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 (book)
  • *sociolinguistics and gendered speech in Sophocles’ plays

Publications and Lectures

  • “Gendered Speech in Sophocles’ Electra,” Phoenix (forthcoming 2016).
  • “Pindar and Diodorus on Sicilian mixis,” SCS annual meeting, San Francisco, January 8, 2016.
  • “Myth and Identity in Pindar’s Odes for Aitna,” Melpomene Chair Greek Studies Conference in honor of the retirement of Donald Mastronarde, December 8, 2015.
  • “Two Sides of the Same Coin: Arethusa, Demeter, and Syracusan Power,” First Interdisciplinary Symposium on the Hellenic Heritage of Southern Italy, Siracusa, Italy, May 22, 2015. 
  • “Cultic Connections in Pindar’s Nemean 1,” CAMWS annual meeting, Boulder, March 26, 2015.

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