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Katherine Backler

Examination Fellow since 2016
I am currently looking at ‘women beyond wifehood’ in classical Athens, exploring women’s interpersonal relationships and social networks. I have previously looked at how textiles in the Homeric epics memorialise the labour and identity of women who are excluded from dominant narratives and memorialising processes.
Katherine Backler
  • Background

    • Undergraduate, Corpus Christi College, Oxford (from 2012 to 2016)
  • Research interests

    • Women’s interpersonal relationships and social networks in classical Athens
    • Women between and beyond marriage in classical Athens
    • Social history from Attic oratory
    • Concepts of matrilineage (inheritance of property, names &c. from mothers) in ancient Greece
    • Women in early Greek hexameter poetry
    • Textiles in ancient Greek literature and culture
    • Early Christian receptions of Homer