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Dr Helen Dixon


Helen Dixon

Lecturer/Assistant Professor
School of Classics
353 1 716 8193
University College Dublin, School of Classics, Newman Building Belfield Dublin 4


I took Literae Humaniores at Wadham College (Oxford) and an MPhil in Classical Literature at Trinity College (Cambridge), where I won a Trinity College Studentship to conduct my doctoral research on manuscripts and early printed books. My dissertation was entitled 'Studies in the transmission of Tibullus'. Whilst completing my doctorate I was employed on the Bodleian Library Incunable Project, which produced a catalogue raisonée. During my British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Warburg Institute, London, I began my research project on the fifteenth-century Roman humanist scholar Pomponio Leto, the Roman Academy and the reception of Antiquity. I have been Lecturer/Assistant Professor in the School of Classics since 2006 and School Head of Research, Innovation and Impact since 2015. Dr Dixon enjoys teaching ancient Greek and Latin literature. Her undergraduate modules on 'Heracles the Hero' and 'Magic in the Ancient World' explore the place of myth and magic, alongside religious beliefs, in everyday ancient Greek and Roman lives and in later epochs. Dr Dixon is happy to supervise postgraduate students and mentor postdoctoral fellows interested in the reception of antiquity, looking back at Rome in the Renaissance, the transmission of Latin texts, Latin palaeography, intellectual history in the Renaissance, and intellectual and political exchanges between the Byzantine East and Roman West in the medieval and Renaissance periods. Applicants to the IRC Government of Ireland Postdoctoral Fellowship Programme 2019 (deadline 29 November 2018) through the School of Classics: please write to


  • Lecturer/Assistant Professor
    University College Dublin, School of Classics, Ireland1 Sep 2006


  • Lector
    University of Oxford, Faculty of Classics, United Kingdom1 Oct 2005 - 1 Jul 2006
  • Stipendiary Lecturer
    University of Oxford, United Kingdom1 Oct 2005 - 1 Jul 2006
  • British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow
    University of London, Warburg Institute, United Kingdom1 Oct 2002 - 30 Sep 2005
  • Incunable Project
    University of Oxford, Bodleian Library, United Kingdom1 Jul 2000 - 30 Sep 2002


  • MA
    Oxford University UK
  • MPhil
    University of Cambridge
  • PhD
    University of Cambridge


  • Greek, Ancient (to 1453)
    Can read, write and peer review
  • Latin
    Can read, write and peer review
  • French
    Can read, write, speak, understand and peer review
  • Italian
    Can read, write, speak, understand and peer review
  • Spanish; Castilian
    Can read, write, speak, understand and peer review
  • German
    Can read, write, speak and understand