College of Arts and Sciences

Classical Studies

Margaret Foster

Margaret Foster

Assistant Professor, 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 and Culture
  • Greek Religion
  • Archaic Greek poetry, especially Pindar and Bacchylides


My research focuses primarily on Greek culture and poetry of the archaic and classical periods, in particular the poetry of Pindar and Bacchylides. One of my main interests is exploring archaic and classical representations of the relationship between religion and travel. My current book project, The Cultural Imaginary of Manteia, seeks to elucidate Greek cultural fantasies and anxieties about seers and seercraft within colonial discourse. Other projects include a study of the cultural function of generically hybrid instances of choral poetry, from Bacchylides’ and Pindar’s manipulations of paianic and dithyrambic forms to Horace’s appropriation of the Greek paian within Odes 4.

Courses Recently Taught

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