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Simon Burris

Senior Lecturer in Classics

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Tel: (254) 710-1358


  • Ph.D. Classical Literature and Philology, Cornell University, 2004
  • B.A. Classics with Honors, University of Texas at Austin, 1992


  • Archaic Greek poetry, Pindar, papyrology

Why did you choose Baylor?

"I may as well say up front that I married a Waco girl, and that I am delighted to be able to pursue my profession near family and fine barbeque. Besides that all-important fact, the two things that recommend Baylor are the unusually great strength of the Classics program, and the frank and friendly way that Baylor pursues its Christian mission. I happen to believe that the two characteristics go together rather well. Any sustained and fruitful work for the Kingdom requires that we face unchanging truths and practical realities head-on, without sparing our own feelings or otherwise weaseling out of the work to be done. The serious study of the Greek and Latin Classics requires the same sort of devotion to the truth. And while it would be rank presumption to compare the fruits of Classics to the fruits of the Kingdom, nevertheless our area of study happens to be one that offers much illumination of the cultural ground on which our Lord and his first saints trod."

Research Interests

Dr. Burris' interests are broad but center around poetry, especially Greek lyric. He is also a Faculty Fellow in Ancient Greek Literary Papyri at the Baylor Institute for Studies of Religion and serves as a Scholar-Mentor for the Green Scholars Initiative.

What are the strengths of the Classics Department?

"A perusal of our publications and conference presentations reveals two areas of concentration: Greek poetry, from Homer to Hellenistic, and Latin poetry, especially Vergil. Each of these branches of Classical literature overlaps with para-disciplines that are also well-represented amongst our faculty: papyrological studies in connection with Greek literature, and topographical and art-historical approaches in connection with Roman literature. Our library holdings also reflect, for the most part, an emphasis in both Greek and Roman poetry."

Recent Papers

  • "What does εὐκλεᾶ λαοσσόων μναστῆρ� ἀγώνων at Pythian 12.24 mean?" CAMWS, Baton Rouge, LA, 31 March 2012
  • "Who was Polyphemus expecting at Odyssey 9.513-14?" CAMWS, Grand Rapids, MI, 7 April 2011.
  • "Athletic success treated as objective erotic qualification in Pindar." CAMWS Southern Section, Richmond, VA, 29 October 2010.
  • "The Erginos myth at Pindar, Ol. 4.19-27." CAMWS, Minneapolis, MN, 3 April 2009.
  • "Learning by example: The role of Pytheas at Isthmian 5.59-61." APA, Philadelphia, PA, 9 January 2009.
  • "Where are the losers in Greek epinician poetry?" CAMWS, Tucson, AZ, 19 April 2008.
  • "Victrix augebat Cynthia regnum: On Seneca�s astronomical dating at Apocolocyntosis 2.1." CAMWS, Cincinnati, OH, 13 April 2007.
  • "The eagle�s prey at Nemean 3.80-82.� APA, San Diego, CA, 7 January 2007.
  • Sore losers in Iliad 23, Pindar, and Bacchylides." CAMWS Southern Section, Memphis, TN, 3 November 2006.
  • "The paean in attack: A new category of functionality?" CAMWS, Gainesville, FL, 7 April 2006.
  • "Bacchylides� tongue as vehicle: Bacchylides 10.51f.� Presented at Corhali IX (Cornell-Harvard-Lille Colloquium on Greek Poetry), Lille, France, 28 May 1998.
  • What does μέλος ἑορτῆς ἥδιστον εὑρών mean at Frogs 399f.?" Presented at Corhali VIII, Princeton, NJ, 7 June 1997.

Work in Progress

In addition to his work on Pindar, Dr. Burris focuses on the production of edited texts and commentaries of various papyri from Green Collection, involving undergraduate researchers under aegis of Green Scholars Initiative.