Ivana Petrovic

Hugh H. Obear Professor of Classics

Ivana Petrovic is Hugh H. Obear Professor of Classics. She is the author of a study of the cult of Artemis in Theocritus and Callimachus, Von den Toren des Hades zu den Hallen des Olymp (Brill, 2007) and co-editor of Archaic and Classical Greek Epigram (CUP, 2010), Triplici invectus triumpho - der römische Triumph in augusteischer Zeit (Franz Steiner, 2008), Ancient Greek Literary Epigram (OUP, 2019) and The Materiality of Texts (Brill, 2018). She is an editor of the journal Greece and Rome.

Her current research project with Andrej Petrovic is a large-scale diachronic study of belief in Greek religion, the first volume of which has appeared as Inner Purity and Pollution in Greek Religion. Vol. I: Early Greek Religion (OUP, 2016). The second volume looks into the concepts of inner purity and pollution in later Greek religion (up to Iamblichus). She is also working on a commentary on Callimachus’ Hymn to Artemis for the Cambridge Classical Texts and Commentaries series.


Since coming to UVA in 2016, Ivana has taught the following courses:
Undergraduate Courses:
Advanced Latin (2016)
Tragedy and Comedy (2016)
New Testament Greek (2018)
Advanced Greek (2017; 2018)
Ancient Greek Rituals (2017; 2018)
Greek Myth (2019)
Graduate Courses
Greek tragedy (2018)
Dissertation prospectus Seminar (2018)
Survey of Hellenistic Literature (2017)
Ancient Greek Hymns (2017)