Rachel D. Friedman

Professor of Greek and Roman Studies

Rachel D. Friedman started teaching at Vassar in 1997 after receiving her PhD in Classics from Columbia University and her BA from Barnard College. She is a Hellenist who has published articles on Homer, Herodotus, Greek tragedy and classical reception. Her book, Derek Walcott’s Encounter with Homer: Landscape, History, and Poetic Voice in Omeros, is forthcoming from Oxford University Press in 2024. In addition to courses in Greek and Roman Studies, she also teaches in the College Course and in the programs in Africana Studies and Media Studies.

BA, Barnard College; MA, MPhil, PhD, Columbia University in the City of New York
At Vassar since 1997


Eleanor Butler Sanders Hall
Box 342

Research and Academic Interests

Homeric poetry, Greek tragedy and their contemporary receptions
Classical reception in Africa and the African diaspora
Classics and colonialism
The pedagogy of classical reception

Departments and Programs


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