Tom Sapsford

Thomas D. Sapsford

Lecturer in Classical and Medieval Studies


Classical and Medieval Studies

Pettengill Hall, Room 202


Tom Sapsford is Lecturer in Classical and Medieval Studies at Bates College. He received a B.A. in Classical Studies from the University of Bristol as well as a Graduate Certificate in Gender Studies and a Ph.D. in Classics from the University of Southern California. In the 2019-20 academic year he is teaching Introduction to the Ancient World, Greek Prose about Archaic Greece, Latin 102, and Greek Culture.

His academic interests are ancient Greek and Roman performance cultures, contemporary dance and the classical world, and classics and the history of sexuality. Recent publications include “The Erotics of Hybridity: Transgender Representation in Powell and Pressburger’s The Tales of Hoffmann,” Spectator (2017) and “Epic Poetry into Contemporary Choreography: Two Twenty-First-Century Dance Adaptations of the Odyssey,” in Epic Performances, from the Middle Ages into the Twenty-First Century, F. Macintosh, J. McConnell, S. Harrison, and C. Kenward (eds.) Oxford University Press (2018). He is currently working on a book entitled Performing the Kinaidos: Unmanly Men in Ancient Mediterranean Cultures. Oxford University Press, and is an Early Career Associate at the Archive of Performances of Greek and Roman Drama at the University of Oxford.

Prior to academia, Tom was a professional dancer and choreographer working with institutions such as the Royal Ballet, the Royal Opera House, and the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London.


Current Courses

Fall Semester 2020

CMGS 204
Classics and the History of Sexuality

CMS 457
Senior Thesis

FYS 519
Performing Medea: Murder, Magic, and Marginality

GRK 201
Classical Prose

GRK 301
Classical Prose: Advanced

Winter Semester 2021

GRK 202
Classical Poetry

GRK 302
Classical Poetry: Advanced

LATN 102
Elementary Latin II