Allison M. J. Glazebrook

Faculty of Humanities

Allison M. J. Glazebrook

Department of Classics

Associate Professor, Greek Social and Cultural History; Gender and Sexuality; Greek Oratory; Attic Vase Painting
Department Chair
BA (Alberta), MA (Queen’s), PhD (Buffalo)

Mailing Address:

Department of Classics
Brock University
St Catharines ON L2S 3A1 CANADA

Phone: 905 688 5550 ext 3319
Fax: 905 984 4859

Teaching 2013-2014:

  • CLAS 5V57: Slavery in Ancient Greece (fall)
  • CLAS/WGST 2P61: Women in the Ancient World (winter)

Professor Glazebrook spent a year as a regular member at the American School of Classical Studies in Athens upon completion of her Master's degree. Prior to coming to Brock University, she was a teaching and research fellow at Stanford University. Professor Glazebrook's research relates to the social and cultural history of ancient Greece, and focuses on women, gender and sexuality. She is currently researching the social and cultural history of ancient Greek prostitutes, with a particular focus on prostitutes as slaves. To date, much of her research has been on the image of the Athenian prostitute concentrating on how male discourse constructs and manipulates the image of the prostitute in such contexts as the law courts and the symposium. In part, her work is a reaction to scholarship that idealizes the ancient hetaira (sexual companion, regularly translated as courtesan), and attempts to look at how prostitution affected the lives of women across ancient Athenian society. This research has been funded through a SSHRC Standard Research Grant.


  • "Gender and Slavery" in Oxford Handbook of Greek and Roman Slaveries. Eds. Stephen Hodkinson, Marc Kleijwegt and Kostas Vlassopoulos. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Forthcoming.
  • With Kelly Olson, "Marriage and Adultery" in Companion to Greek and Roman Sexualities. Ed. Thomas K. Hubbard. New York: Blackwell. Forthcoming.
  • "Sexual Rhetoric: From Athens to Rome." A Companion to Greek and Roman Sexualities. Ed. Thomas K. Hubbard. Blackwell Publishing. Forthcoming.
  • "'Sex Ed' at the Archaic Symposium: Prostitutes, Boys and Paideia" in Sex in Antiquity: New Essays on Gender and Sexuality in the Ancient World. Eds. Nancy Rabinowitz and James Robson. New York: Routledge Publishing. Forthcoming.
  • With Nicola Mellor, "Bodies and Sexuality" in In Antiquity, A Cultural History of Women. Vol. 1. Ed. Janet H. Tulloch. New York: Bloomsbury, 2013. 33-55.
  • "Prostitutes, Plonk and Play: Female Banqueters on a Red-Figure Psykter from the Hermitage," Classical World 105.4 (2012): 497-524.
  • "Prostitution" in Cultural History of Sexuality, Vol. I: In the Classical World (800 BCE-350 CE), Eds. Mark Golden and Peter Toohey. Berg Publishing in Oxford. 145-68. 2011.
  • Co-edited with M. M. Henry, Greek Prostitutes in the Ancient Mediterranean, 800 BCE to 200 CE. University of Wisconsin Press. 2011. [Brock News article on Greek Prostitutes
  • "Porneion: Prostitution in Athenian Civic Space" in Greek Prostitutes in the Ancient Mediterranean, 800 BCE to 200 CE, Eds. A. Glazebrook and M. M. Henry. University of Wisconsin Press. 34-59. 2011.
  • "Cosmetics and Sôphrosunê: Ischomachos’ Wife in Xenophon’s Oikonomikos." Classical World 102.3 (2009): 231-46.
  •  "Prostituting Female Kin:  Plu. Sol. 23.1-2."  Dike:  Rivista di Storia del Diritto Greco ed Ellenistico 8 (2006): 33-53. pdf 
  • "The Bad Girls of Athens: The Image and Function of Hetairai in Judicial Oratory." Prostitutes and Courtesans in the Ancient World, eds. Christopher A. Faraone and Laura K. McClure. University of Wisconsin Press, 2006: 125-38. 
  • "The Making of a Prostitute: Apollodoros’s Portrait of Neaira." Arethusa 38.2 (2005): 161-88.
  • "Reading Women: Book Rolls on Attic Vases." Mouseion  Series III, 5 (2005): 1-46.

Recent papers presented:

  • Sexual Labor in the Ancient World. WCC Panel. Annual Meeting of the APA, Seattle (2013).
  • "Erotic Justice: Prostitutes and Disputes in Classical Athens," Justice on the Margins, University of Western Ontario, London (2011).
  • "A Sympotic Education: Hetairai and Paideia on Attic Red-figure Vases," Lecture Series in Honour of Karelisa Hartigan. University of Florida, Gainesville (2011).
  • "Paideia and the Hetaira-only Drinking Party in Attic Vase Painting,” CAC conference, Quebec City (2010).
  • "Rethinking the Hetaira-only Drinking Party: A Red-figure Psyktēr from the State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersberg," Department of Classics, University of Waterloo (2009).
  • "Rethinking the Hetaira-only Drinking Party in Attic Vase Painting," Department of Classics, University of Cincinnati (2009).
  • "Prostitution, Regulation and the Law," CAC conference, Vancouver (2009).
  • "The Hetaira-Only Drinking Party: Libertine Ladies?" HRI Symposium, Brock University (2009).
  • Houses of Ill-Repute: The Archaeology of Houses, Brothels and Taverns. A Colloquium organized with Barbara Tsakirgis (Vanderbilt University), Annual Meeting of the AIA, Philadelphia (2009). abstract
  •  "Is there an Archaeology of Prostitution?" Houses of Ill-Repute: The Archaeology of Houses, Brothels and Taverns, Annual Meeting of the AIA, Philadelphia (2009). abstract
  •  "Prostitution, Space and Place: The Pornē in Classical Athens," Feminism and Classics V, University of Michigan, (2008).
  • "Athenian Prostitution and the Law," Annual Meeting of CAMWS, Tucson (2008).


  • Associate Editor, Greek History. Phoenix. A Journal of the Classical Association of Canada (2009-present).
  • Review Editor, Phoenix. A Classical Journal of the Classical Association of Canada (2011-present)


Women’s Classical Caucus
Ontario Classical Association
Classical Association of Canada, Women’s Network
Classical Association of Canada
Diotima: Women and Gender in the Ancient World

Allison M. J. Glazebrook

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