Kathryn Morgan
Kathryn Morgan
Classical Greek Literature, Greek Intellectual History
Office: Dodd 240A


In spite of my unusual accent I received my BA degree from Bryn Mawr College and my PhD from the University of California, Berkeley. I taught four years at the Ohio State University before joining the UCLA faculty in 1996. My interests range broadly over Greek literature of the fifth and fourth centuries BC. I teach graduate seminars in Attic tragedy, Pindar and Greek lyric, and Plato, and my research oscillates between projects connected with Plato and with Pindar. The former is represented by my 2000 book Myth and Philosophy from the Presocratics to Plato, and by my ongoing involvement in the series Studies in Ancient Greek Narrative (published by Brill), where I am responsible for the chapters covering Plato. Pindar is the subject of my most recent book, Pindar and the Construction of Syracusan Monarchy in the Fifth Century B.C. (Oxford and New York, 2015), where I examine Pindar’s victory odes for Hieron of Syracuse and the program of tyrannical self-representation to which they contribute.


Curriculum Vitae


Bryn Mawr College, B.A. Greek and Latin (summa cum laude), 1982.

U. C. Berkeley, M.A. Greek, 1984. Ph.D. in Classics May 1991.

American School of Classical Studies at Athens: Regular Member 1988-1989. Associate Member 1989-1990.

Academic Employment:

Assistant, Associate, Full Professor of Classics, University of California at Los Angeles, 1995-present.
Assistant Professor of Classics, The Ohio State University, 1991-1995.

Fellowships and Awards:

Visiting Spinoza Researcher, University of Leiden, Fall 2012.

Stanley Kelley, Jr., Visiting Professor for Distinguished Teaching in Classics, Princeton University, 2007-2008.
Loeb Classical Library Foundation Fellowship, 2005-2006.
American Philological Association Distinguished Teaching Award, 2004.
UCLA Distinguished Teaching Award, 2004.
Visiting Senior Research Fellow, Jesus College, Oxford, 1999-2000.
George A. and Eliza Gardner Howard Foundation Fellowship, 1999-2000.
University of California President’s Research Fellowship in the Humanities, 1999-2000.


Myth and Philosophy from the Presocratics to Plato.  Cambridge: Cambridge University Press 2000.

Editor of and contributor to Popular Tyranny.  Sovereignty and its Discontents in Ancient Greece.  Austin: University of Texas Press, 2003.

Pindar and the Construction of Syracusan Monarchy in the Fifth Century B.C. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 2015.

Articles, Book Chapters, and Encyclopedia Entries:

“Solon in Plato.” In Solon in the Making: The Early Reception in the Fifth and Fourth Centuries, edited by Maria Noussia and Gregory Nagy.  Forthcoming from de Gruyter, 2105.

“Autochthony and Identity in Greek Myth.” In A Companion to Greek Democracy and the Roman Republic, edited by D. Hammer. Chichester, West Sussex: John Wiley & Sons, 2015: 67-82.

“Praise and Performance in Plato’s Laws.”  In Mousikē, Performance and Culture in Plato’s Laws, edited by A. Peponi.  Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013: 265-293. 

“Imaginary Kings: Visions of Monarchy in Sicilian Literature from Pindar to Theokritos.” In Sicily: Art and Invention between Greece and Rome, edited by Claire L. Lyons, Michael Bennett, and Clemente Marconi.  Los Angeles: Getty Publications, 2013: 98-105.

“Plato.” In Space in Ancient Greek Literature.  Studies in Ancient Greek Narrative, Volume Three, edited by I. J. F. de Jong.  Leiden: Brill, 2012: 415-437.

“Plato and the Stability of History.” In Greek Notions of the Past in the Archaic and Classical Eras. History Without Historians, edited by J. Marincola, L. Llewellyn-Jones and C. Maciver.  Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2012: 227-252.

“A Prolegomenon to Performance in the West.” In Theater Outside Athens, edited by K. Bosher.  Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012: 35-55.

“Inspiration.” In The Continuum Companion to Plato, edited by G. Press.  London & New York: Continuum Publishing, 2012: 182-184.

“Theriomorphism and the Composite Soul in Plato.” In Platonic Myths: Uses and Statuses, edited by Catherine Collobert, Pierre Destrée, and Francisco J. Gonzalez. Leiden: Brill, 2012: 323-342.

“Inspiration, Recollection, and Mimēsis in Plato’s Phaedrus.”  In Ancient Models of Mind. Studies in Human and Divine Rationality, edited by Andrea Nightingale and David Sedley. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010: 45-63.

“The Voice of Authority: Divination and Plato’s Phaedo.” Classical Quarterly 60 (2010): 63-81.

“Narrative Orders in the Timaeus and Critias.” In One Book, The Whole Universe: Plato’s Timaeus Today, edited by Richard D. Mohr and Barbara Sattler.  Las Vegas: Parmenides Publishing, 2010: 267-285.

“Philosophy at Delphi: Socrates, Sages, and the Circulation of Wisdom.” In Apolline Politics and Poetics, edited by L. Athanassaki, R. Martin, and J. Miller. Athens 2009: 549-68.

“Generic Ethics and the Problem of Badness in Pindar.” In KAKOS: Badness and Anti-value in Classical Antiquity, edited by R. Rosen and I. Sluiter.  Leiden: Brill, 2008: 29-57.

“Plato.” In Time in Ancient Greek Literature.  Studies in Ancient Greek Narrative, Volume Two, edited by I. J. F. de Jong and R. Nünlist. Leiden: Brill, 2007: 345-368.

“Xenophon.” In Time in Ancient Greek Literature.  Studies in Ancient Greek Narrative, Volume Two, edited by I. J. F. de Jong and R. Nünlist. Leiden: Brill, 2007: 369-382.

“Plato.” In Narrators, Narratees, and Narratives in Ancient Greek Literature.  Studies in Ancient Greek Narrative, Volume One, edited by I. J. F. de Jong, R. Nünlist, and A. M. Bowie.  Leiden: Brill, 2004: 357-376.

“The Education of Athens: Politics and Rhetoric in Isocrates (and Plato).” In Isocrates and Civic Education, edited by D. Depew and T. Poulakos. Austin: University of Texas Press, 2004: 125-154

“Plato’s Dream: Philosophy and Fiction in the Theaetetus.” In The Ancient Novel and Beyond, edited by M. Zimmerman, S. Panayotakis, and W. Keulen.  Leiden: Brill, 2003: 101-113

“Comments on Gill.” In New Perspectives on Plato, Ancient and Modern, edited by J. Annas and C. Rowe.  Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2002: 173-187.

“Designer History: Plato’s Atlantis Story and Fourth-Century Ideology.” Journal of Hellenic Studies 118 (1998): 101-118.

“An Athenian Dedication to Herakles at Panopeus.” Co author with J. Camp, M. Ierardi, J. McInerney, G. Umholtz. Hesperia 66 (1997): 261-9.

“Apollo’s Favorites.” Greek, Roman, and Byzantine Studies 35 (1994): 121-143.

“Socrates and Gorgias at Delphi and Olympia. Phaedrus 235d6-236b4.” Classical Quarterly 44 (1994): 375-86.

“Pindar the Professional and the Rhetoric of the κῶμος.” Classical Philology 88 (1993): 1-15.

“A Trophy from the Battle of Chaironeia of 86 B.C.” Co-author with J. Camp, M. Ierardi, J. McInerney, G. Umholtz. American Journal of Archaeology 96 (1992): 443-455.


Nancy Worman, Abusive Mouths in Classical Athens.  Rhetorica 30 (2012): 451-454.

Bruno Currie, Pindar and the Cult of HeroesHermathena 185 (2008): 135-140.

A. Michelini, ed. Plato as Author.  The Rhetoric of PhilosophyClassical Review 56 (2006): 296-298.

R. Blondell, The Play of Character in Plato’s Dialogues. Classical World 99.1 (2005): 92-93.

Christopher Rocco. Tragedy and Enlightenment. Athenian Political Thought and the Dilemmas of Modernity. Comparative Drama 33.2 (1999): 299-302.

Louise Pratt, Lying and Poetry from Homer to Pindar in Bryn Mawr Classical Review 5.6 (1994): 535-540.

Mary R. Lefkowitz, First Person Fictions. Pindar’s Poetic ‘I’ in Bryn Mawr Classical Review 3.2 (1992): 139-145.

Select Papers Presented:

“Epic and Comedy in Plato’s Protagoras.” For International Symposium on Plato’s Poetics at Beijing International Studies University, Beijing, September 2014.

“Quasi-philosophical inference and mythological cosmos in Plato’s Gorgias and Statesman.” For L’interprétation philosophique des mythes religieux, Université Paris-Sorbonne, June 2014.

“Plato’s Goat-Stags and the Uses of Comparison.” For Plato and the Power of Images, Leuven and Louvain la Neuve, February, 2014.

“Paying the Price: Contextualizing Exchange in Phaedo 69a-c (and Elsewhere).”  For Analytic Philosophy and Ancient Philosophy at St Anne’s College, Oxford, October 2013.

“Pindar’s Olympian 1 and the Taste for Flesh.” At the University of Pennsylvania, September 2013.

“Princes and Generals: Simonides and the Diplomacy of Victory.”  For Simonides Lyricus, at Cambridge University, September 2011.

“Saving the Myth: Atlantis and the Philosophies of Preservation.” For Writing Down the Myths: The Construction of Mythology in Classical and Medieval Traditions, at UCLA, April 2009.

“Domesticating Invective in Plato’s Laws.”  For Savage Words: Invective as a Literary Genre, at UCLA, February 2009.

“Plato’s Sympotic Elegists in Laws, Books 1 and 2.” At the AIA/APA Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, January 2009.

“A Public Affair: The Space of Politics between Thucydides and Plato.”  For Mind, Might, Money: The Secular Triad in Golden Age Athens, (Symposium Laureoticum), Sounion, Greece, July 2006.

“Talking to Tyrants: Pindar and the Construction of Sicilian Monarchy.” Inaugural Bertrand Lecture at San Francisco State University, November 2005.

“Pindaric Geographies.”  Keynote Address for Imaginary Landscapes: Discourses on Space and Places of the Imaginary, a graduate student conference at Johns Hopkins University, September 2005.

“Speeches of Persuasive Charm: The Ambiguities of Therapy in Plato and Isocrates.” For The Interface between Philosophy and Rhetoric in Classical Athens, an international conference at the University of Rethymno, Crete, October 2004.

“Passion and the Philosophical Life” Kimball Lecture in Classics and General Studies. Whitman College, October 2003.

“Philosophy at Delphi: Sages, Socrates, and the Circulation of Wisdom.”  For Apolline Politics and Poetics, an International Symposium at the European Cultural Center of Delphi, July 2003.

“Pindar’s Audiences.”  A public lecture at the Netherlands Institute in Athens, April 2003.

“The Tyranny of the Audience in Plato and Isocrates” for the conference “Popular Tyranny” at UCLA, March 1998, and at Cambridge University, June 1998.

“Reading Out of Context:  The Speech of Lysias in Plato’s Phaedrus” at the AIA/APA Annual Meeting, Chicago, Illinois, December 1997.

“Sex and Patriotism in Classical Athens” for the California Classical Association at San Diego University, October 1997.

“The Voice of Pindar in Horace, Odes 4.2” at Loyola College, Baltimore, April 1996.


Member of the Board of Directors of the American Philological Association, 2011-2014
Director of Graduate Programs, Classics Department, UCLA, 2010-.
Chair of the Teaching Excellence Awards Committee of the American Philological Association, 2010-2011.
Member, Program Committee of the American Philological Association, 2005-2007.
Director of Graduate Programs, Classics Department, UCLA, 2000-2005.
Member of the Managing Committee of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens, 2000-present.
Chair, Divisional Committee on Rules and Jurisdiction at UCLA, 2001-2002.