ד"ר ליסה מוריס
Born and grew up in London, UK, graduated from Cambridge University with Honours degree in Classics in 1989, with a specialisation in ancient philosophy. During a stint in informal education as a youth and community worker for the United Synagogue, I met and married my husband, Aryeh, and then worked as elementary school teacher until the birth of my first child. Made aliyah when she was six weeks old, and spent the next few years teaching English in Israel. After the birth of my second child, I started studying for a PhD at Bar Ilan University, and continued to teach English for the next three years, producing twins along the way. Gave up teaching english eventually and began teaching in the Classics department at Bar Ilan while I finished my doctorate, which I received in June 2001. Over the last fifteen years have taught a range of courses in the classics department and history department of Bar Ilan, including Classical Mythology, Roman Education, Daily Life in Ancient Rome, Euripides and Roman comedy. At present, teaching and working hard on various aspects of classical reception, aand looking forward to starting the wonderful ERC project on the reception of classics on children's culture, and the upcoming conference on “Prometheus, Pandora, Adam and Eve: Male and Female Archetypes of Western Society and their Reception”.
Books (as author)
- Magister: The Life and Status of the Teacher in Ancient Rome
(Lanham, MD: Lexington, 2013) (250 pages)
Books (as editor)
1. Eagles and Heroes: The Reception of Ancient Greece and Rome in Children’s Literature, (Brill: Metaforms: Studies in the Reception of Classical Antiquity, 2015)
- Beauty, Bravery, Blood and Glory: Ancient Virtues and Vices in Modern Popular Culture (Brill: Metaforms: Studies in the Reception of Classical Antiquity (forthcoming 2016) (400 pages) (co-edited with Eran Almagor)
- Rewriting the Ancient World: Greece and Rome in Modern Popular Fiction (Brill: Metaforms: Studies in the Reception of Classical Antiquity (forthcoming 2016)
Chapters in Books
- "Deception and Metatheatricality in the Poenulus", Studien zu Plautus' Poenulus, ed. Thomas Baier (ScriptOralia 2004) 267-291.
- “Plautus’ Rebellious Sons: the Whole Story?” in: Thomas Baier (ed.): Generationenkonflikte auf der Bühne (Tübingen 2007) 147-160.
- “Contaminatio and Adaptation: the Modern Reception of Ancient Drama as an aid to understanding Roman Comedy”, in Anastasia Bakogianni (ed.), Dialogues with the Past (2): Reception Theory and Practice, Proceedings of the Reception of Ancient Greek and Roman Drama Conference, BICS Supplement series (London: ICS, 2013) 445-465.
- “‘I'd break the slate and scream for joy if I did Latin like a boy!’: Classical Studies in British Girls’ and Boys’ Fiction of the Twentieth Century”, forthcoming in Owen Hodkinson and Helen Lovatt, Changing the Greeks and Romans: Metamorphosing Antiquity for Children, (Cambridge University Press) (Classical Presences series) (25 pp) (in press).
- “Jews and Judaism in Rome”, in Monica Cyrino, Rome, Season Two: Trial and Triumph (Edinburgh University Press, 2015) 88-104.
- “Swords, Sandals and Prayer-Shawls: Depicting Jews and Romans on the Silver Screen”, forthcoming in David Schaps and Uri Yiftach, When the First Western Empire Met the Near East. Graeca Tergestina, Storia e Civiltà, (Edizioni Università di Trieste, 2016) 295-324.
- “From Chiron to Firenze: the Centaur in Classical Mythology and Children’s Literature”, forthcoming in Lisa Maurice, Eagles and Heroes: The Reception of Ancient Greece and Rome in Children’s Literature, (Brill: Metaforms: Studies in the Reception of Classical Antiquity 2015) 139-168.
- “The Reception of Classical Mythology in Israeli Children's Fiction”, forthcoming in Katarzyna Marciniak, Our Mythical Childhood (Brill: Metaforms: Studies in the Reception of Classical Antiquity 2016) (30 pages)
- “Greece and Rome on the Comic Screen”, forthcoming in Arthur J. Pomeroy, A Companion to Ancient Greece and Rome on Screen (Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2016) (28 pages).
- “Building a New Ancient Rome in STARZ Spartacus”, forthcoming in Antony Agoustakis and Monica Cyrino, STARZ Spartacus: Reimagining an Icon on Screen (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2016) (26 pages).
- “The House of Atreus as a Reflection of Contemporary Evil: Performance Reception and The Oresteia”, forthcoming in Eran Almagor and Lisa Maurice, Beauty, Bravery, Blood and Glory: Ancient Virtues and Vices in Modern Popular Culture (Brill: Metaforms: Studies in the Reception of Classical Antiquity 2016) (27 pages).
- “From I, Claudius to Private Eyes: Rome and the Detective in Popular Fiction”, forthcoming in Lisa Maurice, Rewriting the Ancient World: Greece and Rome in Modern Popular Fiction (Brill: Metaforms: Studies in the Reception of Classical Antiquity 2016) (34 pages).
1. “Amici et sodales: An examination of a double motif in Plautus", Mnemosyne
56 (2003) 164-193.
2. “A Calculated Comedy of Errors: the Structure of Plautus’ Menaechmi”, Syllecta Classica 16 (2005) 31-59.
3. “Epidicus mihi fuit magister : Structure and Metatheatricality in Plautus' Epidicus”, Scholia 15 (2006) 35-52.
4. “Seeing is believing”: The Miles Gloriosus as an Exercise in Self-Conscious Illusion" Mnemosyne 60 (2007) 407-426.
5. “Oceans 12 as Plautine Comedy”, Syllecta Classica 20 (2009) 135-170.
6. “Storm in a Teacup: Roman Comedy in Twenty-First Century Israel”, Didaskalia
8 (2011): 112–128 (http://www.didaskalia.net/issues/8/18/).
- review of: H.I. Flower (ed.), The Cambridge Companion to the Roman
Republic (Cambridge 2004), Scripta Classica Israelica 25 (2006) 164-5.
- review of: J. Henderson, Plautus, Asinaria, The One about the Asses (Wisconsin 2006), in Scholia 16 (2007) 31.
- review of: Eduard Fraenkel (trr. Tomas Drevikovsky and Frances Muecke), Plautine Elements in Plautus (Plautinisches im Plautus) (Oxford 2007), in Scholia 16 (2007) 43.
- review of: Maguire, Laurie, Helen of Troy: From Homer to Hollywood (Blackwell 2010), in International Journal of the Classical Tradition 18.3 (2011) 464-468.
- Review of: Judith Evans Grubbs and Tim Parkin, The Oxford Handbook of Childhood and Education in the Ancient World (Oxford, 2013) in Classical Journal (4.6.2015).
- Review of: Thomas E. Jenkins, Antiquity Now: The Classical World in the Contemporary American Imagination (Cambridge, 2015) in Scripta Classica Israelica 35 (2016) 156-8.
Metatheatricality in the ancient theatre
The ancient world in film
The ancient world on TV
Classics and Children's Literature
Classics and Popular Fiction