Professor Constanze Güthenke

Academic Background

I was trained both in Classics (BA Cambridge) and in European and Comparative Literature (MPhil Cambridge, DPhil Oxford), working especially on German and Modern Greek literary and cultural history. I taught for twelve years in the Classics Department at Princeton University (2002-2014), where I was also affiliated with the Program in Hellenic Studies.

Research Interests

My main research interests lie in the field of antiquity after antiquity, especially in questions of the disciplinary shape of Classics and critical histories of scholarship: why, and how, do classicists ask the questions they ask? I have published a monograph on the literary representations of contemporary Greece in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries (Placing Modern Greece, Oxford, 2008). My second book, Feeling and Classical Philology: Studying Antiquity in Nineteenth-Century Germany (Cambridge 2020) looks at the lasting rhetorical strategies and organizing metaphors of scholarship. I am interested in questions of scholarly community, ancient and modern, and I currently have a research project on transnational aspects of scholarship, asking what happens to classical knowledge when it migrates between places and contexts (especially in Europe and America). I teach on a wide range of topics and genres in Greek literature (tragedy, comedy, epic, philosophical dialogue, ancient biography) and their afterlife, as well as on Modern Greek literature and culture. I am also a founding member of the Postclassicisms collective (, and I was until recently editor in chief of the Classical Receptions Journal, published by Oxford University Press.

Research Keywords

Greek literature; reception studies; the postclassical; history of scholarship; ancient biography; Aristophanes; Modern Greek literature.


I teach most areas of Greek literature at the undergraduate level; on the graduate level, I have particular interests in Reception Studies, theoretical approaches to antiquity and its study, the history of scholarship and its practices, and new forms of attention to the biographical (ancient and modern). I have supervised dissertations on topics as wide-ranging as the history of philology, Plutarch’s exemplarity, queer simile, tragic arbitrariness, American classical reception, or early modern Homeric scholarship. 


Full Publications: constanze_guthenke_publications_2017.pdf

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Selected Publications