Michael Sham, Professor of Modern Languages and Classics (Classics)



Michael Sham, Ph.D., Professor of Modern Languages and Classics (Classics)
Classical Mythology; Epic Poetry; Greek Tragedy; the Greco-Roman Novel
Office: Kiernan Hall 205
Phone: (518)783-4284
Email: sham@siena.edu


Michael Sham, Professor of Classics at Siena College, for the past sixteen years has developed a small but vigorous program. He is co-author of Classical Mythology, published by Oxford University Press. He is currently working on Now Playing, a supplemtent to the text which will deal with the legacy of classical mythology in film, music, and dance, to be published in 2013. Throughout his teaching career he has been dedicated to bringing the value of a classical education to a wider audience. He has worked to bring together scholars, writers, and artists across traditional academic disciplines to explore the continually renewed vitality of the classical tradition. He has written and spoken on a wide range of scholarly interests, including the influence of Ovid’s Metamorphoses on contemporary American poets, the continuing influence of Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey  in comtemporary culture, and the adaptation and production of Greek tragedy for the contemporary stage. He has himself written an adaption of Euripides’ Iphigenia in Aulis to some acclaim. He is also responsible for both the Companion Website and Instructor’s Manual for Classical Mythology.

Currently Chair of the Modern Languages & Classics Department.