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Dr Sonia Pertsinidis

PhD (ANU); BA Hons/LLB Hons (ANU); Graduate Diploma Legal Practice (ANU)
Lecturer and Convenor of Ancient Greek, Centre for Classical Studies
ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
T: +61 2 6197 0057

Areas of expertise

  • Latin And Classical Greek Literature 200510
  • Latin And Classical Greek Languages 200305
  • Literary Studies 2005

Research interests

Dr Pertsinidis' research interests lie within the field of ancient Greek literature and cover a broad time period, from ancient fables of the sixth century BCE up to and including the literature of the Second Sophistic period. Her research interests extend to ancient Greek philosophy, rhetoric, drama and mythology. 


Dr Pertsinidis specializes in ancient Greek literature. Her forthcoming book is entitled Theophrastus' Characters: A New Introduction (Routledge, forthcoming in 2018). This book introduces the reader to Theophrastus, who was Aristotle's colleague and immediate successor, and to his work known as the Characters, a collection of thirty amusing descriptions of character types who lived in Athens in the fourth century BCE. The book explores the ethical, comic and rhetorical dimensions of the character portraits and demonstrates the enduring influence of Theophrastus' Characters upon the Western literary tradition.

Dr Pertsinidis' current work involves research on the fable tradition, including the comic biography from the first/second centuries CE known as the Life of Aesop. This research is partially funded by an Early Career Award from the Australasian Society for Classical Studies in 2016 and an award from Australasian Women in Ancient World Studies in 2016. She has previously published articles on Aristophanes' use of fables and on the role of fables and stories in classical education.

Dr Pertsinidis is an enthusiastic lecturer who teaches ancient Greek courses at all levels as well as courses on rhetoric, mythology and classical literature. She is an alumna of the ANU and has been teaching at the ANU since 2002. She serves as a member of the committee of the Friends of the ANU Classics Museum, publishes a regular Classics blog and regularly engages in outreach activities.

Dr Pertsinidis has presented many papers at conferences and seminars in Australia and overseas including the following:

2018 ANU Religion Conference (Canberra): 'The scene of a crime: Aesop at Delphi'

2018 ASCS Conference 39 (Brisbane): 'It's all a matter of style: a new reading of Theophrastus' Characters'

2009 ASCS Conference 30 (Sydney): 'Anger, Love and Friendship in Babrius' Fables'

2008 ASCS Conference 29 (Christchurch): 'Aesop as a freeman'

2007 International Association for Greek Philosophy Conference (Samos): 'The Modern Import of Classical Education'

Researcher's projects

Theophrastus' Characters: A New Introduction (Routledge, forthcoming, 2018)

Studies in the fable tradition and the Life of Aesop

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