Selina Stewart, PhD (Cornell University), BA Hons (Concordia University, Montreal)

Associate Professor, Faculty of Arts - History, Classics, & Religion Dept


Associate Professor, Faculty of Arts - History, Classics, & Religion Dept
(780) 492-0857
2-80 Tory (H.M.) Building
11211 Saskatchewan Drive NW
Edmonton AB
T6G 2H4


Area of Study / Keywords

Greek Poetry Hellenistic Poetry History of Science Homer Aratus Argonautica


I work primarily on Ancient Greek poetic and scientific texts and teach all levels of Greek and Latin language and literature. I have published articles on ancient epic, lyric and Hellenistic poetry, ancient astronomy, astrology and divination and have a book manuscript in preparation. I am past member of the board for the Classical Association of Canada and the journal Phoenix; received the "Cécile E. Mactaggart Travel Award for Narrative Writing" in 2014, and the Faculty of Arts "Award for Excellence in Graduate Mentorship and Teaching" in 2020.

My work as a translator has included the translation of Nicole Loraux's Né de la terre: Mythe et politique à Athènes published by Cornell University Press as Born of the Earth in 2000, translation for past members of the CNRS (Centre de recherche nationale) and the École des hautes études en sciences sociales in Paris and the Centre de recherche philologique, Université de Lille III.  Other translations appear in Brunschwig and Lloyd's Greek Thought ("Physics" and "Technology"), published in 2000.  I also taught a course in the history of translation for many years in the Department of Modern Languages and Cultures at the University of Alberta, and began my working life as a computer clerk at McGill in the late 1970s.


My research is primarily focused on various intersections of poetry and science in the ancient world. Current projects include a book in preparation on Ancient Greek colour terms and chapter contributions and articles on Hellenistic poetics, ancient astronomy, decipherment and ancient optics and theories of visual perception. I have published articles on ancient and Hellenistic epic, lyric, epigram and elegiac poetry, the poetics of colour terminology, acrostics, divination and astrology in Rome, and poetry and astronomy. Beyond specialization in Greek and Latin I have a background in Indo-European Historical Linguistics (Hittite, Vedic and Classical Sanskrit, early Germanic, Celtic and Slavic languages, historical phonology) and have researched and taught in Linguistics as well as Classics departments in Canada and the U.S.


I teach Greek and Latin language and literature courses at all levels (especially GREEK 201, 481, 482 and 505, LATIN 102, 406, 475 and 506) as well CLASS 303: "Greco-Roman Religion" at the 3rd year level, Greek and Roman literature in translation (CLASS 221, 321 and 322), CLASS 103: "Introduction to Ancient Greece" and CLASS 400 and 500 ("Topics in the Culture and Society of Greco-Roman Antiquity"). In 2014 I developed and taught a 4th year seminar entitled Sappho to Wilde on homosexuality in Greco-Roman texts and its reception in Western literature, based on Greek and Roman poetic texts and their reception in poetry and art from the Renaissance through Victorian England and the early 20th C.; the course is taught largely from a literary perspective. 


CLASS 303 - Religion in Greco-Roman Antiquity

Examination of the nature of pre-Christian religious practices in antiquity.

GREEK 482 - Topics in Greek Poetry

GREEK 505 - Topics in Greek Poetry

LATIN 102 - Beginners' Latin II

A continuation of LATIN 101. Prerequisite: LATIN 101 or consent of Department. Not open to students with credit in LATIN 103.

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Scholarly Activities

Other - Cécile E. Mactaggart Travel Award for Narrative Writing (“A Hallowe’en Meditation”), 2014

Winning essay for the Cécile E. Mactaggart Travel Award for Narrative Writing (“A Hallowe’en Meditation”), 2014.  A Halloween Meditation: Gay family life in Canada in the early and mid-20th C.  Personal memoir.

A Halloween Meditation


"Imperial Fortunes: Portents, Prodigies & Dio's Astrology of the State"

Author(s): Selina Stewart
Publication Date: 3/18/2022
Publication: Leiden: Brill
Volume: The Intellectual Climate of Cassius Dio, edd. Kemezis, A. M., C. Bailey & B. Poletti
Page Numbers: 301-23

Argonauts in the Mist

Author(s): Selina Stewart
Publication Date: 2013
Publication: Classical Philology
Volume: v. 108
Issue: no. 3
Page Numbers: 235-240

"Apollo of the Shore: Apollonius of Rhodes and the Acrostic Phenomenon"

Author(s): Selina Stewart
Publication Date: 2010
Publication: Classical Quarterly
Volume: 60
Issue: 2
Page Numbers: 401-415

Emending Aratus’ Insomnia: Callimachus F. 27

Author(s): Selina Stewart
Publication Date: 2008
Publication: Mnemosyne
Volume: v. 61
Issue: Fasc. 4, Leiden: 2008
Page Numbers: 586-600

The Blues of Aratus

Author(s): Selina Stewart
Publication Date: 2006
Publication: Hellenistica Groningana 11: Beyond the Canon
Issue: Leuven: 2006
Page Numbers: 319-343
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Loraux, Nicole, Born of the Earth: Myth and Politics in Athens

Author(s): Nicole Loraux, Selina Stewart (translator)
Publication Date: 2000
Volume: Born of the Earth, originally Né de la Terre. Mythe et politique à Athènes. Paris, 1996.
Issue: Translated by Selina Stewart for Cornell University Press: Ithaca and London, 2000.
Page Numbers: 175 pages.