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Addressing Matters in Context:

The Art of Persuasion across Genres and Times

Kyriakos Demetriou is Professor of Political Science, Department of Social and
Political Sciences, University of Cyprus. As an intellectual historian, Kyriakos
Demetriou specializes in the history of classical reception(s), with emphasis on
eighteenth and nineteenth-century Platonic interpretations, the classical heritage in
Victorian Britain, and the history of Greek historiography. His teaching is mainly
focused on the history of political thought (ancient and modern), political
ideologies and the interpretative approaches in political theory.
Sophia Papaioannou teaches Latin language and literature at the National and
Kapodistrian University of Athens. Her principal areas of research include ancient
epic, the literature and culture of the Age of Augustus, and Roman drama,
especially comedy. Her main publications include two books on
Ovids Metamorphoses and the reception of the earlier epic tradition, the first
interpretative commentary on Plautus Miles Gloriosus since 1963, the first
translation of Miles Gloriosus in Modern Greek, and (in collaboration with Antonis
Petrides) a collective volume on the work and the heritage of Menander,
entitled New Perspectives on Postclassical Comedy. Her forthcoming publications
(2014-15) include a collection of essays on Terence as agent and object of
interpretation; the first edition of the unpublished verse translation of
Ovids Amores by the early 20th century Greek author Christos Christovassilis; and
two collections of conference papers. She is currently occupied with the first
translation of the unpublished Latin philosophical treatise De Statu Hominis by the
15th century Greek Catholic theologian Leonardus, archbishop of Chios, and she is
writing a book on the manipulation of prevalent mythological tradition in
Ovids Fasti.
Andreas Serafim is a Government of Ireland Postdoctoral Fellow at Trinity
College Dublin and Adjunct Lecturer at the Open University of Cyprus. He has
also been Adjunct Lecturer at the University of Cyprus (2014-2015) and an
Honorary Research Fellow at University College London (20132015). He received his Ph.D. from the Department of Greek and Latin at
University College London (viva passed with no corrections on 30 Sept. 2013/
PhD received: 28 Oct. 2013; supervisor: Christopher Carey). His postgraduate

studies were generously supported by the State Fellowship Foundation of Cyprus,

the A. G. Leventis Foundation, University College London (Lloyd Scholarship in
Greek), and University of Texas at Austin (Leon Fellowship). He is specialist in
Greek oratory/rhetoric and in performance criticism. He is also interested in
ancient Greek medicine (esp. Hippocrates) and prose (esp. Xenophon). Selected
publications include: Attic Oratory and Performance (Routledge: forthcoming);
Papaioannou, Sophia, Andreas Serafim, and Beatrice da Vela (eds.). Theatre of
Justice: Aspects of Performance in Greco-Roman Oratory and Rhetoric (Brill:
forthcoming); Serafim, Andreas. Making the audience: ekphrasis and rhetorical
strategy in Demosthenes 18 and 19, Classical Quarterly 65 (2015) 96-108.
Michael Gagarin is James R Dougherty, Jr. Centennial Professor of Classics
Emeritus at the University of Texas at Austin. He is the author of many books and
articles, including Early Greek Law (1986), Antiphon the Athenian: Oratory, Law,
and Justice in the Age of the Sophists (2002), Writing Athenian Law (2008),
and Speeches from Athenian Law (2010), and is the Editor-in-Chief of the Oxford
Encyclopedia of Ancient Greece and Rome (2010). His latest book, The Laws of
Ancient Crete 650-400 BCE, will be published in 2015. He has been President of
the Classical Association of the Middle West and South (1989-90) and of the
American Philological Association (now the Society for Classical Studies) in 2002.

Adele Scafuro is Professor of Classics at Brown University where she has taught
since 1983. She has been a recipient of numerous awards, including those from: the
Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science (University of Tokyo, March 2013);
Loeb Classical Library Foundation (2012); ACLS (2003-04); von Humboldt
Stiftung (summer 2004, Munich and 1989, Berlin); the Center for Hellenic Studies
(Washington, D.C., 1987-88) and Fulbright (summer 1987, American Academy in
Rome). She was Whitehead Visiting Professor at the American School of Classical
Studies (2004-05) and has been an International Scholar at the Leopold WengerInstitut fr antike Rechtsgeschichte und Papyrusforschung in Munich (2003-04)
and in the Dept. of Philology/Classical Studies at the University of Crete,
Rethymnon (May-Oct. 1997). She is the author and editor of books and essays in
the fields of Greek (especially Athenian) and Roman law, Greek (especially
Athenian) epigraphy, and Greek and Roman drama. These include: The Oxford
Handbook of Greek and Roman Comedy (co-edited with M. Fontaine);
Demosthenes Speeches 39-49; The Forensic Stage: Settling Disputes in GraecoRoman New Comedy; Athenian Identity and Civic Ideology (co-edited with A.L.
Boegehold). She is series editor (on the Greek side) for Brill Studies in Greek and
Roman Epigraphy. She is currently finishing a book on political trials in Athens.
Scafuro is a frequent visitor to Athens and has served on the Managing Committee
of the American School of Classical Studies since 1997.
Alessandro Vatri (DPhil Oxon) is Postdoctoral Research Assistant in
Comparative Philology at the University of Oxford and Junior Research Fellow of
Wolfson College. His research looks into literary texts as a form of communication
and addresses the connection between their linguistic form and the original

communicative circumstances of their reception. He has published on ancient

reading techniques and mnemonics, and currently focuses on ancient Greek
rhetorical literature as evidence for the native linguistic perception of classical
Greek. His doctoral thesis is under revision for publication under the title Orality
and Performance in Classical Attic Prose: A Linguistic Approach.
Andreas Hetzel, PhD, after teaching Philosophy at Darmstadt, Magdeburg
(Germany), and at Fatih University in Istanbul, he now holds a full
professorship at the University of Hildesheim (Germany). He studied
Philosophy and German Literature at the universities of Mnster and
Frankfurt am Main and obtained his PhD (1999) and his Habilitation (2009) at
Darmstadt University. His research interests include Political Philosophy,
contemporary French theory, critical theory, German idealism and ancient
philosophy. He currently focuses on rhetorical concepts of speech. He
has published a book on Cultural Theory (Zwischen Poiesis und Praxis.
Elemente einer kritischen Theorie der Kultur, 2001) and a book on the
concept of language in classical rhetoric and modern pragmatics (Die
Wirksamkeit der Rede. Zur Aktualitaet klassischer Rhetorik fuer die
moderne Sprachphilosophie, 2011).
Andreas Michalopoulos is Associate Professor of Latin at the National and
Kapodistrian University of Athens. He is the author of Ancient Etymologies in
Ovids Metamorphoses: A Commented Lexicon (Leeds, 2001), Ovid, Heroides 16
and 17: Introduction, Text and Commentary (Cambridge, 2006), and Ovid,
Heroides 20 and 21: Introduction, Text, Translation and Commentary (Athens,
2014). His research interests include Augustan Poetry, Ancient Etymology, Roman
Drama, Roman Novel, and Modern Reception of Classical Literature.
Antonis Petrides (MPhil, PhD Trinity College Cambridge) is Assistant Professor
of Classics at the Open University of Cyprus. His research interests lie mainly in
the field of ancient Greek theatre and its modern reception, the didactics of
classical languages and literatures in secondary education, and the theory and
practice of long distance adult education. He is the author of Menander, New
Comedy and the Visual Cambridge: CUP 2014). Other major publications
include: New Perspectives on Postclassical Comedy (Newcastle upon Tyne: CSP
2010, ed. with S. Papaioannou), An Introduction to the History of Cyprus (Nicosia:
OUC 2013, ed. With G. Kazamias and E. Koumas), Greek Tragedy After the Fifth
Century (Cambridge: CUP forth. 2016, ed. with V. Liapis), and Debating with the
Eumenides: Reception of Greek Tragic Myth in Modern Greek Poetry and Theatre
of the 20th and 21st Centuries (Newcastle upon Tyne: CSP forth. 2016, ed. with V.
Liapis and M. Pavlou), as well as a number of textbooks on ancient Greek epic and
comedy being taught in the Cypriot Gymnasium. He is currently working on a new
commentary on Menanders Dyskolos.
Antonis Tsakmakis is Associate Professor of Greek literature and Chair of the
Department of Classical Studies and Philosophy at the University of Cyprus. He
studied Greek Literature at the Universities of Thessaloniki and Munich and
received his PhD from the Ludwig-Maximilians University of Munich in 1991. His
main research interests are Greek historiography, old comedy (esp. Aristophanes),
the sophistic movement, classical political theory, archaic lyric poetry, Greek

stylistics and literary pragmatics, the reception of antiquity, and the teaching and
didactic of Greek in secondary education. His publications include the
books Thukydides ber die Vergangenheit, Tbingen: Gunter Narr 1995; Brills
Companion to Thucydides (co-edited with A. Rengakos), Mnemosyne
Supplements, Leiden: Brill 2006; Thucydides between History and Literature (coedited with M. Tamiolaki), Berlin: de Gruyter 2013. He also wrote articles and
chapters in books on Herodotus, Thucydides, Xenophon, Euripides, Aristophanes,
Plato, Polybius, Greek historiography and biography, Greek sports, Greek
particles, Greek prose style, and the history of classical scholarship.
Benoit Sans is a classical philologist, Latin teacher and post-PhD researcher at
Brussels University (Universit Libre de Bruxelles), in the Research Group in
Rhetoric and Linguistic Argumentation (Groupe de recherche en Rhtorique et en
Argumentation Linguistique - GRAL), directed by Prof. Emmanuelle Danblon. His
PhD dissertation was devoted to the relations between rhetoric and ancient
historiography through a comparison of parallels extracts of Polybius and Livy.
His current research topics are the speeches genres in ancient historiography and
rhetorical exercises. He is now working with his research team on a project
called Training Rhetoric: practical reason, creativity, citizenship, financed by the
Belgian National Research Funds (FNRS) that aims to recreate and to test a
practical course of rhetoric based on the ancient rhetorical teaching and to
reintroduce rhetorical formation and exercises in secondary schools and at
Brenda Griffith-Williams is an Honorary Research Associate in the Department
of Greek and Latin at UCL, and her main research interest is Athenian inheritance
law. She has published A commentary on selected speeches of Isaios (Brill, 2013,
based on her 2009 PhD thesis), and she is under contract to produce a
Forschungsbericht on Isaios for the journal Lustrum. Her other publications include
a number of book reviews, and articles about the Athenian legal system.
Christopher Carey is Emeritus Professor of Greek at University College
London (UCL). Christopher Carey began his career at Cambridge University, as a
research fellow at Jesus College, before moving to St Andrews University, where
he taught from 1977 to 1991 except for a visiting professorship at University of
Minnesota in 1987-8. While in Minnesota he also taught at Carleton College. In
1991 he was elected Professor of Classics at Royal Holloway, before moving to
UCL to take up the Chair of Greek in 2003.
Costas Apostolakis is Assistant Professor in the Division of Classical Studies of
the University of Crete at Rethymnon (Field research: Attic and Latin Oratory and
Attic Comedy). He is the author of two books on Lysias and Demosthenes and of a
series of articles on Attic Rhetoric and Comedy. He is currently preparing a
Commentary on Timocles, the poet of Middle Comedy, in the series Fragmenta
Comica, which is edited by the Academy of Heidelberg.
Dimos Spatharas is Assistant Professor of Ancient Greek Literature at the
Department of Philology, University of Crete. He is the author of a commentary on
Isocrates Against Lochites and co-editor of two volumes. He has written several
articles on Attic oratory, the Sophists, Athenian Law and emotions. His recent

publications include: Kinky stories from the rostrum: storytelling in

Apollodorus Against Neaira, Ancient Narrative 9 (2009); Self-praise and envy:
from rhetoric to the Athenian courts, Arethusa 44 (2001); Liaisons Dangereuses:
Procopius, Apollodorus and Lysias, CQ 62.2 (2012).
Eleni Volonaki studied Ancient Greek Literature in the Department of Philology,
University of Crete and continued her postgraduate studies at the Department of
Classics, Royal Holloway, University of London. She did her PhD under the
supervision of Christopher Carey [entitled A Commentary on Lysias speeches
Against Agoratos (13) and Against Nikomachos (30)], which has been published in
Greek (editions: Papazisi 2010). Research interests focus on Ancient Greek Law,
Greek Rhetoric (esp. forensic and epideictic rhetoric and oratory), Greek values
and epic poetry, and Hellenistic rhetoric. She is currently working on the
completion of a Commentary on Lycurgus speech Against Leokrates, which is to
be published as a supplementary volume of BICS.
Flaminia Beneventano della Corte is an Italian PhD student at the University of
Siena (Centro di Antropologia del Mondo Antico) where she was awarded both her
BA (2010) and Master (2013) degrees. Her academic interests are mostly related to
the topic of demonstration, evidence and persuasion, especially addressed from the
point of view of pragmatic linguistics. Her Master dissertation (supervisors: Prof.
Maurizio Bettini; Prof. Stefano Ferrucci) was focused on the use of the verb
phaino and its compounds/derivatives in oratory and fifth century historiography.
Large part of the research was carried out at UCL under the supervision of
Christopher Carey. She is currently conducting her PhD research between Siena,
London and Paris (EHESS). The subject of her thesis (supervisor: M. Bettini) is the
study of the word phasma and its semantic field in classical culture through an
anthropological approach.
Francesca Scrofani is a Phd student from the University of Trento (Italy) and the
Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Science Sociales (EHESS) of Paris. Using a
philological and semantic method, her dissertation with the working title the
Minos in the Corpus Platonicum focuses on the re-evaluation of this dialogue.
The dissertation examines the relations between the Minos and the main political
dialogues of Plato and the notion of nomos related with the platonic imagery. She
also wrote a thesis on "Persuasion in Medea and Hippolytus of Euripides" during
her previous bachelor degree at the EHESS and the Sorbonne University.
Gabriel Danzig is Senior Lecturer in the departments of Classical Studies and
Philosophy at Bar Ilan University. He has published extensively on Plato, Aristotle
and especially Xenophon. He is the author of Apologizing for Socrates: How Plato
and Xenophon created our Socrates, and of a translation of Xenophon's Socratic
Dialogues into modern Hebrew. He is currently working on a project on political
and ethical terminology in Xenophon's writings.
Georgios Vassiliades is a PhD candidate in Classics at the University of ParisSorbonne since November 2011. He has completed his Bachelors Degree in
Classics at the University of Athens and his Master at the University of ParisSorbonne. His postgraduate studies have been generously supported by the A. G.
Leventis Foundation and the Sophia Saripolou Foundation of the University of

Athens. In his PhD Thesis, he deals with The decadence of the res publica: from
Sallust to Livy. His principal research interests include Roman Historiography,
Roman political Philosophy, Roman Law, interaction of Greek and Roman culture.
Publications: Les sources et la fonction du metus hostilis chez Salluste,
BAGB 2013 (1), 127-168 ; La relation exemplaire de Scipion lAfricain avec la
foule chez Tite-Live, forthcoming in the online journalCamenulae ; Nec remedia
pati possumus: Tite-Live et les remdes la crise de la res publica, forthcoming in
the Proceedings of the International Confrence on Crisis in the Greek, Roman and
Byzantine World, organised by the University of Turin in 2013 (Edizione
Jakob Wisse is Professor of Latin Language & Literature at Newcastle University,
where he is also head of Classics. His book publications centre on ancient rhetoric,
in particular Cicero and his magnum opus, De oratore. Further research interests
include intellectual life (esp. in the Roman republican period); Greek and Roman
historiography; literary theory; and Greek and Latin language. His next book
project is a commentary on Sallusts War with Jugurtha, to be written with his
Newcastle colleague Federico Santangelo.
Jennifer Devereaux is a graduate student of Classics at the University of Southern
California, and is the first classicist member of the Computational Social Science
Laboratory at USCs world-renowned Brain and Creativity Institute. Her research
engages with neuroscience and theories of embodied cognition to explore the role
of embodied linguistic processing in narrative construction. She is primarily
interested in unearthing Roman emotionological frameworks and understanding
their role in the rhetoric of historiography. Some of what she will present today is
from her forthcoming work for the volume Embodiment in Latin Semantics that is
under contract with John Benjamins.
Jessica Evans received her PhD in 2012 from Trinity College, Dublin, where she
wrote her dissertation on the discourses of political freedom in Greek
historiography. Since completing her PhD she has taught at both the University of
Vermont and Middlebury College, where she will be a Visiting Assistant Professor
of Classics next year. In addition to teaching a variety of courses in classics, she
has also taught Sociology of Gender.
Jon Hesk is Senior Lecturer in Greek and Classical Studies in the School of
Classics at the University of St Andrews. Jon Hesk is the author of Deception and
Democracy in Classical Athens (Cambridge, 2000) and Sophocles Ajax (London,
2003). He has also published numerous chapters and journal articles on Homer,
Sophocles, Euripides, Aristophanes, and the Athenian orators. Jon Hesk also has a
blog called Ancient and Modern Rhetoric, has been known to do podcasts and
occasionally writes book reviews for the Times Literary Supplement. He is just
starting work on a new book which is provisionally entitled Decision-making and
evidence in Archaic and Classical Greece: an archaeology of intellectual and
discursive virtue. This will look at will at representations and thinking about what
constitutes a good decision and how good decisions get made (or thwarted) in
archaic and classical Greek poetry, drama, philosophy, historiography and oratory.

Judith Mossman studied Classics at Corpus Christi College, Oxford and then held
a Junior Research Fellowship at Christ Church, Oxford before leaving for a post at
Trinity College, Dublin, where she was a Fellow and Senior Lecturer in Classics.
In 2004 she took up a Chair in Classics at the University of Nottingham. She has
published a book on Euripides' Hecuba, an edition of Euripides' Medea, and a
number of articles on Plutarch and Lucian.
Kathryn Tempest is Senior Lecturer in Roman History and Latin Literature at the
University of Roehampton. Her research field is ancient oratory, especially Cicero
and the Attic orators, upon which she has published several articles and book
chapters. She is the author of Cicero: Politics and Persuasion in Ancient Rome
(Continuum, 2011; reprinted by Bloomsbury, 2013) and Hellenistic oratory:
Continuity and Change (Oxford University Press, 2013), which she co-edited with
Christos Kremmydas. Kathryn is currently completing a book on Caesars
Assassin: Marcus Brutus for Yale University Press, and she has just started work
on her new project, funded by a Leverhulme Research Fellowship: The
Pseudepigrapha of M. Iunius Brutus.
Margot Neger gained her MA (2005) in Classics at the Karl-Franzens-University
in Graz and her PhD (2011) at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich,
Germany, with a thesis on Martial (Martials Dichtergedichte. Das Epigramm als
Medium der poetischen Selbstreflexion, Tbingen 2012). From 2006-2013 she has
been a member of the Classics Department in Munich; currently (since March
2013) she holds a postdoc position at the Classics Department of the University of
Salzburg, Austria. Apart from Martial and epigrammatic poetry, her research
interests lie in ancient epistolography, especially Pliny the Younger. Her current
research project deals with Plinys literary strategies of constructing social
interaction in his letters.
Maria Kythreotou is a Teaching Fellow at the Department of Classical Studies
and Philosophy at the University of Cyprus. She has taught Ancient Greek and
Latin courses to the undergraduate students. She studied Classical Studies (2008)
and received her Masters degree (Classics, 2010) from the University of Cyprus.
She is currently writing her Ph.D. Thesis on the Figure of Antithesis in the
Speeches of Thucydides. She is interested in Greek historiography and rhetoric and
in teaching Ancient Greek and Latin to beginners.
Michael Paschalis is Professor of Classics at the University of Crete, Department
of Philology, and Director of the Division of Classics. He has published numerous
articles on Hellenistic Poetry, Classical Roman Poetry, and the Poetry of Late
Antiquity; Senecan drama; Ancient Historiography and the Ancient Novel. He has
also worked on (the Reception of the Classics in) Modern Greek literature and in
Italian, English, and French literature. He is the author of Virgils Aeneid:
Semantic Relations and Proper Names (Oxford 1997) and the editor of three
volumes of Rethymnon Classical Studies (Horace and Greek Lyric Poetry; Roman
and Greek Imperial Epic; Pastoral Palimpsests: Essays in the Reception of
Theocritus and Virgil). He has co-edited five volumes of AN Supplementa (Space
in the Ancient Novel; Metaphor and the Ancient Novel; The Greek and the Roman
Novel: Parallel Readings; Readers and Writers in the Ancient Novel; The
Construction of the Real and the Ideal in the Ancient Novel; Holy Men/Women and

Charlatans in the Ancient Novel) and the volume The Reception of Antiquity in the
Byzantine and Modern Greek Novel. He recently published a book on the reception
of Italian and Classical Literature in the poetry of Andreas Kalvos (Re-reading
Kalvos: Andreas Kalvos, Italy, and Greco-Roman Antiquity, C. U. P. 2013), which
received the 2014 essay award of the book journal O Anagnostis and the 2014
Athens Academy essay award. Another book entitled Nikos Kazantzakis: From
Homer to Shakespeare. Essays on his Cretan Novels is currently at the printer.
Projected books for 2015-2016: C. P. Cavafy: The Poetics of Middle Ground; The
Cretan Renaissance and 16th Century Italian Literature; Andreas Kalvos: New
Interpretations of the Odes.
Rebecca Van Hove is a second-year PhD student at Kings College London. Her
thesis examines religion in the Attic orators, supervised by Dr Hugh Bowden and
funded by an AHRC doctoral studentship. Before moving to London Rebecca
studied at the University of Edinburgh, first as an undergraduate student in History
and Classics, before completing a Masters (by Research) degree with a thesis on
Persian and Macedonian identity in Isocrates political ideology. Her research
interests include Greek religion (in particular divination), Athenian oratory and
law, and discourses of identity in antiquity.
Ricardo Gancz was born in Brazil. He pursued his undergraduate studies in
education and physical education and his postgraduate studies in psychopedagogy.
Besides, since 2006, he has been a philosophy student of Olavo de Carvalho.
Ricardo moved to Israel and joined the M.A. programme in Classical Studies under
the supervision of Gabriel Danzig. He is currently a PhD candidate. Ricardo is
interested in rhetoric and in ancient and contemporary philosophy.
Robert Sing completed a BA in Ancient History and a Masters thesis on jury
pay in classical Athens, both at the University of Western Australia in Perth. He
came to Cambridge in 2012 for his PhD. Robert is now in his third year at Trinity
Hall, Cambridge and is currently working towards completion of his doctoral
thesis entitled The Rhetoric of Public Finance in Demosthenes. He is being
supervised by Robin Osborne.
Roger Brock is Senior Lecturer in Classics at the University of Leeds, where he
has worked since 1990. His research interests lie mainly in Greek historiography,
particularly Herodotus, and ancient Greek politics, especially citizenship and
political thought. He is co-editor, with Steven Hodkinson, of Alternatives to
Athens (OUP 2000, revised paperback 2002), and author of Greek Political
Imagery from Homer to Aristotle (Bloomsbury 2013, pb. 2014) and of articles on
democratic and oligarchic ideology, as well as on wider topics in Greek history and
literature. His major research project at present is on ancient Greek citizenship,
especially non-political aspects, and the related topic of the functioning of Greek
oligarchies. In addition, he is currently editor of the Journal of Hellenic Studies.
Sophia Xenophontos was educated at the University of Cyprus and the University
of Oxford (MSt., DPhil. Oxon) and is currently a Lecturer in Classics at the
University of Glasgow. She has published extensively on ethics and education in
Plutarch, and worked on his revival in the Byzantine era and the period of the
Modern Greek Enlightenment. She is now about to publish her monograph entitled
Teaching and Learning in Plutarch: the dynamics of ethical education in the

Roman Empire (de Gruyter 2016) and is preparing an English translation with
Introduction and Notes of Metochites Ethikos for the Dumbarton Oaks Medieval
Library series (2016). She is also co-editing the first Companion to the Reception
of Plutarch for the Brill Companions to Classical Reception series. In her new
project, she is interested in Galens psychological writings with a view to exploring
his moralising rhetoric along the therapy of the soul.
Stephen Todd is Professor of Ancient History at the University of Manchester.
Todd is the author of The Shape of Athenian Law (OUP, 1993), and of A
Commentary on Lysias, Speeches 1-11 (OUP, 2007). He is currently working on
the next volume of the Lysias commentary.
T. Davina McClain is the Theodore Harris Roberts Endowed Professor of Speech
and Debate at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, LA. She teaches
Latin and Greek in the Scholars College at NSU, after serving as the Director of
the College for over seven years. She has been Assistant Editor and Editor of
Amphora and currently serves as the Secretary-Treasurer of the Classical
Association of the Middle West and South Southern Section. Originally from
Texas, she earned her BAs in History and Classics at Trinity University (San
Antonio), MA in Latin and PhD in Classical Studies at Indiana University
(Bloomington). Her research has delved into Greek pedagogy, comparative
mythology, prostitution in the Mediterranean, and the Roman historian Livy.
Tazuko Angela van Berkel is a postdoctoral researcher in Ancient Greek
Language and Literature. Her research focuses on history of ideas and ancient
philosophy. She got her PhD (2012, cum laude) on a dissertation dealing with
monetization and conceptualizations of reciprocity in classical Athens (The
Economics of Friendship. Changing Conceptions of Reciprocity in Classical
Athens). In Spring 2012 she was fellow at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced
Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences as part of the research group Mass
Communication in Classical Antiquity. In 2013 the Netherlands Organisation for
Scientific Research (NWO) awarded her a VENI grant for her current research
project Counting and Accountability (2013-2017). Her other current research
projects include translation and annotation of a critical text edition of Eudemus of
Rhodes (in collaboration with Dr. P. Stork and Prof. Dr. J.M. van Ophuijsen) and
the preparation of a digital edition of the fragments of Protagoras of Abdera (in
collaboration with Dr. M. van Raalte).
Thierry Hirsch is reading for a Doctor of Philosophy in Classical Languages and
Literature at Lincoln College, Oxford, where he is writing the first modern
commentary in English on Book 1 of Ciceros De Inuentione under the supervision
of Prof. T. Reinhardt. For this project, he was awarded a Research Fellowship by
the International Society for the History of Rhetoric in 2014. He holds Masters
degrees from the universities of Oxford (M.St. in Greek and Latin Languages and
Literature, 2012) and Tuebingen (M.A. in Classics and in Musicology, 2011).
Alongside his doctorate and teaching, he is currently working on bilingual editions
of four Latin rhetorical texts for Reclam Verlag and Harvard University Press.
Having won several Premiers Prix at the Luxembourg Conservatoire, he was
appointed the first holder of the postgraduate organ scholarship at University

College, Oxford, in 2012 and regularly gives organ recitals in Germany,

Luxembourg, and the UK.
Tzu-I Liao is studying for a PhD in Classics at University College London under
the supervision of Chris Carey and Stephen Colvin. Her research interests include
ancient rhetoric, functional grammars, and the application of text linguistics on
classical texts, in particular Greek oratory and historiography. Her thesis examines
the corpus of Demosthenic symbouleutic speeches, investigating the relationship
between linguistic variations and communication strategies, with the hope to
understand the communicative and social dynamic within the Athenian assembly.
Victoria Pagan, Professor of Classics at the University of Florida, is a Research
Foundation Professor for 2014-2016 and College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Teacher of the Year for 2010. She is the author of twin studies from the University
of Texas Press: Conspiracy Narratives in Roman History (2004) and Conspiracy
Theory in Latin Literature (2012). Known also for her work on gardens, she has
written Rome and the Literature of Gardens (Duckworth 2006); she is co-editing
Disciples of Flora: Gardens in History and Culture (Cambridge Scholars
forthcoming); and she will contribute an article on Horticulture and the Shaping
of Roman Nature, to the Oxford Handbooks Online in Classical Studies, edited by
Gareth Williams. Her textbook, A Sallust Reader (Waucanda 2009) is widely used
in the US. She is the editor of Blackwell's Companion to Tacitus (Malden 2012)
and is editing Blackwell's Tacitus Encyclopedia. She has published over a dozen
articles on Vergil, Statius, Pliny the Younger, Seneca the Elder, Caesar, and
Tacitus. She is currently finishing an Introduction to Tacitus for I.B. Tauris
Publishers. Born and raised in Ravenna, Ohio, Victoria spent a year at the Naval
Academy Preparatory School in Newport, Rhode Island, before she earned her BA
in Latin at Kent State University, her MA at the University of Michigan, and her
PhD at the University of Chicago, under the direction of W. Ralph Johnson.