Matthew Payne

Published: 25 September 2015

The Theme of Aberration in Senecan Tragedy

University of St Andrews

The Theme of Aberration in Senecan Tragedy

Academic History:

2014 - PhD in Classics, University of St Andrews

2013 - 2014 MPhil in Classics, University of Cambridge

2009 - 2012 BA in Classics, University of Cambridge


Dr Emma Buckley

Dr Alex Long

Research Interests:

My thesis is on the theme of aberration in Senecan tragedy. Seneca’s plays are strange & shocking in both style & content, featuring everything from underworld hosts to cunning villains. I am exploring the patterns to the paradoxes, abnormal psychologies & physical anomalies that feature in each drama. My broader research interests include Neronian literature & culture, ancient & modern theories of abnormal psychology, & the reception of Seneca in the early modern period.


2015 - AHRC DTP Studentship

2014 - 2015 7th Century Studentship

2014 - 2015 Santander 600 Scholarship

2013 - 2014 Levy Plumb Research Award, Christ's College

Contact Details:

Address: School of Classics, Swallowgate, Butts Wynd, St Andrews, Fife KY15 9BA


First published: 25 September 2015