Classics > People > Faculty Members > Chiara Meccariello

Dr Chiara Meccariello
PhD Pisa


Postdoctoral Researcher, Faculty of Classics
Member, Faculty of Classics


The Ioannou Centre for Classical & Byzantine Studies
66, St. Giles'


Dr Chiara Meccariello


After studying Classics at the Scuola Normale Superiore and the University of Pisa, Italy, I completed a PhD in Greek and Latin Philology and Literature at the University of Pisa in 2012. I then worked at the Vienna Papyrus Collection as an Ernst Mach post-doctoral fellow, before landing at Oxford as a post-doctoral researcher in Greek Papyrology in 2014. I am currently co-investigator, with Daniela Colomo, on the project Learning (from) Mythology: Religion, Multiculturalism, and School Education in Graeco-Roman Egypt, funded by the John Fell Fund.

Research Keywords:

Greek Literary and Subliterary Papyri; Greek Tragedy; Ancient Scholarship, especially Literary Criticism and Greek Lexicography; Ancient Education; Greek Biography; Women in Antiquity

Research Interests:

The overarching topic of my research are the ways in which Greek myths and myth-based literary works, particularly the Homeric poems and Attic Tragedy, were read, commented upon, and taught at school in the Graeco-Roman world. I am particularly interested in how these aspects surface in Greek papyri. I have worked extensively on an ancient collection of prose summaries of the Euripidean plays, the topic of my doctoral dissertation, as well as on Greek tragedy itself. My current project, Learning (from) Mythology: Religion, Multiculturalism, and School Education in Graeco-Roman Egypt, aims to shed light on the ways in which the Greek communities of Graeco-Roman Egypt preserved and processed their mythological material, in contact with other civilisations and in the backdrop of evolving religious trends. I am also contributing to the project Die Fragmente der Griechischen Historiker Continued. Part IV: Biography and Antiquarian Literature, directed by Stefan Schorn (KU Leuven), with re-editions of biographical papyri equipped with comprehensive introductions and detailed commentaries.

Selected Publications:

'5283-5285. Euripidean Hypotheses', in The Oxyrhynchus Papyri, vol. LXXXI, J. Brusuelas and C. Meccariello (eds.), (London in press 2016).

'Deconstructing and reconstructing authority. The interplay of Homer’s and Dio Chrysostom’s authority in the making and reception of the Trojan Oration', in Shaping Authority. How Did a Person Become an Authority in Antiquity, the Middle Ages and the Renaissance?, S. Boodts et al. (eds.), (Turnhout: Brepols 2016), 119-55.

'Title, arche, hypothesis. Notes on the heading and arrangement of the Euripidean hypotheses on papyrus', in Proceedings of the 27th Congress of Papyrology, Warsaw, 29 July-3 August 2013 (Journal of Juristic Papyrology: Supplements 28), vol. II, T. Derda, A. Łajtar and J. Urbanik (eds.), (Warsaw: Raphael Taubenschlag Foundation 2016), 1185-200.

' ''Oh no! I've been beaten by a woman!''. Gender on trial in Euripides' Hecuba, in Woman on Trial. Gender and the Accused Woman in Plays from Ancient Greece to the Contemporary Stage, A. Howe Kritzer and M. López-Rodríguez (eds.), (Amherst (NY): Teneo Press 2015), 25-44.

Le hypotheseis narrative dei drammi euripidei. Testo, contesto, fortuna, (Roma: Edizioni di Storia e Letteratura 2014).