Muditha Dharmasiri


I completed my B.A. in Western Classics at the University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka in 2013, and in 2018, I obtained my M.A. in Classics from the University of Washington, USA as a Fulbright scholar. I am currently working on my Ph.D. in Ancient Classics at Maynooth University under the supervision of Dr. Maeve O’Brien. My dissertation focuses on female performers in ancient Rome through a study of epitaphs.

Research Interests:  
Greek and Roman Theatre, Performers from ancient Rome.

Research Papers:
2022- ‘When I was born, the word for what I was did not exist. Changing the ideals of heroism: Madeline Miller into the realm of the outcasts’, (co-author: Amanthee Pussepitiya) "Contemporaneity of Antiquity" VIII International Student Conference, Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University, Georgia. (7th June)
2022- ‘Erased in Literary History, but remembered by the Kindred Spirits: Clashing Depictions of Female Performers in Ancient Rome’, Talking Postgraduate Research seminar, Maynooth University, Maynooth. (6th April)
2021- ‘Remember Me Thus: A study of Latin epitaphs of Mime Actresses’, Melita Classica, Vol. 7, Malta Classics Association, Malta.
2021- ‘From Old Men to the Furies: The Development of the Chorus in Aeschylus’ Oresteia’, Conference of Contemporary Classics Research, Malta Classics Association, Malta. (8th April)
2019- ‘Thirst for Knowledge: A Study of Ambitious Oedipus and Sinhabahu’, Rajarata International Conference, Rajarata University, Sri Lanka. (7th November)
2018- ‘Appearances are deceptive’: Identity Crisis in Plautus’ Menaechmi and Amphitruo, Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences (JHS), Vol 1, Issue 2, PGIHS, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka.
2018- ‘Remember Me Thus: A study of Latin epitaphs of Mime Actresses’, CAMWS (Classical Association of the Middle West and South), University of Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA. (12th April)
2015- ‘The realm of Hades and contemporary Sri Lankan society, Lokanthara’, ConFest, Orality and Plurilingualism in Translation, Indraprastha College for Women University of Delhi, India. (3rd March)
2014- ‘The dual role of a woman as mother and wife: A comparative study on Jocasta and Suppadevi’ iPURSE (Peradeniya University International Research Sessions), University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka. (4th July)