Classical Studies Faculty Listing


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Professor Sara L. Forsdyke, Chair (1/1/2014-6/30/2017)

Academics and Requirements


Sara L. Ahbel-Rappe, Hellenistic and classical philosophy, neo-Platonism, philosophy of language

Derek Collins, archaic Greek poetry, Latin literature, history of the classical tradition, religion

Sara L. Forsdyke (Classical Studies / History), Greek historiography, Greek political thought and ideology, Greek orators, Greek law, Greek history

Bruce W. Frier (Classical Studies / Law School) (Henry King Ransom Professor of Law; John and Teresa D'Arms Distinguished University Professor of Classics and Roman Law), Roman law, Roman social and economic history, Hellenistic and Roman historiography and political science, ancient architecture, numismatics

Sharon C. Herbert (John G. Pedley Collegiate Professor of Classical Archaeology & Greek), Curator, Greek and Hellenistic Collections, Kelsey Museum of Archaeology;  
Greek archaeology, vase painting, Hellenistic Near East

Richard Janko (Gerald F. Else Distinguished University Professor of Classical Studies), Greek language and literature (especially Mycenaean Greek, Homer and oral poetry), ancient literary criticism (especially Aristotle and Philodemus), comedy, Orphism and Greek religion, ancient manuscripts, textual criticism

Vassilios Lambropoulos (Classical Studies / Comparative Literature) (C.P. Cavafy Professor of Modern Greek Studies), Modern Greek culture, the ancients and the moderns, ethics and politics, literature after cultural studies

Artemis S. Leontis, Comparative literature (especially classics and modern literatures), modern Greek literature, language, and culture; diaspora studies, including Greek Americans

Lisa Nevett, archaeology and iconography of domestic space in the ancient Greek world

David S. Potter (Arthur Thurnau Professor of Greek and Latin; Francis W. Kelsey Collegiate Professor of Greek and Roman History), Greek and Roman Asia Minor, Greek and Latin historiography and epigraphy

Christopher Ratté (Classical Studies / History of Art), Curator, Greek and Hellenistic Collections, Kelsey Museum of Archaeology;
Classical archaeology, especially Greek architecture and urbanism, archaeology of Turkey

Celia Schultz, Roman religion, history and literature of the Roman Republic, Cicero, Livy

Ruth Scodel (D.R. Shackleton Bailey Collegiate Professor of Greek and Latin), Homer, tragedy, Greek literary criticism, ancient narrative

Nicola Terrenato, Roman Republican archaeology, Roman imperialism, early Rome, field survey method

Arthur M.F.W. Verhoogt, Greek papyrology; socioeconomic, cultural and administrative history of Greek and Roman Egypt; Egyptian, Greek and Latin personal names; Fayum villages

Associate Professors

Ruth Caston, Latin literature, Augustan poetry, ancient rhetoric

Basil Dufallo, Latin literature, epic poetry, Augustan poetry, literary theory

Benjamin Fortson, early Greek and Latin, history of Greek and Latin, comparative Indo-European linguistics, metrics and poetics, Roman comedy

Francesca Schironi, Ancient scholarship and literary criticism, especially Aristarchus of Samothrace and Alexandrian scholarship; Greek science and technical languages; literary papyrology; reception studies

Assistant Professors

Paolo Asso, Lucan, Greek and Latin epic, Latin poetry, mythology, history of Classical Scholarship

Brendan Haug, Archivist of the Papyrology Collection, University Library; 
Graeco-Roman Egypt, Papyrology, Environmental History of Antiquity, History of Egyptology  

Donald Sells, Greek Drama; Greek Historiography; Attic and South Italian Vase-Painting



Netta Berlin, Latin literature, epic poetry, Augustan poetry, literary theory

Despina Margomenou, Modern Greek

Donka Markus, oral performance of literature in Rome, Latin pedagogy, teaching with technology, reading theory

Deborah Pennell Ross, Latin language and literature, linguistics

Gina M. Soter, pedagogy of Latin and Greek, Greek and Roman theater, classical tradition theater, women and gender in classical antiquity, religion in classical antiquity

Adjunct Professors

Victor Caston (Philosophy), Ancient Greek and Roman philosophy

David Halperin (English Language and Literature / Women's Studies) (W.H. Auden Distinguished University Professor of the History and Theory of Sexuality),  history and theory of homosexuality, classical studies and its relation to contemporary cultural history, gay men's social practices and cultural identifications

Johanna H. Prins (English / Comparative Literature), Nineteenth-century poetry; history and theory of lyric; translation and reception of classics, comparative literature

Arlene W. Saxonhouse  (Political Science and Women's Studies) (Caroline Robbins Collegiate Professor of Political Science and Women's Studies), political theory, gender and politics, feminist theory

Raymond Van Dam (History) (Richard Hudson Research Professor of History), Roman empire, late antiquity, early Christianity, history and anthropology

Professors Emeriti

Theodore V. Buttrey, Jr., ancient numismatics; Greek literature

H.D. Cameron (Arthur F. Thurnau Professor), Curator Emeritus of Insects (Division of Insects, Museum of Zoology);
Greek drama, linguistics, Greek orators, Plautus

Sally Humphreys (History / Anthropology / Classical Studies), Anthropology of ancient societies, Greek law, history of religions

Ludwig Koenen (Herbert C. Youtie Distinguished University Professor Emeritus of Papyrology), Papyrology, Greek and Latin literature, Hellenistic and Roman Egypt, patristics, the history of religion

John G. Pedley, Greek and Roman art and archaeology, Greek sculpture, art and archaeology of Asia Minor and South Italy

David O. Ross, Jr., Latin literature, Hellenistic poetry, Latin textual criticism

James B. White, Greek literature, law, and rhetoric

Charles Witke, Catullus, Augustan poetry, Roman satire, medieval Latin literature, religion, Erasmus

Affiliated Faculty 


Elaine K. Gazda (History of Art), Curator, Hellenistic and Roman Collections, Kelsey Museum of Archaeology;
Etruscan and Roman Art, Classical Archaeology

Janet E. Richards (Near Eastern Studies), Curator, Greek and Hellenistic Collections, Kelsey Museum of Archaeology;

Margaret C. Root (History of Art), Curator, Greek and Near Eastern Collections, Kelsey Museum of Archaeology;
Art and Archaeology of the Ancient Near East and Greece

Terry Wilfong (Near Eastern Studies), Curator, Graeco-Roman Egyptian Collections, Kelsey Museum of Archaeology;

Associate Professor

Catherine Brown (Romance Languages and Literatures: Spanish / Comparative Literature), Medieval Iberian Romance and Latin literatures, early medieval Iberian visual and textual cultures, and history of the book



Beau Case, Head of the Arts & Humanities Team in the Research unit of MLibrary; Field Librarian for Classical Studies, the Interdepartmental Program in Classical Art and Archaeology (IPCAA), and the Interdepartmental Program in Greek and Roman History (IPGRH)

Monica Tsuneishi, Collections Manager, Papyrology Collection, University Library

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