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Marie-Claire Beaulieu
Associate Professor, Classics
Director of Graduate Studies
Affiliated Faculty, Religion

Marie-Claire Beaulieu
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Tufts University
Department of Classics
327 Eaton Hall
Medford, MA 02155

Office: 617.627.2438
Fax: 617.627.2896
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Curriculum Vitae

Greek religion, Greek epigraphy, Medieval Latin, Digital Humanities

Marie-Claire Beaulieu's interests are concentrated in two main areas: Greek religion and Digital Humanities. In Greek religion, she has published articles and given professional talks on various aspects of Greek cults and myths, especially centering on myths of the sea. She has a particular interest in the role of animals in Greek mythology, and has investigated dolphins and ducks in detail, among others. Her new book is titled "The Sea in the Greek Imagination" (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2016) in which she proposes that the sea marks the boundary between mortals, immortals, and the dead. For this reason, mythical sea-crossings are transforming journeys, as mortals challenge the boundaries imposed on them and transition to the afterlife or join the company of the gods. This book arrives at a timely moment in the Humanities, when the history of geography and cosmology is being reevaluated and reinterpreted. In the age of Google Earth, when any location on earth can be examined remotely with an unprecedented degree of precision, questions about the relationship between humans and the shape of their world become more pressing than ever.

In Digital Humanities, Marie-Claire Beaulieu is working on making the creation and dissemination of knowledge about the ancient world more accessible. She is the co-director of the Perseids Project, a collaborative online environment in which users can edit, translate, and produce commentaries on a variety of ancient source documents, including inscriptions, medieval manuscripts, and texts transmitted through the manuscript tradition such as Homer's Iliad. In her classes, students have the opportunity to publish ancient documents on the Web as term projects, thereby integrating their learning experience with an original contribution to research. Some of the current projects undertaken by students include the edition, translation, and publication of the Tisch Miscellany Collection, Greek funerary inscriptions, commentaries on source materials for Greek mythology, and an edition and translation of a 14th century compendium of English forest law held in Tisch Library at Tufts.