Jon Mikalson

William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Classics

Cocke Hall, B002


  • Bachelor of Arts (BA), University of Virginia
  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Harvard University

Research Interests

My primary research is ancient Greek religion as a practised religion and how it is revealed, formulated, and manipulated in Greek literature, history, and life. Particular interests include the relationship between practised religion and ethics, the shaping of religious material by poets for literary purposes, the religious elements of Athenian democratic institutions, and religion's role in the efflorescence of Greek culture in the classical period. As an armchair archeologist I follow with interest new finds and theories about the topography and monuments of Athens. I am currently finishing for Blackwells Publishing an introduction to ancient Greek religion for college students, as well as a chapter on Greek Religion in the Hellenistic Period for the forthcoming Companion to the Hellenistic Age of Cambridge University Press. When those are behind me, I will turn to a long thought about project on the uses made of practiced Greek religion in Greek utopian and philosphical writing.