Welcoming new Classics faculty (1): Timothy Power

This September Timothy Power—who taught Classics from 2001 through 2008 at the University of Washington—joins the Rutgers faculty as a tenure-track assistant professor. A graduate of Yale (BA 1994) and Harvard (Ph.D. 2001), Power spent academic year 2006/7 as a Fellow of the Center for Hellenic Studies in Washington DC.

Power is the author of The Culture of Kitharoidia (Center for Hellenic Studies/Harvard University Press 2007) —”the first study dedicated exclusively to the art, practice, and charismatic persona of the citharode”, i.e., a poet-performer who sang while accompanying himself to the ancient lyre called the kithara—as well as several substantial articles and chapters on ancient Greek music and poetics.

Plans for this summer? “I”ve recently finished revisions of a paper on Pindar’s Eighth Paean, which explains how choral dancers are like automata, among other wondrous things. It will appear soon in a volume devoted to choral song and performance edited by Lucia Athanassaki and Ewen Bowie.

I am beginning work now on my contribution to the new Brill Companion to Sophocles (“Sophocles and Music”). That and continued work on my ongoing book project, Sounds of the City: The Cultural Acoustics of Classical Athens, should keep me occupied during this gorgeous Seattle summer.”

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