Associate Professor of Classics, New York University

Department of Classics
100 Washington Square East, room 503
New York, NY 10003

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Parcours professionnel

  • 1981-90 : Altsprachliches Gymnasium der Kieler Gelehrtenschule, Kiel (Germany) Overall Abitur result: 1.0 Università degli Studi di Pisa/Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa, Italy, Classics and Art History (Visiting student)
  • 1992-6 : Magister Artium, Classics and Ancient History, Albert Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, Germany
  • 1994-5 : Master of Studies in Greek and Latin Languages and Literature, St. John’s College, University of Oxford
  • 1996-9 : DPhil research, St. John’s College, University of Oxford ; thesis : «Singing for the Gods: Aetiological Myth, Ritual and Locality in GreekChoral Poetry of the Late Archaic Period». Examined in 2002. 1998 British School at Athens Postgraduate Course on the Archaeology and Topography of Athens und Attica
  • 1999-2000 : Moses and Mary Finley Research Fellow in Ancient History, Darwin College, University of Cambridge
  • 2000-5 : Cawkwell Fellow and Tutor in Ancient History, University College, and Lecturer in Ancient History, The Queen’s College, Oxford
  • 2005-6 : Chercheur invité, Centre Louis Gernet (EHESS-CNRS) Paris.
  • 2006-7 : Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship, Royal Holloway, University of London
  • 2007-8 : Member, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton
  • 2010 : Associate Professor of Classics, New York University (Visiting 2010-11)



1. Singing for the Gods: Performances of Myth and Ritual in Archaic and Classical Greece, Oxford, 2007, 528 p.

2. Ed. with P. Wilson, Dithyramb in Context, Oxford: OUP (forthcoming 2011).

3. Ed. with T. Morgan, Thinking about Thinking Gods: Beliefs and Conceptions of the Divine in the Ancient World (pending contract from OUP).


1. «Changing Choral Worlds: Song-Dance and Society in Athens and Beyond», in P. Murray, P. Wilson (eds.), Music and the Muses: The Culture of ‘Mousike’ in the Classical Athenian City (Oxford, 2004), 39-65.

2. «Mapping out communitas: Performances of theoria in their Sacred and Political Context», in J. Elsner, I. Rutherford (eds.), Pilgrimage in Graeco-Roman and Early Christian Antiquity: Seeing the Gods, Oxford, 2005, 41-72.

3. «The Aetiology of Empire? Hero-cult and Athenian Tragedy», in J. Davidson, F. Muecke, P. Wilson (eds.), Greek Drama III. Essays in Honour of Kevin Lee. BICS supplement 87, London, 2006, 79-98.

4. «And Now All the World Shall Dance: Dionysus choroi between Drama and Ritual», in E. Csapo, M. Miller (eds.), The Origins of Theatre in Ancient Greece and Beyond: From Ritual to Drama, Cambridge-New York, 2007, 221-53.

5. «Nothing to Do With Demeter ? Theatre and Society in the Greek West», in O. Revermann, P. Wilson, (eds.), Performance, Iconography, Reception. Studies in Honour of Oliver Taplin, Oxford, 2008, 128-57.

6. «Musical Merchandise on every vessel: Religion and Trade on the Island of Aigina», in D. Fearn (ed.), Aigina: Contexts for Choral Lyric Poetry. Myth, History, and Identity in the Fifth Century BC, Oxford, OUP, September 2010, 129-71.

7. «Broken Rhythms in Plato’s Laws: Materialising Social Time in the khoros», in N. Peponi (ed.), Performance, Mousike and Culture in Plato’s Laws , Cambridge-New York: CUP (forthcoming 2010).

8. «Cross-Cultural Connectivity cum grano salis: Religion and Trade beyond the Pillars of Herakles», in A. Chaniotis (ed.), Rituals in the Ancient Mediterranean: Changes and Agents, Stuttgart: Steiner, 2010.

9. «Dancing Dolphins: Social and Economic Change in the Archaic Dithyramb», in Dithyramb in Context (forthcoming Oxford: OUP 2011 as in Books no. 2).

10. «Fishing for Fish Sacrifice: Local Economies and Religious Identity in the Greek Mediterranean», in S. Hitch, I. Rutherford (eds.), Animal Sacrifice in the Greek World (forthcoming Cambridge: CUP 2011).

11. «Pistoi theoi: Anthropomorphism and the Language of Belief in Ancient Greece» (in Books no. 3).

12. «Transcultural Chorality: Athenian Tragedy in a Global Mediterranean», in R. Gagné, M. Hopman, (eds.), Choral Mediations in Greek Drama (forthcoming Cambridge: CUP 2011).

13. «Trading Gods and Trading Networks: Economies of Trust in Ancient Greece», in C. Taylor, K. Vlassopoulos (eds.), Communities and Networks in the Ancient Greek World (under consideration by OUP).

14. «Shrines, Festivals and Games», in F. Naiden, R. Talbert (eds.), Communications in the Ancient World (commissioned by OUP for 2011/12).

Encyclopaedia articles

1. «Melissa», «Orthia», «Procharisteria», «Proerosia», «Xenia», all in Der Neue Pauly: Enzyklopädie der Antike, H. Cancik et al. (ed.), Stuttgart, 1996-2003, s.vv.; translated in Brill’s New Pauly: Encyclopaedia of the Ancient World. Engl., by C. F. Salazar, D. E. Orton (eds.), Leiden and Boston, 2002, s. vv.

2. «Religion, Greece», «Religion, Greece, terminology», «Hymns», «Karneia», «Paean», «Pharmakos», «Molpoi», «Thargelia»,‘«Ancestral Deities (theoi patrôoi, di patrii)», «Dorian festivals», «Ionian festivals», all in R. Bagnall, K. Brodersen, A. Erskine, S. Hübner (eds.), Encyclopedia of Ancient History. Wiley-Blackwell (Oxford, forthcoming 2010).


1. J.M. Fossey (ed.), Boeotia Antiqua V. (Amsterdam, 1995) and Boeotia Antiqua VI. (Amsterdam, 1996), for CR 50 (2000) 551-3.

1. S.E. Alcock, Archaeologies of the Greek Past. Landscape, Monuments and Memories (Cambridge, 2002), for JHS 123 (2003) 253-5.

2. S.L. Larson, Tales of Epic Ancestry. Boiotian Collective Identity in the Late Archaicand Early Classical Periods (Stuttgart, 2007), for Sehepunkte 2010.

3. P.J. Wilson (ed.), The Greek Theatre and Festivals (Oxford, 2007), for Kernos 2010.

4. A. Bierl, R. Lämmle, K. Wesselmann (eds.), Literatur und Religion. Wege zu einer mythisch-rituellen Poetik bei den Griechen, 2 vols. (Berlin, 2007), for JHS 2010.

5. Review of R. Hunter, I. Rutherford (eds.), Wandering Poets in Ancient Greek Culture: Travel, Locality and Panhellenism (Cambridge, 2009), for Ancient History Bulletin 2010.