Vassiliki  Panoussi

On leave: Fall 2017- Spring 18
Office: Morton Hall 326
Phone: 757 221 2160
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). 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 women's religious experiences 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
  • The Rhetoric of Cruelty
  • Latin Love Poetry

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

Work in Progress and Recent Publications:


  • Brides, Mourners, Bacchae: Women's Rituals in Roman Literature (under review)
  • Greek Tragedy in Vergil’s Aeneid: Ritual, Empire, and Intertext. Cambridge University Press: New York and Cambridge (2009)

Select Article-length studies:

  • "Sulpicia's Gendered Poetics" (in progress)
  • "Herodotus' Funerary Epigrams"(in progress)
  • " The Harry Potter book series and Vergil's Aeneid" (in progress)
  • "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
  • “Sexuality and Ritual: Catullus’ Wedding Poems,” in A Companion to Catullus, M. Skinner, ed. Blackwell: Oxford (2007): 276-92
  • “Threat and Hope: Women’s Rituals and Civil War in Roman Epic,” in Finding Persephone: Women’s Rituals in Greece and Rome, M. Parca and A. Tzanetou, eds. Indiana University Press: Bloomington (2007): 114-34

Fellowships, Awards, and Grants

  • Classical Association of the Middle West and South Development Award (2016)
  • Plumeri Award for Faculty Excellence, The College of William and Mary (2015)
  • Robert and Sara Boyd Term Distinguished Associate Professorship, The College of William and Mary (2011-2014)
  • Suzann Wilson Matthews Summer Research Award, The College of William and Mary (2008)
  • Summer Research Award, The College of William and Mary (2007)
  • Summer Research Award, The College of William and Mary (2006)