Professor Graham Anderson

Emeritus Professor of Classical Studies


Graham Anderson is Professor Emeritus of Classics. His research interests are in the literary and cultural history of the Roman Empire, especially the Second Sophistic; traditional narrative genres, especially ancient folktale and the ancient novel; and the development of kingship legend in the classical world. 

Graham holds a DLitt from Glasgow (2007), won two Adele Mellen prizes for distinction in Arthurian Scholarship and Ancient Folktale (2007), as well as a Mythopoeic Society Award for Scholarship on Fairytale (2003) and a Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship (2005-8) for the project Kingship Legends in Antiquity.



  • Anderson, G. (2007). The Earliest Arthurian Texts: Greek and Latin Sources of the Medieval Texts (texts, Translations, and Commentary). UK: Edwin Mellen Press Ltd.
    Offers an accessible edition and commentary of 104 short texts dealing with aspects of Arktouros and his analogues, as discussed in King Arthur in Antiquity above. The range of material treated is about double that in the previous volume, with new explanations of the Pendragon title, the name Guinivere, and the element of prophecy in the Merlin texts.
  • Anderson, G. (2007). Folktale As a Source of Graeco-Roman Fiction: The Origin of Popular Narrative. Lewiston, New York: Edwin Mellen Press Ltd.
  • Anderson, G. (2006). Greek and Roman Folklore, A Handbook. Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Press.
    The first presentation of Ancient Folklore as a unified discipline for some eighty years: brings together issues traditionally diffused through ancient religion, myth, anthropology and other areas; sets out to evaluate recently emergent methodologies, championing Aarne-Thompson against Propp; and sets out to bridge the gap between classicists with no folklore and folklorists with no classics. Presents folklore as an ‘or-so-they-say’ subject, a formula which usefully cuts across the many competing definitions based on disciplinary presuppositions.
  • Anderson, G. (2004). King Arthur in Antiquity. London, UK: Routledge.
    Offers the first professional consideration of the title ‘Arktouros’ in Greek legend: it is applied to an early king of Arkadia who fortified a site called Table (Trapezus) and has other links with traditional ‘Arthurian’ features. Suggests a radical challenge to traditional dating and location of Arthurian legend, whose scholars are not normally equipped to read archaic Greek texts. Offers a picture of an archaic Arthur which would explain his ‘mythic’ status at an early stage and make him an import of the same type as the West Asiatic St. George.

Book section

  • Anderson, G. (2006). Rhetoric and the Second Sophistic. In: Dominik, W. and Hall, J. eds. A Companion to Roman Rhetoric. Oxford: Blackwell Publishing Ltd, pp. 339-353.
  • Anderson, G. (2004). Aulus Gellius as a Storyteller. In: Holford-Strevens, L. and Vardi, A. eds. The Worlds of Aulus Gellius. United Kingdom: Oxford University Press, pp. 105-117.
  • Anderson, G. (2003). Old Tales for New: Finding the First Fairy Tales. In: Davidson, H. and Chaudri, A. eds. A Companion to the Fairy Tale. Boydell and Brewer, pp. 85-98.
  • Anderson, G. (2001). Greek Religion in the Roman Empire: Diversities, Convergences, Uncertainties. In: Cohn-Sherbok, D. C. and Court, J. M. eds. Religious Diversity in the Graeco-Roman World: A Survey of Recent Scholarship. United Kingdom: Continuum International Publishing Group, pp. 143-163.


  • Anderson, G. (2000). Education in Greek fiction. Classical Review 50:595-596.
  • Anderson, G. (2000). From pagan hero to Christian saint. Classical Review 50:620-621.
  • Anderson, G. (1999). Symmachus, ’Lettres’, vol III, Books-VI-VIII. Classical Review 49:578-578.
  • Anderson, G. (1999). Lucian’s dialogues: Performance, nature, and techniques of humor. Classical Review [Online] 49:32-33. Available at:
  • Anderson, G. (1998). Maximus of Tyre ’Philosophumena-Dialexeis’. Journal of Hellenic Studies 118:218-219.
  • Anderson, G. (1995). Lucian, Works, Vol 1, General Introduction, Opuscula 1-10- French and Greek - Bompaire,J. Classical Review 45:24-26.
  • Anderson, G. (1994). Groningen Colloquiums on the Novel, Vol 4 - Hofmann,H. Classical Review [Online] 44:72-74. Available at:
  • Anderson, G. (1994). A History to Books-5 of the Correspondence of Symmatchus, Q.AURELIUS - iNTRODUCCTION, Historical Commentary, Text, Translation,Indexes - Italian and Latin - Tiberga,PR. Classical Review [Online] 44:214-214. Available at:
  • Anderson, G. (1993). The ’metamorphoses’ of antoninus-liberalis - a translation with commentary - Celoria,F, Translator-commentator. Classical Review 43:423-424.


  • Anderson, G. (2007). Problems in Ancient Popular Narrative. UK: Edwin Mullen.
    Brings together hitherto unpublished papers which offer fresh light on fictional texts by comparison with type-indexed folklore material. Furthers investigation into ‘Cinderella’ elements in Longus’ Daphnis and Chloe, and explains the chain of picaresque episodes in Petronius’ Satyrica as an ancient branch of the Fortunatus-legend. Reconstructs a Golden Ass complex where a literal gold-donkey was the unifying theme. The book’s main thrust is to encourage classicists to be aware, and cautiously respectful, of techniques of folktale analysis which have rarely been allowed to cross disciplinary boundaries.
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