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School of Humanities and Creative Arts
English, Ancient Greek, Latin
Robin's doctorate was on Stoic influence on the Satires of Horace, an area of study which with Roman Satire has been a source of journal articles and conference presentations over years. An interest in Classical Drama led to a large number of productions both in Christchurch and in Western Australia. Among Robin’s recent productions was Aristophanes’ 'Frogs' in his own translation in Christchurch in 2005. A production of his translation of Sophocles' 'Philoctetes' was directed by Peter Falkenberg of TAFS with Robin in the title role in late 2006. A co-production of Euripides' 'Cyclops' was presented with Patrick O'Sullivan at the ASCS conference in Christchurch 2008. Robin also translated, directed and acted in a production of Euripides' Iphigeneia in Aulis' in December 2008. In 2009 Robin presented a paper 'Petronian Poems: a Key to the Satyricon' at a Dunedin conference, 'From Nero to Hadrian' and a paper on 'The Augustan Utopia' at The Pacific Rim Seminar in July at University College. This was published in 'Scholia' in 2011. He translated / directed 'Prometheus Bound' in December 2009, produced /directed his translation of Aristophanes' 'Wasps' for the Platform Festival in May 2010, this a source for ASCS pa. In 2011 he translated and directed Euripides' 'Hippolytus' and Seneca's 'Phaedra', published in 'Prudentia' 'Fronting up to Seneca's 'Medea'. An article on directing/translating the 'Oresteia' was in the electronic journal 'Electra' (Patras University).