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Barbara Blythe Visiting Faculty Department of Classical Studies Tulane University

Barbara Blythe

Visiting Assistant Professor
Jones 312 B


Ph.D., Classics, Brown University (2015)
B.A., Latin (high honors, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa), College of William & Mary (2008)


I received my Ph.D. in Classics from Brown University. Before coming to Tulane, I taught at the University of Virginia and Wheaton College in Norton, MA.


My research interests include Roman imperial literature, the ancient novel, ancient gender and sexuality, Greek and Roman religion, the reception of Alexander the Great, and human interactions with animals, landscape, and the environment in classical literature. I am currently at work on a book project exploring the treatment of religious themes in Petronius’ Satyrica and the other ancient novels.



“The Peacock, the Chicken, and the Egg: Ennius’ Avian Metempsychosis and Petronius’ Satyrica,” American Journal of Philology 141.1 (forthcoming, March 2020).

“Petronius’ Talking Birds: Mimicry and Death in the Cena Trimalchionis,” Classical Philology (2020) 115.1: 47-69.

“Apples to Apples: Forbidden Fruit in Petronius’ Cena Trimalchionis,” TAPA (2018) 148.2: 393-419.

“Medieval and Renaissance Italian Receptions of the Alexander Romance Tradition,” in K. R. Moore, ed., A Companion to the Reception of Alexander the Great (2018). Leiden: Brill. 503-24.