Alexander Loney, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Classical Languages
On Faculty since 2015
Dr. Loney is a literary critic and scholar of ancient Greek literature and thought. His work focuses on archaic and classical Greek poetry, with particular attention to questions of ethics, temporality, and narrative. He also studies how early Christians received and responded to Greek myth and literature. He teaches widely across the canon of classical Greek and Latin prose and poetry.
Ph.D., Classical Studies, 2010
American School of Classical Studies at Athens
Summer Session I, 2008
University of Michigan
B.A., Classical Language and Literature, 2004
- Classical Greek Literature
- Greek Myth
- Ethical Theory
eklesis and the Importance of the Last Scene of the Odyssey (Refereed)
CAMWS - Southern Section Biennial Meeting Fredericksburg, VA
The Ironies of Petrification and Homer’s Phaeacians (Refereed)
CAAS Annual Meeting Washington, D.C.
Blood Vengeance from Hesiod to Dante (Invited)
Medieval Lunch, Yale University
Revenge Without End? Tisis and the Meaning of the Odyssey (Invited)
Brigham Young University
The Greek Aetiology of Negative Reciprocity (Invited)
Workshop in Ancient Societies, Yale University
'There Will Be Vengeance’: Tisis in the Odyssey (Invited)
Department of Classics, University of California-Santa Barbara
The Revenge Paradigm in the Odyssey (Invited)
0th meeting of MACTe, Harvard University
Respondent to Paul Kosmin (Invited)
9th meeting of MACTe Boston College
The Staged Indeterminacy of Zachery Mason’s Lost Books of the Odyssey (Invited)
Paper Event School of Classics, University of St Andrews
Hesiod’s Incorporative Poetics in the Mecone Episode (Invited)
Paper Given School of Classics, University of St. Andrews
The Contexts of the Contest of Prometheus and Zeus in the Theogony (Invited)
8th meeting of MACTe College of the Holy Cross
The Contest of Hesiod’s Zeus and Prometheus in its Panhellenic Context (Invited)
Greco-Roman Lunch Yale University
Vengeance, Narrative, and the Program of the Odyssey (Invited)
Paper Given Department of Classical Studies, University of Wisconsin, Madison
A Narratology of Revenge in the Odyssey (Refereed)
APA Annual Meeting Philadelphia, PA
Areas of Interest
Early/classical Greek literature (esp. epic & lyric); Ethical theory & criticism; Greek religion/myth; Historical/general linguistics; Homeric reception; New Testament
The Oxford Handbook of Hesiod, A. Loney, S. Scully (eds.), 2018, Oxford University Press
The Ethics of Revenge and the Meanings of the Odyssey, A. Loney, 2018, Oxford University Press
Pompē in the Odyssey, Yale Classical Studies A. Loney, Forthcoming May 2019.
Hesiod’s Temporalities, The Oxford Handbook of Hesiod A. Loney, 2018.
Eurykleia’s Silence and Odysseus’ Enormity: The Multiple Meanings of Odysseus’ Triumphs, Ramus 44 (2015): 52-74.
Hesiod’s Incorporative Poetics in the Theogony and the Contradictions of Prometheus, The American Journal of Philology 135 (2014): 503-531
Grammatical and Ethical Ambiguities in Alcman 1.34-39, Classical Philology 106 (2011): 343-349.
Narrative Structure and Verbal Aspect Choice in Luke, Filologia Neotestamentaria 18 (2007): 3-31.