mcls Larson

Jennifer Larson

Professor of Classics
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Ph.D. Classics, University of Wisconsin-Madison, M.A. Classics; University of Wisconsin-Madison, B.A. Ancient Greek and English, Mercer University


Greek poetry, ancient Mediterranean religions, Gender and sexuality in Antiquity


  • 2019. Nature gods, nymphs and the cognitive science of religion. In T. Scheer ed., Natur – Mythos – Religion im antiken Griechenland. Stuttgart: Franz Steiner Verlag. 71-85.
  • 2019. Herakles and Hermes. In J. F. Miller and J. S. Clay eds.,Tracking Hermes, pursuing Mercury, Oxford University Press. 49-64.
  • 2019. Urbs antiqua fuit. Brian Friel’s use of epic in "Translations." International Journal of the Classical Tradition, June 24.
  • 2018. A response: Does a cognitive approach challenge prevailing models of Greek religion? Journal of Cognitive Historiography 4.1, 53-59.
  • 2016. Understanding Greek religion: A cognitive approach. London and New York: Routledge.
  • 2014. Sexuality in Greek and Roman religion. In Thomas K. Hubbard, ed. A companion to Greek and Roman sexualities. Wiley-Blackwell. 214-29.
  • 2013. Greece. In Barbette Spaeth, ed., The Cambridge companion to ancient Mediterranean religions. Cambridge University Press: Cambridge and New York. 136-56.
  • 2012. Greek and Roman sexualities: A sourcebook. Edited and translated by J. Larson. London: Bloomsbury/Continuum.
  • 2011. Bilingual Inscriptions and translation in antiquity. In Siobhan McElduff and Enrica Sciarrino eds., A Sea of Languages: Complicating the History of Western Translation. Leiden: Brill. 50-61.
  • 2009. Votive arms and armor in the sanctuaries of goddesses: An empirical approach. Kernos Supplement 23.123-33.
  • 2009. Dangerous brides: Nymphs in the paintings of Hans Meertens. In O. Lindboe and H. Meertens eds., Sweet fever: The art of Hans Meertens. Copenhagen: Art 75. 43-4.
  • 2009. The singularity of Herakles. In Heroes: Mortals and myths in ancient Greece. (Exhibit Catalogue). Baltimore: The Walters Art Museum and Yale University Press. 31-8.
  • 2007. Ancient Greek cults: A guide. New York and London: Routledge
  • 2007. A land full of gods: Nature deities in Greek religion. In D. Ogden ed, A Companion to Greek Religion. Malden, MA and Oxford: Blackwell. 56-70.
  • 2005. Lugalbanda and Hermes. Classical Philology 100.1,1-16.
  • 2004. Paul’s Masculinity. Journal of Biblical Literature 123.1, 85-97.
  • 2002. Corinna and the daughters of Asopus. Syllecta Classica 13.47-62.
  • 2001. Greek Nymphs: Myth, cult, lore. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press.
  • 1997. Handmaidens of Artemis? Classical Journal 92.3, 249-57.
  • 1997. Astacides the Goatherd (Callimachus Ep. 22 Pf.). Classical Philology 92.2, 131-37.
  • 1995. The Corycian nymphs and the Homeric Hymn to Hermes. Greek, Roman and Byzantine Studies 36.4, 341-57.
  • 1995. Greek heroine cults. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press.


Society for Classical Studies, Women’s Classical Caucus of the SCS, Classical Association of the Midwest and South, Society for Ancient Mediterranean Religions, International Association for the Cognitive Science of Religion