Alexander Hollmann (he/him/his)

Associate Professor of Classics
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Spring 2022 W 3.30-4.30 (in-person; email for zoom link) and by appointment.


Ph.D., Classical Philology, Harvard, 1998
M.A., Classics, University of Colorado, 1990
B.A., Ancient Greek, Roman Dutch Private Law, University of Cape Town 1987
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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.


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