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

Select Publications

  • 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.

Current Committees

  • Committee on Priorities and Resources