Jason Webber

My dissertation is on local tradition and Panhellenism in early Greek hexameter. I hope to bring in a variety of approaches and evidence, including dialectology, material culture, and literary analysis; my central question is whether local traditions of hexameter underlie the extant poems and (if so) on what methodological basis they might be investigated. In my Master's thesis I focused on three character-based case studies, on Nestor, Iris, and Sarpedon; my doctorate will develop further work on individual characters, but also include broader thematic topics, such as the notion of the catalogue as a structural principle.

Additional interests include: papyrology; oral poetics; metrical structure and its linguistic basis in Latin and Greek poetry; Hittite literature; and the application of spoken language methods to the pedagogy of Latin and Greek.