Lisa Maurizio

Professor of Classical and Medieval Studies


Classical and Medieval Studies

Pettengill Hall, Room 206


Lisa Maurizio is Professor of Classical and Medieval Studies Program at Bates College. She earned her B.A. at Wellesley College and her M.A. and Ph.D at Princeton University and has taught at Wellesley College, Stanford University, and University of Massachusetts at Amherst. She regularly offers courses in Greek and Latin languages and literatures on a range of authors and topics, including Roman love poetry, Senecan tragedy, archaic Greek poetry, Greek romances and saints’ lives. She frequently offers first year seminars that explore the connections between ancient myths and contemporary artists. She also teaches courses on Greek and Roman myths, Greek temple art, gender politics in archaic and classical Greece, and psychoanalytic approaches to, and appropriation of, Greek myths.

Her research focuses on Greek religion, especially Delphic divination, religious language, and women’s religious activities. Recently, she co-organized an international conference at Bates College (2014), whose proceedings have been published in Women’s Ritual Competence in the Ancient Mediterranean (Routledge 2016). The proceedings from a second international conference on women’s ritual and the construction of time and social memory in the ancient Mediterrean, (April 2016) will soon be published. Her recent publications include “Interpretative Strategies for Delphic Oracles and Kledons: Prophecy Falsification and Individualism”in Divination in the Ancient World: Religion Options and the Individual. Veit Roesenberger(Ed.). Franz Steiner Verlag: 2013; and “Technopaegnia in Heraclitus and the Delphic Oracles: Shared Compositional Techniques” in The Muse at Play: Riddles and Wordplay in Greek and Latin Poetry. Jan Kwapisz, David Petrain, Mikolaj Szymanski (Eds.). De Gruyter: 2012. She is the author of Classical Mythology in Context (Oxford 2015) and is currently working on an electronic edition of Delphic oracles.

In addition to her scholarly publications, two of her plays addressing Greek myths were produced by Animus Ensemble at the Boston Center for the Arts: The Memory of Salt (2004) and Tereus in Fragments (2003).