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Dr Sarah Hitch
BA (Emory), PhD (Harvard)


Leverhulme Early Career Fellow in Classics, Corpus Christi College
Member, Faculty of Classics


Corpus Christi College


Dr Sarah Hitch


I currently hold a Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship (2012-2013).

I have a B.A. in Classics from Emory University and a Ph.D. in Classical Philology from Harvard University. Before I finished my Ph.D., I worked as a teacher at Winchester College and Westminster School. After Harvard, I was a teaching fellow at the University of Reading (2006-2007) and the University of Bristol (2007-2011).

Research Keywords:

Greek religion, myth, epic poetry

Research Interests:

I have a wide range of interests in Greek religion, poetry and myth. My research focuses on the theology of Greek epic and its impact upon and reception by ancient Greek societies: informed by anthropology, cross-cultural studies and contemporary theoretical work on oral traditions and performance, it considers how divinities and their cults are represented in the epic tradition and the ways in which later artists, poets and writers respond to the epic picture. Building on my earlier work on representations of sacrificial rituals in Homer (King of Sacrifice, HUP 2009) my current project, 'Food for the gods: the role of belief in Greek myth and ritual', will explore the role of paradox and doubt as essential aspects of both religious belief and the transmission of religious narratives and rituals. I am also co-editing a volume of essays on sacrifice (Animal Sacrifice in the Greek World, under contract to Cambridge University Press).

Selected Publications:

"Rethinking Theoretical Approaches to Sacrifice", Co-author: I. Rutherford, (2012).

'Anthropology' and 'Greek Sacrifice' for Companion to Food in Antiquity, ed. J. Wilkins and R. Nadeau., (Blackwells 2012).

'Hero Cult in Apollonius Rhodius' for Hellenistica Groningana IX, (Peeters Publishers 2012).

'Performing Sacrifice in the Homeric Hymn to Apollo' for Animal Sacrifice in the Greek World, eds. S. Hitch and I. Rutherford, (Cambridge University Press 2012).

Embedded speech in the Attic leges sacrae' for Sacred Words: Orality, Literacy and Religion. Orality and Literacy in the Ancient World,eds. A.P.M.H. Lardinois, J.H. Blok and M.G.M. van der Poel. Leiden, (Brill 2011), 113-142.

King of Sacrifice. Ritual and Royal Authority in the Iliad., (Harvard University Press 2009).

Review of G. Boys-Stone, B. Graziosi and P. Vasunia, eds. The Oxford Handbook of Hellenic Studies (Oxford, 2009) Classical Review 61.1.8-10, (2009).

Review of A. Suter, ed. Lament (OUP 2006) Journal of Hellenic Studies, (Oxford University Press 2006), 132-133.

Review of F. Naiden, Ancient Supplication (OUP 2006) Journal of Hellenic Studies, (2006), 219-220.