Liam’s Categorized Bibliography

Hi all, I’m posting this categorized bibliography here per Professor Farmer’s instructions in case it is helpful for others to see or if someone wants to use it for a Deep Dive assignment.

I’ve added headers with filters such as Last Name, Year Published, Source Type, and more thematic categories here that can be filtered to be organized according to whichever header makes the most sense (just click on the carrot and sort by ascending). I’ve also included full citations, and brief annotations in the final column so that I can easily read the text in those cells.

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  1. Categorized Deep Dive:

    Hanley, Danielle. 2020. “Teaching Greek Tragedy.” In Politics and International Relations.

    This article considers the ways in which Greek tragedy can be read in a political science classroom setting to provide students with meaningful insights into topics that will help diversify a syllabus. Hanley focuses on works by Euripides in particular, dedicating half of the article to a discussion of Medea and the other half to Trojan Women. I do like the idea of using non-traditional sources on a syllabus to give students the opportunity to be creative with analyses of political systems, and I also think that the two tragedies suggested by Hanley are good choices for a non-Classics classroom that is approaching these characters and stories from a fresh perspective. However, there are points where Hanley introduces an interesting topic that could be expanded on and then transitions to the next point rather quickly. For instance, the idea that Medea’s actions cannot be discussed without also talking about the societal institutions of Corinth that exclude her as a refugee is really interesting, but it is not taken further than that initial statement. In conclusion, Hanley proposes a compelling argument for a political science curriculum that places theory in conversation with Greek tragedy, but parts of the article could have included more detailed analyses of the tragedies themselves.

    Stocker, Sharon R., and Jack L. Davis. 2022. “Minoan Missionaries in Pylos.” In A Greek State in Formation, 1st ed., 75:72–86. The Origins of Civilization in Mycenaean Pylos. University of California Press.

    The book chapter, “Minoan Missionaries in Pylos,” is a discussion of an archaeological excavation done at Pylos that revealed interesting information about Mycenaean art, military, and religious practices in addition to Minoan and Mycenaean cultural contact. The authors situate their research within the ongoing debate over who influenced whom in Minoan and Mycenaean contact and provide a detailed archaeological analysis to dissuade individuals from oversimplifying either culture by overusing the term “Minoanization.” Although I’m not very informed on the archaeological practices, I agree that discussing cultural contact in prehistoric Greece is often a complicated topic that is too often dismissed as one group of people or one culture replacing the other. Stocker and Davis go against this popular belief by centering Mycenae in discussions of their own culture while also admitting that there are visible Minoan influences (in addition to evidence of trade and contact with other ancient Mediterranean societies). I do wish the analysis of the Griffin Warrior and Mycenaean religion played a larger role in the chapter, but I still appreciated the questions the authors raised about the relationship between military and religion in the ancient world.

    Hi Liam! I really enjoyed taking a closer look at some of the items in your bibliography, particularly because many themes of our research topics overlap with each other. I’m also thinking a lot about what else we can learn about both the ancient and modern worlds by using tragedy as a source, particularly when the tragedies center around women or non-Greek figures. The Hanley article helped me think further about this in a modern political science context, which also led me to consider how I can read the tragedy I’m focusing on through a similar lens. I also decided to read the Stocker and Davis book chapter to think more about cultural contact, and the refusal by many (both inside and outside of Classics as an academic field) to discuss a connected ancient world when studying Greece and Rome, and this chapter certainly helped me do that in the context of Minoan and Mycenaean societies. I think both of these readings will be very helpful for thinking through how a non-Greek figure like Medea lived in an inter-connected yet exclusionary Greek world. If you are looking for other readings that focus on similar themes, I recommend the works of Edith Hall, who deals a lot with tragedy and non-Greek figures. Good luck with your research!

    1. Hi Laken, thanks so much for this! I agree Hanley’s arguments could be more detailed, and it seems like the Stocker and Davis chapter won’t really be that relevant to my thesis anymore, but I’m glad you got something out of these readings, and thanks for the recommendations!

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