Department Chair:
Drew Wilburn

Administrative Assistant:
Linda Pardee

Phone: (440) 775-8390
Fax: (440) 775-8084

King Building, Room 105
10 N. Professor St.
Oberlin, OH, 44074

Kirk Ormand

Kirk Ormand

Nathan A. Greenberg Professor of Classics
and Acting ϝάναξ (spring 2017)

Contact Information


King Building 105C
(440) 775-8394

Personal Office Hours:
M 10:00 - 11:00; T 3:00 - 4:00; TH 11:00 - 12:00 or by appointment.

Kirk Ormand

Kirk Ormand

Kirk on Santorini

Kirk begins the trek to archaia Thira

Educational Background

  • Bachelor of Arts, Carleton College, 1985
  • Master of Arts, Stanford University, 1989
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Stanford University, 1992

Kirk Ormand has been at Oberlin since 2001,  His research specialties include sexuality in the ancient world, archaic Greek poetry (especially Hesiod and Sappho), Sophocles, Euripides, Lucan, and the Greek Novel.  He regularly teaches Sexuality in Ancient Greece and Rome, Classical Mythology, Greek History and intermediate and advanced courses in ancient Greek and Latin.

Kirk spent the year of 2007-08 in Athens, Greece, as the Elizabeth A. Whitehead Professor at the American School of Classical Studies in Athens, where he pursued interests in material culture and Greek pre-history. In the summer of 2010, he led the ASCSA's summer session I, a 6-week archaeological tour of Crete and mainland Greece.  

In January of 2013, Kirk led an intrepid group of 18 students on a 16-day tour of archaeological sites in ancient Greece.  You can visit a tumblr (blog) of their trip here.  The group had a terrific trip, and enjoyed being in Greece during the low tourist season.  Kirk hopes to make this trip a more regular event (the previous trip was in 2006).

Kirk's publications include  Controlling Desires: Sexuality in Ancient Greece and Rome (Praeger Press, 2008), and the  Companion to Sophocles (Wiley-Blackwell, 2012), which came out in paperback in 2015.  Kirk's most recent books are The Hesiodic Catalogue of Women and Archaic Greece (Cambridge U. Press, 2014) and Ancient Sex: New Essays (Ohio State U. Press, 2015).

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book cover      Hesiodic Catalogue of Women     Cover of Ancient Sex: New Essays

Here's a link to the Companion to Sophocles.

Here is a link to the book on the Hesiodic Catalogue of Women.

Kirk recently reviewed James Robson's Sex and Sexuality in Ancient Athens: here's a link to the review.

Here is a link to Kirk's CV.