Elizabeth Fisher

Elizabeth Fisher

Professor of Classical and Ancient Near Eastern Studies
Address: Rome Hall
801 22nd St NW
Washington, DC,
Phone: 202-994-6184
Fax: 202-994-2156
[email protected]

Elizabeth Fisher, Professor of Classical and Ancient Near Eastern Studies and former chair of the department, received a B.A. in Classics from Northwestern University and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Classical Philology from Harvard University; she has been awarded fellowships at The Center for Hellenic Studies and Dumbarton Oaks Center for Byzantine Studies. Her research focuses upon the survival, reception, and reinterpretation of classical literature through translation and imitation, especially in the medieval Greek literary tradition of Byzantium. She has published the Greek text of orations on holy subjects by the 11th-century Byzantine polymath Michael Psellos and translated some of them with annotations (for an example see here). She teaches courses on Greek and Latin language, literature, and culture and favors a multi-disciplinary approach to understanding ancient literature and languages in the political and material context of the culture that produced and used them as well as their role in contemporary American life.


Elizabeth Fisher’s latest project is completing for publication an article on Greek translations of predictive texts that relate unusual events in the natural world to the politics, warfare, and diseases to be expected in the near future. This widely popular genre originated in ancient Babylon and eventually expanded to include examples in Hebrew, Greek, Syriac, Latin, Arabic, and Gaelic.

Summaries of Selected Publications