Margaret Foster

Margaret Foster

Associate Professor, Classical Studies

Education

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

Research areas

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

About Margaret Foster

My current research focuses on Greek lyric poetry and archaic and early classical cultural history. My book, The Seer and the City: Religion, Politics, and Colonial Ideology in Ancient Greece (UC Press 2018), 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 archaic and classical lyric poetry.

Courses taught

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

Books

Genre in Archaic and Classical Greek Poetry: Theories and Models
Genre in Archaic and Classical Greek Poetry: Theories and Models

Studies in Archaic and Classical Greek Song, Vol. 4

Margaret Foster
2019

The Seer and the City
The Seer and the City

Religion, Politics, and Colonial Ideology in Ancient Greece

Margaret Foster
2018

Selected publications

Books

The Seer and the City: Religion, Politics, and Colonial Ideology in Ancient Greece, University of California Press, 2018.