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Mary Ebbott



Classics Department


Dean of Faculty

Ph.D., Harvard University

Fields: Homeric epic (, oral poetics, Greek tragedy 


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Office Phone: 508-793-2631
Office: Fenwick 425
PO Box: 91A
Office Hours: Wednesday 3-4 pm in Fenwick 425 and by appointment.



My research specialities are Homeric epic and ancient Greek tragedy. I investigate the Iliad and Odyssey as oral, traditional epics and strive to understand them on those terms. For both Homeric epic and Greek tragedy, I am especially interested in the performance of these works and how that performance informs or affects interpretation of them. Much of my scholarship is collaborative, especially that related to the Homer Multitext.

Some of My Publications


Iliad 10 and the Poetics of Ambush (with Casey Dué). Washington DC and Cambridge MA: Center for Hellenic Studies and Harvard University Press, 2010. 2nd corrected printing 2011.

Imagining Illegitimacy in Classical Greek Literature, Lanham, Maryland: Lexington Books, 2003.



Spring 2018: Classics 103 Greek & Roman Epic, T TH 11:00, Stein 217