Dr Dalida (Lili) Agri

Dr Dalida (Lili) Agri

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

Contact details

Arts Building G19B
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Graeco-Roman Epic, Gender Studies, Ancient Emotions, Reception theory.

Feedback and office hours

Monday 3-4pm and Friday 1-2pm


  • BA in Classics, Université Paris IV Sorbonne
  • MA in Latin Literature, Université Paris IV Sorbonne
  • PhD in Classics, University of Nottingham


I have held several academic posts at the Universities of Nottingham, Leicester, and Manchester before joining the wonderful Classics team at the University of Birmingham in September 2018.

I have also very much enjoyed teaching at various Classics Summer Schools across the UK, including Lampeter (University of Wales Trinity Saint David), King’s College London, and Durham.


  • Gender & Society in Ancient Greece
  • Ancient Greece & Modern Culture
  • Athenian Drama
  • Greek Books & Language
  • Cities & Monuments in the Ancient & Medieval Mediterranean

Postgraduate supervision

I welcome any proposals for supervision in any area of Roman Epic Literature and Roman Love Elegy.

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


I specialise in the study of emotions and gender in Roman Epic literature with a particular focus on the Flavian period.

Currently, I am in the process of completing a monograph on the workings of emotions in Flavian Epic within the framework of Stoic thought, from a gendered perspective. The book explores the impact of emotions (fear, anger, shame) in representations of power, agency and leadership in kings, tyrants, and (anti-)heroes.

I am also working on a modern translation of Valerius Flaccus’ Argonautica with an introduction and a short commentary.

Other activities

  • Outreach Coordinator in Classics
  • Peer-Reviewer for Latomus, and Bloomsbury Publishing
  • Accredited Member of Wikimedia UK



  • Emotions in Flavian Epic: Gender, Power & Agency (in preparation) 

Book chapters

  • ‘Aspects of Euhemerism in Virgil’s Aeneid and Ovid’s Metamorphoses’ in Euhemerism and its Uses: the Mortal Gods, by S. Pugh (ed.), London: Routledge. (under contract)
  • ‘Allegorical Bodies: (trans)gendering Virtus in Statius’ Thebaid 10 and Silius Italicus’ Punica’ 15 in Gender Diversity in the Ancient World, by A. Surtees and J. Dyer (eds.), Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press. (forthcoming: 2019)  
  • Madness, Pietas and Suicide in Statius’ Thebaid and Silius Italicus’ Punica’ in Zero to Hero, Hero to Zero: In Search of the Classical Hero, by Ryan C. & Langerwerf L. (eds), pp. 141-160. Cambridge: Cambridge Scholar Publishing (2010)


  • ‘Opening up Texts: Intertextuality in Statius and Silius Italicus’, Classical Quarterly 70.1 (2020)
  • Marching towards masculinity: female pudor in Statius’ Thebaid and Valerius Flaccus’ Argonautica’, Latomus 73.3 pp. 721-747 (2014)
  • ‘Représentations frontalières et dualité(s) symbolique(s) du Pont-Euxin dans les Argonautiques d’Apollonios de Rhodes et de Valerius Flaccus’ in : Pontus Euxinus, Commentarii Pilsnenses, ed.  by Petr Březina (Plzeň, 2014), pp. 61-74. Accessible via academia.edu

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