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Vassiliki  Panoussi


Office: Morton Hall 326
Phone: 757 221 2993
Email: [[panoussi]]


Professor Panoussi's research focuses on Latin Literature of the Late Republic and early Empire, and on Vergil in particular. She is also interested in the study of women and gender in antiquity and in Greco-Roman religion. Her book Greek Tragedy in Vergil's Aeneid: Ritual, Empire, and Intertext was published by Cambridge University Press (2009). Her second book, Brides, Mourners, Bacchae: Women's rituals in Roman Literature is forthcoming by Johns Hopkins University Press. She has taught a range of courses on Greek and Roman literature and culture and all levels of Greek and Latin. She is currently at work on a book project on the role of the Egyptian goddess Isis in Roman Literature. Curriculum Vitae.


Ph.D. in Classics, Brown University, Providence, RI

BA (Ptychion) in Classical Philology, University of Athens, Athens, Greece

Courses Taught

At W&M:

Beginning Latin

Intermediate Latin

  • Letters of Seneca and Pliny
  • Catullus and Vergil

Intermediate Greek

  • Xenophon & Lysias
  • Homer, Lysias, & Euripides

Advanced Greek

  • Greek Historians
  • Greek Tragedy
  • Greek Lyric Poetry

Advanced Latin

  • Vergil's Aeneid
  • Imperial Latin Literature
  • Latin Love Poetry
  • Roman Historians

Classical Civilization

  • Greek Mythology
  • Greek Civilization
  • Women in Ancient Greece and Rome
  • Ritual, Authority, and Power in Latin Literature (advanced interdisciplinary seminar)
  • The Voyage of the Hero
  • Freshman Seminar: When Odysseus met Harry Potter: Classical Myth in Youth Literature
  • The Ancient City, Athens & Nafplio edition (summer study abroad course)

Work in Progress and Recent Publications:

Books published and in progress:

  • The Goddess Isis in Roman Literature (in progress)
  • Emotional Trauma in Greece and Rome: Representations and Reactions, co-edited with A. Karanika (under contract with Routledge)
  • Brides, Mourners, Bacchae: Women's Rituals in Roman Literature (forthcoming Johns Hopkins University Press)
  • Greek Tragedy in Vergil’s Aeneid: Ritual, Empire, and Intertext. Cambridge University Press: New York and Cambridge (2009)

Select Article-length studies:

  • "Spinning Hercules: Gender, Religion, and Geography in Propertius 4.9." Classical World 109 (2016): 179-94
  • “Race, Class, and Ethnicity: Roman World,” The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Bible and Gender Studies, J. O’Brien, chief ed., Oxford University Press: Oxford (2014): 128-34

  • "Dancing in Scyros: Masculinity and Young Women's Rituals in the Achilleid," in Ritual and Religion in Flavian Epic, A. Augoustakis, ed. Oxford University Press (Oxford 2013): 335-51
  • “Aeneas’ Sacral Authority,” in A Companion to Virgil, J. Farrell and M. Putnam, eds. Wiley-Blackwell (Oxford 2010): 52-65
  • “Roman Cultural Identity in Cicero’s Pro Archia,” in Ἀντιφίλησις: Studies on Classical, Byzantine and Modern Greek Literature and Culture in Honour of John-Theophanes A. Papademetriou, E. Karamalengou and E. Makrygianni, eds. Franz Steiner Verlag (Stuttgart 2009): 516-23

Fellowships, Awards, and Grants

  • Visiting Fellow, Clare Hall and Faculty of Classics, University of Cambridge (2017-18)
  • Classical Association of the Middle West and South Development Award (2016)
  • Plumeri Award for Faculty Excellence, William & Mary (2015)
  • Robert and Sara Boyd Term Distinguished Associate Professorship, William & Mary (2011-2014)
  • Suzann Wilson Matthews Summer Research Award, William & Mary (2008)
  • Summer Research Award, William & Mary (2007)
  • Summer Research Award, William & Mary (2006)