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Stephen Sansom

Postdoctoral Associate

Stephen Sansom

Goldwin Smith Hall, Room 126

Educational Background

PhD, Stanford University


Stephen is a Postdoctoral Associate in the Department of Classics and part of Cornell's Active Learning Initiative. He received his PhD in Classics from Stanford University in 2018.

He researches early Greek poetry using philological tools and new approaches from computational poetics. His book project, Hesiod's Shield and the Technology of Wonder, reassesses the literary contributions of the contentious archaic Greek poem, the Shield of Heracles, to Archaic Greek poetry. Instead of focusing on the poem's dubious authorship, this book argues that the Shield employs themes of craftwork and its own poetic craft to manifest the cosmos of Zeus and its wondrous effects. His work has been published or is forthcoming in Classical ReviewMnemosyneGreece & RomeClassical PhilologyCJ-OnlineBMCREidolon, and for the Society for Classical Studies. Past projects include a digital map of Greek lyric, adapting Aristophanes in Silicon Valleya MOOC on collegiate athletics, and conference papers on Archiac Greek poetics.

In the classroom, he believes students learn best when they have meaningful experiences, reflect on them, and make better decisions as a result. At Cornell he has taught courses on Statues and Public Life and Greek Mythology that take active approaches to student learning:

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Retweets @sasansom, uploads @Academia, and code @Github.

Cornell Talk Poster


  • Classics


Early Greek Poetry


"Typhonic Voices: Sounds of Hesiod and Cosmic War in Lucan's Bellum Civile 6.685-94" Mnemosyne (forthcoming 2020)

"'Strange' Rhetoric and Homeric Reception in Aelius Aristides' Embassy Speech to Achilles (or. 52)" Greece & Rome (forthcoming 2021)

"Pompey, Venus, and the Politics of Hesiod in Lucan's Bellum Civile 8.456-59" Classical Review (forthcoming 2021)

Review: The Reception of the Homeric Hymns (Oxford 2016) Eds. A. Faulkner, A. Vergados, and A. Schwab. BMCR 2018.03.60

Review: Hesiod, Vols. I and II. By Glenn W. Most, ed. and trans. Cambridge, MA: Harvard, 2018. CJ-Online, 2020.01.05