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Sarah Hitch

Leverhulme Early Career Fellow
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Sarah Hitch has a B.A. in Classics from Emory University and a Ph.D. in Classical Philology from Harvard University. Before she finished her Ph.D., she worked as a teacher at Winchester College and Westminster School. After Harvard, she was a teaching fellow at the University of Reading (2006-2007) and the University of Bristol (2007-2011).

She has a wide range of interests in Greek religion, poetry and myth. Her research focuses on the Greek system of food offerings to their gods and the ways this relates to the anthropomorphic picture of gods promoted in Homer. Studies of Greek religion in the 20th century considered myth to be divorced from ritual practice because of the significant differences between artists’ representations of gods and the contemporary testimony for their rituals and criticism of ‘myth’ in Greek philosophy. Her study draws on anthropology, the cognitive science of religion and contemporary theoretical work on oral traditions and performance to propose a much greater influence on both ancient practices and modern interpretations by understanding doubt and paradox as powerful factors in religious belief and the transmission of religious narratives and rituals.