Sarah E. Olsen

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Assistant Professor of Classics

Hollander Hall Rm 153
At Williams since 2018


B.A. Wellesley College (2008)
M.A. University of California, Berkeley, Classics (2010)
Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley, Classics (2016)

Areas of Expertise

  • Greek drama (tragedy, comedy, satyr play)
  • Archaic Greek poetry
  • The ancient novel
  • Dance and music in antiquity
  • Gender and sexuality


Scholarship/Creative Work


2022. ed., with Mario Telò. Queer Euripides: Re-readings in Greek Tragedy. London: Bloomsbury.

2020. Solo Dance in Archaic and Classical Greek Literature: Representing the Unruly Body. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Articles and Book Chapters

2022. “Thisbe’s Novel: Writing Romance in Heliodorus’ Aethiopica.” Ramus 51: 105-130.

2022. “Embracing Thetis in Euripides’ Andromache.” Classical Antiquity 41: 67-90.

2021. “Musical Memory on Delos: Theseus in the Archive and the Repertoire.” Music and Memory in the Ancient Mediterranean, eds. Lauren Curtis and Naomi Weiss. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 65-80.

2021. “Narrating Neoptolemus: Dance and Death in Euripides’ Andromache 1085-1165.” Choreonarratives: Dancing Stories in Greek and Roman Antiquity and Beyond, eds. Laura Gianvittorio and Karin Schlapbach. Leiden: Brill. 156-179.

2019. “Sappho’s Kinesthetic Turn: Agency and Embodiment in Archaic Greek Poetry.” The Routledge Handbook of Classics and Cognitive Theory, eds. Peter Meineck, William Short, and Jennifer Deveraux, London: Routledge. 281-295.

2019. “Pindar, Paian 6: Genre as Embodied Cultural Knowledge.” Genre in Archaic and Classical Greek Poetry: Theories and Models, eds. Leslie Kurke, Margaret Foster, and Naomi Weiss, Leiden: Brill. 325-346.

2017. “Les danseuses en Grèce antique. Performance, capacité d’agir, et divertissement.” Clio: Femmes, Genre, et Histoire 46: 19-43.

2017. “The Fantastic Phaeacians: Dance and Disruption in the Odyssey.” Classical Antiquity 36: 1-32.

2017. “Kinesthetic Choreia: Empathy, Memory, and Dance in Ancient Greece.” Classical Philology 112: 153-174.

2015.“Conceptualizing Choreia on the François Vase: Theseus and the Athenian Youths.” Mètis: Anthropologie des mondes grecs anciens N.S. 13: 107-121.

2012. “Maculate Conception: Sexual Ideology and Creative Authority in Heliodorus’ Aethiopica.American Journal of Philology 133: 301-322.

Book Review

Review of The Anatomy of Dance Discourse: Literary and Philosophical Approaches to Dance in the later Graeco-Roman World, by Karin Schlapbach (Oxford University Press). Bryn Mawr Classical Review.

Current Committees

  • Committee on Educational Affairs