Paul Shorey Professor of Greek and Chair of the Department of Greek, Latin, and Classical Studies
Areas of Focus:
Greek social and intellectual history, with particular focus on mythology, religion, magic, and Platonic philosophy. I have published on Plato, on Orphica (including the mysterious gold tablets and the Derveni papyrus), on Greek imaginings of death and afterlife, and on the discourse of magic in the ancient world. My current research interests include the afterlife, the history of myth interpretation, and the marginal categories of magic and Orphism within Greek religion.
Roman emotion, with a particular focus on cognitive-sociological approaches to Roman literature. I have published on Tacitus, Livy, Seneca, and Apuleius. I also edited the Routledge Handbook of Classics and Cognitive Theory. My current research interests include the effects of both technology and the natural environment on collective memory, and the gendered experience of emotion within this context.