Marcus Folch, Assistant Professor

Marcus Folch, who joined the Columbia Classics Department in 2009, received his Ph.D. in Classics from Stanford University in 2006 and his B.A. in Classics from Cornell University in 2000. From 2007-2009 he was Assistant Professor of Classical Studies at the University of Richmond; from 2006-2007 he was Lecturer in Classical Studies also at the University of Richmond. His main areas of interest include fourth-century Greek prose, ancient philosophy, and performance. His research focuses on the dialogue between ancient philosophy and the Greek poetic and rhetorical traditions, particularly as they touch on issues of performance, citizenship, gender, slavery, and punishment. His current book project, The Polis and the Stage: Citizenship and the Politics of Performance in Fourth-Century Athens, examines fourth-century discussions of the role of poetry, song, and dance in the making of citizens. Recent Articles and Lectures: “The Unideal Genres of the Ideal City: Comedy, Threnody, and the Making of Citizens in Plato’s Laws,” in The City Dancing: Performance and Culture in Plato’s Laws. Edited by Anastasia-Erasmia Peponi (under review by Cambridge University Press). “Women’s Songs in Plato’s Laws: Gender, Poetry, and the Performance of Citizenship.” Conference on “Music in Non-Musical Texts in Classical Athens,” Yale University. “When Non-Citizens Dance: Plato and Aristotle on the Poetics of Citizenship,” “Xenos/Metoikos (Alien-Metic),” XIV International Meeting on Ancient Drama, European Cultural Centre, Delphi, Greece. “Body and Soul Enchained: Inventing the Prison in Democratic Athens,” Brandeis University. Marcus Folch webpage.