Noah Davies-Mason is currently a PhD student in Classics at the Graduate Center, CUNY. He earned his BA in Greek and Latin at Hunter College, CUNY summa cum laude in 2013, his MA in Classics at the Graduate Center in 2017, and his MPhil in Classics from the Graduate Center in 2019. He has presented six (6) papers on topics in Hellenistic poetry and philosophy at various professional conferences. All focus on the question of how poetry adopts or incorporates philosophical ideas, for instance, how the philosophy of Cynicism (exemplified especially in the famous character of Diogenes the Cynic) appears in the pastoral poetry of Theocritus, a simultaneously (or maybe alternately) rustic and lyric genre. He has organized two graduate student conferences at the Graduate Center, one on ancient drama and the other on ancient music. His dissertation, which he is currently working on, asks how the notion of silence manifests in poetic and philosophical texts from the Hellenistic period.
Noah Davies-Mason has been teaching and privately tutoring Latin, Ancient Greek, and topics in Greek and Roman culture in NYC since 2014. He regularly teaches Classics courses at Hunter College. These range from courses on Greek mythology to those introducing the ancient languages, or reading Homer in Greek, or Ovid in Latin. His goal in teaching and tutoring is to make these topics interesting and approachable to all students. The beauty of learning an ancient language is that you are temporarily liberated from the confines of your own cultural context and can find another world that you are free to explore as you please.
In addition to teaching and completing his degree, Noah is advisor and coordinator for the Solomon Bluhm Scholars program at Hunter College, a scholarship program for high achieving Classics majors. He helps to guide these students through their time at Hunter, taking them on field trips to local Classics events and advising them on course work and post-graduation plans. In his spare time, Noah likes to read more Greek and Latin, go rollerblading, play board games, and eat delicious food.