Johanna Hanink



Greece this, Greece that

Welcome to the website of Johanna Hanink, a writer and classicist at Brown University.

Her work centers on Greece ancient and modern, with a few stops in between; most of it touches on how Greece has shaped ideas about the chimera called Western Civilization.

Here you can find information about her work, not to mention pictures of her adorable doggo, Nova.

Thank you for stopping by!





latest book: The Classical Debt (Harvard/belknap 2017)

“Greek debt” means one thing to the country’s creditors. But for millions who prize culture over capital, it means the symbolic debt we owe Greece for democracy, philosophy, mathematics, and fine art. Johanna Hanink shows that our idealized image of ancient Greece dangerously shapes our view of the country’s economic hardship and refugee crisis.

“Cleverly connects Western Europe’s investment in ancient Greek origins with the decade-old Greek debt crisis.” —A. E. Stallings, Wall Street Journal
“Hanink’s new book depicts the pernicious intertwining of Classics with Orientalism during the worst of the Greek economic crisis. Antigone’s determination to violate unjust laws suddenly acquires a fresh interpretation in our post-Brexit Europe.” —Yanis Varoufakis
“One of the most striking new books about the legacy of Greco-Roman antiquity.” —Emily Wilson, New Statesman

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