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Vanessa B. Gorman

Vanessa B. Gorman

Associate Professor of History

Contact Information:

619 Oldfather Hall

Department of History
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Lincoln, NE 68588, USA
Phone: (402) 472-3242
Fax: (402) 472-8839
E-mail: email address

Joined the Department:

August 1994

Originally from a small town in upstate New York, I trained as a general Classicist with a strong emphasis in history at the University of Pennsylvania under A. John Graham and Martin Ostwald. Though I have published in the past concerning Latin epic (Vergil, Lucan, the Ciris), my main grounding is in Archaic and Classical Greek history and philology. I have written a monograph tracing the archaic and classical development of the city of Miletos. Since then, I have been collaborating with my husband, Robert Gorman on Corrupting Luxury in Ancient Greek Literature, a detailed study of luxury and decadence as characterized in Greek philosophical and historiographical traditions. We conclude that decadent luxury leading to destruction is not a Greek concept at all, but a Roman one, and that the Hellenistic historical fragments needs to be completely reedited along new historiographical methods that we have developed. The manuscript was submitted in January 2013.


  • Ancient Greece
  • Rome


Ph.D. in Classical Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, May 1993


Gorman, Vanessa B., ed. Oikistes: Studies in Constitutions, Colonies, and Military Power in the Ancient World. Offered in Honor of A. J. Graham. Leiden: Brill, 2002.
Gorman, Vanessa B. Miletos, the Ornament of Ionia: A History of the City to 400 BCE. Ann Arbor: Univ. of Michigan Press, 2001.


Gorman, Vanessa B. "Truphe and Hybris in the Peri Bion Of Clearchus" Philologus. (2010): 186-206.
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Conference Papers:

" "Shipwrecking on Luxury" in Athenaeus." Paper presented at American Philological Association, January 8, 2007.