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Alexander Hall (Ph.D, University of Wisconsin-Madison) is Lecturer in Classical Studies.  He teaches introductory Latin, classical mythology, and a variety of courses on the literature, culture, and history of ancient Greece and Rome.

Dr. Hall’s research focuses on Greek poetry of the archaic period (c. 800-450 BCE).  In this period can be found the origins of much of our literary, philosophical, and scientific thought, making the study of its culture particularly fruitful.  More specifically, he is studying the history of the Homeric Hymns, a group of poems dedicated to the Greek gods and attributed in antiquity to the same author as the Iliad and Odyssey.  He is also interested in the unique ideology to be found in the poetry of Sappho and other female authors, particularly as it concerns the institution of marriage.


  • Review of Thalia Delighting in Song: Essays on Ancient Greek Poetry, by Emmet I. Robbins (ed. Bonnie MacLachlan), Classical Review 64 (2014): 341-343.
  • “Dating the Homeric Hymn to Selene: Evidence and Implications,” Greek, Roman, and Byzantine Studies 53 (2013): 15-30.
  • “‘And Cytherea Smiled:’ Sappho, Hellenistic Poetry, and Virgil’s Allusive Mechanics,” American Journal of Philology 132 (2011): 615-631.



  • “Whose Hymns? The Architecture and Authorship of the Homeric Hymn Collection,” SCS Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA, January 2016
  • “Most Beautiful: Xenophon’s Debate with Sappho,” CAMWS Annual Meeting, Boulder, CO, March 2015
  • “Intertext Without Text? The Homeric Hymn to the Dioscuri and its Sources,” CAMWS Annual Meeting, Iowa City, IA, April 2013
  • “Love and Marriage in Corinna’s Daughters of Asopus (PMG 654),” CAMWS Annual Meeting, Baton Rouge, LA, March 2012
  • “‘Begin (or Rule) my Song:’ Gods and Literature in the Homeric Hymns,” Encountering the Divine: Between Gods and Men in the Ancient World, University of Reading, Reading, UK, September 2011
  • “Dating the Homeric Hymn to Selene: Evidence and Implications,” APA Annual Meeting, San Antonio, TX, January 2011


Office: 2114 Pearson Hall

Phone: (515) 294-7475
Email: aewhall@iastate.edu