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University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
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ancient greece, ancient rome, environmental history, ancient science, ancient technology, ancient medicine, women, gender, race, ethnicity, natural history museums
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About Me

Clara Bosak-Schroeder is an Assistant Professor of Classics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and an affiliate of History, Medieval Studies, Comparative and World Literature, and the Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory.

Clara works at the intersection of classics and the environmental humanities, investigating tiny robotic theaters, giant elephant puppets, and hairy women.

Her book project, Other Natures, argues that Greek descriptions of other peoples reveal Greek environmental values. A second project investigates how contemporary artists work with and challenge antiquity.

Clara’s research has won support from the Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities and the Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory at UIUC. She is also a 2018-2020 LEAP scholar.

Recent Publications

“The Ecology of Health in Herodotus, Dicaearchus, and Agatharchides,” in The Routledge Handbook of Identity and the Environment in the Classical and Medieval Worlds. (Rebecca Futo Kennedy and Molly Jones-Lewis eds.) Routledge: 29-44 (2016).

“The Religious Life of Greek Automata,” Archiv für Religionsgeschichte 1 (2016): 123-136.

(with Arthur Verhoogt) “Thucydides, Historiae 62.5-63.2 (P.Mich. inv. 5413 (a) Front; TM nr. 131625),” BASP 55 (2018) 7-12.

“Making Specimens in the Periplus of Hanno and its Imperial Tradition,” AJP 1 (2019) 67-100.

Other Natures: Environmental Encounters with Ancient Greek Ethnography. UC Press: 2020 (forthcoming)

Media Coverage
Country Focus
Ancient Greece
Expertise by Geography
Expertise by Chronology
Ancient, Medieval
Expertise by Topic
Disability, Environment, Gender, Medicine, Museums, Pedagogy, Race, Science, Sexuality, Technology, Women