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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).

MemberFiona Mitchell

…Forthcoming – Mitchell, F. Abberant Bodies: Monsters in Ancient Greek Literature.

Forthcoming (2019) – Mitchell, F. and Cobb, M. ‘Eros at Junnar: A Reappraisal of a Piece of Ancient Art’. Greece and Rome

Forthcoming (2019) – Mitchell, F. ‘The Augean Stables’ in Ogden, D. (ed.)  Oxford Companion to Herakles. Oxford: Oxford University Press USA.

2019 – Mitchell, F. ‘Destruction and Creation: Monstrous Hybrids in the Primordial Cosmos’ in S. Lewis and S. Newington (eds.) Animals and Monsters in Ancient Religion and Culture: Between Worlds. Routledge.

2018 – Mitchell, F. ‘The Universe from an Egg – Ancient Greco-Indian Interactions in Myth’ in Cobb. M, (ed.) Indian Ocean Trade in Antiquity: Economic, Social and Cultural. Routledge.

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

2013 – Mitchell, F. ‘Monstrous O…

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.

MemberGlen M Golub

This work reconstructs the lives of Europeans 40 000 years ago through four nonverbal languages found in Grotte Chauvet, Grotte Lascaux, and rock art around the world.  The entirety of both caves are translated here for the first time.  The cultures are understood through the Art, Astronomy, Religion, and Ritual depicted in the caves.  The Index provides a handy field guide to understanding Rock Art worldwide. For those who enjoy Art History, Ancient Religion, Mysticism, Archeology, Greek Classical Literature or Mythology, Ancient History, Languages or Linguistics, Womens Studies, or Human Migration