Johanna M. Hanink Associate Professor of Classics

Johanna Hanink earned her PhD in Classics from the University of Cambridge (Queens' College) in 2010/2011. She works primarily on theater and performance, literary biography, the cultural life and afterlife of classical Athens, and the historical notion of an ancient "Greek miracle."

The Classical Debt: Greek Antiquity in an Era of Austerity (Harvard University Press 2017) is her latest book; it 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." She is also author of Lycurgan Athens and the Making of Classical Tragedy (Cambridge University Press 2014) and co-editor, with Richard Fletcher, of the volume Creative Lives in Classical Antiquity: Poets, Artists, and Biography (Cambridge University Press 2016).

She is active in Brown's Program in Modern Greek Studies and is on the board of the Modern Greek Studies Association. She is also on the editorial boards of The Journal of Modern Greek Studies and Eidolon.

She often writes shorter essays and reviews for general audiences. Those pieces are collected here.

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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

“Knowledge transmission: media and memory,” in A Cultural History of Theatre. Volume I: A Cultural History of Theatre in Antiquity (500 BCE-500 CE), ed. M. Revermann. London: Bloomsbury Academic/Methuen Drama (2017) 181-95.

“Archives, repertoires, bodies and bones: thoughts on reperformance for classicists,” in Imagining Reperformance in Ancient Culture: Studies in the Traditions of Drama and Lyric, eds. R. Hunter and A. Uhlig. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press (2017) 21-41.

“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.