Dr Fiona Mitchell

Classics, Ancient History and Archaeology
Teaching Fellow in Greek Language and Literature

Contact details

University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Ancient Greek literature, iconography and mythology, and their connections to international mythological and cultural traditions.

Feedback and office hours

  • Monday 16:00-17:00
  • Wednesday 12:00-13:00


  • BA (Hons) in Classical Studies – University of Manchester
  • MA in Classica and Ancient History – University of Manchester
  • PhD in Classics and Ancient History – University of Bristol


  • Beginner’s Greek
  • Greek Prose
  • Introduction to Greek Literature
  • Love in Greek Literature
  • Project A: Medusa
  • Second year seminar: Greeks vs Barbarians

Postgraduate supervision

I’m interested in supervising postgraduate researchers working on ancient Greek conceptions of the body and medicine, monstrosity, chronology, and creation narratives.

Find out more - our PhD Classics and Ancient History  page has information about doctoral research at the University of Birmingham.


I am currently converting my doctoral thesis, ‘Monsters in Ancient Greek Cosmogony, Ethnography and Biology’, into a monograph.

I am also developing a project on conceptions of time in ancient Greek cosmogony and looking at correspondences between ancient Greek and Indian creation narratives. I held a conference, Time and Chronology in Creation Narratives, in June 2018 which brought together an international group of scholars to discuss the theme across different cultures in the ancient world. 


  • Forthcoming (2019) ‘The Augean Stables’ in Ogden, D. (ed.) (2019) Oxford Companion to Herakles. Oxford: Oxford University Press USA. 
  • Forthcoming (2018)    Mitchell, F. and Cobb, M. ‘Eros at Junnar: a Reappraisal of a Piece of Ancient Art’. Greece and Rome
  • Forthcoming (2018) ‘Destruction and Creation: Monstrous Hybrids in the Primordial Cosmos’ in S. Lewis and S. Newington (eds.) Animals and Monsters in Ancient Religion and Culture: Between WorldsRoutledge.
  • 2018 ‘The Universe from an Egg: Ancient Greek and Indian Creation Narratives’ in Cobb. M, (ed.) (2018) Indian Ocean Trade in Antiquity: Economic, Social and Cultural. Routledge.  
  • 2014 ‘Introduction: Sound and Silence’. HARTS & Minds(4).  
  • 2013 ‘Monstrous Omens in Herodotus’ Histories’  Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of Postgraduates in Ancient Literature 2013.

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