Noussia Maria

Assistant Professor
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Maria Noussia holds a Ph.D. from the University of London (June 1999). She has done graduate studies (M.A. and Ph.D.) at the University College London (UCL) and at the University of Florence.

She was a postdoctoral fellow at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in 2001-2002 (National Merit Scholarship of Greece), Junior Fellow at the Harvard Center for Hellenic Studies in 2007-2008, Margo Tytus Fellow at the University of Cincinnati in the Fall quarter of 2010, and she has been awarded research grants from the A.G. Leventis Foundation, Paris (2000-2001), the Georgetown University (2009) and the Italian Ministry of Education and Research (2003-2007).

She has taught Classical Philology at the Universities of Columbia, Connecticut and Georgetown University (2008-2011) and at the University of Chieti-Pescara (2003-2007). Since 2012 she is Assistant Professor of ancient Greek Philology at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.

Her research interests include Lyric poetry; Homer and the Greek epic (the history of the text of Homer; the reception of the Epic Cycle; transformations of the epic genre; parody); 'dinner' literature/material culture of the ancient world; Old comedy; Hellenistic literature (mainly of the 'comic mode': epic and philosophical parody); Reception within antiquity.

She is the author of the book Solon of Athens: The Poetic Fragments, Brill Academic Publishers 2010, and of many articles in international journals. She has co-edited, with Marco Fantuzzi, the volume Solone: frammenti dell' opera poetica. Biblioteca Universale 2001, and with Gregory Nagy the volume Solon in the Making: The Early Reception in the Fifth and Fourth Centuries, De Gruyter 2014. She is currently preparing two books on the legendary founders of the Cynic movement and their literary activities.


Greek Literature, especially early Greek and Classical poetry; Drama; Epic and philosophical parody; Reception within antiquity; Greek dining practices; Cynicism; Ancient Literary Biography and Anecdotal Material



A. Monographs 

1. Solon of Athens: The Poetic Fragments, Leiden-Boston (Brill Academic Publishers 2010), pp. xiv+579.

Reviewed: Chr. Flament, Les Études Classiques 78.4 (2010) 386-387, D.E. Gerber, Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2011.05.05, A. Aloni, Classical World 106 (2012) 133-135, W. Schmitz, Sehepunkte 13.9 (2013), S. Caciagli, Rivista di Filologia e di Istruzione Classica 142.1 (2014) 182-185.

Co-edited books

1. Solone: frammenti dell' opera poetica. Introduzione e commento di M. Noussia, con una premessa di H. Maehler. Traduzione dal greco dei frammenti di Solone, dall' inglese dell' introduzione e del commento di M. Noussia e della premessa di H. Maehler a cura di M. Fantuzzi, Milan (Biblioteca Universale Rizzoli 2001), pp. 400 

Reviewed: G. Ieranò, Quaderni Urbinati di Cultura Classica, 78, 2004, 159-63, O. Vox, Quaderni di Storia, 55, 2002, 284-90, J. Pòrtulas, Synthesis 9, 2002, 132-34, L. Battezzato, Rivista di Filologia e di Istruzione Classica, 129.3, 2001, 315-24; G. Agosti, Semicerchio 28, 2003, 59-60; M.A. Rigoni, Corriere della Sera, 16.6.2001, 31, M. Menghi, Il Sole-24 ore, 27.5.2001, IV; D. Jacob, ΤΟ ΒΗΜΑ ΤΗΣ ΚΥΡΙΑΚΗΣ 16.9.2001, 32-3.

2. Solon in the Making: The Early Reception in the Fifth and Fourth Centuries, Jointly edited with G. Nagy. Berlin-New York (De Gruyter 2015), pp. 171.

3. ΣΥ Δ’  ΕΥΜΕΝΗΣ  ΕΛΘ’  ΗΜΙΝ. Thirteen Essays for the Greek Hymns. Jointly edited with F. Manakidou, Athens 2016.

B1. Refereed Articles

1. “The Profession of the Physician (Solon fr. 1.57-66 Gent.-Pr.2=13.57-66 W.2)”, Eikasmos 10 (1999) 9-20.

2. “Solon’s Symposium (frr. 32-4 and 36 Gent.-Prato2 = 38-40 and 41 West2)”, CQ 51.2 (2001) 353-359.

3. “The Language of Tyranny in Cratinus, PCG 258”, PCPhS=CCJ 49 (2003) 74-88.

4. “A Scenario for the Portrayal of the Monster Geryon in Stesichorus’ Geryoneis”, Trends in Classics 5.2 (2013) 234-259.

5. “The Significance of the Insignificant: The new “wealth” of the Cynics”, Platon 60 (2015) 270-286.

6. “Redefining Use, Expenditure and Exchange of Private Wealth: The Socratic Model, Antisthenes and the Cynics”, Gaia 19 (2016) 319-333.

7. “The Politics of Food in the Early Cynics”, Food & History 13.1-3 (2015) 197-211.

B2. Published conference papers, book chapters, and invited essays

8. “Olympus, the Sky, and the History of the Text of Homer”. In F. Montanari (ed.), Atti del Congresso Internazionale ‘Omero Tremila Anni Dopo’, Genova, 6-8 Luglio 2000 (Rome 2002) 489-503.

Reviewed: M. Alden, CR 54.2 (2004) 278-81; M. Finkelberg, BMCR 2005.09.75; F. Biondi, AION (filol.) 28 (2006) 159-65; M.P. Castiglioni and F. Létoublon, Gaia 8 (2004) 220-235.

9. “parodia e filosofia in Cratete Tebano”. In R. Pretagostini-E. Dettori (ed.), La cultura ellenistica: l'opera letteraria e l'esegesi antica (Rome 2004) 127-135.

10. “La Nekyia di Platone e di Cratete Tebano”. In M. Vetta-C. Catenacci (eds.), luoghi e la poesia nella Grecia antica (Alessandria 2006) 279-293.

Reviewed: S. Kaczko, RFIC 135 (2007) 352-365.

11. “Strategies of Persuasion in Solon's Elegies”. In J. Blok & A. Lardinois (eds.), Solon of Athens. New Historical and Philological Approaches (Leiden 2006) 134-156.

Reviewed: B.M. Lavelle, BMCR 2007.04.26.

12. “Fragments of Cynic 'Tragedy'”. In M.A. Harder, R.F. Regtuit & G.C. Wakker (eds.), Beyond the Canon (Hellenistica Groningana XI, Leuven 2006) 185-203.

Reviewed: C. De Stefani, BMCR 2007.11.17.

13. “La preghiera del filosofo: Cratete Tebano, SH 359”. In R. Pretagostini & E. Dettori (eds.), La cultura letteraria ellenistica. Persistenza, innovazione, trasmissione. Rome, 19-21 September 2005 (Rome 2007) 125-139.

14. “Hellenistic Philosophical Poetry”. In F.P. Manakidou-K. Spanoudakis (eds.), Alexandrian Muse (Athens 2008) 501-544.

15. “Lo stile 'semplice' di Tirteo?”. In P. Chiron and C. Lévy (eds.), Les Noms du Style dans l'Antiquité gréco-latine, Deuxième et Troisième Journées d' Étude, Paris IV (12 mais 2005), Paris XII (13 Mai 2005). Leuven, Bibliothèque d’Études Classiques 57 (2010) 11-24.

16. “The Epic Cycle, Stesichorus and Ibycus”. In M. Fantuzzi-C. Tsagalis (eds.), The Cambridge Companion to the Cyclic Epic (Cambridge University Press 2015), 365-382.

17. “Introduction”. In G. Nagy & M. Noussia-Fantuzzi (eds.), Solon in the Making: The Early Reception in the Fifth and Fourth Centuries (Berlin-New York, De Gruyter 2015) (together with G. Nagy), 1-7.

18. “Solon in Tragedy”. In G. Nagy & M. Noussia-Fantuzzi (eds.), Solon in the Making: The Early Reception in the Fifth and Fourth Centuries (Berlin-New York, De Gruyter 2015), 43-65. 

B3. Forthcoming Invited Contributions

19. “The Poetics and Politics of Vision and Visualization in Tyrtaeus and Alcman”. In C. Carey & A. Petkovic (eds.), GrecoRoman Poetics. Proceedings of the Conference “The Poetics Conference”, Belgrade 4-8 Oct. 2010 (volume under review)

20. “Philosophical Hymns to Abstractions and their position in the development of the genre”. In F.P. Μanakidou-Μ. Νoussia-Fantuzzi (eds.), ΣΥ Δ’  ΕΥΜΕΝΗΣ  ΕΛΘ’  ΗΜΙΝ. Thirteen Essays for the Greek Hymns (Athens 2016) (40 pp.)

21. “Introduction”. In F.P. Μanakidou-Μ. Νoussia-Fantuzzi (eds.), ΣΥ Δ’  ΕΥΜΕΝΗΣ  ΕΛΘ’  ΗΜΙΝ. Thirteen Essays for the Greek Hymns (Athens 2016). (21 pp.)

22. “A Cure for Love. Resisting Eros in Early Cynic Philosophy and Poetry”. In M. Perale (ed.), Hellenistic Poetry Before Callimachus. An Enquiry Into Two Lost Generations (Liverpool, 14-15 June 2016) (volume under review).

23. “Elegy”. In L. Swift (ed.), The Blackwell Companion to Greek Lyric (forthcoming 2017; 7,500 words).

24. “Lyric Atmosphere in Callimachus and Apollonius Rhodius”, in E. Sistakou (ed.), Hellenistic Lyricism: Traditions and Transformations of a Literary Mode (Berlin 2017, 9, 000 words).

Encyclopedia Entries/Contribution to Anthologies 

1. “Cynic Tragedy”. In H. Roisman (ed.), Encyclopedia of Greek Tragedy (Wiley-Blackwell 2013) 262-264.

2. Commentary on Crates of Thebes, frs. 347, 351, 359. In D. Sider (ed.), Hellenistic Verse: A Selection, Ann Arbor: UMich Press 2017) 561-571.

3. “CHIEN”. In J.-P. Guez, F. Klein, J. Peigney and Év. Prieux, eds. Dictionnaires des images du poétique. Classiques Garnier 2016 (commissioned).

4. “MORSURE”. In J.-P. Guez, F. Klein, J. Peigney and Év. Prieux, eds. Dictionnaires des images du poétique. Classiques Garnier 2016 (commissioned).

B5. Reviews

1. D. Clayman, Timon of Phlius, de Gruyter. Classical World 104.4 (2011) 521-233

2. B. Acosta-Hughes, C. Cusset, Y. Durbec and D. Pralon (eds.). Homère revisité: parodie et humour dans les réécritures homériques. Presses universitaires de Franche-Comté. Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2012.12.46

3. L. Lulli, Narrare in distici: l'elegia greca arcaica e classica di argomento storico-mitico. Quaderni dei seminari romani di cultura greca 13. Rome: Quasar, 2011. Journal of Hellenic Studies 133 (2013) 1-2

4. S. Caciagli, Poeti e Società. Comunicazione poetica e formazioni sociali nella lesbo del VII/VI secolo a.C. Amsterdam: Adolf M. Hakkert, 2011. Classical Review 64.2 (2014) 1-3

Papers, Presentations and Invited Lectures (Last Five years)

February 2009
“On Some Aspects of Solon’s Reuse and Reception”. Invited Talk at The 2009 New York Classical Club Winter Conference Co-sponsored by the Classics Department of NYU “Reading Greek and Roman Elegy”, NYU, New York, February 28, 2009.

May 2009
Koros and Perverse Banqueting from Homer to Aeschylus”. Invited Talk at the University of Bari, Italy, 27 May 2009. 

October 2010
“Accounting for Morals and Values in Fifth-Century Athens”, Tytus Colloquium, University of Cincinnati, October 20, 2010. 

October 2011
Ethos and Pathos in Tyrtaeus”, at the Conference on “Greek and Roman Poetics” organized by the University of Belgrade, University College London, and the Institute of Classical Studies, Belgrade 4-8 October 2011.

Nov. 2011
“Some Points on the Cynic Ideology of Eating”. Invited Talk at the conference “L’imaginaire de l’alimentation humaine en Grèce ancienne”, Tours, 24-25 November 2011.

May 2013
“Lo sguardo del poeta lirico: percezione visiva in Tirteo ed Alcmane”. Invited Lecture at the Università degli Studi di Bologna, 30 May 2013.

July 2014
“Communicating Cynicism: The Play of Fragments and Texts in Crates of Thebes”, International Conference “Greek Poetic Fragments”, University College London and King’s College London, UCL, 2-4 July 2014.

May 2014
“The Significance of the Insignificant: The New Wealth of the Cynics”. Invited Talk at the International Conference “Social Values in Greek Literature”, University of Peloponnese, Kalamata, 27-30 May 2014.

June 2016
“Pre-Hellenistic Poetics of Curing Love”, Invited Lecture at the Conference “Hellenistic Poetry Before Callimachus”, Univ. of Liverpool, 14-15 June 2016.

Professional Contribution

Referee for Journals: American Journal of Philology (2009), Classical Quarterly (2013), Acta Classica (2015), Philologus (2016) 


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