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Associate Professor of Classical Studies Director of Graduate Studies
1978 PhD Brown University
1973 MA University of North Carolina
1970 BA New York University
- STH402, Hours: Wednesday 11:00-1:00pm, also by appt
- 617-353-4572; Fax: 617-353-1610
Ever since my undergraduate days, my interests have radiated out from Homer and Hesiod. My first publications were on Homeric themes and I always return to the Iliad, in particular. I have just finished a study of the Theogony which, in addition to a reading of the poem, compares Hesiod’s vision of creation to that inGenesis and the Near Eastern creation myths, and considers his vision of Zeus and communal harmony throughout antiquity from the Archaic period to Lucian, the Christian apologists and the neoplatonists. I also trace its reception in the Byzantine and medieval periods up to Milton’s Paradise Lost, and conclude with a coda on Freud’s Civilization and its Discontents. I have also published on Sophocles, Euripides, Plato, Vergil, George Chapman (the first English translator of the Iliad and the Odyssey), and Freud, and I have translated Plato’sPhaedrus and (with R. Warren) Euripides’ Suppliant Women. In addition to my delight in studying poetry, rhetoric, and prose style, I have an abiding passion in Greek and Roman images and understandings of polity as rendered especially in poetry and philosophy. This stems from my college days in New York City when I wanted to become a city planner. These days I also manage a tree farm, linked to my cabin off the grid on a mountain in Vermont.
Greek epic, comparative mythology, Greek tragedy, Plato, Lucretius and Vergil, Renaissance Italy, translation
I am co-editing (with Alexander Loney) the Oxford Handbook to Hesiod. I am preparing a college Greek text of the Odyssey (focusing on Odysseus and Penelope). I am finishing an article on Dryden’s Aeneis (1697) in light of his “First Book of Homer’s Ilias” (1700).
Introduction for George Chapman’s Homeric Hymns (Princeton University Press, 2008).
Plato’s Phaedrus, translation, introduction, essay (Focus Press) (2003).