Leslie Kurke has specialties that span archaic and classical Greek literature and cultural history, with special emphasis on archaic Greek poetry in its social context, Herodotus and early prose, the constitution of ideology through material practices, and the relations of economics and literature. Her most recent book is Coins, Bodies, Games, and Gold: The Politics of Meaning in Archaic Greece. She has received a MacArthur Fellowship for the years 1999-2004, and plans to use the funding to pursue a project on Aesop and Greek popular culture. (Ph.D., Princeton University).

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