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Ellen Millender

Professor of Classics and Humanities
Classics Department
Division of Literature and Languages

Ellen G. Millender is Professor of Classics and Humanities at Reed College. She received a B.A. and M.A. in Classics from Brown University, a B.A. in Literae Humaniores from Oxford University, and a Ph.D. in the Graduate Group in Ancient History from the University of Pennsylvania. Professor Millender joined the Reed faculty in 2002, and she teaches Humanities 110 (the first-year humanities class), Greek and Latin at all levels, and courses in Greek and Roman history and historiography. Her research focuses on both the history of ancient Sparta and Athenian representations of Spartan society in the fifth and fourth centuries BCE. She has published articles on a wide range of topics in Spartan social, political, and intellectual history, including literacy, kingship, military organization, and sexual and gender mores. Professor Millender’s recent work includes chapters on Spartan women and kingship for the forthcoming Blackwell Companion to Sparta, a chapter entitled “The Greek Battlefield: Classical Sparta and the Spectacle of Hoplite Warfare” in The Topography of Violence in the Greco-Roman World (Michigan, forthcoming 2015), and another chapter, “Spartan State Terror: Violence, Humiliation, and the Reinforcement of Social Boundaries in Classical Sparta,” in the Brill Companion to Insurgency and Terrorism in the Ancient Mediterranean (Leiden, forthcoming 2015). She is also currently completing an edited volume entitled Unveiling Spartan Women and a monograph entitled The Strangest of the Greeks: The Spartans in the Democratic Athenian Imagination.

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