Deborah Tarn Steiner grew up in England and received her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Harvard, Oxford and the University of California at Berkeley. She has taught at Columbia since 1994, and currently is John Jay Professor of Greek and Latin. Her research interests include Homeric poetry, the early symposium, choral dancing in art and poetry, and the archaic fable. Among her books are The Tyrant’s Writ (1994) and Images in Mind, 2001); her many scholarly articles include several discussions of Aeschylus’ Agamemnon, readings of the Greek iambic poets and the discourse of mockery and abuse, explorations of the interactions between Greek ritual and early Greek poetry, and analyses of images on early Greek vases. Her awards include a fellowship at the Institute for Advanced Studies and an American Philosophical Society fellowship. She lives with her husband and two children in Princeton, New Jersey.