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Rachel D. Friedman Professor and Chair 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. More recently she has been focusing on the work of the Caribbean poet Derek Walcott. Her book, H/Omeros: Walcott and Homer, Homer and Walcott, is under contract with Oxford University Press. In addition to courses in Greek and Roman Studies, she also teaches in the College Course and in the programs in Jewish Studies, Africana Studies, and Media Studies.

  • BA, Barnard College; M.Phil., MA, PhD, Columbia University
  • At Vassar since 1997


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


  • CLCS/GRST/MRST 101. Civilization in Question
  • GRST 324. Reading Greek, Homer
  • MEDS 289. Homer’s Odyssey: From Oral Composition to Digital Editions


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