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Brown University
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Athens, Greece, ancient Greece, classical antiquity, archaeodiplomacy, Modern Greek Studies
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About Me

Johanna Hanink took her PhD in Classics from the University of Cambridge (Queens’ College). Her work in Classics focuses on classical Athens, particularly on the cultural life of the city’s fourth century BCE. She is especially interested in the construction and reception (in both antiquity and more modern times) of the idea of the ancient ‘Greek miracle’. Some of her work touches on the points of contact between modern politics and ideas about ancient Greece, and antiquity more generally.

She is a translator of Modern as well as Ancient Greek.

Recent Publications


Andreas Karkavitsas: The Archeologist and Selected Sea Stories (Penguin Classics forthcoming December 2021)

How to Think about War: An Ancient Guide to Foreign Policy (Princeton 2019; a small volume of newly-translated speeches from Thucydides, with introductions and notes)

The Classical Debt: Greek Antiquity in an Era of Austerity (Harvard 2017)

Lycurgan Athens and the Making of Classical Tragedy (Cambridge 2014)

Some public-facing articles:

Even the Ancient Greeks Thought Their Best Days Were History, Aeon

Why Don’t More Women Write ‘Big Books’? Chronicle of Higher Education

A New Path for ClassicsChronicle of Higher Education

(With Yung In Chae) Socrates Wants You to Tidy Up, TooNew York Times

On Not Knowing (Modern) Greek, Eidolon

It’s Time to Embrace Critical Classical Reception, Eidolon

Media Coverage
Country Focus
Expertise by Geography
Mediterranean, United States
Expertise by Chronology
Expertise by Topic
Higher Ed, Literary History