Dr. Mary Hamil Gilbert

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Assistant Professor

1002 Lee Hall



Joined CMLL in: 

Fall 2023

My current and future projects span Greek and Roman tragedy and ancient women authors (like Sappho, Anyte of Tegea and Vibia Perpetua). They build on the work of other socially-conscious interpreters to shift our ideas about who and what matters in the study of the ancient world. My way into these texts is connected to major contemporary concerns – gender, class, race, the environment, and the way these cultural concepts get shaped by structures of power. I am equally interested in the long and tangled reception of these authors and concepts, especially in early modern France. I have a co-edited volume entitled Believing Ancient Women forthcoming with Edinburgh University Press and have written articles and chapters on Aeschylus, Euripides, Seneca, Sappho, Anyte of Tegea, and early modern French tragedian Jean Racine.

Research Interests

  • Greek tragedy
  • Senecan tragedy
  • Ancient Women Writers
  • Feminist Theory
  • Reception Studies
  • Trauma Studies

Teaching Interests

  • Greek and Latin literature
  • Greek and Roman history
  • Mythology
  • Ancient Magic
  • Women and Gender Studies
  • Environmental Humanities

Recent Publications

Edited Volumes

Believing Ancient Women: Feminist Epistemologies for Greece and Rome. Eds. Megan Elena Bowen, Mary Hamil Gilbert, Edith Gwendolyn Nally. Edinburgh University Press. (forthcoming 2023) (https://edinburghuniversitypress.com/book-believing-ancient-women.html)

Articles and Chapters

“‘Je sentis tout mon corps et transir et brûler’: Sublimating Ancient Sexuality in Jean Racine’s Phèdre et Hippolyte” in Companion to the Reception of Ancient Greek and Roman Sexuality and Gender, Routledge (2022).

“Engaging Ancient Tragedy: Troy Falls Again in Jean Racine’s Andromaque,” Classical Receptions Journal 10.2 191–207 (2018).

“En-gendering knowledge with the Oceanids in Prometheus Bound” in Believing Ancient Women: A Feminist Epistemology for Greece and Rome, Edinburgh University Press, (forthcoming 2023).

“‘Do you see Hector? Or is it just me?’: Depression, Fear, and Hallucinatory Mourning in Seneca’s Troades” in War, the Violent Teacher: The Experience of Noncombatants in Ancient Conflict, Brepols (forthcoming 2024).

“‘The apple they could not reach’: Queering Nature in the poetry of Sappho and Anyte of Tegea,” Sappho Revisited, University of Oklahoma Press (forthcoming 2024).

“Policing Women’s Anger in the Pseudo-Senecan Octavia” in Helios (forthcoming 2024).

Public Scholarship

“Fear of a Black Cleopatra” in The New York Times (May 2023)

“Anyte’s Animal Epigrams” in Ancient Exchanges: Journal of Literary Translations (October 2020).

Rome and Beyond: A Digital Latin Textbook (2021)

Faculty & Staff