Grace M. Ledbetter, Associate Professor
Office: Trotter 112
Grace Ledbetter, Associate Professor of Classics and Philosophy, has an A. B. from Bryn Mawr College, an MA in philosophy from The University of Virginia, and a Ph. D. in Classics from Cornell University (1996). She was a Townsend Traveling Fellow at Corpus Christi College, Oxford (1994-5).
She holds a joint appointment in Classics and Philosophy and specializes in Ancient Philosophy and Greek Poetry. She regularly teaches courses at all levels on Greek and Latin languages, Plato, the history of ancient philosophy, Homer, Greek tragedy, Greek lyric poetry, Greek religion, and Greek myth in 20th Century performing arts.
Her book, Poetics Before Plato: Interpretation and Authority in Early Greek Theories of Poetry (Princeton University Press 2003), examines theories of poetry in the early Greek literary and philosophical traditions. She has also published articles on causation in Plato, on Achilles and Patroclus in Homer's Iliad, on Sophocles' Antigone, and on the Stoic theory of emotion.
Ledbetter has recently written articles on the notion of an implied author in Plato, and on the problem of Parmenides' doxa.
Ledbetter's current interests focus on the role of Greek mythology and the classical tradition in the history of ballet. She is at work on a book called Apollo Dancing: the Greek Mythology of Neoclassical Ballet.
Ledbetter has founded, along with undergraduates, the Swarthmore student Classics journal, Hapax Legomenon.
Current and Recent Courses
Classics 022: Great Greek Books
Classics 091: The Classical in Art and Literature
Philosophy 102: Ancient Philosophy (seminar)