Cynthia Liu

In my dissertation I study the role of mystery language and imagery in Greco-Roman philosophy and poetry. Specifically, I am interested in how mystery motifs function in expositions of non-rational experience such as memory-knowledge, amatory experience, and notions of authorial immortality and inspiration. I aim to trace the changing patterns of usage of mystery motifs in describing and mediating such experiences in ancient texts.

My other research interests include the intersection between philosophy and drama, performance of ancient texts, women in epic, and E.S. Piccolomini.