Patrick O'Sullivan

Associate ProfessorPatrick O'Sullivan

MA/PhD Co-ordinator
Rm 103B UC Arts City Location- 3 Hereford Street
Internal Phone: 94984

Qualifications & Memberships

Research Interests

Patrick O'Sullivan is a graduate of Melbourne and Cambridge Universities, and has been awarded Visiting Fellowships at Cambridge University (Wolfson and Trinity Colleges) and at Oxford University. At UC and elsewhere he has taught Latin and Greek at all levels as well as courses on Greek Mythology, Art, Homeric Epic, Ancient Aesthetics, Philosophy and Sport; he has twice been voted Top Lecturer in the College of Arts at UC.

His research interests primarily focus on Archaic and Classical Greek intellectual and cultural history, and frequently inform the courses he teaches. He has published widely on: Greek epic and lyric poetry, theatre, (incl. tragedy and satyr play), rhetoric and the First Sophistic, ancient aesthetics and literary criticism (incl. psychological theories and the role of visual artworks in Greek literary and philosophical texts), athletics, atheism in antiquity, as well as on Greek and Roman art, including their reception in later antiquity and beyond. In 2008 he was involved as translator and actor in a full production of Euripides' Cyclops, produced in Christchurch, which was linked to his (co-authored) book on Greek satyric drama, published in 2013. In April 2018 he signed a contract with Routledge for a forthcoming book, provisionally entitled, The Rhetoric of Greek Art.

Recent Publications

  • O'Sullivan P. and Collard C. (2013) Euripides: Cyclops and Major Fragments of Greek Satyric Drama. Oxford: Oxbow. 528pp.
  • O'Sullivan PD. (2021) Satyric Friendship in Euripides' Cyclops. In Antonopoulos A; Harrison, G.; Christopoulos M (Ed.), Reconstructing a Genre from its Remnants: Studies in Satyr Drama Berlin: De Gruyter.
  • O'Sullivan P. (2020) From Olympus to Aetna: Homer, Gorgias and the Power of Music in Pindar’s Pythian 1. In edd. M. Ćulumović, V. Lewis and H. Reid (Ed.), Pindar in Sicily Iowa: Parnassos Press.
  • O'Sullivan P. (2020) Rhetoric in Euripides. In Markantonatos A (Ed.), Brill's Companion to Euripides: 571-604. Leiden: Brill.
  • O'Sullivan P. (2017) Cyclops. A Companion to Euripides: 315-333. Malden & Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell.