Keating McKeon

Keating McKeon

PhD Candidate in Classical Philology
Keating McKeon

Research Interests: Athenian tragedy, Archaic Greek poetry, Seneca

Raised in West Hartford, Connecticut, I received my B.A. from Columbia University in 2012, having spent my third year completing Part II of the Classics Tripos at the University of Cambridge. Upon graduation from Columbia, I was awarded the university’s Douglas Gardner Caverly Prize for a senior thesis reevaluating the nature of the relationship between Eteocles and the Chorus in Aeschylus’ Septem contra Thebas. I entered Harvard’s Ph.D. program in Classical Philology in the autumn of 2012, interested chiefly in Athenian tragedy and the various poetic genres of Archaic Greece, but aiming also to look eastwards in my research: the history and literature of ancient Iran represent a parallel interest of mine, from the Gathas to Achaemenid kingship. I’ve been awarded a GSAS fellowship to study Sanskrit in the summer of 2014, and in the 2014-15 academic year I will be taking special courses with Gregory Nagy on Pindar; Richard Tarrant on Senecan tragedy; and P. Oktor Skjærvø on the poetics of the Avesta. 

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