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Ben Radcliffe - Loyola Marymount University. Los Angeles, CA, US

Ben Radcliffe Ben Radcliffe

Lecturer of Classics and Archaeology | Loyola Marymount University


Ben Radcliffe studies Ancient Greek literature, focusing on Homeric studies, critical theory, and aesthetics.


Ben Radcliffe is a Lecturer at Loyola Marymount University.

Education (2)

UCLA: Ph.D., Classics 2019

Stanford: B.A., Classics 2013

Areas of Expertise (1)


Courses (4)

CLAR 1110 Elementary Greek I

Spring 2021 A basic introduction to Greek grammar and syntax, including noun declension and verb conjugation; translation of simple prose passages.

CLAR 1120 Elementary Greek II

Fall 2020 A continuation of the grammar and syntax of CLAR 1110, with a focus on more complex sentences; translation of more elaborate prose and poetry passages. Prerequisite: CLAR 1110 or equivalent.

CLAR 2220 Ancient Comedy in Performance

Fall 2020 A study of the plays of Aristophanes and Menander (in translation), with an emphasis on production. University Core fulfilled: Explorations: Creative Experience.

CLAR 3220 Greek and Roman Religions

Spring 2021, and Fall 2021 This course explores the religions of ancient Greece and Rome from our earliest evidence through the emergence of Christianity under the Roman Empire. While the course follows a broadly chronological outline, individual lectures will concentrate on specific themes, such as polytheism and monotheism, philosophy and religion, magic and personal religion, religion and the state, and the idea of “the foreign” in ancient religion.

Articles (5)

Queer Kinship: Profit, Vivisection, Kitsch

Queer Euripides

Ben Radcliffe


A chapter on Euripides' Heraclidae in an edited volume on queer readings of Euripides. Drawing on scholarship that examines the relations between kinship, queerness, and political economy, I trace the ways in which profit (kerdos) serves as a force of social disruption in the world of the drama, variously subverting, transforming, and reinforcing the patriarchal norms that underly procreative kinship.

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(Mis)counting Catastrophe in Aeschylus’ Persae

Classical Antiquity

Ben Radcliffe


This article considers how mourning is configured as a site of political and aesthetic conflict in Aeschylus’ Persae.

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The Politics of Aesthetic Experience in Odysseus’ Apologoi

American Journal of Philology

Ben Radcliffe


In Books 9 and 10 of the Odyssey, Odysseus' companions promote the equal distribution of the spoils of their return voyage. This article argues that, as part of their commitment to social equality, the companions experiment with egalitarian modes of spectatorship and dining during the Aeolus and Lotus episodes. In these aesthetic encounters, the companions subvert Odysseus' position as the focus and focalizer of the narrative. The companions thus serve as an internal audience, figuring for the poem's external audiences an alternative form of narrative experience that resists the poem's centripetal orientation around the homecoming of a single, elite protagonist.

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Becoming Domestic in Hesiod’s Works and Days


Ben Radcliffe


An article on Hesiod's Works and Days in the Ramus special issue, "Deterritorializing Classics: Deleuze, Guattari and Antiquity"

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The Aesthetics of Equality in Early Greek Poetry

University of California - Los Angeles

2019 This dissertation asks how Homer, Hesiod, and Theognis envision egalitarian alternatives to the conditions of social stratification that prevail in the fictional worlds of early Greek poetry.

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