We are delighted to announce that Dr. Alexander Nikolaev will join the...
William Goodwin Aurelio Professor of Greek Language and Literature
General Editor, Loeb Classical Library
1972 PhD Harvard University
1970 MA Harvard University
1968 BA Kenyon College
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also by appointment
Visiting Professor, Brown University, Spring 2010
Aurelio Professor, Boston University, 2002-present
Dean of Arts and Sciences, Boston University, 2002-2007
Professor, Boston University, 1991-present
Visiting Professor, University of California at Los Angeles, 1986
Professor, University of Southern California, 1986-1991
Associate Professor, University of Southern California, 1983-1986
Visiting Professor, University of Southern California, 1982-1983
Associate Professor, University of Michigan (Ann Arbor), 1978-1982
Assistant Professor, Yale University, 1973-1978
Instructor, Yale University, 1972-1973
American Academy of Arts and Sciences (elected 2011)
Goodwin Award of Merit, APA (2002), for Loeb Aristophanes
Doctor of Humane Letters, Kenyon College (1994)
Raubenheimer Distinguished Faculty Award (1991)
Guggenheim Fellowship, 1997-1998
National Endowment for the Humanities, Senior Faculty Fellowship, 1991-1992
National Endowment for the Humanities, Travel to Collections Grant, 1991
ACLS Travel Grant, 1990
Guggenheim Fellowship, 1978-1979 (declined)
Books in Progress
Aristophanes’ Knights. Edited with Introduction and Commentary. (Oxford University Press).
The Maculate Muse: Obscene Language in Attic Comedy (Yale UP: New Haven/London 1975; repr. with corrections and additions by Oxford UP: Oxford/New York 1990).
Aristophanes: Essays in Interpretation, contr. ed. (Yale Classical Studies XXVI: Cambridge UP: Cambridge 1980, paperback 2009).
Aristophanes’ Lysistrata. Edited with Introduction and Commentary (Clarendon Press: Oxford 1987; repr. with corrections 1990).
Aristophanes’ Lysistrata. Translated with Introduction and Notes (Focus Classical Library: Cambridge MA 1988).
Aristophanes’ Acharnians. Translated with Introduction and Notes (Focus Classical Library: Cambridge MA 1992).
Tragedy, Comedy and the Polis, contr. ed. with S. Halliwell, A.H. Sommerstein and B. Zimmermann (Levante Editori: Bari 1993).
Aristophanes’ Clouds. Translated with Introduction and Notes (Focus Classical Library: Cambridge, MA 1993).
Three Plays by Aristophanes. Staging Women (Routledge: New York and London 1996; revised edition 2010).
Aristophanes. Acharnians, Lysistrata, Clouds (Focus Classical Library: Newburyport 1997).
Aristophanes’ Birds. Translated with Introduction and Notes (Focus Classical Library: Cambridge, MA 1999).
Aristophanes’ Frogs. Translated with Introduction and Notes (Focus Classical Library: Cambridge, MA 2008).
Aristophanes, Edited and Translated (Loeb Classical Library: Harvard UP: Cambridge MA and London), in five volumes: Volume I: Acharnians, Knights (1998), Volume II: Clouds, Wasps, Peace (1998), Volume III: Birds, Lysistrata, Women at the Thesmophoria (2000), Volume IV: Frogs, Assemblywomen, Wealth (2002); Volume V: Fragments (2007).
Longus. Xenophon of Ephesus. Edited and Translated (Loeb Classical Library: Harvard UP: Cambridge MA and London 2009).
The Birth of Comedy: Texts, Documents, and Art from Athenian Comic Competitions, 486-280, with Jeffrey Rusten (ed.), David Konstan, Ralph Rosen, and Niall Slater (The John Hopkins UP: Baltimore 2011).
1972. “The Lekythos and Frogs 1200-1248″. HSCP 76:133-44.
1973. “A Note on Ar. Ach”. 834-5. CP 68:289-90.
1973. “Scribes, Scholars and Aristophanic Comedy”. Arion 1/3:530-46.
1974. “KOIDARION: A Reply”. Mnem. 4.27:293-96.
1975. “Sparring Partners: A Note on Ar. Eccl”. 964-65. AJP 96:344-47.
1976. “The Cologne Epode and the Conventions of Early Greek Erotic Poetry”. Arethusa 9:159-79.
1978. “Coniecturarum in Aristophanis Lysistratam Repertorium”. HSCP 82:87-119.
1978. “PKöln 14 (Ar. Lys.): Two Problems”. ZPE 31:77-79.
1979. “Ar. Lys. 164″. CQ 29:53-55.
1979. PBodlClass e 87(P) (Ar. Lys. 433-47, 469-84). ZPE 34:31-35.
1980. “BINEIN: Further Thoughts”. LCM 5:243-44.
1980. American Academic Encyclopedia (Princeton 1980): Aristophanes. Eupolis. Greek Literature. Kratinos. Menander. Phrynichos.
1987. “Older Women in Attic Old Comedy”. TAPA 117:105-29.
1988. “Greek Attitudes Toward Sex. Civilization of the Ancient Mediterranean: Greece and Rome”, edd. M. Grant and R. Kitzinger (Scribners: New York) II.1249-63.
1990. “The Dêmos and the Comic Competition. Nothing to do with Dionysos? The Social Meanings of Athenian Drama”, edd. J.J. Winkler and F.I. Zeitlin (Princeton University Press: Princeton) 271-313.
1990. “The Training of Classicists. Classics: A Profession in Crisis?” edd. P. Culham and L. Edmunds (University Press of America) 89-98.
1991. “Women and the Athenian Dramatic Festivals”. TAPA 121:133-47.
1993. “Unpublished Early Emendations in Aristophanes Knights”. Tria Lustra, ed. H.D. Jocelyn (Liverpool) 115-17.
1993. “Translating Aristophanes for Performance”. Drama 2:81-91.
1993. “Comic Hero vs. Political Elite. Tragedy, Comedy and the Polis”, ed. S. Halliwell, J. Henderson, A.H. Sommerstein, B. Zimmermann (Levante Editori: Bari) 307-19.
1993. “Problems in Greek Literary History: The Case of Aristophanes’ Clouds, in Nomodeiktes: Greek Studies in Honor of Martin Ostwald”, edd. J. Farrell and R.M. Rosen (University of Michigan Press: Ann Arbor) 591-601.
1993. Introduction to a new edition of F.M. Cornford, The Origin of Attic Comedy (Univ. of Michigan Press: Ann Arbor) xi-xxxiii.
1995. “Beyond Aristophanes, in Beyond Aristophanes: Tradition and Diversity in Greek Comedy”, ed. G.W. Dobrov (Scholars Press: Atlanta) 175-83.
1996. “Aristophanes”. Perseus Databank 2.0 (Perseus Project and Yale University Press).
1996. “The Demos and the Comic Competition”, abridged version in E. Segal, ed. Oxford Readings in Aristophanes (Oxford University Press) 65-97.
1997. “Aristophanes”. Dictionary of Literary Biography 176: Ancient Greek Authors, ed. Ward W. Briggs (Bruccoli Clark Layman: Detroit/Washington DC/London) 47-54.
1998. “Mass versus Elite and the Comic Heroism of Peisetairos, in The City as Comedy: Society and Representation in Athenian Drama”, ed. G.W. Dobrov (University of North Carolina Press: Chapel Hill) 135-48.
1998. “Attic Old Comedy, Frank Speech, and Democracy, in Democracy, Empire, and the Arts in Fifth-Century Athens”, edd. D. Boedeker & K. A. Raaflaub (Harvard University Press: Cambridge, MA) 255-73.
2000. “Pherekrates and the Women of Old Comedy, in The Rivals of Aristophanes”, edd. F.D. Harvey & J.M. Wilkins (Duckworth: London) 135-50.
2001. “Griechische Pornographie,” in H. Cancik and H. Schneider, eds., Der Neue Pauly. Enzyklopaedie der Antike (Stuttgart/Weimar: J.B. Metzler Verlag), vol. 10 (2000) 165-68.
2002. “Epilogue,” American Journal of Philology 123:501-11.
2002. “Strumpets on Stage: The Early Comic Hetaera,” Dioniso, Rivista Annuale no. 1, pp. 78-87.
2003. “When an Identity Was Expected: The Slaves in Aristophanes’ Knights,” Gestures. Essays in Ancient History, Literature, and Philosophy presented to Alan Boegehold, edd. G.W. Bakewell and J.P. Sickinger (Oxbow Books: Oxford) 63-73.
2003. “Demos, Demagogue, Tyrant in Attic Old Comedy,” Popular Tyranny, ed. K.A. Morgan (University of Texas Press: Austin) 155-79.
2007. “Drama and Democracy,” The Cambridge Companion to the Age of Pericles, ed. L. J. Samons (Cambridge University Press) 179-95.
2010. “The Satyrica and the Greek Novel: Revisions and Some Open Questions,” International Journal of the Classical Tradition 17: 483-496.
2012. “Aristophanes” in Classical and Medieval Literature Criticism (Layman Poupard).
2012. “Pursuing Nemesis: Cratinus and Mythological Comedy,” in C. W. Marshall and G. A. Kovacs, edd. No Laughing Matter: New Studies of Old Comedy (Duckworth: Bristol Classical Press) 1-12.
2012. “Old Comedy and Popular History,” in Greek Notions of the Past in the Archaic and Classical Eras. History without Historians, edd. J. Marincola, L. Llewellyn-Jones, and C. Maciver (Edinburgh University Press: Leventis Studies 6), pp. 144-159.
2013. “Comedy in the Fourth Century: Politics and Domesticity,” in M. Fontaine and A. Scafuro, edd. The Oxford Handbook of Greek and Roman Comedy (Oxford University Press).
2013. “Comedy on Tragedy,” “Comic Scenes in Greek Tragedy,” “Generic Interactions,” “Obscene Language” in The Encyclopedia of Greek Tragedy, ed. H. Roisman (Wiley-Blackwell).
2013: “Alexis,” “Longus,” “Obscenity,” “Priapus” in The Virgil Encyclopedia, edd. J. Ziolkowski and R. Thomas (Wiley-Blackwell).