Department of Classics and the College
Emily Austin’s research focuses on emotions in Homer and on exploring how the unique features of the language in the poems shape the narrative. A related interest is the poems’ presentation of character, particularly with respect to communication and relationships.
She is currently working on a book, tentatively titled “Grief, Anger, and the Iliadic Hero,” that explores the nexus of grief, anger, and vengeance in the Iliad. In this work, she identifies language in the Iliad unique to Achilles, linking his grief for Patroklos with a longing, ποθή. Austin received The Edwin S. and Ruth M. White Prize and the Angela J. and James J. Rallis Memorial Award from the Boston University Center for the Humanities in 2014 for her work. The New England Classical Journal published an excerpt in 2015, under the title “Grief as ποθή: Understanding the Anger of Achilles.”
Austin received her BA in classical studies, with a focus in Greek, from the University of Dallas. She earned her PhD in classical studies from Boston University, where she taught courses on Homeric heroes and the ancient world. She was honored with the Outstanding Teaching Fellow award for her work with undergraduates at Boston University.