Open House | The Muse(s)’s “white noise”, sympotic calm, and the taste of sound, with Maria G. Xanthou

We were excited to welcome back Maria G. Xanthou for an Open House. The full title of the discussion is “The Muse(s)’s “white noise”, sympotic calm, and the taste of sound: the background of sound-scape and the gustatory acoustics of Pindar’s epinician odes.”

The event took place on Thursday, February 20 at 11:00 a.m. EST. It was live-streamed and recorded.

In preparation, you might like to read this handout (PDF) which is referred to during the presentation:


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Maria G. Xanthou

Dr. Maria G. Xanthou, FHEA, is a Senior Research Associate at the University of Bristol, teaches history of Greek civilization and culture at the Hellenic Open University, and is a Research Associate in Pindaric Studies at Harvard CHS. She has been awarded individual research scholarships and fellowships from Harvard CHS, University of Oxford, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki Academic Excellence Scheme, Hellenic State Scholarships Foundation, and Nicos and Lydia Trichas Foundation for Education and European Culture. She taught Greek language and literature at the University of Leeds, Ancient History at the University of Bristol, and Greek and Latin languages, Literature, Ancient History, and Digital Classics at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. She was an Adjunct Lecturer at the Open University of Cyprus and worked as a Research Associate of the Centre for Greek Language, Thessaloniki.

Her interests lie within the intersection of ancient history, material culture, and classical philology, and include epichoric identities in the coastline of Northern Greece, resilience in ancient communities and urban clusters, history of emotions, Greek lyric poetry, both monodic and choral (Stesichorus, Pindar, and Bacchylides), Aristophanic and Attic comedy (5th c. BCE), Attic rhetoric (Isocrates), history of classical scholarship (German classical scholarship of the 19th c.), textual criticism, literary theory, ancient theory of rhetoric (definition and use of asyndeton), and e-learning.