Professor of Classics
Director of Undergraduate Studies in Classics
Her research interests include ancient Greek historiography, Greek prose literature of the fifth and fourth centuries BCE, twentieth century classical receptions (especially uses of Classics in Africa, Britain, the Caribbean, and Greece), Classics and Postcolonialism, and the theory and practice of translating the ‘classics’ of Greek and Roman literature. She is more than happy to talk to students who are interested in working in any of these areas.
- [forthcoming 2014/2015] ‘On Translating Thucydides’, in Christine Lee and N. Morley (eds.) A Handbook to the Reception of Thucydides. Blackwell Publishing.
- [forthcoming 2015] ‘Subaltern Classics in Anti- and Post-Colonial Literatures in English’, for The Oxford History of Classical Reception in English Literature, vol. 5: 1880–2000, edited by Kenneth Haynes. Oxford University Press, 2015.
- [forthcoming 2015] ‘Futures Real and Unreal in Greek Historiography: From Herodotus to Plato’, for Knowing Future Time in and Through Greek Historiography (a supplementary issue of the journal Trends in Classics), edited by A. Lianeri, J. Grethlein, and A. Rengakos.
- [forthcoming 2015/16] ‘Herodotus on the Move. An Essay on Herodotus 1.5.4’, for The Present in the Past, edited by T. Harrison and E. Irwin.
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Ancient Athenian Civilization
MW 2:30-3:45 + 1htba
A survey course offering a critical introduction to the city of ancient Athens and its political institutions, culture, society, and history from 510 BCE to 323 BCE — a key period of transformation, which saw the creation of political and cultural institutions that continue to fertilize contemporary debates. We will be studying ancient Athens from every angle, including politics, law, economics, intellectual culture, performance culture, sex and reproduction, immigration, warfare, and the environment. We will also compare and contrast Athens with other Greek city-states, including classical Sparta and Syracuse, and consider the question of Athenian exceptionalism.
Working with a wide range of sources from different media and genres, we will discuss the interpretative challenges posed by the different sources that are typically used to reconstruct the social, political, and cultural history of ancient Athens (from inscriptions on stone, to literary texts, to painted vases). The lectures will be informed by the realization that the ancient ‘Athens’ that we study today is a complex and over-determined city, that has been overwritten with significance by subsequent civilizations and has had countless ideals projected onto it.
[This course is required for all majors in Classics and Classical Civilization.]