Tara Mulder

Research Interests

  • Ancient medicine
  • The history of medicine and science
  • The history of reproduction, childbirth, and midwifery
  • Women, gender, and sexuality in the ancient world
  • Feminist theory
  • Roman comedy
  • Language pedagogy
  • Creative and inclusive pedagogy


I am currently working on a monograph entitled Ideologies of Reproduction in the Ancient and Modern World, which examines ideas about human reproduction in the ancient Greek and Roman world and the modern United States, including views on fetal personhood, maternal culpability for reproductive outcomes, the relationship between woman, womb, and fetus, and the role of patriarchy, on the familial and state level, in controlling reproduction. I am also working on producing an English translation of Metrodora’s Gynaecology, a third century CE Greek medical text, written by a woman, that deals with a variety of gynecological issues.

I received my BA in Classical Literature and Languages from the University of Michigan in 2009 and my PhD in Classics from Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island in 2015, with a dissertation entitled, “Fetal Actors, Female Bodies: Childbirth in the Roman Empire.” From 2015-2016, I worked as a Visiting Assistant Professor at Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts, and from 2016-2019, I was a Visiting Assistant Professor at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York. I joined the faculty at UBC in 2019.

AMNE 151: Greek and Roman Mythology

Term 2

AMNE 151 offers a broad introduction to the vibrant world of Greek and Roman mythology and its influence today. Because myth touched every aspect of ancient life, this course will also shed light on the literature, art, and lived experience of the Greeks and Romans. The goals of the course are to familiarize students with the myths, with the primary texts in which they are told, with the place of myth-telling in ancient culture, and to introduce students to the chief interpretive theories of myth that have been developed over the past century. The course also touches on the transformation of ancient myths in modern storytelling – for instance in film and music. Emphasis will be placed on reading primary sources in English translation, and as a result students will become familiar with a variety of ancient literary genres. This course also develops valuable transferable skills in academic reading and writing.


AMNE 300: Uses and Abuses of Antiquity

Term 2

Modern receptions and engagements with literature, history, philosophy, religion, archaeology, and art of the ancient Mediterranean and Near East with a focus on public writing.
Prerequisite: Second-year standing or higher. AMNE 200 is recommended.


LATN 202: Intermediate Latin II

Term 2

Completion of the grammatical foundations of classical Latin, Part II; an introduction to the reading of unadapted passages of Latin literature and discussion of thier cultural contexts.
Prerequisite: LATN 201.


LATN 401: Latin Prose

Term 1

Studies in history, oratory and/or philosophy. May be repeated for up to 12 credits. It is recommended that the corequisite course be completed prior to LATN 401. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
Corequisite: Either (a) LATN 350 or (b) LATN 351.


LATN 501: Latin Prose

Term 1

History, oratory and/or philosophy. Credit will not be given for both LATN 401 and LATN 501. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.