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Susan Matthias

Susan Matthias

Adjunct Instructor

Susan Matthias received her PhD in Comparative Literature from NYU and her BA from Vassar College. Her areas of concentration were the modern Greek novel and Modernist literature. Her dissertation, a translation of Six Nights on the Acropolis, the only novel by Greek Nobel Laureate poet George Seferis, was awarded the Elizabeth Constantinides Prize and was published by Cosmos Publishing. Matthias' translations have appeared in publications including The Harvard Review, the Journal of Modern Greek Studies, and Modernism/Modernity. For the Center of Applied Liberal Arts, she specializes in classical literature, with courses on Homer, Virgil, and Greek tragedy. Before returning to academia, Matthias was VP/Director of Client Services at the public relations firm, Burson-Marsteller. She is a recipient of the NYUSPS Teaching Excellence Award.

Currently Teaching

Greek Tragedies with Happy Endings

Read three delightful ancient Greek tragedies with happy endings, and explore how the Greeks occasionally imbued tragedy with optimism.

The Greatest Journey of Them All: Reading Homer's Odyssey

Relive—or enjoy for the first time—the fabulous adventures of Odysseus as he journeys home to his wife and son after the Trojan War.