Margaret FosterMargaret Foster

  • Assistant Professor, Department of Classical Studies


  • B.A. at Vassar College, 1999
  • M.A. at University of California, Berkeley, 2003
  • Ph.D. at University of California, Berkeley, 2010

Research Interests

  • Greek Literature and Culture
  • Greek Religion
  • Archaic Greek poetry, especially Pindar and Bacchylides

Contact Information

Ballantine Hall, Room 568


My research focuses primarily on Greek culture and poetry of the archaic and classical periods, in particular the poetry of Pindar and Bacchylides. One of my main interests is exploring archaic and classical representations of the relationship between religion and travel. My current book project, The Cultural Imaginary of Manteia, seeks to elucidate Greek cultural fantasies about seers and seercraft. Moving beyond viewing seers merely as specialists in divination, I am concerned with investigating the other qualities Greeks attributed to seers and the range of ventures, many involving travel, in which Greeks envisioned their seers participating. Other projects include a study of the intersections between Greek seers and another type of expert traveler, the theôros (religious envoy), and the influence of Pindar’s paians on Horace’s characterization of the rites of the Roman Salii.

Courses Recently Taught

  • Ancient Greek Culture
  • Classical Mythology
  • Intermediate Greek (Homer)
  • Advanced Greek (Euripides)