Prof. Carnes specializes in Greek lyric poetry, particularly the work of Pindar, a 5th Century BCE composer of odes for victors in the major athletic festivals of the Greek world (including the Olympian Games).

Carnes’ work examines the ways in which Pindar uses myth to promote the political agendas of his patrons’ home city-states.  His other research interests include literary theory and gender studies.

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