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Athena Kirk

Assistant Professor

Overview

On leave Fall 2016.

Professor Kirk received her PhD at University of California, Berkeley. She came to Cornell in 2014 after having held the position of Assistant Professor in the Department of Classical Studies at Indiana University. Her research focuses on the intersections between literature and epigraphy and the material quality of ancient texts, as well as public interaction with them. She explores documents that seem to fluctuate between the traditional categories of ‘text’ and ‘object’ and ‘oral’ and ‘written’—performed  poetry, drama, and inscribed decrees, for example, all depend on the written medium yet could not exist solely within it.

Departments/Programs

  • Classics

Graduate Fields

  • Classics

Research

  • Greek Literature
  • Greek Cultural Poetics and Linguistics
  • Ancient Literacy
  • Ancient Animal Studies

    Courses

    Publications

    “Orality and Literacy,” “Writing,” “Inscriptions,” and “Etymology.” Baron, ed., The Herodotus Encyclopedia (in progress)

    “What is an ΕΠΙΓΡΑΦΗ in Classical Greece?” Petrovic et al.,eds., Materiality of Text  (in progress)

    “ΛΟΓΟΣ and ΦΩΝΗ in Odyssey 10 and Plutarch’s Gryllus.” Orality and Literacy XI: Voice and Voices in the Ancient World, ed. Slater. (2016)

    “Herodotus’s Semantics of Showcase.” TAPA 144.1 (2014)

    Review: Minchin, ed. Orality, Literacy and Performance in the Ancient WorldBMCR 2013.03.31 

    Lucian, “Remarks Addressed to an Illiterate Book-Fancier” (translation). Gareth Long, Remarks Addressed to an Illiterate Book-Fancier (Kate Werble Gallery, New York, 2012)

    “Gypsies in Cambridge: The Librarian Speaks.” Convolution 1 (2011).