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Lisa Hughes

Adjunct Associate Professor

As a classicist, my primary interest is the classical tradition in American culture, especially literature and film.  I teach courses that reflect the enduring influence of the ancient Greeks, in classes as varied as The King James Bible, Myth and Movies, and Shakespeare's Ovid. I continue to enjoy taking Colorado College students to Greece for courses on Homer, Greek drama, and Greek romanticism. My recent academic publications and presentations include a study of Greek myth in Nella Larsen, a writer in the Harlem Renaissance;  and Greece as a site of comedy from ancient Rome to the contemporary American cinema.  I also enjoy making the classics come to life for popular audiences, in presentations such as "Understanding Homer's Odyssey with Wine" and  “Frosty, the Grinch, and the Cambridge Ritualists” .   I don't have any pets.  It's not that I hate animals, exactly, it's simply that I was not raised with them, and prefer not to have them in the house.  I am quite fond of the sound of goatbells in the distance.

Regular Classes

Latin and Greek, all levels
The Bible as Literature
Gender and Comedy
Myth and Movies
World of Odysseus (in the Greek Islands)
Origins and Early Forms of Drama
Athletics in the Greco-Roman World
Women in Antiquity
The Romans on Film
Shakespeare's Ovid
The Invention of Love
The Pastoral Tradition in Literature


  • CO200 – Topics in Comparative Literature: Queen Bees, WannaBees, and Mean Girls


    M.A. U of Kentucky, Honors Program, 1984
    Ph.D. U of Iowa, 1995
    Scholar-in-Residence, American School of Classical Studies, Athens, 1990