Stephanie Melvin

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Stephanie read Classics (Literae Humaniores) at Balliol College, Oxford, graduating with a First Class Bachelors degree in 2012. She has ranged widely over both the literature and history of the Classical world – from archaic Greece to early Christian Rome – and she is especially interested in the conversation between these two disciplines. At Columbia she now hopes to expand her knowledge by studying Art History and Archaeology, exploring how visual representation and material culture speak to the aspirations and anxieties expressed in texts.

Her primary interest lies in sexuality and gender, and in particular how this is related to ancient conceptions of religion. She is keen to illuminate the relationship between Athenian women and Artemis by comparing her portrayal in Attic Tragedy with archaic and classical cult worship, including dedications and votive inscriptions.

She remains fascinated by the various ways in which Roman writers engaged with the poetry of Callimachus, as well as the overriding concern with textuality and permanence exhibited in the love elegists and in Virgil’s Eclogues.

Stephanie joins us from Trinity School in London (UK), an independent boys’ high school where for the last three years she has taught Greek and Latin language and literature to all ages, as well as Classical Civilization to A Level students. Email Stephanie Melvin.