Patrick O'Sullivan

Associate ProfessorPatrick O'Sullivan

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

Qualifications & Memberships

Research Interests

Patrick O'Sullivan completed his BA Hons. and MA degrees at the University of Melbourne and his PhD at Cambridge (Magdalene College), where has has also held Visiting Fellowships at Wolfson and Trinity Colleges. He arrived at Canterbury in 1999 and teaches Latin and Greek at all levels as well as courses on Greek Mythology, Art, Homeric Epic, Ancient Aesthetics, Philosophy and Sport; in 2006 and 2007 he was voted Top Lecturer in the College of Arts.

His research interests primarily include: Greek theatre, Archaic and Classical Greek intellectual history, aesthetics and psychological theories and the role of visual artworks in Greek literary and philosophical texts. He has published on many aspects of Archaic and Classical Greek literature and cultural history such as epic, lyric, and dramatic poetry, (incl. satyr play), rhetoric and the First Sophistic, with topics ranging from ancient aesthetics and literary criticism to athletics and atheism in antiquity, among others; he has also published on Greek and Roman art, including their reception in the Second Sophistic and beyond antiquity.

In 2008 he was involved as translator and actor in a full production of Euripides' Cyclops, produced in Christchurch; and in 2013 he published a book (co-authored with Chris Collard) on Euripides' Cyclops and major fragments of Greek satyric drama, through Oxbow. 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 P. (2019) Rhetoric in Euripides. In Markantonatos A (Ed.), The Brill Companion to Euripides Leiden: Brill.
  • O'Sullivan PD. (2019) ‘Satyric Friendship in Euripides’ Cyclops’. In Antonopoulos A; Harrison, G.; Christopoulos M (Ed.), Brill’s Companion To Satyr Play Leiden: Brill.
  • O'Sullivan P. (2017) Cyclops. A Companion to Euripides: 315-333. Malden & Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell.
  • O'Sullivan P. (2017) Gods, heroes and anti-heroes in the Logie Collection. In Morrison GL; Minchin-Garvin PMA; Elder T (Ed.), We could be heroes: the gods and heroes of the ancient Greeks and Romans: 65-72. Christchurch: Canterbury University Press.