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Lee Patterson, Ph.D.

Lee Patterson, Ph.D.

Office: 2572 Coleman Hall
Phone: 217-581-6372
Fax: 217-581-7233
Email: lepatterson2@eiu.edu
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MA in History
MA in History with Online Option for Teachers

Catalog Description

Dr. Lee Patterson's research interests are in two distinct fields: political uses of myth in the Greek world and Roman Armenia. His first book Kinship Myth in Ancient Greece (reviewed in BMCR) examined communities  that invoked shared putative ancestors to justify a diplomatic venture.  He has published on attitudes toward myth in various journals, with a new study on Strabo appearing in the Routledge Companion to Strabo.  Also forthcoming is a chapter on the writing of political uses of myth, titled "Politics," for The Oxford Handbook of Greek and Roman Mythography, edited by R. Scott Smith and Stephen Trzaskoma.  On the Roman side, Dr. Patterson is writing a book on Roman Armenia.  He is the recipient of two Achievement and Contribution Awards, one in Research in 2014 and one in Balanced (Teaching, Research, and Service) in 2016.

Admission to the graduate program in history requires an application to The Graduate School as well as an application to the Department of History submitted through MyEIU. Please contact Dr. Patterson or visit the program's website for program admission criteria.


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