Stephen Scully

Professor of Classical Studies; Department Chair

  • Title Professor of Classical Studies;
    Department Chair
  • Office STH 402A; Office Hours Spring 2020: Tuesdays 12:00-1:00pm, Wednesdays 1:00-2:00pm, or by appointment
  • Phone 617-353-4572
  • Education 1978 PhD Brown University
    1973 MA University of North Carolina
    1970 BA New York University

Curriculum Vitae

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 Homer, the Iliad, in particular. My book, Hesiod’s Theogony, from Near Eastern creation stories to Paradise Lost, has just been published (2015). It compares Hesiod’s vision of creation to that in Genesis and the Near Eastern creation myths, and considers his vision of Zeus’ Olympus to writers from the Archaic period to Lucian, the Christian apologists and the neoplatonists. It also traces the Theogony’s reception in the Byzantine and medieval periods up to Milton’s Paradise Lost, and compares it to 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’s Phaedrus and (with R. Warren) Euripides’ Suppliant Women. In addition to my delight in studying poetry, rhetoric, and prose style, I have an abiding passion for Greek and Roman 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.

Research Interests

Greek epic, comparative mythology, Greek tragedy, Plato, Lucretius and Vergil, Renaissance Italy, translation


The Oxford Handbook of Hesiod (Oxford University Press, 2018).

Virgil and his Translators, essay, “Aesthetic and Political Concerns in Dryden’s Aeneid.” (Oxford University Press, 2018).

Hesiod’s Theogony, from Babylonian Creation Myths to Paradise Lost (Oxford University Press, 2015).

Introduction for George Chapman’s Homeric Hymns (Princeton University Press, 2008).

Plato’s Phaedrus, translation, introduction, essay (Focus Press) (2003).

Homer and the Sacred City (Myth and Poetics Series) (Cornell Univ. Press, 1990; Paperback 1994).