Five Questions with… Dr Holton

Classics Marketing Intern Chloe has been finding out more about our academic staff! Next up on the interview list is Dr Stephanie Holton, Senior Lecturer in Classics

Who is your favourite ancient writer and why? 

It’s so hard to choose! I’d probably actually say Aeschylus – I love the Oresteia, his Clytemnestra is phenomenal! It’s always my favourite thing to read with my classes, and it usually results in lots of interesting end of term projects on Clytemnestra (especially her dreams).

What are your hobbies outside of classics?

Drawing, adventuring with my 5 year old son, watching too much TV, reading lots of non-classical modern fiction. I’ve just started reading the DCI Ryan series by LJ Ross, and I’m completely obsessed.

Who do you think is one of the most interesting figures of antiquity and why? 

Pythagoras – because he’s not just about triangles! There’s so much more: a secretive cult, bilocation, a golden thigh, magical arrows, talking rivers, reincarnation, a field of beans causing a murder… The early Greek philosophers are wild.

What book would you recommend to everyone? 

Donna Tartt’s The Secret History. Essential on any classicist’s reading list!

What are you researching at the moment? 

A few different things: I’m working on a chapter about sleep patterns in the ancient world, and preparing a new book on early Greek beliefs about the afterlife. I also have a few smaller projects ongoing about the inscriptions on Hadrian’s Wall, object-based learning, and alternative assessment methods in Higher Education.

Thanks Dr Holton! If you’d like to find out more about her research and teaching, you can visit her Academic Profile Page.

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