Virginia Lewis


Assistant Professor of Classics

Research and Teaching Specializations

  • Greek literature, especially archaic Greek poetry, Pindar, and tragedy; Greek cultural history


Virginia Lewis (Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley, 2014) is an assistant professor in the Department of Classics. Before arriving at Florida State, she completed her undergraduate work at the University of Pennsylvania, her M.A. at the University of Georgia, and her Ph.D. at UC Berkeley. She specializes in Greek literature, with particular interests in Greek poetry, Pindar, tragedy, and Greek Sicily. Her book project, Myth, Locality, and Identity in Pindar’s Sicilian Odes, examines the role played by local places, myths, and religious cults in epinician poetry for victors from Sicily and analyzes how these elements shape identity.

Research Projects in Progress

  • Myth, Locality, and Identity in Pindar’s Sicilian Odes (forthcoming, OUP Greeks Overseas Series)
  • Speech and Status in Aeschylus and Sophocles (in progress)

Publications and Lectures

  • “Gendered Speech in Sophocles’ Electra,” Phoenix (forthcoming 2016).
  • “Place and Identity in Pindar’s Olympian 2,” Harvard Center for Hellenic Studies Research Bulletin 5.2 (2017).
  • “From Resolving Stasis to Ruling Sicily: A Reading of Herodotus 7.153-167 in an Epinician Context,” Mnemosyne (forthcoming).
  • “Cultic Connections in Pindar’s Nemean 1,” Classical Philology (forthcoming).
  • “Psaumis Between Camarina and Olympia in Pindar’s Olympian 5,” presented at the annual meeting of the Classical Association, Leicester University, England, April 6-9, 2018.
  • “Fluid Identity: Rivers and the Formation of Identity in Pindar’s Odes for Akragas,” Keynote Lecture, Third Annual Classics Undergraduate Conference at the University of Georgia, People and Places: Identity in the Classical World, March 24, 2018.                                                                                                                                                        
  • "τέρας μὲν θαυμάσιον προσιδέσθαι: Representing Civic Identity in Pindar’s Pythian 1,” presented at the Third Interdisciplinary Symposium on the Hellenic Heritage of Southern Italy, Siracusa, Italy, May 25-28, 2017.
  • “Place and Identity in Pindar’s Olympian 2,” Spring Fellows Symposium, Harvard Center for Hellenic Studies, Washington, D.C., April 27, 2017.
  • “Pindar and Diodorus on Sicilian mixis,” presented at the annual meeting of the SCS, San Francisco, January 8, 2016. 

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