My interests are generally in ancient Greek language and literature and in Greek religion. As Vidalakis Professor of Culture, Excellence, and Spirituality in Hellenic Studies I serve as chair of the UW Hellenic Studies program. More specifically, I am interested in Greek literary prose, particularly the historian Herodotus: my book, The Master of Signs: Signs and the Interpretation of Signs in Herodotus' Histories, is about how Herodotus presents figures in the Histories interpreting and using signs (e.g. oracles, portents, dreams, riddles, objects) and I have published articles on related aspects in the text. Another great interest is religion and magic: I have been working for some time on curse tablets on lead from ancient Antioch in Syria, several of which I have published, and am collaborating with Prof. Robert Daniel of the University of Cologne on a project to publish these and other magical texts in Greek from the Eastern Mediterranean. I am also interested in issues of continuity between Ancient and Modern Greece.
- Alexander Hollmann, "Solon in Herodotus" in: Gregory Nagy and Maria Noussia-Fantuzzi (eds), Solon in the Making: The Early Reception in the Fifth and Fourth Centuries. Trends in Classics 2015 vol. 7 issue 1, 85-109. Berlin: De Gruyter Download PDF (579.49 KB)
- Alexander Hollmann. "Kleisthenes the Stone-Thrower: Hdt. 5.67.2." Mnemosyne. 2012. 1-17.
- Alexander Hollmann. "A Curse Tablet from Antioch against Babylas the Greengrocer." Zeitschrift für Papyrologie und Epigraphik. 2011. 157-165.
- Alexander Hollmann. The Master of Signs: Signs and the Interpretation of Signs in Herodotus' Histories. 2011.
- Alexander Hollmann. "The Manipulation of Signs in Herodotus' Histories." Transactions of the American Philological Association. 2005. 279-327.
- Alexander Hollmann. "A Curse Tablet from the Circus at Antioch." Zeitschrift für Papyrologie und Epigraphik. 2003. 67-82.
- Alexander Hollmann. "Epos as Authoritative Speech in Herodotus’ Histories." Harvard Studies in Classical Philology. 2000. 207-225.
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- Eleftherios and Mary Rouvelas Endowed Prize in Hellenic Studies - May 4, 2020
- Ancient Magic -- in Aramaic -- at the Racetrack - May 29, 2018
- "Now, now; quickly, quickly": Alex Hollmann on crocodile curses from Caesarea - December 6, 2017
- Active learning in the Latin Classroom - July 1, 2016
- Professor Hollmann and Tolkien's Ring - May 11, 2013
- Two Classics majors awarded Mary Gates Research Scholarships - March 20, 2013
- Professor Hollmann's curse tablet goes viral - May 21, 2012
- Information session for Admitted and Prospective Students - April 13, 2021 - 6:00pm
- 'Now now, quick quick!' Cursing and magic in late-antique Antioch - April 8, 2014 - 7:30pm