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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


Greta Hawes specializes in the study 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 mythographers in particular 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 current research explores the spatial dynamics of ancient storytelling and the various intricate relationships between myths and land.  She is currently editing a collection of essays, Myths on the map: the storied landscapes of ancient Greece (under contract with OUP) and working on a series of articles which discuss the place of myth in an ancient travel guide, the Periegesis of Pausanias (2nd c. AD). 



Researcher's projects

I am a member of the following multi-disciplinary, multi-national reserch project, led by Prof. Minerva Alganza Roldan (Granada): ‘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).

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