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Meredith E. Safran
Assistant Professor of Classics
Phone: (860) 297-4042 Office Location: Seabury T212
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Trinity College faculty member since 2012 View office hours for Fall 2014
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Degrees:
Ph.D., Princeton Univ. (2010)
M.A., Princeton Univ. (2006)
B.A., Columbia Univ. (1997)

Meredith Safran is Assistant Professor of Classics, specializing in Roman literature and culture.  She received her Ph.D. from Princeton in 2010 and is working on a book about the construction of female civic identity in Roman historiography and political mythology, as represented by the Late Republican writer Livy. She also works on the adaptation of ancient Greek and Roman literary motifs and myths in contemporary literature, film, and television, with a focus on the work of British novelist A.S. Byatt.

Professor Safran's work on civic institutions and identities informs her opinion that the classroom should be a collaborative environment that takes an anthropological approach to the study of the ancient Mediterranean world, and reception of classical antiquity throughout Western history. Only by unpacking the reverential attitude that the classical tradition commands can we understand the dominant cultural forms and attitudes that shaped much of history until recent times.