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Laura Slatkin

Laura Slatkin

B.A. Classics, Harvard University, 1968
M.A. Classics, University of Cambridge, 1970
Ph.D. Classical Philology, Harvard University, 1979

Before joining the faculty of Gallatin, Laura M. Slatkin taught at the University of California at Santa Cruz, Yale University, Columbia University, and the University of Chicago, where she received the Quantrell Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching. Her research and teaching interests include ancient Greek and Roman poetry; wisdom traditions in classical and Near Eastern antiquity; gender studies; anthropological approaches to the literature of the ancient Mediterranean world; and cultural poetics. Her recent course offerings have included: “Ancient Greek and Near Eastern Wisdom Traditions;” “Ancient Reflections in a Time of Modern War;” and “The Iliad and its Legacies in Drama” Professor Slatkin has published articles on Greek epic and drama; a volume including her earlier book The Power of Thetis together with selected essays was recently issued by The Center for Hellenic Studies/Harvard University Press. She has served as the editor in chief of Classical Philology, an international journal in the field of classics, and coedited Histories of Post-War French Thought , Volume 2: Antiquities (with G. Nagy and N. Loraux, New Press, 2001). In 2007, she held a fellowship from Columbia University Institute for Scholars in Paris, and in 2009 at the Liguria Study Center for the Arts and Humanities in Bogliasco, Italy. She is currently collaborating on a study of the reception of Homer in British romantic poetry. Professor Slatkin has been invited to present her work at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes in Paris and the Max-Planck-Institut für Wissenschaftsgeschichte in Berlin, among other places. She is also currently visiting professor in the Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago. She is the recipient of the 2012 NYU Distinguished Teaching Award.


Professor Laura Slatkin was a 2015 GRI Fellow at NYU-Florence where, in April 2015, she delivered a talk for a MOOC developed from a Harvard University course on "The Ancient Greek Hero."

With N. Felson (University of Georgia), Professor Slatkin co-authored ”Revenge traditions and Odyssean transformations”, for the XIV Congrès International de la FIEC (la Féderation des Associations d’´Etudes Classiques), Bordeaux.

She published a “Nostos, Tisis, and Two Forms of Dialogism in Homer’sOdyssey,” which she co-authored with N. Felson, in Proceedings of the 12th Symposium on “Revisiting the Odyssey:” Crime and Punishment in Homeric and Archaic Epic (Ithaki: 2015).

Professor Slatkin, chair of Distinguished Faculty Lecture committee, along with AB Huber and Kim DaCosta, organized a discussion between comic memorist Alison Bechtel and author Hilary Chute in the fall of 2013. Along with Meleko Mokgosi, she organized the spring 2014 Distinguished Faculty Lecture featuring the artist Mary Kelly. 


Contact Information

Laura Slatkin

1 Wash Pl, Room 505
(212) 998-7363
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Research and Teaching Interests

Greek and Roman antiquity: cultural poetics of early Greece (including literature, myth, religion); ancient and modern drama and lyric; Greek philosophy; ancient Near Eastern literature; cultural and gender studies of antiquity

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