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The Australian National University

Dr Greta Hawes

PhD (Bristol) MA (VUW)
ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences

Areas of expertise

  • Literary Studies 2005
  • Latin And Classical Greek Literature 200510
  • Historical Studies 2103

Biography

Greta Hawes is a scholar of Greek myth.  Her work examines ancient – and sometimes more recent – contexts for storytelling, the Greeks’ assessment of mythic phenomena in their own culture, and the modes of interpretation to which these gave rise. 

Her first book, Rationalizing myth in antiquity (OUP, 2014), charts ancient dissatisfaction with the excesses of myth and the various attempts made by Greek mythographers to cut them down to size.  It argues that this ancient rationalizing tradition, so often dismissed for its banality, offers important insights into the practical difficulties inherent in distinguishing myth from history in antiquity, and indeed into the fragmented nature of myth itself as an emic concept.

Her recent research explores the spatial dynamics of ancient storytelling and the various intricate relationships between myths and land. This is the theme of her edited collection, Myths on the map: the storied landscapes of ancient Greece (OUP, 2017) and her current project which is centred on the role of stories in an ancient travel guide, the Periegesis of Pausanias (2nd c. AD). For the years 2017-20, her research is supported by an ARC DECRA award.

 

 

Researcher's projects

Principal investigator, 'The spatial dynamics of myth in Pausanias' Periegesis' ARC DECRA award, 2017-20. The major outcome of this project will be a monograph, Pausanias in the world of Greek myth, under contract with OUP.

Co-editor, with Prof. Gregory Nagy, on A Pausanias commentary in progress, a new digital humanities platform hosted by the Center for Hellenic Studies, Harvard University. 

Member of 'Estudios sobre transmisión y recepción de Paléfato y la exégesis racionalista de los mitos’, funded by Proyectos de I+D, Programa Estatal de Fomento de la Investigación Científica y Técnica de Excelencia (FFI2014-52203-P) 2016-18, led by Prof. Minerva Alganza Roldan (Granada).

Publications

Projects and Grants

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