Classics Department

Ellen Millender

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Associate Professor of Classics
Greek and Roman history, Archaic and Classical Sparta, women in the ancient world
ellen.millender@reed.edu

On campus:
ETC 216
Phone: x7667

Off campus:
Professor Ellen Millender
Department of Classics
Reed College
Portland, OR 97202
Phone: 503-517-7667
Fax: 503-777-7769

Education and Experience

I received a BA and MA in Classics from Brown Univerity in 1986, a second BA (and gratuitous MA)in Literae Humaniores from Oxford University in 1989, and my Ph.D. in Ancient History from the University of Pennsylvania in 1996. After teaching at Bowdoin College and the University of Iowa, I came to Reed in 2002 and received tenure in 2005.

Courses 2010-2011

Fall 2010
Classics 373/History 393: The Rise of the Roman Empire, 264 BCE – 14 CE
Humanities 110

Spring 2011
Classics 375/History 395: Barbarians in the Ancient World

Publications and Papers

Books:

Editor, Unveiling Spartan Women. Swansea: Classical Press of Wales, forthcoming 2011.

Articles:

"Spartan 'Friendship' and Xenophon's Crafting of the Anabasis." In C. Tuplin, ed., Xenophon: Ethical Principle and Historical Enquiry, forthcoming.

"Women Behind the Throne: Wealth, Kingship, and the Making of Spartan Female Political Power." In E. Millender, ed., Unveiling Spartan Women. Swansea: Classical Press of Wales, forthcoming 2011.

"Spartan Women." In A. Powell, ed., A Companion to Sparta. Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell, forthcoming 2011.

"Sparta's Kings." In A. Powell, ed., A Companion to Sparta. Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell, forthcoming 2011.

"Foxes at Home, Lions Abroad: Spartan Commanders in Xenophon's Anabasis." In N. Richer and A. Powell, eds., Xenophon and Sparta. Swansea: Classical Press of Wales, forthcoming 2011.

"The Spartan Dyarchy: A Comparative Perspective." In S. Hodkinson, ed., Sparta: Comparative Approaches and Classical Tradition, 1-67. Swansea: Classical Press of Wales, 2009.

"The Politics of Spartan Mercenary Service." In S. Hodkinson and A. Powell, eds., Sparta and War, 235-66. Swansea: Classical Press of Wales, 2006.

"Herodotus and Spartan Despotism." In A. Powell and S. Hodkinson, eds., Sparta: Beyond the Mirage, 1-61. Swansea and London: Classical Press of Wales and Duckworth, 2002.

"Νόμος Δεσπότης: Spartan Obedience and Athenian Lawfulness in Fifth-Century Greek Thought." In E. Robinson and V. Gorman, eds., Oikistes: Studies in Constitutions, Colonies, and Military Power in the Ancient World Offered in Honor of A. J. Graham, 33-59. Leiden: Brill, 2002.

"Spartan Literacy Revisited," Classical Antiquity 20 (2001), 121-64.

"Athenian Ideology and the Empowered Spartan Woman." In S. Hodkinson and A. Powell, eds., Sparta: New Perspectives, 355-91. London and Swansea: Duckworth and the Classical Press of Wales, 1999.

Works in Progress:

The Strangest of the Greeks:  The Spartans in the Democratic Athenian Imagination (book manuscript).

"Cynisca's Heroization and the Challenges of Spartan Kingship," forthcoming.

Book Reviews:

Review of N. Luraghi and S. E. Alcock, eds., Helots and Their Masters in Laconia and Messenia:  Histories, Ideologies, Structures (Cambridge, Mass., 2003), in the Bryn Mawr Classical Review, 2005.06.26.

Review of L. Llewellyn-Jones, Aphrodite’s Tortoise:  The Veiled Woman of Ancient Greece (Swansea, 2003), in the Bryn Mawr Classical Review, 2004.06.09.

Review of S. Hodkinson, Property and Wealth in Classical Sparta (London, 2000), in the Bryn Mawr Classical Review, 2001.07.26.

Invited Lectures:

"The Spartans 'at Sea'," Great is the Power of the Sea: The Power of Sea and Sea Powers in the Greek World of the Archaic and Classical Periods, Sponsored by Sosipolis: The International Institute for Ancient Hellenic History, Pyrgos, Greece, May 2010.

"The Women Behind (or Above?) the Spartan Throne," Lewis and Clark College, April 28, 2009.

"The Politics of Heroization in Classical Sparta," Honouring the Dead in the Peloponnese, Sparta, Greece, April 2009.

"Thucydides and Sparta," Centre for Spartan and Peloponnesian Studies Colloquium, University of Nottingham, February 24, 2009.

"The Importance of Classics in Today's World," The American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association Annual District Convention, Portland Oregon, May 31, 2008.

"Kingly Kings and Powerful Queens: Diadochic Influence on the Spartan Dyarchy," Sparta: Comparative Approaches and Classical Tradition, Nottingham, Great Britain, September 2007.

"Foxes at Home, Lions Abroad: Spartan Commanders in Xenophon's Anabasis," Xénophon et Sparte, Lyon, France, July 2006.

"Dynastic Politics and the Fashioning of Sparta's Gynecocracy," Sparta and Lakonia from Prehistory to Premodern, Sparta, Greece, March 2005.

"Women Behind the Throne: Wealth, Kingship, and the Spartan Gynecocracy," AIA Lecture, Portland State University, October 2004.

"The Politics of Spartan Mercenary Service," Sparta and War, Rennes, France, September 2004.

"Dynastic Politics and Female Political Activity in Classical and Hellenistic Sparta," Classics Colloquium, Bryn Mawr College, November 2003.

"Women Behind the Throne: Wealth, Kingship and the Making of Spartan Female Political Power," Classics Department Colloquium, University of Pennsylvania, October 2003.

"Fifth-Century Models of Spartan Kingship: Menelaus, Pausanias, and Cleomenes," Ancient History Faculty Seminar, Cambridge University, July 2003.

"Thucydides' Pausanias and Spartan Despotism," Departments of Classics and History, University of Wisconsin-Madison, March 2001.

"Herodotus and Spartan Despotism," International Conference on Ancient Sparta, National University of Ireland, Maynooth, Ireland, September 2000.

"Sthenelaidas and the Construction of Spartan Silence: Thucydides 1.86," Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, Iowa State University, March 2000.

"Gender Politics in Ancient Sparta," Classics Department Colloquium, Rutgers University, February 1998.

"Athenian Ideology and the Empowered Spartan Woman," Sparta: New Perspectives, University of Wales and the University of Manchester, Hay-on-Wye, Wales, September 1997.

Conference Papers and Panels:

"Cynisca's Heroization and the Contestation of Charismatic Power in Fourth-Century Sparta," Joint Meeting of the Classical Association of the Pacific Northwest and the Classical Association of the Canadian West, University of Washington, Seattle, Wash., March, 2010.

"Spartan Imperialism and Xenophon's Crafting of the Anabasis," Xenophon: Ethical Principle and Historical Enquiry, Liverpool, England, July 2009.

"Thucydides and Spartan Political Development," Fifth Celtic Conference in Classics, Cork, Ireland, July 2008.

Co-organizer and Co-Chair of Panels, "Herodotus and Sparta" and "Thucydides and Sparta," Fifth Celtic Conference in Classics, Cork, Ireland, July 2008.

"Archidamus II's Intelligence: A Reassessment," Classical Association of the Pacific Northwest, Portland, Oregon, March 2006.

"The 'Manly' Women of Hellenistic Sparta: Wealth, Kingship, and Diadochic Influence on Female Political Power," joint colloquium of the American Philological Association and the Archaeological Institute of America, Boston, Mass., January 2005.

Co-Organizer and Co-Chair of Panel, "How Hellenistic was Hellenistic Sparta? Continuity, Change, and Intercultural Contact in Third-century Laconia," joint colloquium of the American Philological Association and the Archaeological Institute of America, Boston, Mass., January 2005.

"Νόμιμα ἀρχαιότροπα καὶ ἄμεικτα: Spartan Kingship in Book 1 of Thucydides' History," Tyrants, Kings, Dynasts, and Generals: Modes of Autocracy in the Classical Period, School of History and Archaeology, Cardiff University, July 2003.

"Women Behind the Throne: Tyranny, Gynecocracy and the Imagined Spartan Female," 12th Berkshire Conference on the History of Women, University of Connecticut, June 2002.

Organizer and Chair of Panel, "Unveiling Spartan Women," 12th Berkshire Conference on the History of Women, University of Connecticut, June 2002.

"Spartan Silence vs. Democratic Debate: Athenian Ideology and Herodotean Narrative Patterning," American Philological Assocation, Philadelphia, Pa., January 2002.

Co-Organizer and Co-Chair of Panel, "Herodotean Historiography: Civic Traditions, Ideology, and Authorial Narrative Patterning," American Philological Association, Philadelphia, Pa., January 2002.

"Slaves to the Law? Spartan Obedience Reconsidered," Association of Ancient Historians, University of Wisconsin-Madison, May 2000.

"Νόμος Δεσπότης: Spartan Obedience and Athenian Lawfulness in Fifth-Century Greek Thought," Classical Association of the Middle West and South, Knoxville, Tenn., April 2000.

"Spartan Literacy Revisited," University of Iowa Classics Department Colloquium, April 1999.

"Exercise, Nudity, and Spartan Female Sexual License: A Reconsideration," joint colloquium of the American Philological Association and the Archaeological Institute of America, Washington, D.C., December 1998.

Organizer and Chair of Panel, "New Perspectives on Spartan Women," joint colloquium of the American Philological Association and the Archaeological Institute of America, Washington, D.C., December 1998.

"The Tyranny of Women? Sparta, Autocracy, and Feminine Power," Classical Association of the Middle West and South, Charlottesville, Va., April 1998.

"The 'Anti-Polis': Athenian Democratic Ideology and Aristophanic Sparta," Comedy & the Discourse of the Polis, Dalhousie University and Saint Mary's University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, October 1997.

"Demosthenes and the Rapprochement with Thebes: A Consistent Policy 354-338 B.C.," American Philological Association, Washington, D.C., December 1993.

"The Dual Status of Aristotle's Natural Slave," Spring Conference of the Classical Association of the Atlantic States, Princeton, N.J., April 1993.