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Dr Kirsty Corrigan

Finance Officer
Honorary Research Fellow

About

Dr Kirsty Corrigan has been a member of the University since 1997, when she joined as an undergraduate to take a degree in Classical & Archaeological Studies. She went on to pursue her postgraduate studies at Kent, receiving an MA in Classical Image & Narrative in 2002. In 2010 she was awarded her PhD, entitled 'Virgo to Virago: Medea in the Silver Age', in which she examined the Roman portrayal of the mythological figure of Medea in three Latin authors, Ovid, Seneca and Valerius Flaccus. 

For several years, as Associate Lecturer, Kirsty taught the Beginners' Latin module for the School of European Culture & Languages, and has since been made an Honorary Research Fellow. 

Kirsty has over twenty years' administrative experience and moved to the School of History in July 2014 to begin working in the newly created Finance Officer post. Her main responsibility is to oversee and manage all financial administration, procedures and budgets for the School

Professional

Kirsty is an editorial consultant for the Online Companion to the Worlds of Roman Women.  

Publications

Article

  • Corrigan, K. (2018). Brutus: Character Assassination. History Today [Online] 68:24-35. Available at: https://www.historytoday.com/kirsty-corrigan/brutus-character-assassination.
    The man who conspired to kill Julius Caesar was not quite the friend to Romans and countrymen that his legendary status suggests.

Book section

  • Corrigan, K. (2012). Satire. In: The Encyclopedia of Ancient History. Wiley-Blackwell, pp. 6057-6058. Available at: https://doi.org/10.1002/9781444338386.wbeah10063.
    Satire, or satura, is a genre of Latin literature, first appearing during the Roman Republic and continuing into the high Roman Empire.

Book

  • Corrigan, K. (2015). Brutus: Caesar’s Assassin. [Online]. Barnsley, UK: Pen & Sword Military. Available at: https://www.pen-and-sword.co.uk/Brutus-Caesars-Assassin-Hardback/p/9783.
    Although Marcus Junius Brutus is one of the most famous, or infamous, conspirators of Rome and the ancient world, if not of all time, knowledge of this historical figure has principally been passed to the modern world through the literary medium of Shakespeare's tragedy, Julius Caesar. Furthermore, any interest in Brutus has tended to focus only on events surrounding his most legendary act, Caesar's murder. This biography instead considers Brutus in his historical context, gathering details from ancient evidence and piecing together, as far as possible, his whole life.
    While his actions played a pivotal role in Roman history, ultimately, although completely unintentionally, bringing about the downfall of the Roman republic, Brutus has often been neglected. Indeed, he has rarely been considered on his own merits, instead featuring as part of the biographies and studies of other leading political figures of the time, especially those of Julius Caesar, Cicero and Octavian.
    As the first dedicated biography in over 30 years, this full and balanced reconsideration of this significant Roman republican is long overdue.
  • Corrigan, K. (2013). Virgo to Virago: Medea in the Silver Age. [Online]. Newcastle upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing. Available at: https://www.cambridgescholars.com/virgo-to-virago-13.
    The infamous and formidable mythological figure of Medea has deservedly held an enduring appeal throughout the ages. This has perhaps never been more true than in the Silver Age of Latin literature, when the taste for rhetorical excess and the macabre made the heroine, and especially her notorious acts of witchcraft and the slaughter of her own children in revenge for her husband’s infidelity, a particularly suitable and attractive topic for literary treatment.

    By examining the portrayal of this remarkable figure in the works of Ovid, Seneca and Valerius Flaccus, Virgo to Virago: Medea in the Silver Age offers a comprehensive study of the representation of the heroine, not only in this specific period, but in the entire Roman era, since these three authors provide the only substantial accounts of this figure to have survived in Classical Latin.

    Through close analysis of the texts, Virgo to Virago explores the characterisation of Medea, whose mythical life was inevitably overshadowed by her legendary behaviour, considering whether these accounts merely accord with the particular traits of the Silver Age, or whether this mighty female character has any claim to sympathy or admiration in these texts.

    The book simultaneously examines how the Latin authors compare with, and differ from, both one another and their extant Greek and Roman predecessors, concluding with a discussion of the significance of any comparisons to be drawn between these portrayals of the Roman Medea.

Internet publication

  • Corrigan, K. (2017). Appian [Online encyclopedia]. Available at: https://www.litencyc.com/php/speople.php?rec=true&UID=13947.
    Appian (c. 95-c. 165 AD) was a Greek historian from Alexandria in Egypt who was writing in the mid-second century AD, during the reign of the Roman emperor Antoninus Pius. He is chiefly known for his sole surviving, and extensive, work, the Roman History (or Romaika), an account of the Roman Empire composed in twenty-four books, only parts of which are extant.
  • Corrigan, K. (2015). Porcia Bruti (Martial 1.42) [Online resource]. Available at: https://feminaeromanae.org/martial1.42.html.
    Latin passage, with commentary and brief essay, dealing with Porcia, the wife of Brutus, taken from Martial 'Epigrams'.
  • Corrigan, K. (2013). Medea in Love [Online resource]. Available at: https://feminaeromanae.org/Medea.html.
    Latin passages, with commentary and brief essay, dealing with the young Roman Medea, taken from Ovid 'Metamorphoses' and Valerius Flaccus 'Argonautica'.

Review

  • Corrigan, K. (2018). Review of Kathryn Tempest, Brutus: The Noble Conspirator. Michigan War Studies Review [Online] 2018. Available at: http://www.miwsr.com/2018-076.aspx.
  • Corrigan, K. (2018). Review of Richard Alston, Rome’s Revolution: Death of the Republic & Birth of the Empire. The International History Review [Online] 40:701-702. Available at: https://doi.org/10.1080/07075332.2018.1455956.
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