Christina A. Salowey

Christina A. Salowey

There are many joys in teaching at a small, liberal arts university, but a significant one for me is that I am not restricted to one sub-discipline in the broad field of study that is Classics. I am privileged to teach multiple genres of literature and two ancient languages, Greek and Latin, as well as the art, religion, history, philosophy, architecture, science, and geography of the long-lived civilizations that spoke and wrote those languages. The breadth of material I cover in the classroom has influenced my work as a researcher and scholar, allowing me to bring many perspectives into the study of mythology and religion. My current research passion is reconstructing the environmental history of Greece and how the geology, natural resources, and climate of the region not only determined how they settled, grew food, and built shelter, but also shaped their religion, poetry, and mythology.

Areas of Expertise

  • Greek Topography
  • Mythology
  • Environmental History
  • Ancient Greek Religion and Cult
  • Greek Epigraphy
  • Pedagogy

Courses Taught

  • Elementary Latin
  • Elementary Greek
  • Myth and Ancient Art
  • Ancient Art
  • Homer
  • New Testament Greek
  • Plato
  • Greek Epigraphy on Works of Art
  • Roman Epic
  • Epistolary Latin
  • Cicero and Caesar
  • Pedagogical Latin
  • Pompeii and Herculaneum
  • Roman Women
  • Greek Religion through Ancient Art
  • Worth Seeing: Travel-Study in Greece


  • Ph.D., Bryn Mawr College
  • M.A., Tufts University
  • M.S., Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • B.S., B.A., Muhlenberg College

Publications & Articles

  • “Rivers Run Through It: Environmental History in Two Heroic Riverine Battles”. Forthcoming in Myths on the Map: The Storied Landscapes of Ancient Greece, edited by Greta Hawes. Oxford University Press 2017, 159-177.
  • “Sophokles’ Philoktetes: The Cult of Herakles Dramatized,” In Cities Called Athens. Studies Honoring John McK. Camp II, ed. Kevin Daly and LeeAnn Riccardi. Bucknell University Press 2015, 369-87.
  • “Women on Hellenistic Grave Stelai: Reading Images and Texts” in the Blackwell Companion to Women in the Ancient World, edd. Sharon L. James and Sheila Dillon, Wiley-Blackwell 2012, 249-262.
  • “Quantitative Reasoning and Scientific Analysis in the Ancient Art Classroom,” Classical Journal 104.4 (2009) 341 – 350.


  • Named the Lurlene W. Todd Teacher of the Year for 2019-20 by the Classical Association of Virginia (CAV), 2020.
  • Gertrude Smith Professor of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens (ASCSA): 2003, 2005, 2017.
  • Elected Representative to the Executive Committee of the ASCSA: 2000 – 2005; 2015-2020.
  • Chair of the ad hoc Committee on the Summer Session (ASCSA): 2014 – 2106.
  • Chair of the Committee of the Summer Sessions (ASCSA): 2007 – 2010, 2011 – 2015.
  • A Companion to Women in the Ancient World, which includes Salowey’s “Women on Hellenistic Grave Stelai: Reading Images and Texts,” was selected by Choice as a 2012 Outstanding Academic Title and was awarded a 2012 PROSE Honorable Mention as a Single Volume of Reference/Humanities & Social Sciences.