North American Scholar

SYSON, Antonia Jane Reobone

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  • Date of Birth (YYYY-MM-DD): 1973-02-23
  • Born City: Gaborone
  • Born State/Country: Botswana
  • Parents: John, private secretary to the President of Botswana, and Lucy Gaster S. (Deakin), a researcher for the U.N. Development Program.
  • Date of Death (YYYY-MM-DD): 2018-03-25
  • Death City: Lafayette
  • Death State/Country: IN
  • Education:

    B.A., Magdalen College, Oxford, 1995; Ph.D., U. California, Berkeley, 2003.

  • Professional Experience:

    Mellon Post Doc. Fell., Northwestern, 2003-4; lector. Latin, U. of Chicago, 2004-6; lector. in Classics, Dartmouth, 2006-8; asst. prof. Classics, Purdue, 2008-14; asso. prof., 2014-18.

  • Dissertation:

    "Reading for the Novel: Knowledge, Persuasion, and the Divine Narratives of Vergil's Aeneid" (Berkeley, 2003).

  • Publications:

    "Born to Speak: Ingenium and Natura in Tacitus's Dialogue on Orators," Arethusa 42 (2009) 45-76; "'Kicked Out': Guiding in Antonia Forest's Marlow Novels," True for the Trefoil: A Celebration of Fictional Girl Guides, ed. Tig Thomas (Coleford, Bath, UK: Girls Gone By, 2010); "Reading the Aeneid with Intermediate Latin Students," TCL 4,1 (2012) 44-63; Fama and Fiction in Vergil's Aeneid (Columbus: Ohio State U. Press, 2013; paperback, 2017); "Close Readings in a Latin Dictionary," TCL 7.1 (2016) 1-16; "Fifty Harpies and Fictive Knowledge in Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials Trilogy," in Classical Traditions in Modern Fantasy, ed. B. Stevens & B. Rogers (New York: Oxford University Press, 2017) 233-49.