Michael Tueller

Professor of the Classics
Faculty
TEMPE Campus
Mailcode
0202

Biography

Mike Tueller received his bachelor's from Harvard University in 1992 and, after a brief stint in the U.S. Navy, completed Harvard's doctoral program in classical philology in 2003. He taught for five years at Brigham Young University; in 2008 he came to ASU, where he teaches courses in ancient Greek language and literature.

Education

  • Ph.D. Classical Philology, Harvard University 2003 
  • B.A. Classics (Greek), Harvard University 1992 

Research Interests

I work primarily in the Hellenistic period, the time after Alexander the Great but before Augustus, when Greek language and culture spread broadly across the Mediterranean. At that time, the Greek people had to deal with their own discontinuity in space and time from their heritage, and with their constant contact with very different peoples. In response, their literature became erudite, allusive, and, strangely, both nostalgic and cosmopolitan (sometimes at once).

My usual focus within this period is epigram. Epigrams began as inscriptions on objects--usually gravestones or objects dedicated in temples--but soon became short poems that often featured witty turns of phrase or thought (hence the modern meaning of the term "epigram"). My research focuses on the ways that early Hellenistic epigrams played with the conceit of inscription, even when they were never meant to be inscribed.

I am currently at work on a revision of the Greek Anthology (our primary source for Hellenistic epigram) for the Loeb Classical Library.

Publications

  • Phanocles. In Hellenistic Greek Poetry: A Selection (David Sider, ed.), 462–471. University of Michigan Press, 2017.
  • Notes on the Greek Anthology, books 1–5. Classical Quarterly 66.2 (2016): 742–751.
  • Words for Dying in Sepulchral Epigram. In Dialect, Diction and Style in Greek Literary and Inscribed Epigram (Evina Sistakou and Antonios Rengakos, edd.), 215–233. Walter de Gruyter, 2016.
  • (with W. R. Paton) The Greek Anthology, vol. 1: books 1–5. (Loeb Classical Library) Harvard University Press, 2014.
  • The Passerby in Archaic and Classical Epigram. In Archaic and Classical Greek Epigram (Manuel Baumbach, Andrej Petrovic, and Ivana Petrovic, edd.), 42–60. Cambridge University Press, 2011.
  • Palinurus and Polydorus: Two Epigrammatic Passages in Vergil’s Aeneid. Latomus 69.2 (2010): 344–358.
  • Look Who’s Talking: Voice and Identity in Hellenistic Epigram. (Hellenistica Groningana) Peeters. 2008.
  • An allusive reading of the Orpheus episode in Hermesianax fr. 7. Classical Bulletin 83.1 (2007): 93–108.

Courses

Fall 2021
Course Number Course Title
REL 360 Ancient Greek Religion
SLC 362 Ancient Greek Religion
GRK 362 Ancient Greek Religion
SLC 492 Honors Directed Study
CDH 494 Special Topics
CDH 580 Practicum
CDH 593 Applied Project
SLC 690 Reading and Conference
Spring 2021
Course Number Course Title
GRK 302 Ancient Greek Literature II
GRK 499 Individualized Instruction
CDH 593 Applied Project
Fall 2020
Course Number Course Title
SLC 394 Special Topics
GRK 394 Special Topics
SLC 492 Honors Directed Study
CDH 580 Practicum
Spring 2020
Course Number Course Title
GRK 201 Intermediate Ancient Greek
SLC 394 Special Topics
GRK 394 Special Topics
GRK 492 Honors Directed Study
SLC 493 Honors Thesis
GRK 499 Individualized Instruction
CDH 593 Applied Project
CDH 598 Special Topics
Fall 2019
Course Number Course Title
GRK 101 Elementary Ancient Greek
SLC 492 Honors Directed Study
CDH 580 Practicum
Spring 2019
Course Number Course Title
GRK 394 Special Topics
SLC 394 Special Topics
GRK 499 Individualized Instruction
Fall 2018
Course Number Course Title
SLC 394 Special Topics
GRK 394 Special Topics
Spring 2017
Course Number Course Title
GRK 302 Ancient Greek Literature II
GRK 492 Honors Directed Study
GRK 493 Honors Thesis
GRK 494 Special Topics
GRK 499 Individualized Instruction

Service

  • School of International Letters & Cultures, Associate Director for Administration (2016 - 2017)

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