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Dr Renaud Gagné

Dr Renaud Gagné

University Reader in Ancient Greek Literature and Religion

Fellow of Pembroke College

Pembroke College, Cambridge, CB2 1RF
Office Phone: 01223 338130

Research Interests

Early Greek Poetry

Greek Religion

Greek Drama

Ancient Cultural History

History of Classical Scholarship

Key Publications

▪ "What is the Pride of Halicarnassus?" Classical Antiquity 25.1 (2006): 1-33.

▪ "L'esthétique de la peur chez Empédocle," Revue de philosophie ancienne 24.3 (2006): 83-110.

▪ "Inherited Guilt in E. R. Dodds," Quaderni di storia 67 (2007): 16-33.

▪ "Winds and Ancestors: The Physika of Orpheus," Harvard Studies in Classical Philology 103 (2007): 1-24.

▪ "The Sins of the Fathers: C.A. Lobeck and K.O. Müller," Kernos: Revue internationale et pluridisciplinaire de religion grecque ancienne 21 (2008): 109-124.

▪ "Themis at Eleusis: Clement of Alexandria, Protrepticus 2.22.5" (with Miguel Herrero), Classical Quarterly 59.1 (2008): 270-274.

▪ "Spilling the Sea Out of its Cup: Solon's Elegy to the Muses," Quaderni urbinati di cultura classica 133 (2009): 23-49.

▪ "Atreid Ancestors in Alkaios," Journal of Hellenic Studies 129 (2009): 39-43.

▪ "A Wolf at the Table: Sympotic Perjury in Archilochus," Transactions of the American Philological Association 139.2 (2009): 249-272.

▪ "Mystery Inquisitors: Performance, Sacrilege, and Authority at Eleusis," Classical Antiquity 28.2 (2009): 211-247.

▪ "Works and Nights" (with R. Höschele), Cambridge Classical Journal 55 (2009): 59-72.

▪ "Invisible Kin: Works and Days 280-285 and the Myth of Races," Hermes. Zeitschrift für klassische Philologie 138.1 (2010): 1-21.

▪ "The Poetics of Exoleia in Homer," Mnemosyne. A Journal of Classical Studies 62 (2010): 353-380.

▪ "Haereditarium Piaculum: Aspects of Ancient Greek Religion in the 17th Century," Gewalt und Opfer. Im Dialog mit Walter Burkert, ed. A. Bierl and W. Braungart, Berlin: Walter de Gruyter (MEP 2) (2011): 115-148.

▪ "Une carte de mémoires: l'épigramme de Salmacis," Griechische Heiligtümer als Erinnerungsorte. Von der Archaik bis den Hellenismus, ed. M. Haake and M. Jung, Stuttgart: Franz Steiner Verlag (2012): 129-163.

▪ Ancestral Fault in Ancient Greece, Cambridge University Press (2013).

▪ Choral Mediations in Greek Tragedy, co-editor (with M. Hopman), Cambridge University Press (2013).

▪ "The Chorus in the Middle" (with M. Hopman), Choral Mediations in Greek Tragedy, ed. R. Gagné and M. Hopman, Cambridge University Press (2013): 1-35.

▪ "Dancing Letters: The Alphabetic Tragedy of Kallias," Choral Mediations in Greek Tragedy, ed. R. Gagné and M. Hopman, Cambridge University Press (2013): 282-307.

▪ Sacrifices humains. Perspectives croisées et représentations, co-editor (with P. Bonnechere), Presses Universitaires de Liège (Collection Religions: Comparatisme -- Histoire -- Anthropologie), 2013.

▪ "Le sacrifice humain : un phénomène au fil d'Ariane évanescent" (with P. Bonnechere), Sacrifices humains. Perspectives croisées et représentations, ed. P. Bonnechere and R. Gagné, Liège (2013): 7-20.

▪ "Zeus Laphystios and Athamas (Herodotus 7.197)," Sacrifices humains. Perspectives croisées et représentations, ed. P. Bonnechere and R. Gagné, Liège (2013): 101-118.

▪ "Poétiques de la chrèsmodie : l'oracle de Glaukos (Hérodote 6.86)," Kernos: Revue internationale et pluridisciplinaire de religion grecque ancienne 26 (2014): 95-109.

▪ "'How Should I Hymn You?' Literary Evidence: Poetry," The Oxford Handbook of Ancient Greek Religion, ed. Esther Eidinow and Julia Kindt, Oxford University Press (2015): 83-96.

▪ "La Catabase Aérienne de Thespésios : Le Statut du Récit," Les Études Classiques 83 (2015): 313-328.

▪ "The World in a Cup: Ekpomatics In and Out of the Symposium," The Cup of Song: Ancient Greek Poetry and the Symposium, ed. V. Cazzato, D. Obbink, and E. Prodi, Oxford University Press (2016): 207-229.

▪ "Who's afraid of Cypselus? Contested Theologies and Dynastic Anathēmata," Theologies of Ancient Greek Religion, ed. Esther Eidinow, Julia Kindt, Robin Osborne, Cambridge University Press (2016): 62-88.

▪ "Ideas, belief, unknowability: Euripides, Hippolytus 832–833 and 1379–1383," 'Reading' Greek Religion: Essays in Honor of Christiane Sourvinou-Inwood, ed. A. Kavoulaki, Rethymno (2017): 241-256.

▪ Regimes of Comparatism: Frameworks of Comparison in History, Religion and Anthropology, co-editor (with S. Goldhill and G. E. R. Lloyd), Leiden, Brill (2018).

▪ "Regimes of Comparatism," Regimes of Comparatism, ed. R. Gagné, S. Goldhill, and G. E. R. Lloyd, Leiden, Brill (2018): 1-17.

▪ "The Isis of Turin Affair," Regimes of Comparatism, ed. R. Gagné, S. Goldhill, and G. E. R. Lloyd, Leiden, Brill (2018): 210-243.

▪ "Hyperboreans, Arimaspians and Issedones: Mirages of Ethnicity and the Distant North in Book 4 of the Histories," Ethnicity in Herodotus, ed. T. Figueira and C. Soares, Routledge (2019): 85-102.

▪ "The Battle for the Irrational: Greek Religion 1920-1950," Rediscovering E. R. Dodds, ed. S. Harrison, C. Pelling, C. A. Stray, Oxford University Press (2019): 36-87.

▪ Les dieux d'Homère II. Anthropomorphismes, co-editor (with M. Herrero), De Boccard, Supplément Kernos (2019).

▪ "Sauver les dieux" (with M. Herrero), Les dieux d'Homère II. Anthropomorphismes, ed. R. Gagné and M. Herrero, De Boccard (2019): 7-42.

▪ "Les 'dieux semblables à des étrangers' (Odyssée XVII, 485-487)," Les dieux d'Homère II. Anthropomorphismes, ed. R. Gagné and M. Herrero, De Boccard (2019): 197-234.

▪ "Cosmic Choruses: Metaphor and Performance," Cosmos in the Ancient World, ed. P. S. Horky, Cambridge University Press (2019): 188-211.

▪ “Whose Handmaiden? 'Hellenization' Between Philology and Theology”, Philology's Shadow, ed. C. Conybeare and S. Goldhill, Oxford University Press (2020).

▪ “Sémantiques de l'épithète divine : origines et compétence”, Les dieux d'Homère III. Épithètes et épiclèses, ed. C. Bonnet and G. Pironti, De Boccard (2020).

▪ “Zeus Panomphaios : réécritures et traditions de l'exégèse ”, Les dieux d'Homère III. Épithètes et épiclèses, ed. C. Bonnet and G. Pironti, De Boccard (2020).

Upcoming events

Philology and Linguistics

Jan 29, 2020

1.11

Literature Seminar

Jan 29, 2020

G.21

Philosophy Seminar

Jan 30, 2020

1.11

Ancient History Seminar

Feb 03, 2020

G.21

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Details of how to apply for this Visiting Fellowship are now available online. The deadline for applications is 5pm GMT on Monday, 17th February 2020

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Details of this conference, being held in the Fisher Building, St John's College, 31 January - 1 February, are now available online

Ted Kenney

Jan 02, 2020

The Faculty is very sorry to have to report the death, aged 95, of Ted Kenney, Kennedy Professor of Latin (from 1974 to 1982), on December 23rd 2019.

Byvanck Chair of Classical Archaeology/Art History

Oct 30, 2019

The Faculty is delighted to announce that Professor Caroline Vout has been appointed to the Byvanck Chair of Classical Archaeology/Art History, a visiting professorship at the University of Leiden. The appointment is for five years from Michaelmas 2019.

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