Qualifications & Memberships
Patrick O'Sullivan is a graduate of Melbourne and Cambridge Universities. 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 won awards for his research, and 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.
He has published widely on: Greek epic and lyric poetry, theatre, (incl. tragedy and satyr play), rhetoric and the First Sophistic, ancient visual aesthetics and literary criticism, athletics, atheism in antiquity, as well as on Greek and Roman art, including their reception in 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. He has a contract with Routledge for a forthcoming book, provisionally entitled, The Rhetoric of Greek Art. Other ongoing projects include athletics and poetics in Pindar's victory odes, and Hercules in Roman epic.
- O'Sullivan P. and Collard C. (2013) Euripides: Cyclops and Major Fragments of Greek Satyric Drama. Oxford: Oxbow. 528pp.
- O'Sullivan P. (2022) Epinician Virtue-Signaling: The Poetics of Aretê in Pindar’s Victory Odes. In Reid H; Serrati J (Ed.), Ageless Aretē: Essays from the 6th Interdisciplinary Conference on the Hellenic Heritage of Sicily and Southern Italy: 63-86. Sioux City, Iowa: Parnassos Press.
- O'Sullivan P. (2021) From Olympus to Aitna: Homer, Gorgias and the Power of Music in Pindar’s Pythian 1. In H. Reid and V. Lewis (Ed.), Pindar in Sicily: 119-142. Iowa: Parnassos Press.
- O'Sullivan PD. (2021) Satyric Friendship in Euripides' Cyclops. In Antonopoulos A; Harrison, G.; Christopoulos M (Ed.), Reconstructing Satyr Drama: 375-394. Berlin: De Gruyter.
- O'Sullivan P. (2020) Rhetoric in Euripides. In Markantonatos A (Ed.), Brill's Companion to Euripides: 571-604. Leiden: Brill.