Sarah Olsen
Classics graduate student

Greek literature (esp. archaic poetry, drama, and the ancient novel), dance and performance, gender and sexuality
BA (Classics and Comparative Literature) Wellesley College, 2008; MA (Classics) UC Berkeley, 2010

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Selected publications


"Maculate Conception: Sexual Ideology and Creative Authority in Heliodorus' Aethiopica." American Journal of Philology 133.2 (June 2012).


“Kinesthetic Choreia: Music, Dance, and Memory in Ancient Greece.” To be delivered at the 146th annual meeting of the SCS, New Orleans, January 8-11, 2015.

“Staging a Solo in Herodotus: Hippocleides and the Dynamics of Site-Specific Performance.” Wellesley College, April 11, 2014 (invited talk)

“Solo Virtuosity and Choral Wonder in Odyssey 8.” Epichoreia IX, New York, April 5, 2014 (invited talk)

“The Kinesthetic Chorus: Empathy, Memory, and Choreia in Ancient Greece.” UC Berkeley Townsend Center Dance Studies Working Group, January 28, 2014 (invited talk)

"Dancing towards Delphi: Ritual and Identity in the Homeric Hymn to Apollo (453-547)." CAMWS Annual Meeting, Baton Rouge, LA, March 2012.

"Maculate Conception: The Sexual and Romantic Discourse of Heliodorus' Ethiopian Tale." Oberlin College, September 2011 (invited talk in conjunction with J. Winkler Memorial Prize).

"Didactic, Rhetoric, and Genre: Reading Lucian's 'Converstion with Hesiod.'" Honey on the Cup: Didactic in the Ancient World. NYU, November 2009.