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Excellent idea, Caitlin. Thanks for getting it started. I work in ancient Greek literature and myth primarily, although I’m interested in the way that Greek texts and narratives interact with those from other cultures. At the moment I’m working on the connections between ancient Greek and Indian creation narratives, including the monstrous creator deities of […]

MemberAllen J. Romano

Allen Romano runs the Digital Humanities MA program at Florida State University. He teaches a wide range of undergraduate and graduate courses in the Program in Interdisciplinary Humanities, from graduate classes in R, Python, and digital pedagogy to undergraduate classes in literature and culture. Trained as a classicist and specializing in Ancient Greek literature, Dr. Romano’s research work has focused especially on Greek poetry and drama and, digitally, on text-mining and, more recently, deep learning with ancient literature. With Tarez Graban, Sarah Stanley, and Judith Pascoe, he has helped launch and run the newly created Demos Center Project for Data Humanities at FSU.

MemberMicheal Palmer

I am the owner of,, and You can find my blog at After a career teaching Ancient Greek (both Classical and Hellenistic) and Biblical Studies, I made a radical switch in 2006 taking me much more into the field of modern language acquisition. I now teach both Spanish and English in a dual language elementary school, and I will co-direct an academic-vocabulary development program to support bi-literacy this year (2018-19).

MemberJames Tauber

I work at the intersection of computing, philology, and linguistics both as an independent scholar and as a software developer working on digital humanities projects with other scholars. My interests include morphology (theoretical, computational, and historical), Indo-European linguistics, Linguistic Linked Open Data, text encoding and annotation of historical language corpora (especially Ancient Greek but also Old English and Old Norse), machine-actionable language description, computer-aided historical language learning (especially Ancient Greek but also Old English and Old Norse).

DepositWho Wrote Greek Curse Tablets?

Many scholars of ancient Greek religion would probably agree that the use of curse tablets in the ancient Mediterranean world ‘cut across all social categories’. From a comparative perspective, it would be surprising if high levels of Greek literacy had been achieved by all social classes in classical and Hellenistic times. Greek literature, however, always represents these women using non-literary cursing techniques. While the use of figurines and spoken words were common features of ancient Greek cursing, specific mentions of curse writing are absent from classical and Hellenistic sources. According to Jordan, a single person from the mid-third century ce inscribed fifteen curse tablets and deposited them in two wells in the Athenian agora. Unlike many other ancient corpora, the corpus of ancient Greek and Latin curse tablets is in constant evolution. Since new evidence will likely come to light in the future, the study of curse tablets can afford bold hypotheses as well as falsification attempts.

DepositEntering the Agon: Dissent and authority in Homer, historiography and tragedy

This book investigates one of the most characteristic and prominent features of ancient Greek literature – the scene of debate or agon, in which with varying degrees of formality characters square up to each other and engage in a contest of words – and sets out for the first time to trace its changing representations through Homeric epic, historiography and tragedy. Combining literary dialogic theory with sociological approaches towards structure, it makes the claim that debate is best understood in relation to an institutional framework, in which issues of authority and dissent are variously set out and worked through. Intersecting with key recent scholarship, it shows that the Homeric poems establish, and scrutinise, the assembly as an institution which accommodates dissent, in line with an understanding of epic narrative as foundational; that the historians’ marginal status as writers in an oral culture manifests itself in their representing debate as a challenge to the utility of public institutions; and that tragedy marks the formal institutionalisation of dissent in its adversarial structure with an onus on speaking back, which offers a new way of thinking about tragic politics in terms of the process by which dissent is enacted and managed. Aimed at both scholar and student, including anyone interested in the origins of political thought, this book demonstrates not only the fundamental importance of debate to these genres, but also the ways representations of debate construct an agonistic mentality which intersects with and informs the broader cultural construction of a citizen community.

MemberFiona Mitchell


In preparation –  Aberrant Bodies: Monsters in Ancient Greek Literature. (monograph based on my PhD thesis).

In preparation – Time and Chronology in Creation Narratives. (edited collection based on 2018 conference).


Planned – ‘Ending with a Beginning: The Book of Revelation as a Christian Adaptation of Ancient Mediterranean Creation Narratives’

In preparation – ‘Representations of Time in the Orphic and Mithriac Iconography’

Forthcoming 2019 – Mitchell, F. and Cobb, M. ‘Eros at Junnar: A Reappraisal of a Piece of Mediterranean Art’. Greece and Rome 66(2), 203-226.

2014 – ‘Introduction: Sound and Silence’. HARTS & Minds, 1(4).

2013 – ‘Monstrous Omens in Herodotus’ Histories’. Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of Postgraduates in Ancient Literature. 

MemberSamuel Dorf

Dr. Samuel N. Dorf is a musicologist and dance historian. He has published articles dealing with the performance and reinvention of ancient Greek music and dance in fin-de-siècle Paris, and queer music reception and has presented papers at history, queer studies, dance history, archaeology, and musicology conferences throughout North America and Europe. His research areas include intersections between musicology and dance studies and the history of technology, reception studies, queer studies, film studies, and the history of performance practice. His book, Performing Antiquity: Ancient Greek Music and Dance from Paris to Delphi, 1890-1930, is under contract with Oxford University Press.