Welcome – Croeso

By bringing together a unique regional concentration of expertise, KYKNOS aims to stimulate, co-ordinate and promote research on the narrative literatures of ancient Greece, Rome, Egypt and the Near East, through collaborative work, conferences and publications, and forms the centre of national and international networks of scholars working in this field.

In order to achieve these aims KYKNOS organises and undertakes activities such as co-ordinated research seminar series; national and international conferences; panels at national and international conferences; collaborative workshops; a reading group; and publication of monographs and edited volumes.


The focus of KYKNOS lies on narrative. A narrative is a connected series of events (a ‘story’, fictional or true) recounted to a reader or an audience by a narrator. KYKNOS is concerned with all literary and cultural aspects of ancient genres and texts which are intrinsically narrative; narrative elements in ancient literary texts and genres which are not intrinsically narrative; the methodologies associated with the study of narrative, and their application to all forms of ancient literature; and the reception of ancient narrative in modern culture, and of ancient culture in modern narrative.


Narrative genres in classical literature include both ‘factual’ texts (such as historiography, biography, travel narrative), and ‘fictional’ ones (such as epic poetry, mythography, novels, novelle). Narrative elements are also found in other literary forms: for instance messenger speeches in Greek tragedies, narratives in forensic speeches, myths in Platonic dialogues, or in various poetic forms. There is also a corpus of narratives in Ancient Egyptian. There are clear intertextual links between many of these texts, and a number of critical and analytical methodologies that can be applied to them all. There are already productive research synergies in place, and clear possibilities for collaborative research projects.


Most members of staff from Classics, Ancient History, and Egyptology at Swansea University and from Classics at Trinity Saint David form part of KYKNOS. We also have associated members from other universities. If you would like to become an associate member, please do not hesitate to contact us.


John, Evelien, Fritz-Gregor, Ian, Kyle and Ruth


KYKNOS Work-in-Progress conference at Swansea University October 2014: after-conference drinks