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Aara Suksi

Associate Professor of Classics



B.A., M.A., Ph.D. (Toronto)
Department of Classical Studies
Lawson Hall, Room 3205B
The University of Western Ontario
London, Ontario Canada N6A 5B8
(519) 661-2111
asuksi@uwo.ca


Special Interests:

Greek literature and culture, Ancient Greek language, Ancient Greek myth, and Gender in Ancient Greece

Research Interests:

  • Intergenericity and intertextuality in the ancient Greek literary tradition

  • Gender and textuality

  • The reception of texts from the Greek literary tradition in Latin literature and in contemporary writing.

  • Not Teaching (2013-2014): On Sabbatical

    Thesis Supervisions:

  • Supervisor, Lauren Mayes, PhD Candidate, "Gendered Systems of Social Reciprocity in Euripides". In progress.

  • Supervisor, Alexandra Dawson, PhD Candidate, "Non-Athenian Scenes of Supplication in the Euripidean Corpus". In progress.

  • Supervisor, Jonathan Vickers, PhD Candidate, "Dance and Acrobatics in Greek Culture". In progress.

  • Supervisor, Jonathan Vickers, Tumbling in Choral Performance MA thesis, Classics. 2010-11.

  • Supervisor, Cassie Mackenzie. Vision and Spectacle in the Novels of Chariton and Heliodorus MA thesis,
    Classics 2009-10

  • Co-supervisor, Lisa Micheelsen, University of Alberta, The Poetry of Death: an Examination of the Language and Concepts in the Articulation of Death in the Iliad, PhD student in Classics, 2000-02

  • Publications:

  • Edited (With Jeremy Rossiter) The Seasons: Greek and Roman Perspectives, a special issue of Mouseion (XLVII - Series III, Vol. 3, 2003)

  • Introduction (with Jeremy Rossiter) to The Seasons: Greek and Roman Perspectives, a special issue of Mouseion (XLVII - Series III, Vol. 3, 2003) 233-235.

  • "The Poet at Colonus: Nightingales in Sophocles, Mnemosyne 54, 2001, 646-658. (Netherlands).

  • Silence in Sophocles, in Siegfried Jaekel and Asko Timonen, eds. The Language of Silence. Turku, Finland, 2001. 31-40.

  • "An Analytical Onomasticon to the Metamorphoses of Ovid: Online Sampler" with John Bradley, Willard McCarty and Burton Wright. 1999-present. Published version here

  • Forthcoming:


    "Quanto trepidat tumultu: Horace Odes 3.27". Forthcoming in Quaderni Urbinati di Cultura Classica. 16 pages.

    Book Reviews:

  • Konrad Kinzl. A Companion to the Classical Greek World. University of Toronto Quarterly 77:1 (Winter 2007/2008)

  • Kevin Corrigan and Elena Glazov-Corrigan. Platos Dialectic at Play: Argument, Structure and Myth in the Symposium. Philosophy in Review 26.6. (Dec. 2006) 399-401.

  • Kathryn Morgan: Myth and Philosophy: From the Presocratics to Plato. Phoenix LVII 3-4 (2004) 333-35.

  • Papers Read:

  • "Tragic Map-making", the Sixth Bristol Myth Conference, Greek Myths on the Map. Bristol, UK, July 31-Aug 2, 2013. Refereed.

  • "Prometheus, Pandora and Io", Writing Europe Before 1450. Bergen, Norway. June 4, 2012. Refereed.

  • "Prometheus, Pandora and Io", Annual Meeting of the Classical Association of Canada. London, ON. May 8, 2012. Refereed.

  • "From Mnemosyne to the Alphabet", Annual Meeting of the American Philological Association, Philadelphia, PA. January 8, 2012. Refereed.

  • "Breaking the Law in Heliodorus' Aethiopika", Annual Meeting of the Classical Association of Canada. May 12, 2011. Halifax, N.S. refereed.

  • "The Alphabet and the Muses", Coloquio Internacional Interdisciplinar, Da Letra ao Imaginario. Lisbon, Portugal. May 5. 2011. Refereed.

  • "Clytemnestras Odyssey: Agamemnon 896-974", Annual Meeting of the American Philological Association, San Antonio, Texas, Jan. 8, 2011. Refereed

  • "Clytemnestra and Penelope in Aeschylus' Agamemnon" Invited Keynote Speaker, Colloquium on Aeschylus Agamemnon. Windsor, November 7, 2009

  • "The Mother-Daughter Romance and Heroic Nostos in Heliodorus' Aithiopika" International Conference on the Ancient Novel, Lisbon, July 2008.

  • "Heroic Turns and Returns" Keynote address. Repetitions and Returns. Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference, University of Western Ontario. March 6, 2008.

  • "Euripides' Medea: Just One Day" Keynote Address, Opening of Euripides' Medea. Trent University Feb. 28, 2007.

  • "Alcibiades and the Parody of the Mysteries in Plato's Symposium" May 26, 2006. Classical Association of Canada, Toronto. refereed.

  • "Death, Goodness and the Lost Daughter: The Homeric Hymn to Demeter and Carol Shields' Unless", University of Western Ontario Gender and Society Workshop. Feb. 2006.

  • "Socrates and Marsyas in Plato's Symposium" May 13 2005, Classical Association of Canada, Banff, Alberta. refereed.

  • "Death, Goodness and the Lost Daughter: The Homeric Hymn to Demeter and Carol Shields' Unless", Penelope's Revenge. April 30-May 1, 2004. University of Calgary. Invited.

  • "Athenian Democracy as Trickster", Citizenship and Public Space. Annual Meeting of the Canadian Anthropology Society. May 5-9, 2004. University of Western Ontario. Contributed.

  • "Love and Death in Sophocles' Trachiniae", Brock University Annual Colloquium, March 8, 2003. Invited.

  • "Odysseus, Monsters, Dionysus and Democracy", Wilfrid Laurier University, Oct. 4, 2002. Invited.

  • "Odysseus on the Tragic Stage," Department of Languages and Literatures, University of Guelph, 2002. Invited.

  • "Polyphemus in Athens," Department of Classical Studies, University of Western Ontario and Department of Classics, Dalhousie University, 2001

  • "Melanthius and Melantho, Children of Dolius," Homeric Contexts, University of Toronto and York University, 2000 refereed.

  • "Silence in Sophocles," Language and Silence, University of Turku, Finland, 2000. invited.

  • "A Wolf Among Lambs: Odysseus in Euripides' Hecuba, Iphigeneia at Aulis, and Trojan Women," Classical Association of Canada, Winnipeg, 2000

  • "A Wolf in Sheeps Clothing: Odysseus and Animal Disguise," Appoaches to Antiquity, University of Toronto, 1997

  • "Quanto trepidat tumultu: Horace, Odes 3.27," Appoaches to Antiquity, University of Toronto, 1996

  • "The Nightingales of Sophocles," Classical Association of Canada, Montreal, 1995

  • Posters:

  • "Breaking the Law in Heliodorus' Aethiopika" UWO Faculty of Arts and Humanities Research Day, 2013

  • "Clytemnestra's Odyssey" UWO Faculty of Arts and Humanities Research Day, 2012

  • "Death, Goodness and the Lost Daughter: The Homeric Hymn to Demeter and Carol Shields' Unless", UWO Faculty of Arts and Humanities Research Day, 2006

  • "Odysseus in Democratic Athens". UWO Faculty of Arts Research Day, 2005


  • Department of Classical Studies - The University of Western Ontario
    Lawson Hall Rm 3205
    London, Ontario, Canada, N6A 5B8
    Tel: 519.661.3045 Fax: 519-850-2388
    classics@uwo.ca

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