Classical and Ancient Near Eastern Studies

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William Brockliss

Assistant Professor of Classics (Yale, Ph.D. 2011)
Homer, Greek literature; interactions between literary texts and the natural environment; monsters and the monstrous; the classical tradition
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964 Van Hise Hall

Will Brockliss’ current research focuses on the natural and the unnatural. He is working on a monograph that explores interactions between Homeric floral imagery and flowers in the Greek natural environment. He is also developing projects on monstrousness in ancient Greek texts, both as a quality of characters within those texts, and as a characteristic of the texts themselves. This research has contributed to two courses that Will has taught at UW: Ancient Monsters, and Eco-Classics: Greening the Greeks, Recycling the Romans. A further interest in the classical tradition has led him to work on two co-edited volumes, both from Cambridge University Press. The first of these, Reception and the Classics, showcases interdisciplinary approaches to classical reception. The second appeared in 2015, entitled Learning Latin and Greek from Antiquity to the Present; it surveys continuities and change over the histories of Latin and Greek as second languages. Having already carried out research into martial imagery as part of his project on flowers in Homer, he hopes in a future monograph to explore reactions to conflict in the poetry of the Peloponnesian War and the First World War. In contrast to his existing investigations into the classical tradition, and to the historical emphasis favored by other studies of ancient and modern literature, he would take a comparative approach to these two bodies of poetry.