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Brian Le

Brian Le

M.A. Student - Language and Literature
B.A. in Classical Studies, Santa Clara University, 2016

Brian received his B.A. in Classical Studies with a minor in Greek Language & Literature from Santa Clara University in 2016. His undergraduate thesis, "Food for Thought: Memory and Sustenance in the Odyssey" examined the cultural associations of life and death linked to memory, forgetfulness, and sustenance in the Odyssey, and how the manipulation of oral formulas in hospitality type-scenes point to the proper, or improper, social function of memory and feasting as aspects of xenia.

As an M.A. student on the language and literature track at the Stanford Classics department, Brian continues to pursue his passion for Greek and Latin poetry through the lens of close reading and philological analysis. He is interested in uncovering the socio-cultural values, ways of thinking, and implicit associations reflected within the ancient poets' use of language and imagery, and hopes to investigate the nuanced and sympathetic visions of humanity expressed in Classical texts. He is particularly fascinated by the Homeric epics, Greek tragedy, and Latin epic, but is open to incorporating a diverse variety of methodologies, perspectives, and authors into his exploration of the ancient world.