Dr. Lilah Grace Canevaro


Research Project

My post-doctoral research project, funded by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, explores the relationship between women and objects in early Greek hexameter. It argues that women in Greek epic, as characters with limited agency, operate both with objects and as objects. Women and objects have a special connection with memorialisation and a responsibility for the human condition, forging particular links with present and future. Female objects are imbued with symbolic resonance and often pause or interrupt narrative progression (Penelope’s weaving being only the most obvious example). In the special cases in which women manage to achieve a greater degree of agency this too is expressed through objects: sometimes the very same as are used to convey limitation. The project also explores the link between the function fulfilled by female objects and the overarching impetus of the poems in which they appear: in the Iliad to preserve kleos; in the Homeric Hymns to establish timai; in the Works and Days to instigate the Iron-Age condition. Analyses of the poems – their gendered narrative strategies and the narrative and characterising functions of objects – are placed in an overarching anthropological and archaeological framework which emphasises the impact of materiality on social, and more specifically gender, roles.



AHRC funded PhD Classics, Durham University – ‘Hesiod’s Works and Days: An Interpretative Commentary’ (discussed 21/9/2012)

AHRC funded MA in Ancient Epic (distinction), Durham University (2009)

BA Hons Classics (1st class), Durham University (2008)



Articles and Book Chapters

'The Clash of the Sexes in Hesiod's Works and Days', Greece and Rome, forthcoming 2013, 7248 words.

'The Homeric Ladies of Shalott', Oxford Classical Receptions Journal, forthcoming 2014, 9383 words.

‘Women and Memory: the Iliad and the Kosovo Cycle’ in Ceccarelli, P. and Castagnoli, L. (eds.) Greek Memories: Theories and Practices, forthcoming, 6689 words.

‘A Woman of Consequence: Pandora in Hesiod’s Works and Days’, Cambridge Classical Journal 2011, 57: 9-28 (published as Lilah Grace Fraser).


Classical World forthcoming – Review of Koning, H. (2010) Hesiod: the Other Poet, Leiden.

The Journal of Classics Teaching 2012 no.25: 42 – Review of Wilding, R. (2011) The Odyssey of Homer: a New Translation, Sussex.

Journal of Hellenic Studies 2011 vol. 131: 174-5 – Review of Montanari, F., Rengakos, A., Tsagalis, C. (eds.) (2009) Brill’s Companion to Hesiod, Leiden.

The Journal of Classics Teaching 2011 no.23 – Review of Richardson, N. (2010) Three Homeric Hymns: To Apollo, Hermes, and Aphrodite, Cambridge.

The Journal of Classics Teaching 2011 no.22: 44 – Review of Tipping, B. (2010) Exemplary Epic: Silius Italicus’ Punica, Oxford.

Journal of Hellenic Studies 2009 vol. 129: 135-6 – Review of Faulkner, A. (2008) Homeric Hymn to Aphrodite: Introduction, Text and Commentary, Oxford.


Organisation of Conferences and Panels

Co-organiser of the conference ‘Conflict and Consensus in Early Hexameter Epic’ (Durham, July 2012).

Organiser of the panel ‘Gems of Wisdom: how the Works and Days teaches’ at the 143rd Annual Meeting of the APA 2012 (Philadelphia, January 2012).

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