Department of Classical StudiesWestern Arts and Humanities

Aara Suksi

suksiAssociate Professor of Classics

B.A., M.A., Ph.D. (Toronto)
Office: Lawson Hall 3225
Ext: 81555

Areas of Interest:

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.

Current Teaching (2014-2015):

  • CS2200: Classical Mythology - Tu/Th (10:30-11:30am)
  • CS3100E: Greek and Roman Drama - Tu (1:30-2:30pm/Th 12:30-2:30pm)
  • Greek 9230A: Greek Tragedy Beyond the City W (9:30-12:30pm) 

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


  • 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


"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 SpaceAnnual 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


  • "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