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Dr Adrian Kelly
BA MA Melbourne, DPhil Oxf


Tutorial Fellow in Ancient Greek Literature, Balliol College
Associate Professor in Classical Languages and Literature, Faculty of Classics


Balliol College

Tel No: (01865) 277580

Dr Adrian  Kelly

Research Keywords:

Tradition, traditional referentiality, orality, Homer, Hesiod, Archaic Greek Poetry, Athenian Tragedy

Research Interests:

My research is primarily concerned with the function of tradition and the evolution of early Greek poetry from the 8th-6th centuries BC, and the development of different notions of 'text' during that period. I also write on the relationship between Athenian tragedy and its society in the 5th century BC. My current major project of research is an edition with commentary of the 23rd Book of Homer's Iliad.

Full Publications:

Click here for a downloadable pdf of full publications:  Adrian-Kelly-Publications-Feb-2016.pdf

Selected Publications:

'Aias in Athens: the worlds of the play and the audience', Quaderni Urbinati di Cultura Classica, Vol: 111, (2015), 61-92.

'Ilias parva', in The Cambridge Companion to the Epic Cycle and its Reception, Fantuzzi, M & Tsagalis (eds.), (Cambridge University Press 2015), 318-43.

'Stesichorus' Homer', in Stesichorus in Context, Finglass P J & Kelly A (eds.), (Cambridge University Press 2015), 21-44.

'Apollonios and the end of the Aeneid' , Classical Quarterly, Vol: 64.2, (2014), 642-8.

'Hellenistic Arming in the Batrakhomyomakhia', Classical Quarterly, Vol: 64.1, (2014), 410-13.

'Homeric Battle Narrative and the Ancient Near East', in Defining Greek Narrative, Cairns D & Scodel R (eds.), (University of Edinburgh Press 2014), 29-54.

'Proemic convention and character construction in early Greek epic', Co-author: Harden, S, Harvard Studies in Classical Philology, Vol: 107, (2014), 1-34.

'Listening to many voices: Greek Tragedy as Popular Art', in The Author's Voice in Classical and Late Antiquity, Marmadoro A & Hill J (eds.), Co-author: Harden, S, (Oxford University Press 2013), 77-122.