of much that modern humour theories are based upon, it also furnishes interesting comparison between modern and ancient ways of construing humour.

My main texts are the Philogelos joke-book, Martial’s epigrams, Lucian and Petronius.



“Dissecting the Frog: Current Humour Theory and the Philogelosat Verbal humour in Ancient Greece: Jokes, Puns, and Double Entendres (October 2017).

"Was it you who died, or your brother?" plenary at the 30th International Society for Humor Studies Conference (June 2018).



"Was it you who died, or your brother?" Humor: International Journal of Humor Research special issue "Festschrift for Christie Davies" May 2019.



Roman Literature of the Empire (2017/18)

Greek Literature (2017/18)

Beginners Latin (2017/18; 2018/19)

Personal profile


2015-6: MA Classics                          Royal Holloway: University of London.

2012-5: BA Classics (hons)                Royal Holloway: University of London.


Scholarships and Awards

2018: Christie Davies Award from the International Society of Humor Studies

2016: RHUL PhD Scholarship

2015: D.A. Slater Prize for Latin.

2014: J.M. McGregor Prize

2013: Florence Hopkins Memorial Prize

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