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Deborah Bodeker received a B.A. from Wellesley College (1966), and an M.A. (1967) and Ph.D. (1973) from St. Louis University. Her doctoral thesis, "Aphrodite's Entry into Greek Epic," was published in 1974. She was a Junior Fellow at the Center for Hellenic Studies, and taught at Georgetown University, Brooklyn College, Wellesley College, and the College of the Holy Cross before being appointed Professor of Classics at Brown in 1992.
From 1992-2000, she was on partial leave of absence from Brown while directing the Center for Hellenic Studies in Washington, D.C., together with Kurt Raaflaub. She became Chair of the Brown Classics Department in 2002, and was elected Vice President for Research of the American Philological Association for 2001-05.
Her research and teaching interests include archaic and classical Greek religion, poetry, and historiography-and particularly the mutual influences and confluences of these aspects of ancient culture. In addition to publications on archaic poetry, Euripides, religious and mythical traditions, and Herodotus, She has edited several collected volumes, most of them the result of conferences. These include:
Herodotus and the Invention of History. Arethusa, vol. 20 (1987)
The New Simonides (with David Sider). Arethusa, vol. 29.2 (1996)
The World of Troy: Homer, Schliemann, and the Treasures of Priam. Washington D.C., 1997; also published as a special issue of Classical World (1998)
The Iliad, the Odyssey, and the Real World. Washington D.C., 1998
Democracy, Empire, and the Arts in Fifth-Century Athens (with Kurt A. Raaflaub). Center for Hellenic Studies Colloquium Series. Cambridge, Mass., 1998
The New Simonides: Contexts of Praise and Desire (with David Sider). Oxford, 2001
Some recent articles and chapters include:
"Herodotus' Genres," in Matrices of Genre: Authors, Canons, Society, edd. Mary Depew and Dirk Obbink (Cambridge, Mass. 2000), 97-114
"Epic Heritage and Mythical Patterns in Herodotus," in Brill's Companion to Herodotus, edd. Egbert J. Bakker, Irene J. F. de Jong, and Hans van Wees (Leiden 2002), 97-116.
"Pedestrian Fatalities: The Prosaics of Death in Herodotus," in Herodotus and His World. edd. Peter Derow and Robert Parker (Oxford 2003), pp. 17-36.
"Drinking from the Sources: John Barton's Tantalus and the Epic Cycle," in Gestures: Essays in Ancient History, Literature, and Philosophy presented to Alan L. Boegehold, edd. Geoffrey Bakewell and James Sickinger (Oxford 2003) pp. 27-39.
"Homer's Virgil and the Games for Anchises," in O Qui Complexus et Gaudia Quanta Fuerunt (Festschrift for M. C. J. Putnam), edd. Joseph Pucci and Jeri DeBrohun (Providence 2003), pp. 17-37.
"Athenian Religion in the Age of Pericles," forthcoming in the Cambridge Companion to the Age of Pericles, ed. L. J. Samons
"Tragedy and City," co-authored with Kurt A. Raaflaub, in the Blackwell Companion to Tragedy, ed. Rebecca Bushnell (Oxford 2005), 109-127
"The View from Eleusis: Demeter in the Persian Wars," forthcoming in Persian War Tradition, edd. Edith Hall, P.J. Rhodes (Oxford 2006)
"Sappho Old and New," forthcoming in Archaic Lesbos: Sappho, Alcaeus, Pittacus, ed. Apostolos Pierris (Oxbow 2006)
"Greek Gods in Home and Hearth?" forthcoming in Household and Family Religion: Comparative Perspectives, edd. John Bodel, Saul Olyan (Blackwell, Oxford 2007)
She is married to Kurt Raaflaub and has two grown children. In addition to her work, she enjoys hiking, cooking for friends, music, and travel to semi-exotic places.
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