Prof. Dr. Athanassios Vergados

Seminar für Klassische Philologie
Am Marstallhof 2-4
69117 Heidelberg, Germany
Phone: +49-6221-542253



  • 2007  University of Virginia: Ph.D. in Classics, Dissertation: A Commentary on the Homeric Hymn to Hermes.
  • 2005  University of Cincinnati: Summer Seminar of the American Society of Papyrologists 
  • 2002  University of Virginia: M.A. in Classics, Thesis: Old Comedy and New Music. Aristophanic Criticism of Music.
  • 1999  National and Kapodistrian University of Athens: Ptychion (B.A.) in Classics
  • 1996  Hellenikon Odeion (Athens), Diploma in Music (Violin)

Academic Employment

  • 10/2013  W3 Professur für Klassische Philologie: Griechische Literaturwissenschaft, Universität Heidelberg (Teilzeitvertretung)
  • 08/2012 – 07/2013  Assistant Professor of Classics (tenure-track), University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  • 09/2010 – 08/2012  Postdoctoral Research Fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung, Seminar für Klassische Philologie, Universität Heidelberg
  • 2007 – 2010  Visiting Assistant Professor of Classics, Franklin & Marshall College, Lancaster, PA
  • 2001 – 2007  Graduate Teaching Assistant, University of Virginia



I. Work in progress:

  • Hesiod’s Intellectual World (working title; book manuscript).
  • (with Jenny Strauss Clay) A Commentary on Hesiod’s Theogony (under contract with Cambridge University Press for the Cambridge Greek and Latin Classics Series).
  • (with Andrew Faulkner and Andreas Schwab) The Reception of the Homeric Hymns and Related Texts in the Roman and Later Greek Literature (under contract with Oxford University Press).
  • (with Amphilochios Papathomas),  Edition of Papyri and Ostraca from the Columbia University Collection.
  • Article “Hermes” for Oxford Bibliographies Online (under contract).

II. Work published or forthcoming:

A. Book:

  • A Commentary on the Homeric Hymn to Hermes, Walter De Gruyter: Berlin / New York, Series: Texte und Kommentare 41 (XVI + 717 p.; November 2012).
    Reviews: Religious Studies Review 40 (2014) 40 (A. Faulkner); Classical World 107.3 (2014) (C. Nobili).

B. Articles in scholarly journals and chapters in edited volumes:

  • “The Homeric Hymns in the Prose Hymns of Aelius Aristides.” Forthcoming in: A. Faulkner, A. Schwab, and A.Vergados, The Reception of the Homeric Hymns (OUP).
  • (with A. Faulkner and A. Schwab) “Introduction”. In: A. Faulkner, A. Schwab, and A.Vergados, The Reception of the Homeric Hymns (OUP).
  • “Form and Function of Some Theban Resonances in Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey.” Forthcoming in: C. Tsagalis (ed.), Theban Resonances in Homeric Epic, De Gruyter: Berlin/Boston, p. 423-37.
  • “Narrative Strategies and the Reception of Hesiod in Callimachus’ Loutra Pallados.” Forthcoming in: A. Faulkner & O. Hodkinson (eds.), Hymns as Narrative and the Narratology of Hymns, Brill: Leiden/Boston.
  • “Etymologie und Aitiologie bei Hesiod: Die Musennamen in der Theogonie.” Forthcoming in Chr. Reitz & A. Walter (eds.) Dichtung und Ursache, Olms, Hildesheim/Zürich/New York, Series: Spudasmata
  • “Defining δίκη in Hesiod’s Works and Days.” Forthcoming in M. Christopoulos et al. (ed.), Proceedings of the 12th International Symposium on the Odyssey, Centre for Odyssean Studies, Ithaca.
  • “Introduction to and commentary on Corinna PMG 654, 655, 664, 690.” Forthcoming in D. Sider (ed.), Hellenistic Poetry: A Selection (University of Michigan Press).
  • “Introduction to and commentary on Philoxenus PMG 836 (‘Attic Dinner’).” Forthcoming in D. Sider (ed.), Hellenistic Poetry: A Selection (University of Michigan Press).
  •  “What Was He Reading Exactly? Marcus Argentarius, AP 9.161 (= GP 1369—72), and Hesiod’s Works and Days.” Illinois Classical Studies 38 (2013) 65-80.
  •  “An Unnoticed Testimonium to the Hesiodic Melampodia? PSI 14.1398 and [Hesiod] Melampodia fr. 276 M.-W. (= 212 Most).” Philologus 157 (2013) 5—15.
  •  “The Cyclopes and the Hundred-Handers in Hesiod, Theogony 139—53.” Hermes 141 (2013) 1—7.
  •  “Commenting on the Homeric Hymn to Hermes: Between Philology and History” in R. Bouchon, P. Brillet-Dubois, N. Le Meur-Weissman (eds.), Hymnes de la Grèce antique: approches littérraires et historiques (Maison de l’Orient et de la Méditerranée, 2012), 191-198.
  •  “Verbal Performances in Lucian’s Symposium.” Ἀρχαιογνωσία 16 (2012) 225—43.
  •  “Hesychius, s.v. στορεύς (σ 1933).” Glotta 88 (2012) 224—31.
  •  “ἐρίηρος ἀοιδός (θ 62—3): Etymologisches Wortspiel in der Odyssee.” Wiener Studien 125 (2012) 7—22.
  • (with Shawn O’Bryhim) “Reconsidering Catullus’ passer.” Latomus 16 (2012) 101—13.
  •  “Corinna’s Poetic Mountains: PMG 654 col. i 1―34 and Hesiodic Reception.” Classical Philology 107 (2012) 101—18.
  • Wein, Weib und Gesang: on Catullus 27.” Classica et Mediaevalia 62 (2011) 153—67.
  •  “Edition of P.Duke Inv. 913: Letter of Hermias to Apollon.” Bulletin of the American Society of Papyrologists 48 (2011) 51—60.
  • “The Homeric Hymn to Hermes: Humour and Epiphany” in: A. Faulkner (ed.), The Homeric Hymns: Interpretative Essays (OUP, 2011), 83—104.
  • “Shifting Focalization in the Homeric Hymn to Hermes: the Case of Hermes’ Cave.” Greek Roman and Byzantine Studies 51 (2011) 1—25.
  • “Hesiod, Hellanikos und Hermes (zu ZPE 160 (2007) 15—23).” Zeitschrift für Papyrologie und Epigraphik 170 (2010) 20—21.
  • “Nicarchus A.P. xi 328 and Homeric Interpretation.” Mnemosyne 63 (2010) 406—23.
  • P.Mich.Inv. 1715: Letter from Simades to Pynas.” Bulletin of the American Society of Papyrologists 46 (2009) 59—68.
  • “Penelope’s Fat Hand Reconsidered (Odyssey 21.6).” Wiener Studien 122 (2009) 7—20.
  • “Homer’s Iliad and the Unity of Sophocles’ Ajax.” In: E. Karamalengou and E. Makrygianni (eds.), Ἀντιφίλησις. Studies on Classical, Byzantine and Modern Greek Literature and Culture in Honour of John-Theophanes A. Papademetriou (Franz Steiner Verlag Stuttgart, 2009), 154—60.
  •  “The Homeric Hymn to Hermes v. 51 and Antigonus of Carystus.” Classical Quarterly 57.2 (2007) 737—42.

C. Book reviews:

  • “J. Goeken, Aelius Aristide et la rhétorique de l’hymne en prose.” Forthcoming in Religious Studies Review.
  • “A.-E. Peponi, Frontiers of Pleasure: Modes of Aesthetic Response in Archaic and Classical Thought”. Forthcoming in Religious Studies Review
  • “M. Buchan, Perfidy and Passion: Reintroducing the Iliad.” Forthcoming in Religious Studies Review.
  • “I. Pajón Leyra, Entre ciencia y maravilla. El género literario de la pardoxografía griega.” Forthcoming in the Journal of Hellenic Studies 133 (2013).
  • “A. Annus (ed.), Divination and the Interpretation of Signs in the Ancient World.” Religious Studies Review 39 (2013) 32.
  • “D. Obbink and N. Gonis, The Oxyrhynchus Papyri vol. LXXIII.” Bulletin of the American Society of Papyrologists 48 (2011) 265—70.
  • L. Gianvittorio, Il discorso di Eraclito. Un modello semantico e cosmologico nel passaggio dall’oralità alla scrittura« Religious Studies Review 37 (2011) 207
  • “J. McInerey, The Cattle of the Sun. Cows and Culture in the World of the Ancient Greeks.” Religious Studies Review 36 (2010) 291.
  • “Reyes Bertolín Cebrián, Comic Epic and Parodies of Epic. Literature for Youth and Children in Ancient Greece.Religious Studies Review 36 (2010) 290.
  • “Evanthia Tsitsibakou-Vasalos, Ancient Poetic Etymology. The Pelopids: Fathers and Sons.” Religious Studies Review 36 (2010) 69—70.
  • “Barry B. Powell, Homer (2nd edition).” Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2008.02.34.

Papers Delivered at Conferences and Lectures

  • “Hesiod in Plato’s Cratylus.” Universidade Federal de Ouro Preto, Brazil (September 12, 2014).
  • "Stitching Narratives: Unity and Episode in Hesiod.” University of Sao Paulo, September, 8, 2014.
  • “Interaction of Genres in Euripides’ Bacchae.” 14th conference of the FIEC, Bordeaux (August, 29, 2014).
  • “The Reception of the Homeric Hymns in Aelius Aristides and Menander Rhetor”. University of Heidelberg, Conference on the Reception of the Homeric Hymns, June 23, 2014.
  • “Hermes and the Figs (on P.Oxy. 17.2084).” To be delivered at: ‘Tracking Hermes/Mercury: An Interdisciplinary Conference at the University of Virginia’ (March 27—29, 2014).
  • Dike in Hesiod’s Works and Days.” Conference on ‘Crime and Punishment in Archaic Epic. Dike, Tisis, Nemesis, Hybris’, Centre for Odyssean Studies, Ithaca (September 6, 2013).
  • “Hesiod and the Early Greek Mythographers and Genealogists.” University of Erfurt (July 10, 2013).
  • “Etymologie und Aitiologie bei Hesiod: Die Musennamen in der Theogonie.” Dichtung und Ursache: Struktur Aitiologischen Erzählens, Universität Rostock (July 17, 2012).
  • “Verbal Performances in Lucian’s Symposium.” Seminar at the Lórand Eötvös University, Budapest, June 12, 2012.
  • “Bellerophon in Homer and Pindar.” Workshop: The Story Teller’s Path: Particles and Discourse Organization in Homer and Pindar. May 6, 2012, Heidelberg.
  • “Hesiod on the Powers and Limits of Etymology.” Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg (January 27, 2012); University of Tennessee/Knoxville (February 3, 2012); Loyola University Maryland (February 7, 2012); University of British Columbia (February 13, 2012); Lórand Eötvös University, Budapest, June 12, 2012.
  • “Language in the Iron Age.” 2012 American Philological Association Convention, Philadelphia (January 8, 2012), panel on Gems of Wisdom: How the Works and Days Teaches.
  •  “The Homeric Question.” Open University of Cyprus (November 1, 2011).
  • “Corinna’s Poetic Mountains.” Conference on “Diachrony: Diachronic Aspects of Ancient Greek Literature and Culture,” Duke University (October 23, 2009).
  • “Oedipus in Ovid’s Thebaid.” 2009 conference of the Fédération Internationale des Associations d’Études Classiques (Panel on Greek and Roman Epic), Berlin (August 28, 2009).
  •  “Viewing Hermes’ Cave: A Case of Focalization.” Conference: “Hymns as Narrative and the Narratology of Hymns”, at the University of Wales, Lampeter (May 9, 2009).
  • “Singing in the Odyssey: Bards, Songs, and Audience.” Brooklyn College, New York (March 3, 2009).
  • “The Homeric Hymn to Hermes: Poetry and Deception.” Symposium: “Fiction, Truth and Reality: an Interdisciplinary Approach,” Katowice (Poland), Oct. 24, 2008.
  • “Commenting on a Homeric Hymn: Philology and History.” “Colloque International ‘Les Hymnes de la Grèce antique: Entre littérature et histoire’,” Lyon, June 19-21, 2008.
  • Presentation and discussion of my commentary on the Homeric Hymn to Hermes vv. 212—77 at the ‘Commentary Writing Workshop’, University of Minnesota (Oct. 19—21, 2007).
  •  “Lucian’s Epistolary Symposiast (Symposion or Lapiths, 22—7).” 2007 Classical Association of the Middle West and South Convention in Cincinnati, Ohio.
  • “Hermes’ Manipulation of Language in Homeric Hymn IV.” 2006 Classical Association of the Middle West and South Convention in Gainesville, Florida.
  • “Hermes’ Two Songs: Homeric Hymn 4.52—63 & 423—33.” 2006 American Philological Association Convention in Montréal, Canada.
  •  “Hellenistic leptótês and Greek Comedy.” 2005 Classical Association of the Middle West and South Convention in Madison, Wisconsin.

Academic Honors

  • Universität Heidelberg, Exzellenzinitiative II, Mobilitätsmaßnahmen: Grant for the promotion of international research collaboration (2014-2015)
  • Fritz Thyssen Foundation: grant to support the organization of a conference on the Reception of the Homeric Hymns and related texts in Roman and Late Greek literature in Heidelberg, June 2014 (with Andrew Faulkner and Andreas Schwab)
  • Heidelberg Alumni International-Reconnect: Grant to support a research stay at the University of Heidelberg for June-July 2013.
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship from the Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung (Sept. 2010-August 2012) to pursue research at the Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg.
  • University of Virginia Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Dissertation-Year Fellowship (2005-2006).
  • The University of Virginia Society of Fellows (2004-2005 and 2005-2006).
  • Yalden-Thompson Research Grant, Society of Fellows, University of Virginia (2005, 2006).
  • Basil L. Gildersleeve Fellowship, Department of Classics, University of Virginia (2000-2007).
  • Alexander S. Onassis Public Benefit Foundation Scholarship (2000-2001 and 2001-2002).
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