Rick Castle

Graduate Student
HSSB 4061


I received my BA in Classics in 2016 from Brock University in Ontario. I took a few classes focusing on issues of gender in antiquity and was fascinated. I continued my education at Brock University, graduating with an MA in Classical Studies in 2018 under the supervision of Dr. Allison Glazebrook. My MA thesis concentrated on the character of Philip in Xenophon’s Symposium, and his negotiation of homosocial relationships in the sympotic context as well as the polis writ large. After seven years at Brock University, I’m excited to pursue a PhD as an international student at UC Santa Barbara!

While questions of masculinity are of interest to me, I am determined to explore femininity and gender fluidity in Greek myth particularly. I believe that studying ancient conceptions of gender and gender roles can shed light on questions and issues about gender that are prevalent in North America today.