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Meredith E. Safran
Associate Professor of Classical Studies
Phone: (860) 297-4042 Office Location: Seabury Hall T-212
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Trinity College faculty member since 2012
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Ph.D., Princeton Univ. (2010)
M.A., Princeton Univ. (2006)
B.A., Columbia Univ. (1997)

Meredith E. Safran is Associate Professor of Classical Studies, specializing in Roman literature and culture and the reception of classical antiquity in modernity, especially in contemporary popular culture. She earned her Ph.D. from Princeton in 2010 with a dissertation on the construction of female civic identity in the foundational period of Roman history as recounted by the late Republican historiographer Livy. This project led to an investigation of divergent representations of the "rape of the Sabine women" episode in antiquity and modernity, the beginning of her interest in classical reception studies.

Professor Safran is the co-editor (with Monica S. Cyrino) of Classical Myth on Screen (Palgrave, 2015) and the co-editor (with Laurel Fulkerson) of a 2015 special issue of Classical Journal, Roman Comedy: Performance, Pedagogy, Research. She is also the editor of Screening the Golden Ages of the Classical Tradition in the "Screening Antiquity" seriesĀ  of Edinburgh University Press (2019). In addition to contributing to her own edited volumes, her work has also appeared in Screening Love and Sex in the Ancient World (ed. Monica S. Cyrino, Palgrave, 2013), the Companion to Ancient Greece and Rome on Screen (ed. Arthur J. Pomeroy, Wiley, 2017) and Epic Heroes on Screen (edd. Antony Augoustakis and Stacie Raucci, Edinburgh, 2018). She is currently completing a monograph titled Battlestar Galactica: An American Aeneid for the 21st Century for Edinburgh's "Screening Antiquity" series.

Professor Safran's work on civic institutions and identities informs her opinion that the classroom should be a collaborative environment that takes an anthropological approach to the study of the ancient Mediterranean world, and reception of classical antiquity throughout Western history. Only by unpacking the reverential attitude that the classical tradition commands can we understand the dominant cultural forms and attitudes that shaped much of history until recent times.