Mercedes Aguirre Castro

Mercedes Aguirre Castro

Mercedes Aguirre Castro

Mercedes Aguirre is a scholar who works on Greek mythology. She is also a writer of novels and short stories.

She was born in Madrid. She has a doctorate in Classical Philology and is a lecturer at the Department of Greek Philology in the Universidad Complutense in Madrid. She is currently a Visiting Fellow in University of Bristol, and has been elected a Life Member at Clare Hall in the University of Cambridge.


As a university teacher her areas of published research (in both Spanish and English) are: Greek literature, Greek mythology and iconography, and the reception of Greek mythology in the contemporary world. Among her scholarly articles are those on:

  • Scylla
  • the Gorgons
  • sea monsters
  • ghosts
  • female characters in the Odyssey
  • studies of particular myths and their reception in art

She has also authored a book on the Pre-Raphaelites, especially on those of their mythological paintings which focus on female characters.

Novels and short stories

Mercedes is the co-author of a series of books, all published by Ediciones de la Torre, which retell the Greek myths:

She is also the author of several books of fiction which have been inspired by Greek mythology but which are situated in our contemporary world:

Her latest novel is El cuadro inacabado; her short story La pared was shortlisted in the Concurso Internacional de Cuentos Ediciones de la Torre.

Creative writing

Amongst other activites, Mercedes runs workshops and courses on creative writing, and is currently planning a book on the subject.

See profile at the Escritores Complutenses in Madrid

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