OU classicist ‘one of the leading Hellenists of her generation’

hiddenchorusDr Laura Swift, Lecturer in Classical Studies, has been awarded the Philip Leverhulme Prize for her research. This prestigious award is one of the highest honours in academic research and is awarded to only 30 individuals each year across a range of academic disciplines.

The award was for Laura’s research, particularly her acclaimed 2010 monograph – The Hidden Chorus, and she was recognised by the judges as “one of the leading Hellenists of her generation.” The monograph was selected for breaking ground in providing “the first systematic, book-length study of the ways in which Greek tragedy appropriates and exploits other genres of choral song”.

Laura, who will receive a £100,000 prize over the next three years to advance her research, said: “I’m delighted by this news. The award will be a fantastic opportunity to develop new lines of research. I’m hoping to start a major project on ‘lost’ tragedies, and to continue a collaboration with theatre-makers on the idea of fragments. I’m very grateful to my colleagues in the Faculty who helped me put together the bid, especially my head of department Helen King and the research support team.”

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