Laura McClure

Position title: Professor of Classics; Mellon Morgridge Professor in the Humanities


Phone: (608) 263.8269

916 Van Hise Hall
Office Hours: By appointment.

Ph.D. University of Chicago, 1991

Research Interests
Athenian drama, ancient gender studies, classical reception.

Laura McClure’s diverse research interests focus on Athenian drama, the study of women in the ancient world, and classical reception. Her publications include books on the representation of women in Athenian drama and the courtesan in the Greek literary tradition: Spoken Like a Woman: Speech and Gender in Athenian Drama (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1999) and Courtesans at Table: Gender and Greek Literary Culture in Athenaeus (London: Routledge, 2003). She has edited three volumes on the subject of women in antiquity, including Making Silence Speak: Women’s Voices in Greek Literature and Society, with André Lardinois (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2001), Prostitutes and Courtesans in the Ancient World, with Christopher A. Faraone (Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 2006), and Sexuality and Gender in the Classical World (Oxford: Blackwell, 2008).

She has published numerous articles, most recently an analysis of the role of women in tragic recognition scenes. She is currently completing a textbook about women in ancient Greece and Rome (under contract with Blackwell). Another project on the reception of the Greek chorus is underway.

Laura regularly teaches advanced Greek language courses, Women and Gender in the Classical World, Civilization of Ancient Greece, and Ancient Drama in translation.