Biography

I was born in Trieste, Italy, where I lived, with my mother (a teacher and social worker) and my brother, until the age of 17. I attended a local liceo classico there, and then the United World College of the Adriatic. Following the advice of a teacher, I then applied for a local government scholarship, and to Corpus Christi College, Oxford, to read Literae Humaniores. Both applications worked out, and so I found myself studying classics at Oxford – an unexpected, but thoroughly enjoyable, experience. I graduated with a First in 1995. The year after, I continued with a Master of Studies, which I passed with a Distinction in 1996. I then moved to Cambridge, as a Graduate Scholar and then Bye Fellow of Magdalene College, where I wrote a PhD under the supervision of Prof. P. E. Easterling, a fantastic supervisor: I finished my doctorate in 1999, which is also when I got married to Johannes Haubold (with whom I've since worked on many research projects).

After a brief spell back in Oxford, as a Cox Junior Research Fellow at New College, and then in Reading, as a Lecturer in Greek Literature, I settled in Durham in 2001, first as a Lecturer, and then as a Senior Lecturer in Classics. My daughter Laura was born in Durham in 2002; Roberto was born in 2004. In 2003, I was awarded a National Teaching Fellowship – this proved to be a great opportunity to explore my teaching and learning in many new ways and challenging contexts. Also in 2003, I was a Summer Fellow at the Center for Hellenic Studies, Washington DC (under the aegis of Harvard University), another tremendous experience that put me in contact with new people and perspectives.

More recently, broadcasting has also helped me look at the ancient and modern world from several different angles, and in conversation with many interesting people: I especially enjoyed discussing the Iliad with poets Carol Ann Duffy and Ruth Padel (BBC Radio 3, Proms Interval Talks), assessing the discovery of the Oxyrhynchus papyri together with an impressive team of classicists, scientists and journalists (on BBC Channel 4 and Channel 2); arguing about the location of Ithaca with Quentin Cooper and John Underhill (Material World, BBC Radio 4), discussing my work with Bill Buschel on US Public Radio, and talking about Homer and Sappho on BBC Radio 3 (The Essay: Greek and Latin Voices). I very much hope to be able to continue exploring the ancient world in a variety of contexts, and in conversation with many different people.

As well as studying the ancient world, I very much enjoy music making: I studied violin and singing in Trieste, then sang with many chamber groups in Oxford and Cambridge, including the Brabant Ensamble, the Oxford Chamber Choir, New Chamber Opera, the Cambridge Opera Group, and the Cambridge Jazz Cooperative – the high point was the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 1997 (‘a talented young singer ’, The Daily Telegraph). I now started singing for Changeling Productions, a professional theatre company based in the North East.

Barbara Graziosi
Barbara Graziosi