Nancy Sultan

Nancy Sultan

Professor of Greek and Roman Studies

Ph.D. Comparative Literature, Harvard University; M.A. Classical Studies, University of Minnesota (Aegean archaeology focus); B.A. Classics, Minor in Music, UNC-Greensboro

Nancy Sultan is Professor and past Director of Greek and Roman Studies. She joined the faculty in 1993. She has published and taught widely in the area of Hellenic Cultural Studies. Her interests include oral poetics (cross-cultural approaches), mythology & folklore, ethnomusicology, Aegean archaeology, modern Greek folk poetry and drama, and gender studies. She has participated in archaeological excavations at Gournia and Mochlos on the island of Crete, and at the site of Naukratis, Egypt. She is the recipient of many grants, awards, and honors, including the Excellence in College Teaching Award presented by the American Philological Association in 2009.

Publications - Monograph

  • Exile and the Poetics of Loss in Greek Tradition. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.


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Prof. Sultan is also a fiction writer. Her plays have won competitions and have been performed at Heartland Theatre, Normal IL, and IWU. Her current fiction project is a fictional biography of the Greek sculptor Phidias and the building of the Parthenon. 

She has sailed the Nile, the Yangtze, and the Wine-Dark Sea, ridden on donkeys, camels, and elephants, slept in a king's tomb, and survived several earthquakes and a hurricane. Her students have followed her into the storage room of Christie's Auction House and into museums in NY, Boston, Chicago, and Champaign. 

Her motto is:  dum vivo, ludo 'As long as I live, I play'.

Dr. Sultan's Curriculum Vitae