Johanna M. Hanink Associate Professor of Classics

Johanna Hanink joined the Department of Classics at Brown in 2010, after completing her MPhil and PhD at Queens' College, Cambridge. Before that she had studied at the University of Michigan (B.A.) and the University of California, Berkeley (M.A.); she has also spent time at the Scuola Normale Superiore in Pisa and held an Onassis fellowship for foreigners at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. Her work focuses on theater and performance, the cultural life and afterlife of classical Athens, and the historical notion of an ancient "Greek miracle."

She is Director of Undergraduate Studies in Classics at Brown and a bi-monthly columnist for Eidolon. She is also active in Brown’s Program in Modern Greek Studies and is a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Modern Greek Studies.

Her recent book, The Classical Debt: Greek Antiquity in an Era of Austerity (Harvard University Press 2017), explores how Western fantasies of classical antiquity have created a particularly fraught relationship between the European West and the country of Greece, especially in the context of Greece's recent "tale of two crises."

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scholarly work


The Classical Debt: Greek Antiquity in an Era of Austerity. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press/Belknap Press. 2017.

Lycurgan Athens and the Making of Classical Tragedy. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, Cambridge Classical Studies series. 2014.

Edited volume

Creative Lives in Classical Antiquity: Poets, Artists and Biography. Co-edited with Richard Fletcher. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, Cambridge Classical Studies series. 2016.

Journal articles

“Why 386 BC?: Lost empire, old tragedy, and reperformance in the era of the Corinthian War,” Trends in Classics (2015) 7.2 277-96.

"The Great Dionysia and the End of the Peloponnesian War," Classical Antiquity (2014) 33.2 319-46.

"Epitaphoi Mythoi and Tragedy as Encomium of Athens," Trends in Classics (2013) 5.2 289-317.

"Aristotle and the Tragic Theater in the 4th Century BC: A Response to Jennifer Wise," Arethusa 44.3 (2011) 311-328.

"The Epitaph for Atthis: A Late Hellenistic Poem on Stone," JHS 130 (2010) 15-34.

"The Life of the Author in the Letters of 'Euripides'," GRBS 50.4 (2010) 537-564.

"Literary Politics and the Euripidean Vita," CCJ 54 (2008) 115-135.

Chapters in books

“Anonymous: The Epitaph for Atthis (SGO I 01/01/07),” in Hellenistic Poetry: A Selection, ed. D. Sider. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press (2016) 3-7.

(With Anna Uhlig) “My Poetry did not die with me: Aeschylus and his afterlife in the Classical Period,” in The Reception of Aeschylus’ Plays through Shifting Models and Frontiers, ed. S. Constantinidis. Leiden: Brill (2016) 51-79.

"What's in a Life? Some Forgotten Faces of Euripides," in Creative Lives in Classical Antiquity: Poets, Artists and Biography, eds. R. Fletcher and J. Hanink. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press (2016) 129-46.

“Literary Evidence for New Tragic Production: The View from the Fourth Century,” in The Greek Theatre in the Fourth Century BC, eds. E. Csapo, J.R. Green and P. Wilson. Berlin: De Gruyter/German Archaeological Institute (2014) 189-206.

"Crossing Genres: Comedy, Tragedy, and Satyr Play," in M. Fontaine and A. Scafuro (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Greek and Roman Comedy. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press (2014) 258-77.

"The Classical Tragedians, from Athenian Idols to Wandering Poets," in I. Gildenhard and M. Revermann (eds.), Beyond the Fifth Century: Interactions with Greek Tragedy from the Fourth Century BCE to the Middle Ages. Berlin: De Gruyter (2010) 35-64.

Papers in conference proceedings

"Parallel Lives. Civic Rhetoric in the Native Receptions of Euripides and Dante," Centopagine (special issue: "Leggere le vite di autori") 3 (2009) 20-29.