Franklin & Marshall College Franklin & Marshall College

Polyxeni Strolonga

Visiting Assistant Professor of Classics
717-358-5856
Office: GOE100
Summary: Greek literature (epic, lyric, tragedy); Latin literature (lyric, comedy); Greek religion and myth; exchange and reciprocity in the ancient world

Education

Ph.D. in Classical Philology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, December 
 2008.  Adviser: David Sansone             

M.A.  in Classics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2002

B.A. in Greek Philology (concentration Classics), University of Athens, Greece, 1998

Additional Training

American Academy in Rome, Classical Summer Program, 2003. Director: Ann Vasaly

Research Interests

My research interests focus on the intersection between anthropology and classics with emphasis on social and economic theories of exchange and reciprocity. I am currently working on a monograph that studies the social, religious and linguistic aspects of the practice of reciprocity as it is narrated in the Homeric Hymns to Demeter, Apollo, Aphrodite and Hermes. For this project I explore the narrative pattern of reciprocity as structural device in the major Homeric Hymns and compare the various types of exchange in the Hymns with narratives on reciprocity in Homeric prayers and lyric hymns in an attempt to redefine the genre of the Homeric Hymns. My teaching and research interests also include gender studies, Greek and Latin poetry and Greek Religion.

Publications

Book (in progress)

The Poetics of Reciprocity in the Major Homeric Hymns

Articles
“The Foundation of the Oracle at Delphi in the Homeric Hymn to Apollo.”    
 Greek, Roman and Byzantine Studies 51 (2011) 529–551

“A Contest of erga: Aphrodite against Athena, Artemis and Hestia in the Homeric 
 Hymn to Aphrodite.” Illinois Classical Studies 37 (2012) 1-20

 “Teaching Uncomfortable Subjects: When Religious Beliefs Get in the Way.” In 
 Teaching Uncomfortable Subjects in the Classics Classroom. Edd. Fiona 
  McHardy and Nancy Rabinowitz (forthcoming)

“Male Views on Marriage: The Case of Alcaeus” (in progress)

"Playing morigera: Submissive Characters in Plautus.” (in prrogress) 

Presentations

Conference Papers and Presentations

 “The Homeric Hymns Turn into Dialogues: Lucian’s Dialogues of the Gods.” International Conference on The Reception of the Homeric Hymns in Latin and Later Greek Literature. University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, June 2014

“Men Crossing Borders: Alcaeus on Marriage.” Crossing Borders, Crossing Lines. To be
 presented at Feminism and Classics VI, Department of Classics, Brock University,
 May 24-27, 2012

“Shaping Religious Beliefs: The Case of the Major Homeric Hymns.” Classical Association,
  Annual Meeting, University of Exeter, Exeter, UK, April 2012
       
“The Closing Formula in the Homeric Hymns to Demeter, Apollo and Hermes.” APA
   Annual Meeting, San Antonio, TX, January 2011

“Reciprocity and Genre.” Refereed panel, APA Annual Meeting, San Antonio, TX, January 2011
  (panel organizer and introductory remarks)

“Godlike Beauty and its Reception in the Homeric Hymn to Aphrodite.” International
  Conference on Reception and the Gift of Beauty in the Western Tradition. University of
  Bristol, UK, July 2010

“Variatio in Foundation Myths: The Oracle at Delphi and the Homeric Hymn to Apollo.” 
  Classical Association of Canada Annual Meeting, Vancouver, BC, Canada, May 2009

“Graduate Studies in Classics.” Brigham Young University, Organized by the Eta Sigma Phi Classical Honorary Society, Winter 2009 (presenter)

“A Contest of erga: Aphrodite Against Athena, Artemis and Hestia in the Homeric Hymn to
  Aphrodite.”CAMWS Annual Meeting, Tucson AZ, April 2008

“Welcome to the Circus: Balancing the Workload and ‘Real Life’ Throughout Your Career.”   
  Graduate Student Issues Committee Panel, CAMWS Annual Meeting,
  Tucson AZ, April 2008 (panel organizer)

Disce ut Doceas: Preparing to be a Teaching Assistant in Latin.” American Classical League,
  June 2007, CAMWS Annual Meeting, Tucson AZ, April 2008 (workshop organizer and
   presenter)

Timeo deos et dona ferentes: The Perils of the Divine Gifts in the Homeric Hymns.” CAMWS
  Annual Meeting, Cincinnati, OH, April 2007 “The Perils of Beauty and the Aesthetics of
  Exchange in  Greek Poetry.” Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities, Ninth
   Annual Conference on Beauty, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, May 2007

“Acting like a morigera: Submissive Characters in Plautus’ Comedies.” CAMWS
  Annual Meeting, Gainesville, FL, April 2006

“A Successful Negotiator: Reciprocity in the Homeric Hymn to Demeter.” APA Annual
  Meeting, Montreal PQ, January 2006

 “Nutus amantis: Interpreting the Body Language of Love in Ovid.” CAMWS Annual Meeting,
   Madison, WI, April 2005

 “Immortality and Reciprocity in the Homeric Hymn to Aphrodite.” Graduate Student
  Conference on Becoming Divine: Concepts of Immortality in the Ancient World.
  Harvard University, Department of the Classics, March 2004
    

 Invited Papers
 “A Contest of erga: Aphrodite against Athena, Artemis and Hestia in the Homeric Hymn to
  Aphrodite
.” Eta Sigma Phi Classical Honorary Society, Symposium, Brigham Young
  University, October 2008

“Reciprocity and Divine Benevolence in the Homeric Hymns. Brigham Young University,
  March 2008

“Structure and Unity in the Homeric Hymn to Aphrodite.” University of Illinois at Chicago,
  Department of Classics, February 2002.