Grizelda McClelland

Assistant Dean in the College of Arts & Sciences
Lecturer in Classics
PhD, Washington University in St. Louis
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    contact info:

    office hours:

    • TUESDAY 9:00 AM - 12:00 NOON

    mailing address:

    • CB 1117
    • ST. LOUIS, MO 63130-4899
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    Dean McClelland works with current students and alumni interested in national and international scholarship and fellowship programs.

    These programs include the Rhodes, Marshall, Mitchell, Churchill, Truman, Goldwater, Beinecke, Udall, and Carnegie scholarships and fellowships. In addition, McClelland serves as a four-year advisor to undergraduates and an occasional lecturer in the Classics department.

    recent courses

    Ampersand: The Age of Pericles (L09 Greek 437)

    This seminar will explore the relationship between the socio-political history and cultural development of Athens in the 5th and 4th centuries BC. Students will be encouraged to analyze both archeological and literary evidence throughout the process of democratization, paying particular attention to the Periclean building program, including the sanctuary of Athena on the Acropolis, the Agora, domestic Athenian architecture and the panhellenic sanctuaries of Delphi and Olympia. Selections from the histories of Herodotus and Thucydides, the plays of Sophocles and Aristophanes, the dialogues of Plato and Aristotle's Constitution of Athens will highlight the functions and limitations of the democratic regime.

      Projecting the Past: Ancient Greece and Rome in Modern Film

      Since the earliest days of film, screenwriters and directors have mined the rich history of Ancient Greece and Rome to captivate audiences with tales of heroes and slaves, soldiers and lovers. This course will examine such cinematic representations across a variety of American and European films from the 20th and 21st century. Drawing upon translated selections from ancient Greek and Roman authors, secondary readings and weekly screenings, students will reflect upon the ways in which film adaptations of antiquity both tell us much about Ancient Greece and Rome and reveal as much about our present as they do the past.

        Greek Mythology

        The myths of ancient Greece are not only inherently interesting, but they are an incomparable starting point for the study of the ancient world, and they have offered numerous images and paradigms to poets, artists, and theorists. This course provides an introduction to the major Greek myths, their role in literature and art, their historical and social background, and ancient and modern approaches to their interpretation. Student work will include discussing course material in sections and online, taking two exams covering both the myths themselves and the ancient authors who represent our richest sources, and writing several essays interpreting or comparing ancient literary treatments. Open to first-year students.

          irst Year Seminar: Eros through the Ages: Love and Lust in the Greco-Roman World (L08 Classics 114)

          From a cosmic god of love to a complex emotion, eros is a seminal concept shaping a range of mythological, literary, and artistic works of antiquity. Sappho described eros as "sweet-bitter," neatly capturing its paradoxical position at the intersection of pleasure and pain, love and hate. In this seminar, we will unpack the varied ways eros played out across poetry, philosophy, politics and art in the ancient Greek and Roman world and how these ancient definitions of love still inform our own modern understanding of the term.