Yanxiao He

Yanxiao He
Advisor(s): Richard Payne
Ancient Near Eastern History
Research Interests: Social and Cultural History of the Hellenistic World, Rome and the East, Global/Eurasian Late Antiquity, Popular Culture and Narrative

Yanxiao He is a doctoral candidate in the Ancient History program. His dissertation, titled “They Feel at Home: Gender, Animal, and Popular Performance on a Hellenistic Frontier,” examines the way Central Asia and India imprinted the formation and transformation of the Hellenistic world. He is also working on an article “Global Dionysus: Euripides’ Bacchae, Hellenism in the East, and K-Pop’s Journey to the West” as a side-project. Drawing on affect theory, it argues that Dionysus has been used to address the role of music in cultural exchange across space and time. He received an Honorable Mention from the John J. Winkler Memorial Prize in 2021.

Presentations highlight:

The Making of an Indian Odysseus: Sophytos, the Indian Ocean, and the Post-Hellenistic Far East, Department of Classics, University of California, Berkeley, August 13, 2020

Apama, Stratonice and Antiochus I: Gender and Empire in the Early Hellenistic Period, Seminar für Alte Geschichte, University of Freiburg, February 3, 2021