Lee E. Patterson, Professor of History, Graduate Coordinator
Office: 2572 - Coleman Hall
Lee Patterson's Vita
In my history classes I want my students to encounter the treasures of the past and learn the lessons of human experience, to think critically and creatively about history, and to develop a sense of curiosity that they will carry with them into their own futures. Whatever their major, whatever their goals in life, I encourage my students to let the humanities guide their journey. History and its related fields allow us to experience the world in its wondrous variety and leave us with an inquisitiveness that lifts us above the banalities of an existence that knows only career objectives and materialistic goals. I try to promote a love of learning that not only can make students' future careers successful by whatever measure their chosen industries apply but can make their journey through life enriched and fulfilling.
Frequently Taught Courses
- HIS 1500: Roots of the Modern World: Society and Religion
- HIS 3120: Ancient Egypt
- HIS 3130: Iraq and the Ancient Near East
- HIS 3140: Ancient Greece
- HIS 3150: The Roman World
- HIS 3160: Ancient Iran
- HIS 4863: The Trojan War: History and Archaeology
- HIS 4865: Alexander the Great
- HIS 5440: Ancient Persia: From the Achaemenids to the Sasanians
University of Missouri-Columbia, Ph.D. in Classical Studies (2003)
- Society for Classical Studies (formerly American Philological Association)
- Classical Association of the Middle West and South
- Association of Ancient Historians
- American Research Institute of the South Caucasus
- Association for Iranian Studies
Two distinct fields compete for my scholarly time: political uses of myth in the Greek world (and related issues involving perceptions of myth by Strabo, Pausanias, etc.) and Roman Armenia (and related issues involving the Arsacids, the Sasanians, Roman frontier studies, etc.). My first book Kinship Myth in Ancient Greece (reviewed in BMCR) examined communities (and sometimes kings like Alexander the Great) that invoked shared putative ancestors to justify a diplomatic venture. On authors’ attitudes toward myth I have published articles in various journals, with a study on Strabo recently appearing in The Routledge Companion to Strabo. Also forthcoming is a chapter on the writing of political myth, simply titled "Politics," for The Oxford Handbook of Greek and Roman Mythography. On the Roman side, I am currently writing a book on Roman Armenia. My interest in this topic has yielded a number of recent publications, including "Caracalla's Armenia" in the journal Syllecta Classica; "Antony and Armenia" in TAPA; and a chapter titled “Minority Religions in the Sasanian Empire: Suppression, Integration, and Relations with Rome” in the edited volume Sasanian Persia: Between Rome and the Steppes of Eurasia. I am the recipient of two Achievement and Contribution Awards, one in Research in 2014 and one in Balanced (Teaching, Research, and Service) in 2016.
- "Nero, the Reign of Tigranes VI, and the Annexation of Armenia." Latomus 79 (2020). (forthcoming)
- "Heracles as Ancestor." The Oxford Handbook to Heracles. Ed. Daniel Ogden. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2020. (forthcoming)
- “Mithridates II’s Invasion of Armenia: A Reassessment.” Revue des Études Arméniennes 39 (2019). (forthcoming)
- “Politics.” The Oxford Handbook of Greek and Roman Mythography. Eds. R. Scott Smith and Stephen Trzaskoma. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2019. (forthcoming)
- “Minority Religions in the Sasanian Empire: Suppression, Integration, and Relations with Rome.” Sasanian Persia: Between Rome and the Steppes of Eurasia. Ed. Eberhard Sauer. Edinburgh Studies in Ancient Persia. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2017. 181-98.
- “Myth as Evidence in Strabo.” The Routledge Companion to Strabo. Ed. Daniela Dueck. London and New York: Routledge, 2017. 276-93.
- “Antony and Armenia.” TAPA 145.1 (2015): 77-105.
- “Caracalla’s Armenia.” Syllecta Classica 24 (2013): 173-99.
- “Geographers as Mythographers: The Case of Strabo.” Writing Myth: Mythography in the Ancient World. Studies in the History and Anthropology of Religion 4. Eds. R. Scott Smith and Stephen M. Trzaskoma. Leuven: Peeters, 2013. 201-21.
- Kinship Myth in Ancient Greece. Austin: University of Texas Press, 2010.
- “Strabo, Local Myth, and Kinship Diplomacy.” Hermes 138.1 (2010): 109-18.
- “Alcman’s Partheneion and Eliade’s Sacred Time.” Classical and Modern Literature 25.1 (2005): 115-27.
- “An Aetolian Local Myth in Pausanias?” Mnemosyne 57.3 (2004): 346-52.
- “Pompey’s Albanian Connection at Justin XLII,3,4.” Latomus 61.2 (2002): 312-25.
- “Rome’s Relationship with Artaxias I of Armenia.” Ancient History Bulletin 15.4 (2001): 154-62.