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Dr. Hall specializes in Greek poetry of the Archaic period, particularly lyric poetry and the Homeric Hymns. In terms of approach, he is interested in questions of performance and genre, and of how different literary works relate to one another. These interests, of both method and period, both connect to the big, unanswerable questions: what is literature, and how did it come about?
What are the strengths of the Classics Department?
"First and foremost, it's huge! It is unusual to find a Classics department with so many faculty members, to say nothing of so many high-caliber faculty members, outside of the Ivy League or huge state flagships. Second, and perhaps more importantly, students are able to benefit directly from the size and quality of the faculty by interacting with them in the context of relatively small courses, such as one might get at a much smaller college. In a way, Classics at Baylor is able to incorporate the best of both collegiate worlds."
He has three projects in the pipeline: an article on the date of the Homeric Hymn to Selene, currently being revised; another on the religious function played by the Homeric Hymns in their performance; and a third on the unique ideology of marriage found in the lyric poetry composed and/or performed by women.