College of Arts and Sciences

Classical Studies

Margaret Foster

Margaret Foster

Assistant Professor, Department of Classical Studies
Director of Undergraduate Studies, Department of Classical Studies
Ballantine Hall, Room 568

Curriculum Vitae


  • B.A. at Vassar College, 1999
  • M.A. at University of California, Berkeley, 2003
  • Ph.D. at University of California, Berkeley, 2010

Research Interests

  • Greek literature, especially archaic and classical poetry
  • Greek cultural history
  • Greek religion
  • genre


My current research focuses on Greek lyric poetry and archaic and early classical cultural history. My forthcoming book, The Seer and the City: Religion, Politics, and Colonial Ideology in Ancient Greece (UC Press 2017), explores the ideology of colonial discourse. The book reveals how colonial discourse’s privileging of the city’s founder and his dependence on Delphi, the colonial oracle par excellence, entails a corresponding suppression of the independent Greek seer. A second monograph project considers the politics and polemics of genre hybridity in lyric poetry, starting from the non-epinikian poetry of Bacchylides and Pindar and concluding with Horace’s Odes.

Courses Recently Taught

  • Ancient Greek Culture
  • Classical Mythology
  • Intermediate Greek (Homer)
  • Advanced Greek (Euripides)