Sara Forsdyke

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Sara Forsdyke

Professor of Classical Studies and History; Chair, Classical Studies

435 S. State Street
Ann Arbor, MI

Office Location(s): 2156 Angell Hall
Phone: 734.647.2313
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  • Affiliation(s)
    • Classical Studies
    • IPGRH
  • Fields of Study
    • Greek historiography, Athenian democracy, Greek law, social and cultural history, ancient slavery
  • About

    Selected Publications:

    Exile, Ostracism and Democracy: The Politics of Expulsion in Ancient Greece. Princeton University Press, 2005.

    Slaves Tell Tales and Other Episodes in the Politics of Popular Culture in Ancient Greece. Princeton University Press, 2012.

    Articles & Book Chapters

    "From Aristocratic to Democratic Ideology and Back Again: The Thrasybulus Anecdote in Herodotus' Histories and Aristotle's Politics." Classical Philology 94 .4 (1999) 361-372.

    "Exile, Ostracism and the Athenian Democracy" California Studies in Classical Antiquity 19.2 (2000) 232-263.

    "Athenian Democratic Ideology and Herodotus' Histories" American Journal of Philology 122.3 (2001) 333-362.

    "Herodotus on Greek History, 525-480 " in Irene de Jong, Egbert Bakker and Hans van Wees eds. A Companion to Herodotus edited by. (Leiden, 2002) 521-549.

    "Revelry and Riot in Archaic Megara: Democratic Disorder or Ritual Reversal?" Journal of Hellenic Studies 125 (2005) 73-92.

    "Herodotus, political history and political thought" in C. Dewald and J. Marincola eds. The Cambridge Companion to Herodotus. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006. 224-241.

    "Land, Labor and Economy in Solonian Athens: Breaking the Impasse between History and Archaeology" J.H. Blok and A.P.M.H. Lardinois eds., Solon of Athens: New Historical and Philological Approaches, Leiden: Brill, 2006. 334-350.

    "Street Theater and Popular Justice in Ancient Greece" Past and Present 201(2008) 3-50.

    "The Uses and Abuses of Tyranny" for R.Balot ed. The Blackwell Companion to Ancient Political Thought. Wiley-Blackwell, 2009. 231-246.

    "Civic Institutions" in G. Boys-Stones, B. Graziosi and P.Vasunia eds. The Oxford Handbook of Hellenic Studies. Oxford, 2009. 197-210.

    “Exile” in M. Gagarin et al. eds. Encyclopedia of Ancient Greece and Rome. Oxford University Press, 2009.

    "Pigs, Asses and Swine: The Cultural Politics of Cleisthenes of Sicyon" in N. Fisher and H. van Wees eds. Competition in the Ancient World. Wales Classical Press (in press).

    “Change and Continuity: The Impact of Democracy on Communal Life” in J.P.Arnason, K. Raaflaub and P. Wagner eds. The Greek polis and the invention of democracy: a politico-cultural transformation and its interpretations. Blackwell. (in press).

  • Education
    • Ph.D. Princeton, 1997