Allison M. J. Glazebrook

Faculty of Humanities

Allison M. J. Glazebrook

Department of Classics

Associate Professor, Greek Social and Cultural History; Gender and Sexuality; Greek Oratory; Attic Vase Painting
BA (Alberta), MA (Queen’s), PhD (Buffalo)

Mailing Address:

Department of Classics
Brock University
St Catharines, ON  L2S 3A1

Phone: 905 688 5550 ext 3319
Fax: 905 984 4859

Teaching 2014-2015:

  • CLAS/HIST/WGST 3P61: Gender and Society in Ancient Mediterranean Cultures (fall)
  • CLAS 4V66/5V66: Sparta in Context (winter)
  • GREE 1F00: Introductory Greek (winter)

Professor Glazebrook spent a year as a regular member at the American School of Classical Studies in Athens upon completion of her Master's degree. Prior to coming to Brock University, she was a teaching and research fellow at Stanford University. Professor Glazebrook's research relates to the social and cultural history of ancient Greece, and focuses on women, gender and sexuality. She is currently researching the social and cultural history of ancient Greek prostitutes, with a particular focus on prostitutes as slaves. To date, much of her research has been on the image of the Athenian prostitute concentrating on how male discourse constructs and manipulates the image of the prostitute in such contexts as the law courts and the symposium. In part, her work is a reaction to scholarship that idealizes the ancient hetaira (sexual companion, regularly translated as courtesan), and attempts to look at how prostitution affected the lives of women across ancient Athenian society. This research is currently funded through a SSHRC Insight Grant.  

Recent and Forthcoming Publications:

  • Forthcoming 2015. “Is There an Archaeology of Prostitution?” in Houses of Ill-Repute: The Archaeology of Brothels, Houses and Taverns in the Greek World. Eds. Allison Glazebrook and Barbara Tsakirgis. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press.
  • 2015. “Sexuality” in Oxford Bibliographies in Classics. Ed. Dee Clayman. New York: Oxford University Press.
  • 2014. "'Sex Ed' at the Archaic Symposium: Prostitutes, Boys and Paideia" in Sex in Antiquity: New Essays on Gender and Sexuality in the Ancient World. Eds. Mark Masterson, Nancy Rabinowitz and James Robson. New York: Routledge Publishing. 157-78.
  • 2014. "The Erotics of Manumission: Prostitutes and the πρᾶσις ἐπ’ ἐλευθερίᾳ" EuGeStA: Journal on Gender Studies in Antiquity 4: 53-80.
  • 2014. "Marriage and Adultery" in A Companion to Greek and Roman Sexualities. Ed. Thomas K. Hubbard. Malden MA: Wiley Blackwell. 69-82 (with Kelly Olson).
  • 2014. "Sexual Rhetoric: From Athens to Rome" In A Companion to Greek and Roman Sexualities. Ed. Thomas K. Hubbard. Malden MA: Wiley Blackwell. 431-45.
  • 2013. "Bodies and Sexuality" in In Antiquity, A Cultural History of Women. Vol. 1. Ed. Janet H. Tulloch. New York: Bloomsbury. 33-55 (with Nicola Mellor).
  • 2012. "Prostitutes, Plonk and Play: Female Banqueters on a Red-Figure Psykter from the Hermitage," Classical World 105.4: 497-524.
  • 2011. "Prostitution" in A Cultural History of Sexuality, Vol. I: In the Classical World (800 BCE-350 CE), Eds. Mark Golden and Peter Toohey. Oxford: Berg Publishing. 145-68.
  • 2011. Greek Prostitutes in the Ancient Mediterranean, 800 BCE to 200 CE. Madison WI: University of Wisconsin Press. (co-edited with M. M. Henry). 
  • 2011."Porneion: Prostitution in Athenian Civic Space" in Greek Prostitutes in the Ancient Mediterranean, 800 BCE to 200 CE, Eds. A. Glazebrook and M. M. Henry. University of Wisconsin Press. 34-59.
  • 2009. "Cosmetics and Sôphrosunê: Ischomachos’ Wife in Xenophon’s Oikonomikos." Classical World 102.3: 231-46.

Recent papers presented:

  • 2014. "Violence and Sexual Labour in Classical Athens" at the Celtic Classics Conference. Edinburgh, Scotland.
  • 2014. "Prostitution and Sexual Violence in Classical Athens" at the CAC meeting in Montreal.
  • 2014. "Athens' Bad Boy: Timarchos in Aeschines 1, Against Timarchos." HRI Symposium in Honour of John Sainsbury.
  • 2014. "Sex Ed at the Greek Symposium: Prostitutes, Boys and Paideia." Keynote address at the Annual Undergraduate Conference at the University of Windsor.
  • 2014. "Sexual Violence and New Comedy: The Case of Menander’s Epitrepontes." Research Seminar on Women in Antiquity at the University of Waterloo.
  • 2013. "Sympotic Paideia: Sexual Ethics and the Greek Symposium" Niagara Peninsula Society of the AIA 45th Anniversary Celebration. St. Catharines, ON.
  • 2013. Sexual Labor in the Ancient World. WCC Panel. Annual Meeting of the APA, Seattle (2013).


Recent Service:

  • Review Editor, Phoenix. A Classical Journal of the Classical Association of Canada (2011-present).
  • Co-Chair of the Steering Committee of the Women’s Classical Caucus 2011-2012.
  • Member of the Steering Committee of the Women’s Classical Caucus 2009-2012.
  • President of the Women’s Network of the Classical Association of Canada 2009-2011.


Women’s Classical Caucus
Ontario Classical Association
Classical Association of Canada, Women’s Network
Classical Association of Canada
Diotima: Women and Gender in the Ancient World

Allison M. J. Glazebrook

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