Sophie Mills

Professor, Department of Classics
122 Whitesides Hall, CPO 2850

Office Hours

  • Mon: 

    • 9 - 9:30 a.m.
    • 11:00 a.m. - noon
  • Tue: 

    • 9 - 10 a.m.
    • 2 - 3 p.m.
  • Wed: 

    • 9 - 9:30 a.m.
    • 11:00 a.m. - noon
  • Thu: 

    • 9 - 10 a.m.
    • 2 - 3 p.m.
  • Fri: 

    • 9 - 9:30 a.m.
    • 11:00 a.m. - noon
and by appointment

Sophie Mills, Professor in the Department of Classics, was born in London, England, and taught at Oxford and Bristol Universities for four years before coming to Asheville in 1994. She was Chair of the department from 1995 to 2011. She has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the 2011 UNC Board of Governors Award for Excellence in Teaching, Ruth and Leon Feldman Professorship with Distinction for Outstanding Scholarship and Service in 2006-2007, University Research Council Award for Scholarship and Creative Activities in 2006, and the Distinguished Teaching in the Humanities award in 2003. She has also served as the NEH Distinguished Teaching Professor in the Humanities.


  • D. Phil., Classics
    Somerville College, Oxford University
  • M.A., Classics
    Oxford University
  • B.A., Classics
    Oxford University

Recent Courses Taught

  • CLAS 179 LSIC: Ancient & Modern
  • CLAS 211 Intermediate Greek
  • CLAS 330 Attic Orators
  • CLAS 450 Greek Tragedy
  • CLAS 495 Senior Research Thesis
  • HUM 124  The Ancient World
  • CLAS 104 Greek II
  • CLAS 212 Intermediate Latin
  • CLAS 432 Virgil: Aeneid

Teaching and Research Interests

Greek and Latin literature, Greek tragedy,and Greek history and historiography. Other projects include research on Imperialism, both Greek and Roman. She is particularly interested in understanding the national psyche of a world power (nation/empire), which results in imperialism.

Selected Publications

  • Forthcoming: “The Significance of 1.50-2 in the Lydian logos of Herodotus”. Accepted by Greece and Rome, to be published in October 2014; “Classical Elements and Mythological Archetypes in The Hunger Games”. Accepted for publication by New Voices in Classical Reception.
  • 2014: “It wouldn’t happen here..Could it?”: Chorus and Collusion in Euripides’ Medea in Looking at Medea, edited by David Stuttard (Bloomsbury, 2014)
  • 2012: “The Roman Empire: Critics and Aspirants”, Brill’s Companion to the Roman Empire (Leiden), edited by Dexter Hoyos: 333-345
  • 2010: “Affirming Athenian Action: Euripides’ Portrayal of  Military Activity and the Limits of Tragic Instruction” in War, Culture and Democracy in Classical Athens (Cambridge University Press), edited by David Pritchard: 163-183.      
  • 2006: Euripides. Bacchae (Duckworth, Companions to Greek and Roman Tragedy series)
  • 2005: Review of John Davie (trans.), Euripides: The Bacchae and Other Plays. With an introduction and notes by Richard Rutherford. London: Penguin, in BMCR 2006-10-26 (available online)
  • 2005: "What does she think of us? Donna Tartt, The Secret History, and the Image of Classicists" in Classical Outlook 83.1
  • 2002: Euripides. Hippolytus (Duckworth, Companions to Greek and Roman Tragedy series)
  • 1997: Theseus, Tragedy and the Athenian Empire (Oxford University Press)

Selected Papers

  • 2010: "What was Theseus doing in the Underworld in Sophocles' Phaedra?" CAMWS-SS
  • 2008: "Unhappy Feet: the Trials of Sophocles' Philoctetes and Oedipus," CAMWS-SS
  • 2006: "A Rehabilitation of Pentheus: John Bowen’s The Disorderly Women," CAMWS-SS
  • 2005: "'The whole race loves children' (Euripides Heracles 636): Small Children in Some Tragedies of Euripides," CAMWS
  • 2004: "The Madness of Simon: Lysian rhetorical strategy," CAMWS-SS