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Classics Professor to Discuss Homer’s Heroes

September 21, 2016 – by Ohio Wesleyan University

Emily Austin will discuss 'Grief and the Hero' Oct. 6 at Ohio Wesleyan University.

Emily Austin to Take a New Look at Hector and Achilles Oct. 6 at Ohio Wesleyan 

DELAWARE, Ohio – Emily Austin, Ph.D., assistant professor of Classics at the University of Chicago, will discuss Homer’s epic heroes Oct. 6 at Ohio Wesleyan University. 

Austin will present “Grief and the Hero: A New Look at Hector and Achilles” at 4 p.m. in Room 330 of OWU’s Slocum Hall, 75 S. Sandusky St., Delaware. 

Austin holds a doctorate in Classics from Boston University and a bachelor’s degree in Classical Philology from the University of Dallas. She is a specialist in both the epic poetry of Homer and the tragic drama of Sophocles. Austin has been published in the New England Classical Journal and is working on a book tentatively titled “Grief, Anger, and the Iliadic Hero.” 

Austin is the first speaker in this year’s series of guest talks sponsored by Ohio Wesleyan’s Classics Program. Learn more about the program at

For more information about her presentation, contact Lee Fratantuono, Ph.D., director of the Classics Program, at

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