Meredith Hoppin

Meredith Hoppin
Frank M Gagliardi Professor of Classics, Emerita
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At Williams since 1976

Office Hours (Fall 2016): Thursday 1:30-2:30 or by appointment.

Areas of Expertise

Professor Hoppin’s areas of expertise include Greek literature, especially Homer, Hesiod, lyric poetry, tragedy, and Herodotus, and more generally, archaic and classical Greek culture; Roman literature, especially Plautus and Horace; Greek mythology; Greek and Roman religion; women’s, gender and sexuality studies and performance studies.

In addition to introductory and intermediate courses in Greek and Latin, the courses that Professor Hoppin now regularly teaches include advanced Greek courses on Homer and tragedy, advanced Latin courses on Plautus and Horace, and Classical Civilization courses on Homer and on Greek and Roman drama.

Scholarship/Creative Work

Professor Hoppin’s published work has long focused on Greek tragedy (including its relation to Homer) and especially Sophocles’ plays, while she has given attention to Latin literature in her work on Horace. In recent years she has shifted her scholarly attention to Rome in the archaic to mid-Republican periods. She is currently working on a monograph examining how Plautus’ Aulularia (Pot of Gold) maps Roman religious cults and enacts myths of Rome’s origins while pretending to be set in the city of Athens. She is also working on an essay about Sappho, Wallace Stevens and Louise Gluck. Among other services to the larger profession, Professor Hoppin has served as Book Editor of The New England Classical Journal and chair of the Pearson Fellowship Committee of the American Philological Association.

Professional Affiliations

In nearly forty years at Williams, Professor Hoppin has served on numerous standing committees, like the Steering and Compensation committees and the Committee on Educational Policy; various ad hoc committees, from the Committee on the College Mission Statement and the Title IX Compliance Committee, to the Griffin Hall Renovation Committee. She has served as well on the CAP’s Faculty Interview Panel and a number of advisory committees for academic programs, including Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, History of Ideas, Leadership Studies, Comparative Literature/Literary Studies, and Performance Studies. She is perhaps most proud of her role in founding what was originally called the Women’s Studies Program and in promoting the development of Jewish Studies at Williams. She has also been a strong advocate for Arabic, Asian, and Medieval studies, the study of Late Antiquity, linguistics, and (not least) archaeology, and an equally strong advocate for the presence of ancient Greek and Roman studies within other departments, especially Art, Philosophy, Religion, History, and Theatre.

Professor Hoppin has served as president of Williams’ chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, Secretary of the Faculty, and a faculty and trustee marshall of the college. From 1997-2000 she directed the Oakley Center for the Humanities and Social Sciences at Williams. In 2012-13 she directed the Center  for Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Cultures. She chaired the Classics Department for most of the years 1986-2013.