Modern Greek Studies Association

Dr. Louis A. Ruprecht Jr.

William M. Suttles Chair in Religious Studies
Director of the Center for Hellenic Studies

Georgia State University

Department of Religious Studies


PhD, Emory University Graduate Division of Religion (1990)

MA, Duke Divinity School, Theology and Ethics (1985)

BA, Duke University, Religion major, Physics minor (1983)

Principal Publications


Reach without Grasping: Anne Carson’s Classical Desires (forthcoming in Bloomsbury Academic's new Classical Receptions Series).

Report on the Aeginetan Sculptures with Historical Supplements (by Johann Martin Wagner and Friedrich Schelling) (Albany, NY: State University of New York [SUNY] Press, 2017); paperback released January 2018.

Classics at the Dawn of the Museum Era: The Life and Times of Antoine Chrysostome Quatremère de Quincy (1755-1849) (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014).

Winckelmann and the Vatican’s First Profane Museum (New York: Palgrave MacMillan, 2011).

Was Greek Thought Religious? On the Use and Abuse of Hellenism, From Rome to Romanticism (New York: Palgrave MacMillan, 2002).

Symposia: Plato, the Erotic and Moral Value (Albany, NY: SUNY Press, 1999).

Afterwords: Hellenism, Modernism, and the Myth of Decadence (Albany, NY: SUNY, 1996).

Tragic Posture and Tragic Vision: Against the Modern Failure of Nerve (New York: Continuum, 1994).


Contributing Editor for "Subterranean Histories: Constantine Cavafy and the Poetics of Memory," Studies in the Literary Imagination 48.2 (2015), with Jane Alison, Aikaterina Grigoriadou, Gregory Jusdanis, Michael Lippman, Anne McClanan, Orhan Pamuk, Gonda Van Steen.


“We Never Got the Joke: Comedy and Tragedy in Modern Politics,” a review of Angus Fletcher, Comic Democracies: From Ancient Athens to the American Republic (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2016), Arion, Third Series 25.1 (2017): 173-211

“The Agony of Inclusion: Historical Greece and European Myth,” Arion, 3rd Series 24.1 (2016): 65-86

“Myths of the Academy: Greek Studies as a Form of Humanistic Enquiry,” Journal of Modern Greek Studies 33.1 (2015): 37-56

“Greek Exercises: The Modern Olympics as Hellenic Appropriation and Reinvention,” Thesis Eleven 93 (2008): 72-87

“The South as Tragic Landscape,” Thesis Eleven 85 (2006): 37-63

“By the Waters of Delphi: Durrell, Kazantzakis, Achilles’ Fiancée and the Idea of Greece,” a review of Alki Zei, Achilles’ Fiancée, translated by Gail Holst-Warhaft (Athens: Kedros Publications, 1991), in Soundings 83.2 (2000): 331-360

“The Virtue of Courage: The Penultimacy of the Political,” Soundings 83.3/4 (2000): 635-668

“Classics at the Millennium: An Outsider’s Survey of a Discipline,” Soundings 82.1/2 (1999): 241-276

“Homeric Wisdom and Heroic Friendship,” South Atlantic Quarterly 97.1 (1998): 29-64

“Hellenism On Display,” Journal of Modern Greek Studies 15 (1997): 247-260

“On Being Greek or Jewish in the Modern Moment,” a review of Vassilis Lambropoulos, The Rise of Eurocentrism: Anatomy of Interpretation (The Princeton University Press, 1993), in Diaspora 3.2 (1994): 199-220


“Finding and Losing One’s Way: Eros and the Other in Greek Tragedy and Philosophy,” in Sarah LaChance Adams, Caroline Lundquist and Christopher Davidson, eds., New Philosophies of Sex and Love: Thinking Through Desire (London: Rowman & Littlefield, 2017), 15-34

“Making It Real: Winckelmann, the Vatican’s Museo Profano, and the Art of Pagan Display,” in Davor Džalto, ed., Religion and Realism (Cambridge Scholars Press, 2016) , 129-148

“Caught Between Enlightenment and Romanticism: On the Complex Relation of Religious, Ethnic and Civic Identity in a Modern ‘Museum Culture’,” in Rethinking Islamic Studies: From Orientalism to Cosmopolitanism, Carl W. Ernst and Richard C. Martin, eds. (Columbia, SC: University of South Carolina Press, 2010), 203-223


Odysseas Elytis's "Diary From an April, As Yet Unseen" [1984], in Arion, Third Series 12.2 (2004): 67-103.

Department of Anthropology, Box 3998
Center for Hellenic Studies, Box 5060
Georgia State University
Atlanta, GA 30302-5060

(404) 413-6122

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Areas of Specialization

Philosophical and Comparative Religious Ethics
Democratic and Political Theory
Theories of Tragedy
Nineteenth Century Intellectual History
The Ancient and Modern Olympics
The History of Art and Museums

Courses Taught in Modern Greek Studies

Greek Mythology
Anthropology of Religion
Tragedy and Comedy
The Archaeology of the Olympics
Theories of Democracy, Secularism and Religion
Cultures of Display: Archaeology, Museums and Nationalism

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