James' classical career began with a degree in Greek and Roman Studies at Exeter, followed by postgraduate work at King’s College London, where he completed a PhD on humour and obscenity in the works of the Greek comic playwright, Aristophanes. Since arriving at the OU in 2000, he has been involved in the production of a number of the department’s courses, with the bulk of my work centring on fifth-century Greece and our Latin and Greek language modules.
A major strand of James' research concerns the Greek comic playwright Aristophanes, especially the humour and sexuality of his plays and their translation into English. More recently he has been looking at sex and sexuality in classical Athenian society in general and concepts of beauty and sex appeal in particular.
In this module, we think about where the play sits in Aristophanes’ life and career, and how it fared in the comic competition at which it was first performed.
Position: Senior Lecturer