At the center of my research is Homer as part of the song culture of Ancient Greece. My interests include myth, ritual, lyric poetry, drama, comparative and historical linguistics, oral traditional poetry and poetics in Greece and beyond, and a comparative approach to all of the above. I am particularly interested in comparative work involving Indic and Slavic poetry, and have also made forays into working with Turkic epic. I have at various points studied Sanskrit, Avestan, Hittite and Tocharian and retain various degrees of competency (and unflagging interest!) in these languages. On the myth side of things, I have a long-standing interest in mythological variation and local mythologies. On the poetic side, I have a particular interests in women's songs, especially laments and wedding songs.
My first book, Eve of the Festival: Making Myth in Odyssey 19, is a study of myth in Homer on the example of the first dialogue between Penelope and Odysseus.
My current project is a comparative study of Greek weddings focusing on the performances by the bride, her mother, and her age-mates.
- Olga Levaniouk. "Oὐ χρώμεθα τοῖς ξενικοῖς ποιήμασιν: Questions about Evolution and Fluidity of the Odyssey." Homeric Contexts: Neoanalysis and the Interpretation of Oral poetry. Walter de Gruyter: 2012. 369-409.
- Olga Levaniouk. Eve of the Festival: Making Myth in Odyssey 19. Cambridge, Mass.: 2012.
- Olga Levaniouk. "The Dreams of Barchin and Penelope." Singers and Tales in the 21st century.(forthcoming 2013)
Research Advised: Undergraduate Honors Theses
- James P. Piper. "Ankles and Vulnerability in Greek Thought: A Study of Connotations." Honors Thesis, 2015.
- Molly Ostheller. "Truth and Authority: Homer, Hesiod, and the Challenge of Early Philosophy." Honors Thesis, 2013.
- Anysia Dumont. "A Song of Deadly Desire: The Evolution of the Sexy Siren in Late Antique Allegory." Honors Thesis, 2012.
Research Advised: Undergraduate Senior Essays
- Words and Time: A Brief Introduction to a Concise Inventory of Greek Etymologies - February 21, 2016
- Olga Levaniouk joins roundtable discussion at conference on Gabriel Fauré's Pénélope - November 3, 2015
- Professor Levaniouk reports on the Homer Multitext Project - November 11, 2013
- Prof. Levaniouk reports on the work of Classics undergraduates for the Homer Multitext Project - September 17, 2012
- Professor Levaniouk reports on her work on the Kyklos project at the Center for Hellenic Studies - May 22, 2012