Professor Foley graduated from Swarthmore College (1964), received an MAT in English (1966) and an MA in Classics (1967) from Yale University and a PHD in Classical Philology from Harvard University (1975). She moved from Stanford University to Barnard in 1979. She has also taught as a visiting professor at Dartmouth, New York University, and Berkeley. She has served as president of the American Philological Association in 1998 and was Sather Professor of Classics at Berkeley in Spring 2008. She is the author of Ritual Irony: Poetry and Sacrifice in Euripides, Cornell University Press, 1985; The Homeric Hymn to Demeter, Princeton University Press, 1994; Women in the Classical World: Image and Text, co-authored with Elaine Fantham, Natalie Kampen, Sarah Pomeroy, and Alan Shapiro, Oxford University Press, 1994; Female Acts in Greek Tragedy (=Martin Classical Lectures 1995), Princeton University Press, 2001. She is editor of Reflections of Women in Antiquity, Gordon and Breach, 1981 and a co-editor of Visualizing the Tragic, Oxford University Press, 2007. Professor Foley is currently working on completing a book from her Sather Classical lectures on the U. S. reception of Greek tragedy, a co-edited volume on the global reception of Sophocles’ Antigone, and a book on Euripides’ Hecuba. Helene P. Foley webpage.
- Classical Dialogues: Stoics and Skeptics on Cataleptic Impressions by Tobias Reinhardt
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- Classical Studies Student Mentoring Program
- Inaugural Classical Philosophy Lecture: Aristotle on Productive Understanding and Completeness, by Ursula Coope, Corpus Christi College Oxford
- Columbia Classical Studies Photo Award 2015