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Dr Arlene Allan (Senior Lecturer)

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Office 5N9, Arts Building
Tel +64 3 479 5237
Email arlene.allan@otago.ac.nz

Academic Qualifications

PhD, University of Exeter
MA, Queen’s University at Kingston
BA, Trent University

Background and Research Interests

Arlene teaches Greek Literature (Homer and Drama), Religion and Greek and Latin language. Her research interests include Greek myth, religion and ritual, Greek society, reception studies and the interface between Hellenic religious beliefs and Christianity. She has published a book on Hermes, as well as a co-authored volume on Greek Drama and several articles on specific plays.

Teaching

Areas of Research Supervision

  • Greek myth, religion and/or ritual
  • Greek literature and/or society
  • Reception

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Publications

Allan, A., Anagnostou-Laoutides, E., & Stafford, E. (Eds.). (2020). Herakles inside and outside the church: From the first Apologists to the end of the Quattrocentro. Leiden, The Netherlands: Brill, 360p. doi: 10.1163/9789004421530

Allan, A. (2020). Introduction. In A. Allan, E. Anagnostou-Laoutides & E. Stafford (Eds.), Herakles inside and outside the church: From the first Apologists to the end of the Quattrocentro. (pp. 1-17). Leiden, The Netherlands: Brill. doi: 10.1163/9789004421530_002

Allan, A. (2020). Herakles, 'Christ-curious' Greeks and Revelation 5. In A. Allan, E. Anagnostou-Laoutides & E. Stafford (Eds.), Herakles inside and outside the church: From the first Apologists to the end of the Quattrocentro. (pp. 21-44). Leiden, The Netherlands: Brill. doi: 10.1163/9789004421530_003

Allan, A. (2020). The Mighty Hercules cartoon series in conversation with Steve Reeve's Hercules and some societal concerns of the early 1960s. In A. J. L. Blanshard & E. Stafford (Eds.), The modern Hercules: Images of the hero from the nineteenth to the early twenty-first century. (pp. 411-437). Leiden, The Netherlands: Brill. doi: 10.1163/9789004440067_020

Allan, A. (2020). Conclusion. In A. Allan, E. Anagnostou-Laoutides & E. Stafford (Eds.), Herakles inside and outside the church: From the first Apologists to the end of the Quattrocentro. (pp. 333-339). Leiden, The Netherlands: Brill. doi: 10.1163/9789004421530_017

Authored Book - Research

Allan, A. (2018). Hermes. Abingdon, UK: Routledge, 214p.

Storey, I. C., & Allan, A. (2014). A guide to ancient Greek drama (2nd ed.). Chichester, UK: Wiley Blackwell, 331p.

Storey, I., & Allan, A. (2004). A guide to ancient Greek drama. Oxford: Blackwell, 336p.

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Edited Book - Research

Allan, A., Anagnostou-Laoutides, E., & Stafford, E. (Eds.). (2020). Herakles inside and outside the church: From the first Apologists to the end of the Quattrocentro. Leiden, The Netherlands: Brill, 360p. doi: 10.1163/9789004421530

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Chapter in Book - Research

Allan, A. (2020). Introduction. In A. Allan, E. Anagnostou-Laoutides & E. Stafford (Eds.), Herakles inside and outside the church: From the first Apologists to the end of the Quattrocentro. (pp. 1-17). Leiden, The Netherlands: Brill. doi: 10.1163/9789004421530_002

Allan, A. (2020). Conclusion. In A. Allan, E. Anagnostou-Laoutides & E. Stafford (Eds.), Herakles inside and outside the church: From the first Apologists to the end of the Quattrocentro. (pp. 333-339). Leiden, The Netherlands: Brill. doi: 10.1163/9789004421530_017

Allan, A. (2020). The Mighty Hercules cartoon series in conversation with Steve Reeve's Hercules and some societal concerns of the early 1960s. In A. J. L. Blanshard & E. Stafford (Eds.), The modern Hercules: Images of the hero from the nineteenth to the early twenty-first century. (pp. 411-437). Leiden, The Netherlands: Brill. doi: 10.1163/9789004440067_020

Allan, A. (2020). Herakles, 'Christ-curious' Greeks and Revelation 5. In A. Allan, E. Anagnostou-Laoutides & E. Stafford (Eds.), Herakles inside and outside the church: From the first Apologists to the end of the Quattrocentro. (pp. 21-44). Leiden, The Netherlands: Brill. doi: 10.1163/9789004421530_003

Allan, A. L. (2014). Self-sacrifice. In H. M. Roisman (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Greek tragedy. (pp. 1237-1238). Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell. [Encyclopaedia/Dictionary Entry].

Allan, A. L. (2014). Divine phthonos. In H. M. Roisman (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Greek tragedy. (pp. 290-291). Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell. [Encyclopaedia/Dictionary Entry].

Allan, A. L. (2014). Indecision. In H. M. Roisman (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Greek tragedy. (pp. 717-718). Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell. [Encyclopaedia/Dictionary Entry].

Allan, A. L. (2014). Plausibility. In H. M. Roisman (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Greek tragedy. (pp. 981-982). Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell. [Encyclopaedia/Dictionary Entry].

Allan, A. L. (2014). Individual good versus common good. In H. M. Roisman (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Greek tragedy. (pp. 719-720). Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell. [Encyclopaedia/Dictionary Entry].

Allan, A. L. (2014). Suffering, trouble, labor. In H. M. Roisman (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Greek tragedy. (pp. 1375-1377). Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell. [Encyclopaedia/Dictionary Entry].

Allan, A. (2012). Turning remorse to good effect?: Arginusae, Theramenes and Aristophanes' Frogs. In C. W. Marshall & G. Kovacs (Eds.), No laughing matter: Studies in Athenian comedy. (pp. 101-114). London, UK: Bristol Classical Press.

Allan, A. L. (2011). The God above all gods: The heavenly throne-room of Revelation 4 and Phidias' Zeus. In J. McWilliam, S. Puttock, T. Stevenson & R. Taraporewalla (Eds.), The statue of Zeus at Olympia: New approaches. (pp. 123-136). Newcastle upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars.

Allan, A. L. (2010). Mars. In M. Gagarin (Ed.), Oxford encyclopedia of ancient Greece and Rome (Vol. 4). (pp. 358-360). Oxford University Press.

Allan, A. (2007). Masters of manipulation: Euripides' (and Medea's) use of oaths in Medea. In A. H. Sommerstein & J. Fletcher (Eds.), Horkos: The oath in Greek society. (pp. 113-124). Exeter, UK: Bristol Phoenix Press.

Allan, A. (2005). Situational aesthetics: The deification of Kairos, son of Hermes. In E. Stafford & J. Herrin (Eds.), Personification in the Greek world: From antiquity to Byzantium. (pp. 123-134). London, UK: Ashgate.

Allan, A. L. (2003). Cattle-stealing satyrs in Sophocles' Inachos. In A. H. Sommerstein (Ed.), Shards from Kolonos: Studies in Sophoclean fragments. (pp. 309-328). Bari: Levante Editori.

Storey, I., Boyne, M., & Allan, A. (2002). On reading Euripides′s Hippolytos. In R. Mitchell-Boyask (Ed.), Approaches to teaching the dramas of Euripides. (pp. 178-187). New York, NY, USA: Modern Language Association of America.

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Journal - Research Article

Allan, A. L., & Potter, J. A. (2014). Loxias and Phoebus in tragedy: Convention and violation. American Journal of Philology, 135(1), 1-27. doi: 10.1353/ajp.2014.0002

Mackay, M., & Allan, A. L. (2014). Filicide in Euripides' Medea: A biopoetic approach. Helios, 41(1), 59-86. doi: 10.1353/hel.2014.0002

Allan, A. (2013). 'Thanks, but no thanks': Oikêia kaka and Theramenes' failed dokimasia. Ancient History Bulletin, 27, 23-28.

Allan, A. L. (2012). A reconsideration of the MSS attribution at Sophokles' Philoktetes 671-3. Mnemosyne, 65(2), 286-294. doi: 10.1163/156852511x548162

Allan, A. L. (2011). “Am I not the one...?” (Sophokles' Phil. 114): Neoptolemos and the allure of kleos. Classical Journal, 107(1), 1-26.

Allan, A. L. (2011). Generational degeneration: The case of Telemachus. Scholia [2010], 19, 14-30.

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Journal - Research Other

Allan, A. L. (2019). [Review of the book The Politics of Sacrifice in Early Greek Myth and Poetry]. Bryn Mawr Classical Review, 1(13). Retrieved from http://bmcr.brynmawr.edu/2020/2020-01-13.html

Allan, A. L. (2015). Lycugus and tragedy [Review of the book Lycurgan Athens and the making of classical tragedy]. Classical Review, 65(2), 385-387. doi: 10.1017/S0009840X15001225

Allan, A. L. (2013). [Review of the book Performing oaths in classical Greek drama]. Journal of Hellenic Studies, 133, 176-177. doi: 10.1017/S0075426913000256

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Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Full paper

Allan, A. (2004). From agônistês to agônios: Hermes, chaos and conflict in competitive games and festivals. In S. Bell & G. Davies (Eds.), Games and Festivals in Classical Antiquity. (pp. 45-54). Oxford: Archaeopress. [Full Paper]

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Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Allan, A. (2018). Rethinking Hermes' "Sacrifice" (HHer 4.115-37). Proceedings of the 39th Australasian Society for Classical Studies (ASCS) Annual Meeting. (pp. 15-16). Retrieved from https://hapi.uq.edu.au

Allan, A. (2017). 'If I could turn back time': Further thoughts on Phaedra's delirium in Euripides' Hippolytus (208-227). Proceedings of the 38th Australasian Society for Classical Studies (ASCS) Annual Meeting. Retrieved from http;//www.ascs2017.wixsite.com/ascs2017/conference-details

Allan, A. (2017). 'Theory of mind' and the gods in Sophocles' Antigone. Proceedings of the Greek Drama V Conference. Retrieved from https://gdv2017.wordpress.com/allan/

Allan, A. (2013). The political side of Hermes. Proceedings of the Australasian Society for Classical Studies (ASCS) 34th Conference. (pp. 1). Retrieved from http://www.cvent.com/events/alexander-the-great-and-his-successors-exhibition-conference-and-ascs-34

Allan, A. (2011). Reconsidering pepnumenos in its Homeric context. Proceedings of the Australasian Society for Classical Studies 32nd Annual Conference (ASCS32). (pp. 2). Retrieved from http://www.ascs32.com/download/abstracts.pdf

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Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

Allan, A. L. (2019, February). An ‘unholy’ alliance? Apollo and the Eumenides in Sophokles’ Oidipous Kolonos. Verbal presentation at the 40th Australasian Society for Classical Studies (ASCS) Annual Conference, Armidale, Australia.

Allan, A. (2014, January). What has Herakles to do with Christ. Verbal presentation at the 35th Australasian Society for Classical Studies (ASCS) Conference, Palmerston North, New Zealand.

Allan, A. (2013, June). Apprehending Christ through Herakles: 'Christ-curious' Greeks and Revelation 5-6. Verbal presentation at the Hercules Conference: A Hero for All Ages, Leeds, UK.

Allan, A. (2012, May). Loxias and Phoebus in Aeschylus. Verbal presentation at the Classical Association of Canada Annual Meeting, London, Canada.

Allan, A. (2010, June-July). The Homeric Hymn to Hermes: from epichoric reaction to panhellenic hymn. Verbal presentation at the Orality & Literacy IX Conference: Composition & Performance, Canberra, Australia.

Allan, A. (2010, July). Sacrifice and feast in Euripides’ Ion: From birthday party to warriors farewell. Verbal presentation at the Dining Divinely: Banqueting in Honour of the Gods Conference, Christchurch, New Zealand.

Allan, A. (2009, February). Sophokles' Philoktetes 671-3: Why the manuscripts are correct. Verbal presentation at the Conference of the Australasian Society for Classical Studies, Sydney, Australia.

Allan, A. (2008, January). Between Delos and Delphi comes Hermes. Verbal presentation at the Australasian Society for Classical Studies Conference, Christchurch, New Zealand.

Allan, A. (2008, July). Perspectives: Zeus enthroned and Revelation 4.1-11. Verbal presentation at the The Statue of Zeus at Olympia Conference, Brisbane, Australia.

Allan, A. (2007, July). Aischylos saviour?: Thargelian theatrics in Aristophanes' Frogs. Verbal presentation at the Australasian Greek Drama Conference (IV), Wellington, New Zealand.

Allan, A. (2006, November). Hermes and the political arena. Verbal presentation at the Eighty-Sixth Anniversary Meeting of the Classical Association of the Middle West and South (Southern Section), Memphis, Tennessee.

Allan, A. (2006, January-February). Spotting the invisible god: Hermes in Sophokles' Oidipous plays. Verbal presentation at the Twenty-Seventh Conference of the Australasian Society for Classical Studies, Hobart, Australia.

Allan, A. (2005, January). Hermes' intervention in Euripides' Ion. Verbal presentation at the Australasian Society for Classical Studies 26th Conference and General Meeting, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Allan, A. (2005, May). Hermes' intervention in Euripides' Ion. Verbal presentation at the Classical Association of Canada Annual Meeting, Alberta, Canada.

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