MemberZachary Margulies

…“Like Golden Aphrodite: Grieving Women in the Homeric Epics and Aphrodite’s Lament for Adonis.” Classical Quarterly (forthcoming).

“Oh, That One Would Hear Me! The Dialogue of Job, Unanswe…

I am a doctoral candidate at New York University, studying the Hebrew Bible and Ancient Near East under the advisement of Mark S. Smith. My dissertation is a study of the poetic laments over fallen warriors in the Homeric Epic tradition and the Hebrew Bible. Dissertation “David, Achilles, and the Women’s Laments: Lamentation over the Fallen Warrior in the Hebrew Bible and Homeric Epics” Interests Hebrew Bible, Biblical Poetry, Early/Archaic Greek Poetry, Oral Poetics, Eastern Mediterranean Cross-cultural Interaction, Levantine Archaeology

MemberSebastiaan (Bas) Godefridus Clercx


Thesis: Is he dead yet? Can I look now? A study of immersion in three crucial death scenes in Homer’s Iliad.

Sept. 2013 – Oct. 2015 Master Linguistics: Comparative Indo-European Lingu…

After finishing grammar school (“Gymnasium”, highest distinction) in Breda, the Netherlands, I took a BA in Classics at the University of Leiden and graduated in 2013 (highest distinction). In 2015 I finished a Research Master in Classics (highest distinction) with a thesis on emotional involvement in Homer’s Iliad as well as a Master in Comparative Indo-European linguistics with a thesis on the historical development of dental clusters in Latin. Before joining the Institut für klasissche Philologie at the HU, I taught Latin and Ancient Greek at a Dutch grammar school.

MemberMatthew Scarborough

I was awarded my Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge (UK) in March 2017 for a dissertation on the linguistic prehistory and historical dialectology of the Aeolic dialects of Ancient Greek. Since October 2015 I have been also collaborating as a research associate with the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History (Jena, Germany) on a new database of Indo-European cognate relations. Since Fall 2019 I have also been a sessional lecturer in Classics at MacEwan University (Edmonton, Canada). My research interests can be subdivided into a handful of related topics:

  • Greek language and linguistics (from Mycenaean to the modern spoken language)
  • Ancient Greek dialect studies (from both literary and sub-literary sources)
  • Ancient Greek epigraphy and papyrology
  • Indo-European comparative linguistics and philology (including comparative myth and poetics)
  • Homer and other Early Greek poetry
  • Etymology and the Indo-European lexicon
  • Language classification, cladistics, and subgrouping methodologies in historical linguistics

MemberAlison Traweek

“Dreams,” encyclopedia entry for The Cambridge Guide to Homer, edd. Corinne Pache (Cambridge UP, 2020).
“Dr. Gertrude Elizabeth Curtis,” The Biographical Database of Militant Woman Suf…

I am a sixth generation Texan, though I have now officially lived half of my life outside of Texas. Pennsylvania seems to have accepted me, though, and I at least think it’s going reasonably well. Teaching and writing were all I ever wanted to do for a living, and, fortunately, I have found a few people willing to pay me for the former and a few people willing to give me some white space for the latter. For six years I combined my interests by teaching writing at the University of Pennsylvania, which was both stimulating and fun. In that program I designed and taught classes on everything from ancient magic to race in antiquity to the politics of belonging to fairy tales, and learned a great deal about pedagogy. After a surprising and exciting semester teaching Shakespeare in film at Temple University, I have returned to the field of classical studies, and am teaching Greek, Latin, and classics courses at the University of Pennsylvania and at Temple. My research interests are wide ranging, and I have published in academic venues on Homer, writing pedagogy, classical reception, mythology, and American militant women suffrage. I also enjoy writing public-facing scholarship though, I must admit, writing has recently been put aside for getting a handle on remote teaching strategies and, well, living during a global pandemic in a moment of racial reckoning. When I’m not working, I enjoy spending time with my husband, admiring my cats, and dancing – I began studying Middle Eastern dance in 2005, picked up ballet in 2012, and went up on pointe in 2015. I also sew – clothes and quilts, in normal times, mostly face masks recently. (If you know someone who needs one and can’t get one, DM me – I can send them one.)

MemberJessica Wolfe


Homer and the Question of Strife from Erasmus to Hobbes (U. Toronto Press, 2015)

Humanism, Machinery, and Renaissance Literature (Cambridge UP, 2004)

Articles, Essays, and Review Essay…

Professor of Renaissance literature, with specialization in comparative Renaissance lit, history of classical scholarship and the reception of classical literature and philosophy, the history of science, encyclopedism, and glow-worms.

MemberJames Tauber

…Ordering in Text-Driven Historical Language Instruction: Sequencing the Ancient Greek Vocabulary of Homer and the New Testament” at EUROCALL 2019….

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).