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Grace Ledbetter





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Grace Ledbetter, Professor of Classics and Philosophy, Chair of Classics, 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. 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. Some recent publications:

"The Power of Plato's Cave"

"Translation into Dance: Adaptation and Transnational Hellenism in Balanchine’s Apollo"

review of Isabelle Loring Wallace, Jennie Hirsh (ed.), Contemporary Art and Classical Myth 

review of Fiona MacIntosh (ed.), The Ancient Dancer in the Modern World: Responses to Greek and Roman Dance [pdf]