Judith Mossman (classicist)

Judith Mossman is Pro-Vice Chancellor for Arts and Humanities and Professor of Classics at Coventry University. She is the President of the Society for the Promotion of Hellenic Studies.

Judith Mossman
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Academic background
Alma materCorpus Christi College, Oxford
Academic work
Sub-disciplineGreek literature
InstitutionsTrinity College, Dublin
University of Nottingham
Coventry University


Mossman was educated at Woldingham School, before reading Classics at Corpus Christi College, Oxford.[1][2] She received a D.Phil from Oxford University for a thesis entitled Euripides' Hecuba: A Re-evaluation, With Special Reference to Dramatic Technique.[3] She held a Junior Research Fellowship at Christ Church and taught at Trinity College, Dublin before moving to the University of Nottingham in 2004.[4] Mossman was appointed to Coventry University in 2017. She was a governor of Woldingham School from 1990-93.[1]

In 2017 Mossman was elected President of the Society for the Promotion of Hellenic Studies, having previously been Chair of the Joint Association of Classical Teachers (JACT) Classical Civilisation Committee.[5] Having held the latter role, in 2011 she wrote to the Parliamentary Education Select Committee, urging that Classical Civilisations be included among the humanities subjects deemed acceptable for the English Baccalaureate.[6]

Mossman specialises in Greek literature in the fifth century BC and the second-third century CE.[4] Her work on Euripides' Hecuba has been praised for its "integrity" and "balance",[7] and described as "judicious and thought-provoking."[8] She is a passionate advocate for the Arts.[2]

In November 2019, Mossman delivered the Nineteenth Dorothy Buchan Memorial Lecture in Ancient History at the University of Leicester. Her title was ‘At Home in Chaironeia: Domestic Detail in Plutarch’.[9] She gave the keynote presentation at the Women's Classical Committee Annual General Meeting, 24 April 2020.[10] Her title was 'Grass roots, Green shoots...is everything in the garden lovely?’

She is the third woman to hold the position of President of the Society for the Promotion of Hellenic Studies, succeeding Professor P. E. Easterling (1996-1999) and Professor Dorothy Tarrant (1954-1956).

Selected publicationEdit

  • 2001. "Women's speech in Greek tragedy: the case of Electra and Clytemnestra in Euripides' Electra", Classical Quarterly, 51(2), 374-384.
  • 2005. "Women's Voices". In: Gregory, J (ed.), A Companion to Greek Tragedy Oxford. Blackwell. 352-65.
  • 2005. "Taxis ou barbaros: Greek and Roman in Plutarch's Pyrrhus", Classical Quarterly, 55 (2), 498-517.
  • 2007. 'Plutarch and English Biography', Hermathena, no. 183 (2007) 75-100
  • 2011. Euripides, Medea (Classical texts). Aris and Phillips. ISBN 0856687839
  • 2012. "Women's Voices in Sophocles". In: Markantonatos, A. (ed.) The Brill Companion to Sophocles. Brill. 491-506.
  • 2016. "Shakespeare and the Classics", Omnibus 72, 1-3.


  1. ^ a b "Prof. Judith Mossman". MASSOLIT. 2015. Retrieved 22 June 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Professor Judith Mossman". UK City of Culture 2021, Coventry. Retrieved 3 January 2020.
  3. ^ "Euripides' Hecuba : a re-evaluation, with special reference to dramatic technique". solo.bodleian.ox.ac.uk. Retrieved 3 January 2020.
  4. ^ a b "Judith Mossman (Professor of Classics, Faculty of Arts)". University of Nottingham. 2017. Retrieved 22 June 2017.
  5. ^ "Society for the Promotion of Hellenic Studies, Notice of Annual General Meeting, Saturday 10th June 2017" (PDF).
  6. ^ Commons, The Committee Office, House of. "House of Commons - Education Committee - Written Evidence". publications.parliament.uk.
  7. ^ Machemer, Georgia Ann (1 March 1997). "Wild Justice: A Study of Euripides' Hecuba (review)". American Journal of Philology. 118 (1): 134–137. doi:10.1353/ajp.1997.0006. ISSN 1086-3168.
  8. ^ Mitchell-Boyask, Robin (March 1996). "Review of: Wild Justice: A Study in Euripides' Hecuba". Bryn Mawr Classical Review.
  9. ^ Jenkin, Steve (7 November 2019). "19th Dorothy Buchan Memorial Lecture in Ancient History, Leicester, 26. Nov - Prof. Judith Mossman". The Classics Library. Retrieved 21 November 2019.
  10. ^ "WCC AGM schedule, April 24th 2020". WCC-UK. 8 April 2020. Retrieved 24 April 2020.

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