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Christopher L. Gipson - Loyola Marymount University. Los Angeles, CA, US

Christopher L. Gipson

Postdoctoral Instructor of Classics and Archaeology | Loyola Marymount University


Christopher Gipson's research interests include cannibalism in Ancient Greek literature, imperial Greek poetry, and the macabre.





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Christopher Gipson received his B.A. in Classics from Loyola Marymount University in 2013, his Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Classics from University of California - Los Angeles in 2014, and M.A. in Classics from UIUC in 2016. He received his PhD from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2022, writing a dissertation titled "Cannibalism and Anthropophagy in Ancient Greek Literature". While not doing research, he enjoys spending his time listening to experimental music, reading ecological fiction novels, and drawing. His research interests generally touch upon the macabre in ancient Greek literature, ranging from Attic drama, Hellenistic works, and Imperial Greek.

Education (3)

Loyola Marymount University: B.A., Classics 2013

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign: M.A., Classics 2016

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign: Ph.D., Classics 2022

Advisor: Angeliki Tzanetou, Ph.D. Title of Dissertation: Anthropophagy and Cannibalism in Ancient Greek Literature

Areas of Expertise (6)

Greco-Roman Religion


Greek Tragedy

Greek Literature

Greek Mythology

Imperial Greek Poetry

Industry Expertise (2)

Writing and Editing


Accomplishments (1)

Fowler Merle-Smith Fellowship (professional)

Fowler Merle-Smith Fellowship - American School of Classical Studies at Athens 2019-2020

Affiliations (3)

  • Classical Association of Middle West and South
  • Society for Classical Studies
  • Women's Classical Caucus

Languages (3)

  • Greek
  • Latin
  • Modern Greek

Media Appearances (1)

PhD student Christopher Gipson wins scholarship to study in Greece

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign  online


Chris Gipson, a fifth-year graduate student in the Department of the Classics was quite ill the opening weekend of spring break in March when he received a life-changing email...

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Event Appearances (4)

“Chew Before You Swallow: Demeter’s Consumption of Pelops in Pindar and Lycophron”

AIA Joint Annual Virtual Meeting  


A Tribe Called Fish: Imperial Power through Ethnography and Cataloguing in Oppian’s Halieutica

Graduate Student Colloquium at University of Wisconsin  Madison, Wisconsin


“Teaching with Eleanor Dickey’s Learn Latin from the Romans”

Annual Meeting of the Illinois Classical Conference at Northwestern University  Evanston, Illinois


“Boeotian Cultic Associations in Oedipus at Colonus”

The 113th Annual Meeting of the Classical Association of the Middle West and South  Kitchener, Ontario


Courses (3)

CLAR 1115 Elementary Latin I

Fall 2021 A complete overview of Latin grammar, with an emphasis on morphology and syntax. University Core fulfilled: Flag: Oral Skills.

CLAR 2200 Epic Poetry

Fall 2021 A reading and analysis of Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey, and Vergil’s Aeneid (in translation).

CLAR 3210 Classical & Near Eastern Myths

Fall 2021 Study of the basic myths and myth patterns of the Greeks, Romans, and Near Eastern cultures, and their mythological heritage in Western literature and art. University Core fulfilled: Integrations: Interdisciplinary Connections; Flag: Information Literacy.