Victoria Wohl

Professor and Chair
LI 214


Fields of Study


Victoria Wohl works on the literature and culture of classical Greece. Her research spans a variety of genres, poetic and prosaic, and focuses in particular on the social relations, political thought, and psychic life of democratic Athens. She is the author of Intimate Commerce: Exchange, Gender, and Subjectivity in Greek Tragedy (Texas, 1998), Love Among the Ruins: The Erotics of Democracy in Classical Athens (Princeton, 2002), and Law’s Cosmos: Juridical Discourse in Athenian Forensic Oratory (Cambridge, 2010), and editor of a collection entitled Probabilities, Hypotheticals, and Counterfactuals in Ancient Greek Thought (Cambridge, 2014). Her most recent book, Euripides and the Politics of Form (Princeton, 2015), was based on her 2011 Martin Classical Lectures. She is currently working on the poetics of the Presocratic philosophers.

Wohl received her BA from Harvard College and MA and PhD from University of California, Berkeley. Before joining the UofT Classics Department in 2006, she taught at the Ohio State University and University of Texas at San Antonio, and also spent time at the Center for Hellenic Studies and the Institute for Advanced Study. She was co-editor of Phoenix (2007-2009) and speaker for the CAC Western Tour (2011) and Central Tour (2014).