Pavlos Sfyroeras

Professor of Classics; co-Head, Ross Commons

 
 work(802) 443-2530
 by appointment for winter term
 Twilight Hall 210

 

Teaching Profile

Primarily a Hellenist, I teach courses intended to introduce students to the authors of a period such as the 5th century BC or to a genre such as comedy or the novel. A central concern of mine is the interface of ancient literature and religion. Consequently, I often venture into the manifestations of the sacred in Greek culture and offer seminars on Greek religion in general or on a specialized topic such as rites of passage. I also enjoy teaching all levels of Greek and Latin; my favorite authors for the more advanced levels include Homer, Pindar, Aristophanes, Thucydides, and Plato on the Greek side, Plautus, Tacitus, and Apuleius on the Latin. In all my teaching, whether in the original languages or in English, I seek to bring students into contact with great minds that, while operating under different circumstances and with different categories from our own, have shaped profoundly the way we think. This combination of the familiar and the foreign is, I believe, a crucial component of a liberal education.

Research Profile

My research focuses on the epic, choral, and dramatic poets of archaic and classical Greece; like my teaching, it tends to explore the mythic and ritual dimensions of literature. In addition to several articles on Aristophanes, Pindar, Bacchylides, Euripides, and Homer, my monograph The Feast of Poetry: Sacrifice and Performance in Aristophanic Comedy is forthcoming from Harvard University Press.I am currently working on two book-length projects, tentatively entitled "Aristophanes Sophos: Comedy and Philosophy in the Late 5th Century" and "Pindar's Epichoric Mythmaking."  Here is a select list of my publications.

Eve Adler Department of Classics

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Middlebury College
Middlebury, VT 05753

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