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Bella Vivante

Bella Vivante

Ph.D., Stanford University, 1982

 

Bella Vivante, Ph.D. 1982, Professor Emerita of Classics, University of Arizona. Devoted to study travel abroad she studied for a summer at Pompeii and a year at the American School of Classical Studies in Athens where she later directed a summer session. Beginning with a Stanford summer group, she has led numerous student study trips to Greece and Turkey, which she has recently expanded to adult educational groups, now conducted through her company, ARIELA, LLC, Educational Travel, Performance, Consultancy, http://wingedariela.com, and as a Study Leader for Smithsonian Journeys. From her dissertation, “Personifications in Aeschylus’ Oresteia,” under Advisor Mark Edwards, her research has expanded to incorporate feminist and Native American theoretical perspectives, and encompasses Homer, oral traditions, Greek drama, and viewing ancient women’s roles from innovative, empowering perspectives. She presents the theoretical basis for her cross-cultural, gynocentric approach in “The Primal Mind” (Feminism and Classics, Routledge 1992), which infuses most of her work that also aims to make the ancient world more accessible and dynamic to contemporary audiences: e.g., scriptwriter and actor, Women, Marriage and Family in Ancient Greece (Paideia Project dvd 2012); Daughters of Gaia: Women in the Ancient Mediterranean World (Praeger 2007, Oklahoma 2008); translator, with commentary, Euripides’ Helen, in Women on the Edge: Four Plays by Euripides (Routledge 1999). Besides teaching, lecturing to, and planning study travel for adult educational groups she still plans to complete a book on Helen in ancient poetry and modern poetry and film, and she’s an avid folkdancer.