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Margaret E. Butler

Margaret E. Butler

Fellow of Ralston College, 2014-2017
Ph.D. Classical Archaeology, 2008

Meg Butler received her B.A. in Classics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2000), with highest distinction, highest honors, and Phi Beta Kappa membership, before earning her Ph.D. in Classics from Stanford (2008). Her dissertation--"Of Swords and Strigils: Social Change in Ancient Macedon--was supervised by Ian Morris, Michael Shanks, and Joseph Manning and focused on the growth of Macedon under Philip II, with a particular emphasis on institutional change, regional systems, and ritual behavior. Her publications include "The logic of opportunity: Philip II, Demosthenes, and the charismatic imagination" (Syllecta Classica 2011) and "Raising Lazarus: Teaching Death in the Classics Classroom" (From Abortion to Pederasty: Addressing Difficult Subjects in the Classics Classroom, which won the Idaho State University 2015 Teaching Literature Book Award). Meg has fieldwork experience in the United States, Jordan, Sicily, and Greece. Currently she is working on two different projects: a civic education and citizenship curriculum for PreK-12 and university students and a narrative archaeology of landscape and material culture in southern Patagonia and Antarctica. She lives in Santiago de Chile.