Dr Cosetta Cadau

Ancient Classics


Arts Building


Cosetta Cadau was educated in Italy and Ireland. She holds a B.A. (Hons) and MA in Classics (University of Cagliari), and a M.Litt. and Ph.D. in Classics (Trinity College Dublin). She lectured at Trinity College Dublin, University College Dublin, University College Cork, and the University of Lincoln, before joining Maynooth in 2020.

Literary translations:
Translation of Colluthus’ Abduction of Helen, in Mythological Epics, University of California Press (forthcoming, 2020)
Book chapters:

  • “Female characterisation and gender reversal in Nonnus and Colluthus”, in Nonnus of Panopolis in Context III: Old Questions and New Perspectives (eds.: F. Doroszewski, K. Jażdżewska), Brill (forthcoming, 2020)

Peer reviewed journals:
“Power and parenthood in two Late Antique tales of abduction” (forthcoming, 2020)
Cosetta Cadau works on literature of the fourth to the sixth century AD, particularly Greek epic. Her research focuses on the renegotiation of classical tradition in the Late Antique period and within Christian literary contexts, and the evolution of concepts of gender and identity in the Late Antique period. She is the author of the first interpretative monograph on Egyptian epic poet Colluthus (Studies in Colluthus’ Abduction of Helen).