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Sean Corner, Ph.D. (Princeton)

Associate Dean (Academic), Humanities
Associate Professor
Phone: 905-525-9140 x26470
Office: Togo Salmon Hall 710

Dr. Corner studies political society and culture in Archaic Greece and Classical Greece. His research draws on social theory and integrates literary and material sources to analyze the social structure and political values of the citizen-state. He is concerned especially with the inter-relationship of private, social and public life in the construction of political community. He is currently writing a monograph for Oxford University Press provisionally entitled The Greek Symposium and the Origins of the Polis. The book analyzes the meaning and function of the Greek banquet in Archaic Society and asks what light this sheds on the origins and development of the Greek polis. It argues that the rituals of dinner provided a sentimental education in citizenship and that the dinning room was a key space for the building of civic community.

Areas of Interest:

Greek history: origins and development of the polis; political society and culture; civic and private life; Athenian democracy


Curriculum Vitae


Ph.D. Princeton University, 2005

M.A. Princeton University, 2000

B.A. University of Oxford, 1995



“Transcendent Drinking: The Symposium at Sea Reconsidered,” in The Classical Quarterly 60.2, 2010, 352-380.

“Wine,” in The Oxford Encyclopedia of Ancient Greece and Rome, Vol. 7, M. Gagarin and E. Fantham (edd.), 2010, 232-237.

“Bringing the Outside In. The Andrōn as Brothel and the Symposium’s Civic Sexuality,” in Greek Prostitutes in the Ancient Mediterranean, 800 BCE-200 CE, A. Glazebrook and M. Henry (edd.), University of Wisconsin Press, 2011, 60-85.

“Did ‘Respectable’ Women Attend Symposia?” in Greece & Rome 59.1, 2012, 34-45.

“The Politics of the Parasite (Part One)” in Phoenix 67.1-2, 2013, 43-80

“The Politics of the Parasite (Part Two)” in Phoenix 67.3-4, 2013, 223-236.

“Sumposion,” in A Companion to Greek and Roman Sexualities, T.K. Hubbard (ed.), Blackwell, 2014, 199-213.

“The Symposium,” in A Companion to Food in the Ancient World, J. Wilkins and R. Nadeau (edd.), Blackwell, 2015, 234-42.

Review of J.M. Dillon, Morality and Custom in Ancient Greece in The New England Classical Journal 32.3, August 2005, 261-63.

Review of P. Liddel, Civic Obligation and Individual Liberty in Ancient Athens, in Phoenix 63.3-4, 2009, 395-398.

Review of K.H. Kinzl (ed.), A Companion to the Classical Greek World, in Mouseion 53.3.9, 2009 No. 1, 78-82.

Review of L. Mitchell & L. Rubinstein (edd.), Greek History and Epigraphy: Essays in Honour of P.J. Rhodes, in Mouseion 53.3.9, 2009 No. 3, 333-337.

Review of K.M. Lynch, The Symposium in Context: Pottery from a Late Archaic House near the Athenian Agora, in Phoenix 68.1-2, 2014, 179-182.

In Progress:

The Greek Symposium and the Origins of the Polis, under contract with Oxford University Press (USA)