Susan Deacy

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Susan Deacy

Susan Deacy is a classical scholar who has been Professor of Classics at the University of Roehampton since January 2018.[1] She researches the history and literature of the ancient Greek world, with a particular focus on gender and sexuality, ancient Greek mythology and religion, and disability studies. She is also an expert on the teaching of subjects which are potentially sensitive, including sexual violence, domestic violence, and infanticide; she was project leader on the initiative 'Teaching Sensitive Subjects in the Classics Classroom'.[2] She is also series editor of Routledge's Gods and Heroes of the Ancient World,[3] and has been editor of the Bulletin of the Council of University Classical Departments since 2011.[4]


Susan Deacy was educated at the University of Wales, where she took a Bachelor of Arts in Classical Studies and Theology in 1991 and a PhD in Classics in 2000.[5] She has held teaching posts at the Universities of Wales (Aberystwyth and Lampeter), Keele, Leeds and Manchester.[6] In 2005 she left the University of Manchester to become Lecturer in Greek History and Literature at the University of Roehampton.[7] She held the Käthe-Leichter visiting professorship for gender studies at the University of Vienna in 2010/11, where she gave the Käthe-Leichter Lecture on 'A traitor to her sex? Athena the trickster'.[8] Deacy became a National Teaching Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in 2015[9] and was promoted to Professor in January 2018.[10]

She is a team member on the 'Our Mythical Childhood' project,[11] which is based in Warsaw and funded by the European Research Council; it examines classical reception in children's and young adults' culture.[12] In relation to this she also researches the autistic connection and reception of myth.[13]

Selected publications[edit]

  • 2001 (ed., with Alexandra Villing). Athena in the Classical World. Brill. ISBN 978-9004121423.
  • 2002 (ed., with Karen F. Pierce). Rape in Antiquity: Sexual Violence in the Greek and Roman Worlds. Bloomsbury. ISBN 978-0715631478
  • 2008. Athena (Gods and Heroes of the Ancient World). Routledge. ISBN 978-0715631478
  • 2012 (with Fiona McHardy). 'Teaching sensitive subjects in the classical classroom: challenges, advice, and strategies.' CUCD Bulletin 41: 28-31.[1]
  • 2013. 'From "flowery tales" to "heroic rapes": virginal subjectivity in the mythological meadow', Arethusa 46.3: 395-413.
  • 2013 (with Fiona McHardy). 'Uxoricide in pregnancy: ancient Greek domestic violence in evolutionary perspective', Evolutionary Psychology 11.5: 994-1010.


  1. ^ "Celebrating Susan Deacy's promotion to Professor | Roehampton Classical Civilisation". Retrieved 2018-05-22.
  2. ^ "Dr Susan Deacy". Higher Education Academy.
  3. ^ "Gods and Heroes of the Ancient World". Routledge.
  4. ^ "Bulletin". Retrieved 2018-05-22.
  5. ^ "Curriculum Vitae: Dr Susan Jane Deacy" (PDF). University of Vienna.
  6. ^ "Curriculum Vitae: Dr Susan Jane Deacy" (PDF). University of Vienna.
  7. ^ "Who's in who's out?". Times Higher Education. 26 August 2005.
  8. ^ "Susan Jane Deacy: "Trying to make sense of the Greek goddess Athena"". (in German). Retrieved 2018-05-22.
  9. ^ "Dr Susan Deacy". Higher Education Academy.
  10. ^ "Celebrating Susan Deacy's promotion to Professor | Roehampton Classical Civilisation". Retrieved 2018-05-22.
  11. ^ "Our Mythical Childhood Blog".
  12. ^ "Linking Classical Antiquity and Modern Youth Culture". European Research Council. 20 March 2018.
  13. ^ Deacy, Susan. "Myth and Autism".

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