Institute for Mediterranean Studies

Elton Barker

Digital Consultant
Department of the Ancient and Byzantine World

Elton Barker is Professor of Greek Literature and Culture at The Open University. His research interests focus primarily on poetic rivalry in Homer and representations of space and place in Herodotus. He is author of Entering the Agon: Dissent and Authority in Homer, Historiography and Tragedy (OUP, 2009), as well as two co-authored books on Homer with Joel Christensen, A Beginner’s Guide to Homer (OneWorld, 2013) and Homer’s Thebes (Harvard, 2020). His work on spatial analysis led to the edited volume New Worlds out of Old Texts (OUP, 2016) and to the establishment of the Pelagios Network, which is developing digital tools and methods for scholarly research into historical places (see the Pelagios special issue of the International Journal of Humanities and Arts Computing, 2021).