Caleb Simone

Graduate Student profile


  • Greek poetry, music, and performance
  • Greek art
  • Greek epigraphy
  • Ancient aesthetics

Hailing from the south, Caleb completed his B.A. at Baylor University. His honors thesis entitled “The First Tragic Philosopher: Nietzsche’s Self-Portrait in Ecce Homo” was awarded Best in the Humanities. Caleb began studying at Columbia in 2012 and completed a post-baccalaureate certificate in Classics before beginning the doctoral program in 2014. His interests span the literature, visual arts, and inscriptions of archaic and classical Greece, with emphases in performance and aesthetics. After playing the title role in the department’s 2015 production of Euripides’ Ion, Caleb spent the summer in seminars on ancient Greek music in northern Italy. Since then, he has been investigating the role of music in tragic performance with a view to developing a phenomenology of the auloi based upon accounts of the powerful ways these reed pipes were thought to affect the body of the hearer.

Caleb has given papers on representations of performance in the ekphrasis of Achilles’ shield and on the use of epinikion in Euripides’ Andromache. Other current projects include the new music in later Euripidean fragments and Thucydides’ exploitation of the epigraphic medium in framing his History.