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Collomia Charles

Title: Lecturer
Interests: Greek Epic, Archaic Lyric, the Alexander Romance, Ancient Mathematics and Science.
Email: ccharles@barnard.edu
Phone: (212) 854-4551
Office: 215 Milbank
Office Hours: M 1:00pm-3:00pm; W 3:00pm-6:00pm

Collomia Charles graduated from St. John's College in 1998 and received her Ph.D. from Boston University in 2006. She has taught at Boston University, MCI-Norfolk, Boston College and CUNY's Latin/Greek Institute. She is currently working on the biographical tradition associated with ancient mathematicians.

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Kathy Hannah Eden

Title: Chavkin Family Professor of English Literature and Professor of Classics
Interests: Ancient and Renaissance Literary Theory; Renaissance Humanism; History of Hermeneutics " the Rhetorical Tradition
Email: khe1@columbia.edu
Phone: (212) 854-6532+1
Office: 401A Philosophy
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B.A., Smith (1974); Ph.D., Stanford (1980). Professor Eden began teaching at Columbia in 1980. She studies the history of rhetorical and poetic theory in antiquity, including late antiquity, and the Renaissance, within the larger context of intellectual history and with an emphasis on the problems of reception. Her books include Poetic and Legal Fiction in The Aristotelian Tradition (Princeton,1986), Hermeneutics and the Rhetorical Tradition: Chapters in the Ancient Legacy and its Humanist Reception (New Haven, 1997), and Friends Hold All Things in Common: Tradition, Intellectual Property and the 'Adages' of Erasmus (Yale University Press, forthcoming). Her articles appear in Journal of the History of Ideas, Rhetorica, Yale Journal of Law and the Humanities, Studies in the Literary Imagination, Erasmus of Rotterdam Society Yearbook and Traditio. Her current project explores epistolary theory and the construction of letter collections in antiquity and the Renaissance. In 1981-82 she received a fellowship from the Center for Hellenic Studies in Washington, D.C. and in 1998-99 a Guggenheim fellowship. In 1998, she won the Great Teacher Award from the Society of Columbia Graduates.

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Marcus Folch

Title: Assistant Professor
Interests: Greek Prose, Ancient Philosophy, Rhetoric; Theories and Practices of Performance; Genre; Gender;  Punishment and Imprisonment
Email: mf2664@columbia.edu
Phone: (212) 854-7856
Office: 610 Hamilton Hall
Office Hours: M W 4:00pm-5:30pm

Marcus Folch joined the Columbia Classics Department in 2009, after receiving his B.A. in Classics from Cornell University in 2000 and his Ph.D. in Classics from Stanford University in 2006. From 2007-2009 he was Assistant Professor of Classical Studies at the University of Richmond; from 2006-2007 he was Visiting Lecturer in Classical Studies also at the University of Richmond. His main interests include ancient Greek literature, philosophy, rhetoric, performance studies, gender theory, and the history of punishment and incarceration.His first book, The Polis and the Stage: Performance, Genre, and Gender in Plato's Laws, is forthcoming with Oxford University Press. His second book project is entitled Bondage, Incarceration, and the Prison in Ancient Greece and Rome: A Cultural and Literary History; it offers (as the title suggests) a history of incarceration and the prison in the ancient world.

Sample Publications

The Polis and the Stage: Performance, Genre, and Gender in Plato’s Laws. (Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2015).
“Who Calls the Tune: Literary Criticism, Theatrocracy, and the Performance of Philosophy in Plato’s Laws,” American Journal of Philology, 134.4: 557-601, Winter 2013.
“The Unideal Genres and the Ideal City: Comedy, Threnody, and the Making of Citizens in Plato’s Laws,” in A.-E. Peponi (ed.), Performance and Culture in Plato’s Laws. Cambridge University Press, 339-367, 2013.
“Engendering Harmony: Performance and the Status of Women in Plato’s Laws" (under review with Classical Antiquity).
Review of G. R. Boys-Stones and J. H. Haubold (ed.), Plato and Hesiod.  Oxford/New York: Oxford University Press,Bryn Mawr Classical Review, 02.18.2011.
Review of D.S. Allen, Why Plato Wrote. Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell, Journal of Hellenic Studies, 134: 264 – 265, 2012.

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Helene Foley

Title: Professor
Interests: Greek literature, especially epic, tragedy, and comedy; women and gender in Antiquity; and the reception of classical drama.
Email: hf45@columbia.edu
Phone: (212) 854-2852
Office: 216 Milbank
Office Hours: T R 12:00pm-1:00pm

Professor Foley graduated from Swarthmore College (1964), received an MAT in English (1966) and an MA in Classics (1967) from Yale University and a PHD in Classical Philology from Harvard University (1975). She moved from Stanford University to Barnard in 1979. She has also taught as a visiting professor at Dartmouth, New York University, and Berkeley. She has served as president of the American Philological Association in 1998 and was Sather Professor of Classics at Berkeley in Spring 2008.

She is the author of Ritual Irony: Poetry and Sacrifice in Euripides, Cornell University Press, 1985; The Homeric Hymn to Demeter, Princeton University Press, 1994; Women in the Classical World: Image and Text, co-authored with Elaine Fantham, Natalie Kampen, Sarah Pomeroy, and Alan Shapiro, Oxford University Press, 1994; Female Acts in Greek Tragedy (=Martin Classical Lectures 1995), Princeton University Press, 2001; and Reimagining Greek Tragedy on the American Stage, University of California Press, 2012. She is editor of Reflections of Women in Antiquity, Gordon and Breach, 1981,co-editor of Visualizing the Tragic, Oxford University Press, 2007 and of Antigone on the Contemporary World Stage, Oxford University Press 2011.

She is currently finishing a book on Euripides' Hecuba, coordinating an issue of the Proceedings of the Modern Language Association with Jean Howard on Tragedy, and working on tragic choruses.

Photo by Genevieve Shiffrar.

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Carmela Vircillo Franklin

Title: Professor
Interests: Medieval Latin literature; Transmission of texts and manuscript studies; Greek and Latin hagiography; Study of the Bible in the early Middle Ages; Early medieval Rome; Bede
Email: cvf2@columbia.edu
Phone: (212) 854-5687
Office: 612 Hamilton
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Carmela Vircillo Franklin received her B.A. and Ph.D. in Classics (Medieval Latin) from Harvard University.  She joined the Columbia faculty in 1993.  From July 1, 2005 until September 2010, she served as the 20th Director of the American Academy in Rome. She has now returned to Columbia for the academic year 2010-2011.

Her research focuses on medieval Latin texts and their manuscripts, and much of it is conducted in Europe’s great manuscript repositories, especially the Vatican Library and the Bibliothèque nationale de France.  Among her recent publications are The Latin Dossier of Anastasius the Persian: Hagiographic Translations and Transformations (2004), which follows an interdisciplinary approach to early medieval culture, transcending traditional linguistic and geographical boundaries; and Material Restoration: An 11th Century Fragment from Echternach in a 19th Century Parisian Codex (2009), a study in “material philology.” She is now engaged in a book project provisionally entitled “The Liber pontificalis of Pandulphus Romanus: From Schismatic Document to Renaissance Exemplar,” centered on the redaction of the papal chronicle created during the schism of 1130.

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Stathis Gourgouris

Gourgouris Title: Professor, Institute of Comparative Literature & Society, Classics
Interests: Literary theory, modernist poetics, Enlightenment thought, pre-Socratic philosophy, experimental music, contemporary Greek poetry.
Email: ssg93@columbia.edu
Phone: (212) 854-9638
Office: 608 Hamilton Hall
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Ph.D. in Comparative Literature, UCLA 1990. Professor Gourgouris writes and teaches on a variety of subjects, ultimately entwined around questions of the poetics and politics of modernity and democracy. He is the author of Dream Nation: Enlightenment, Colonization, and the Institution of Modern Greece (Stanford, 1996), Does Literature Think? Literature as Theory for an Antimythical Era (Stanford, 2003), Lessons in Secular Criticism (Fordham 2013),and editor of Freud and Fundamentalism (Fordham, 2010). Outside these projects he has also published numerous articles on Ancient Greek philosophy, political theory, modern poetics, film, contemporary music, psychoanalysis. He is currently completing work on two other projects of secular criticism: The Perils of the One and Nothing Sacred. He is also an internationally awarded poet, with four volumes of poetry published in Greek, most recent being Introduction to Physics (Athens, 2005). He writes regularly in internet media (such as Al Jazeera, The Immanent Frame, Re-Public), as well as major Greek newspapers and journals on political and literary matters. He is currently the Director of the Institute for Comparative Literature and Society.

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Joseph Howley

Title: Assistant Professor
Interests: Imperial Latin prose, Latin antiquarians, Imperial Greek literature, compiled and miscellaneous texts, ancient scientific and technical writing, intellectual history, history of the book, media studies
Email: jah2220@columbia.edu
Phone: (212) 854-4551
Office: 601 Hamilton Hall
Office Hours: M 4:30pm-5:40pm; T 4:30pm-5:30pm

Joseph Howley joined the Department in 2011.  Previously, in 2010-11, he was Teaching Fellow in Latin and Classics Studies in the School of Classics at the University of St Andrews in Scotland, where he also earned a PhD in Latin (2011) and an M. Litt in Ancient History (2007).  He received his B.A. in Ancient Studies (2006) from the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC).  His primary interests are the intellectual culture of the Roman Empire and values of learning and knowledge more generally in antiquity.  He is also interested in the interaction of Greek and Roman culture, processes of mediation in the Roman Imperial world, problems of miscellany and other quasi-literary forms, and the ancient and modern history of the book.  His doctoral thesis on "Intellectual narratives in the Noctes Atticae of Aulus Gellius," from which he is now preparing a book, explored the way Gellius's neglected work frames, narrates and prompts processes of critical and self-aware learning in the context of second-century Rome.

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Elizabeth Irwin

Title: Associate Professor
Interests: Archaic Greek poetry and history; Herodotus and Thucydides; Old Comedy; Fifth-century politics and the Athenian Empire
Email: ei42@columbia.edu
Phone: (212) 854-5684
Office: 606 Hamilton
Office Hours: R 6:10pm-8:00pm

Director of Graduate Studies, Classics

Elizabeth Irwin has studied at Columbia (BA), Oxford (BA/MA) and Cambridge (PhD), and held Post-doctoral research fellowships and an affiliated lectureship at the University of Cambridge, teaching there, as well as at Oxford and Reading. Her first book, Solon and Early Greek Poetry: the Politics of Exhortation (Cambridge 2005), studies the intersection of early Greek hexameter poetic traditions with archaic poetic and political culture as found in the early Greek elegists, with a particular emphasis on Solon. She continues to work on archaic poetry and political culture, but has also turned increasingly to the literature of the fifth century, focusing on texts and issues dealing with Athenian empire. She has co-edited with Emily Greenwood a volume on Herodotus, Reading Herodotus: the Logoi of Book 5 (Cambridge 2007). She is currently writing on Herodotus, Thucydides and Cratinus, and has published several articles recently on Herodotus, among which are '"Lest the things done by men become exitêla": writing up Aegina in a late fifth-century context' and 'Herodotus and Aeginetan identity', in D. Fearn (ed), Aegina: Contexts for Choral Lyric Poetry (Oxford 2010), 'Herodotus and Samos', Classical World 102 (2009): 395-416, and 'The politics of precedence: first historians on first thalassocrats', in R. Osborne (ed), Debating the Athenian Cultural Revolution:  Art, Literature, Philosophy and Politics 430-380 B.C. (Cambridge 2007) 188-223. Her interests extend also to historical contextualizations of Athenian drama, Pindar and Bacchylides, and the dramatic settings of the Platonic dialogues. She has recently been awarded fellowships by the Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung, Humboldt Universität, Berlin (mid-2009-2010, 2011), Center for Hellenic Studies (2008-2009) and the Loeb Classical Library (2008).

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Kristina Milnor

Title: Tow Family Foundation Associate Professor of Classics
Interests: Latin Literature of the late Republic and early Empire; Feminist Theory; Roman Social History
Email: kmilnor@barnard.edu
Phone: (212) 854-4389
Office: 215 Milbank
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Kristina Milnor graduated from Wesleyan University in 1992 and went on to study at the University of Michigan where she received a Graduate Certificate in Women’s Studies (1997) and her PhD in Classical Studies (1998). She has taught at Barnard since 1998, where she has taught courses on Livy, Lucan, Martial, the idea of law in ancient literature, and the representation of the ancient world in film. She also regularly teaches Latin prose composition at the advanced undergraduate and graduate level.  Professor Milnor has been a fellow at the American Academy in Rome (2003 – 4) and a member of the Institute for Advanced Studies in Princeton, NJ (2008 – 9). She is the author of Gender, Domesticity, and the Age of Augustus: Inventing Private Life (Oxford, 2005), which won the 2006 Goodwin Award of Merit from the American Philological Association. She has also published articles on the Roman elegiac poet Sulpicia, the ancient historian Livy, forgiveness in the ancient Roman world, and Barbie™. Her teaching and research interests include Latin literature of the late Republic and early Empire, feminist theory and gender studies, and Roman social history. She specializes in combining textual and material approaches to the literature and history of the ancient Roman world. She is currently finishing a book on Roman graffiti texts from the Bay of Naples, entitled Graffiti and the Literary Landscape of Roman Pompeii.

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Ellen Morris

Title: Assistant Professor
Interests: Egyptian social history; International relations in the Late Bronze Age; Imperialism in the ancient Near East; Sexuality and performance; “Intermediate” periods
Email: emorris@barnard.edu.edu; efm2110@columbia.edu
Phone: (212) 854-6023
Office: 219b Milbank Hall
Office Hours: R 12:10pm-2:00pm

Ellen Morris has published extensively on issues pertinent to ancient Egyptian imperialism.  Her first book is entitled The Architecture of Imperialism: Military Bases and the Evolution of Foreign Policy in Egypt’s New Kingdom (Brill, 2005), and she is currently in the process of finishing a book entitled Egyptian Imperialism (under contract to Blackwell Press). Her ongoing research interests and other publications focus on the dynamics of political fragmentation, state formation, sexuality and sacred performance, retainer sacrifice, and divine kingship.  She has excavated in the Nile Valley at Abydos and Mendes, and at the site of Amheida in the Dakhleh Oasis.  Morris did her graduate work at the University of Pennsylvania and earned her B.A. from Barnard College in Ancient Studies.

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Dan-el Padilla Peralta

Title: Lecturer
Interests: History of the Roman Republic and Empire, with a particular focus on trends in religious practice
Email: dp2751@columbia.edu
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Dan-el Padilla Peralta received his PhD in Classics from Stanford University in 2014 and holds previous degrees from Princeton and Oxford. While at Stanford, he held the university’s Interdisciplinary Graduate Fellowship, intended to reward and encourage work across the disciplines. Dan-el is firmly committed to the application of social-scientific methods to the study of ancient history and believes the two domains have much to offer each other. He also has strong opinions about the importance of disciplinary versatility within the field of Classics, and of getting historians, philologists, and archaeologists to learn from and collaborate with each other. His teaching and research interests include the writings of the Greek and Roman historians, and their early modern reception; travel and mobility in the Mediterranean, and longue durée histories of the Middle Sea; comparative approaches to the study of antiquity; and the classical tradition in contemporary American and Latin American culture.

Dan-el’s book project, Divine institutions: Religion and State Formation in Mid-Republican Rome, argues that Rome’s meteoric rise from central Italian city-state to Mediterranean hegemon during the fourth and third centuries BCE has much more to do with religious developments than is usually assumed. As a complement to this book project, Dan-el is nursing along a comparative exercise, tentatively titled “The Axial contexts of Republican religion,” that tries to apply an Eurasian perspective to how the Romans of the Republic worshipped their gods. Other projects currently in the works include an article on commerce, religion, and “ecological signaling” on Republican Delos; an expanded version of a study (originally prepared and published under Stanford’s ORBIS project) on the distance measurements recorded in ancient itineraries; and, as a prolegomenon to a future study on classical receptions in the Hispanophone Caribbean, an investigation of Athens and Sparta in the classical imaginary of the Dominican Republic. Together with two former colleagues at Stanford, Dan-el is also hard at work on a co-edited volume, Cargo Culture: Roman Literary and Material Appropriative Practices. Much closer to seeing the light of day is Dan-el’s memoir with Penguin Press, slated for publication in 2015.

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Elizabeth Scharffenberger

Title: Lecturer
Interests: Ancient Greek and Roman drama; comic literature (from antiquity to the present day); intellectual history; reception studies; translation studies; classics in translation
Email: es136@columbia.edu
Phone: (212) 854-7822
Office: 610 Hamilton
Office Hours: Tuesday 1:45pm-2:45pm and Thursday 9:00am-10:00am

Faculty Advisor, Postbaccalaureate Program

Elizabeth Scharffenberger received an A.B. from the University of Chicago and a Ph.D. from Columbia University.  She has taught at Columbia for many years and has also taught at Yale, NYU, Vassar, and Washington University in St. Louis, and she currently serves as the director of the department’s post-baccalaureate certificate program and the supervisor of the department’s graduate Teaching Fellows.  In addition to teaching a variety of courses for the department, she enjoys teaching courses in the College’s core curriculum and recently delivered a paper at the annual meeting of the American Philological Association about comic texts in core curricula and “Great Books” courses.  She has published on Aristophanes, Euripides, Sophocles, and Plato.  Her current research projects include a study of modern adaptations of Aristophanic comedy, an examination of contemporary feminist revisions of the myths of Helen and Jocasta, an examination of the reworking of Homeric narrative patterns in Plato’s Republic, and a paper on the reception of Euripidean tragedy by comedians active in the mid-fourth century BCE.  She serves on the board of directors of the Comparative Drama Conference and has just finished a three-year term as a member of the American Philological Association’s Committee on Ancient and Modern Performance. 

Recent Publications:

--“Aristophanic Imaginings: Reflections on Martin Revermann’s Comic Business” International Journal of the Classical Tradition 15 (2008)
--“Deinon Eribremetas: The Sound and Sense of ‘Aeschylus’ in Aristophanes’ Frogs,” Classical World 100 (2007)

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Seth Schwartz

Title: Lucius N. Littauer Professor of Classical Jewish Civilization Gourgouris
Interests: Social History of Jew in Antiquity; Palestinian Archaeology and Epigraphy; Historiography; Apocalypticism
Email: srs166@columbia.edu
Phone: (212) 851-5907
Office: 405 Fayerweather
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Seth Schwartz (BA, Classics, Yeshiva University, 1979; PhD, History, Columbia, 1985) is a political, social and cultural historian of the Jews who specializes in the period between Alexander the Great and the rise of Islam, and has become especially interested in the anthropological and social theoretical aspects of his field. Before returning to Columbia in 2009 he taught for fourteen years at the Jewish Theological Seminary after having been a junior fellow at the Harvard Society of Fellows and a senior research fellow at King’s College, Cambridge. In 1999/2000 he was a Guggenheim Fellow and in 2006/7 a member of the School of Historical Studies at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton. He is co-author, with Roger Bagnall, Alan Cameron and Klaas Worp of "Consuls of the Later Roman Empire" (Atlanta, 1987), and author of "Josephus and Judaean Politics" (Leiden, 1990) and "Imperialism and Jewish Society, 200 BCE to 640 CE" (Princeton, 2001).

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Deborah Steiner

Title: John Jay Professor of Greek and Latin
Interests: Archaic Greek poetry; Greek lyric; Greek mythology and the visual arts.
Email: dts8@columbia.edu
Phone: (212) 854-4188
Office: 604 Hamilton
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Deborah Steiner grew up in England, and received her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Harvard, Oxford and the University of California at Berkeley. She has taught at Columbia since 1994, and currently lives with her husband, two children and dog in Princeton, New Jersey. Current research interests include Homeric poetry, the early symposium, choral dancing in art and poetry, and the archaic fable.

Publications and awards: Among her publications are books on representations of writing in archaic and classical Greece (The Tyrant's Writ; Princeton 1994), the place of statues in the Greek literature, philosophy and religion (Images in Mind, Princeton 2001), and a commentary on books 17 and 18 of the Odyssey (Cambridge 2010); her articles include several discussions of Aeschylus' Agamemnon, readings of the Greek iambic poets and the discourse of mockery and abuse, explorations of the interactions between Greek ritual and early Greek poetry, and analyses of images on early Greek vases. Awards include a fellowship at the Institute for Advanced Studies and an American Philosophical Society fellowship.

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Karen Van Dyck

Title: Kimon A. Doukas Professor of Hellenic Studies Van Dyck
Interests: Modern Greek and Greek Diaspora literature; Poetry; Censorship;
Multilingualism; Gender Studies; Translation Studies
Email: vandyck@columbia.edu
Phone: (212) 854-2189
Office: 515 Hamilton Hall
Office Hours: T 12:00pm-1:00pm; R 10:00am-10:45am

D.Phil in Modern Greek Literature from the Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages, Oxford, 1990. Professor Van Dyck writes and teaches on Modern Greek literature and culture, gender, diaspora and translation. She is the author of Kassandra and the Censors: Greek Poetry since 1967 (Cornell, 1998; in translation Agra 2002) and The Rehearsal of Misunderstanding: Three Collections by Contemporary Greek Women Poets (Wesleyan 1998) and editor of The Scattered Papers of Penelope: New and Selected Poems by Katerina Anghelaki-Rooke (Anvil, 2008; Graywolf, 2009), A Lannan Translation Selection. She is co-editor of A Century of Greek Poetry(Cosmos 2004) as well as of the forthcoming The Greek Poets: Homer to the Present (Norton, 2009). Besides these projects she has published articles on Diaspora literature, the Language Question, translation and multilingualism. She is currently completing a book on literature that is structured by the relation between Greek and English. She has directed the Program in Hellenic Studies at Columbia since 1988 and been an active member of the Institute for Research on Women and Gender, the Center for Literary Translation and the Institute for Comparative Literature and Society.

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Katharina Volk

Title: Professor
Interests: Latin literature of the late Republican and early Imperial periods, Archaic and Hellenistic Greek poetry, ancient philosophy, science, and intellectual history
Email: kv2018@columbia.edu
Phone: (212) 854-5683
Office: 614 Hamilton
Office Hours: T 1:00pm-3:00pm

Director of Undergraduate Studies

Katharina Volk, Professor of Classics and recipient of the Distinguished Columbia Faculty Award (2010-11), holds an M.A. from Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich (1994) and a Ph.D. from Princeton University (1999) and has been teaching at Columbia since 2002.  She is the author of The Poetics of Latin Didactic: Lucretius, Vergil, Ovid, Manilius (Oxford 2002) and Manilius and his Intellectual Background (Oxford 2009), for which she received the Lionel Trilling Book Award (2010). She is the editor of Callida Musa: Papers on Latin Literature in Honor of R. Elaine Fantham (with J. Mira Seo and Rolando Ferri, Pisa 2009), Oxford Readings in Classical Studies: Vergil's Eclogues (Oxford 2008), Oxford Readings in Classical Studies: Vergil's Georgics (Oxford 2008), and Seeing Seneca Whole: Perspectives on Philosophy, Poetry and Politics (with Gareth D. Williams, Leiden 2006).  Her articles range from Homeric formula and Hesiodic poetics to Vergilian eroticism, Ovidian time, Senecan dramaturgy, and beyond.

Professor Volk's latest books are Ovid, an introduction to the work of her favorite Latin poet (Malden, MA 2010), and Forgotten Stars: Rediscovering Manilius' Astronomica, a volume co-edited with Steven J. Green and based on a conference on Manilius that took place at Columbia in 2008 (Oxford 2011). She is currently in the process of editing, together with Gareth D. Williams, a volume called Roman Reflections: Essay on Latin Philosophy, which is based on a 2012 Columbia conference and will appear with Oxford University Press.  Professor Volk's latest research project, which she expects will keep her for many years, concerns the politics and sociology of knowledge in late Republican Rome.

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Gareth Williams

Title: Violin Family Professor of Classics
Interests: Classical Latin poetry, especially elegy; Silver Latin poetry; Senecan prose
Email: gdw5@columbia.edu
Phone: (212) 854-2850
Office: 615 Hamilton
Office Hours: T R 1:30pm-2:30pm

Acting Department Chair

Gareth Williams has taught at Columbia since 1992 after completing doctoral work at Cambridge (1990). His main publications have centered on Augustan poetry, especially Ovid’s exilic writings; and also on Seneca’s prose writings, including an edition of De Otio and De Breuitate Vitae (Cambridge 2003). Current work includes a sequence of writings on Seneca’s Natural Questions, but his current interests extend to Silver Latin literature more generally, especially Silver epic and also Roman philosophical/scientific development in the early empire.

Some recent articles:

--‘Reading the waters: Seneca on the Nile in Natural Questions, Book 4a’, Classical Quarterly 57 (2007) 218-242
--‘Seneca on comets and ancient cometary theory in Natural Questions 7’, Ramus 36 (2007) 97-117
--‘Cold science: Seneca on hail and snow in Natural Questions 4B’. PCPhS 54 (2008) 209-236
--‘Politics and Narrative in Ovid’s Metamorphoses’, in P. E. Knox, ed., Blackwell Companion to Ovid (Oxford 2009) 154-169
--'Politics in Ovid', in W. J. Dominik and J. Garthwaite, eds., Writing Politics in Imperial Rome (Leiden 2009) 203-224
--‘A. E. Housman and Ovid’s Ibis’, in D. Butterfield and C. Stray, edd., A. E. Housman the Scholar (London 2009) 95-116

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Nancy Worman

Title: Professor
Interests: Greek poetry and oratory, ancient rhetoric and literary criticism, and literary theory.
Email: nworman@barnard.edu; nw51@columbia.edu
Phone: (212) 854-3001
Office: 217 Milbank
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Professor Worman's research focuses on the body in performance in classical Greek drama and oratory, as well as ancient literary criticism and theory. She has published Abusive Mouths in Classical Athens (Cambridge 2008), which explores the convergence of the imagery of insult and appetite in Greek drama, oratory, and philosophy; and she has forthcoming in 2015 a study of the development of landscape metaphors in ancient literary theory and criticism (Landscape and the Spaces of Metaphor in Ancient Literary Theory and Criticism, Cambridge). With Kate Gilhuly she has edited Space, Place, and Landscape in Ancient Greek Literature and Culture (Cambridge 2014) and with Joy Connolly she is currently editing the Oxford Handbook of Ancient Literary Theory and Criticism. Her newest project, provisionally entitled Tragic Bodies, explores the aesthetics of embodiment in Greek tragedy and beyond.

Professor Worman's research and scholarship have been supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Loeb Foundation, Harvard University, The Center for Hellenic Studies, and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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James Zetzel

Title: Anthon Professor of the Latin Language and Literature
Interests: Latin literature of the first century BCE, particularly Cicero, Catullus, and Virgil, Ancient political theory, Roman scholarship and intellectual life, History of classical scholarship
Email: zetzel@columbia.edu
Phone: (212) 854-5682
Office: 611 Hamilton
Office Hours: M W 2:30pm-4:00pm

James Zetzel is Anthon Professor of the Latin Language and Literature, and has taught at Columbia for more than 25 years. His teaching regularly includes courses on the history of Latin literature and on individual authors or topics in the literature of the first century BCE as well as courses on ancient political theory and ancient law. He also regularly teaches in Contemporary Civilization, which he chaired for 4 years. His publications include two books on the history of Latin texts, a commentary on Cicero’s De re publica, and two volumes of translations of Cicero. Articles on Catullus, Horace, and Propertius have been reprinted in volumes of Oxford Readings in Classical Studies on those authors, and he has contributed to Cambridge Companions on Cicero and Virgil. He has also written about the literary history of the late Republic and Augustan periods, about Roman textual criticism and ancient forgeries, and about the appropriation of Greek culture in Ciceronian Rome. He edited Transactions of the American Philological Association from 1982 to 1986. He has been awarded research fellowships by the American Council of Learned Societies, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation.

Recent and forthcoming publications:

--“ ‘Arouse the Dead’: Mai, Leopardi and Cicero’s Commonwealth in Restoration Italy” in Reception and the Classics, ed. W. Brockliss et al. Yale Classical Studies 36 (Cambridge, 2011) 19-44
--“Political Philosophy” in Cambridge Companion to Cicero, ed. C. Steel (Cambridge, 2013) 181-195
--“A Contract on Ameria: Law and Legality in Cicero’s Pro Roscio Amerino” forthcoming in AJP 134 (2013)
--“The Bride of Mercury: A Tale of Two Sisters. Confessions of a ’Pataphilologist ” forthcoming in World Philology, ed. Sheldon Pollock et al. (Harvard)
--“Philosophy is in the Streets” forthcoming in Volk and Williams, eds., Latin Philosophy.
--Critics, Compilers, and Commentators: A Guide to Roman Textual and Grammatical Scholarship (in progress; Oxford University Press/American Philological Association)

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Affiliated Faculty

Christopher Baswell

Title: Professor of English and Comparative Literature, Columbia University and Anne Whitney Olin Professor of English, Barnard College
Interests: Medieval literature and manuscript studies; Classical tradition; disability studies
Email: cbaswell@barnard.edu
Phone: (212) 854-9011
Office: 410 Barnard Hall
Office Hours: Contact Barnard English Dept at 4-2116

B.A. Oberlin, in Classics and English, 1975; Fulbright Scholar at New College Oxford and the Warburg Institute, London 1978-80; Ph. D. Yale, in English, 1983.  Professor Baswell rejoins the faculty at Barnard and Columbia after a period as Professor of English and Associate Director of the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies at UCLA, 2001-2008.  Baswell’s earliest research was in the reception and transformation of classical literature, especially narratives of empire and dynastic foundation, in the vernacular cultures of the European Middle Ages.  He has approached these issues through the optic of original manuscripts, and in the light of the multilingualism of medieval France and England.  Some of this research resulted in Virgil in Medieval England: Figuring the Aeneid from the Twelfth Century to Chaucer (Cambridge UP 1995), which won the 1998 Beatrice White Prize of the English Association.  Further work on foundation narratives has led to articles and a forthcoming monograph on narratives of female foundation and their challenge to a dominant tradition of founding fathers.  Baswell is also at work on new research on the cultural imagination of disability in the Middle Ages.  He has held fellowships from the NEH, the ACLS, the National Humanities Center, and the Institute for Advanced Study.  Baswell is co-editor of the medieval volume of the Longman Anthology of British Literature. He is General Editor of the series Cursor Mundi: Viator Studies of the Medieval and Early Modern World (Brepols).

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Richard Billows

Title: Professor, History Calotychos
Interests: Ancient Greek and Roman History and Greek epigraphy
Email: rab4@columbia.edu
Phone: (212) 854-4486
Office: 322M Fayerweather
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Director of Graduate Studies, Classical Studies

Richard A. Billows, professor, specializes in Ancient Greek and Roman History and Greek epigraphy. He received his BA from Oxford University in 1978 and his Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley in 1985. His publications include Antigonos the One-Eyed and the Creation of the Hellenistic State (1990) and Kings and Colonists: Aspects of Macedonian Imperialism (1995).

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Francesco De Angelis

Title: Associate Professor, Art History and Archaeology
Interests: Greek, Etruscan, and Roman art and archaeology
Email: fda2101@columbia.edu
Phone: (212) 854-4723
Office: 826 Schermerhorn
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Before coming to Columbia, Francesco de Angelis has worked at the Deutsches Archäologisches Institut in Rome and at the Scuola Normale Superiore in Pisa. He has also been the recipient of a two-year fellowship from the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles.

His research interests focus on various aspects of Greek, Etruscan, and Roman art and archaeology, among which: the relation between visual evidence and written texts; mythological images and their contexts; the role of monuments in the transmission of cultural memory and identity; the reception of classical past in modern scholarship. His approach lays strong accent on intercultural influences and on the value of cross-cultural comparisons.

Examples of these interests are represented by his studies on Pausanias and on Etruscan art. In the first case, he has devoted special attention to the way in which "ancient" Greek art was viewed and described in the Roman Imperial period, as well as to the specific and peculiar ways in which monuments and places are used as lieux de mémoire, as physical carriers of memory, by Pausanias. In the other case, his interest has been stimulated by the methodological and hermeneutic problems raised by artifacts such as Etruscan urns and mirrors, which use scenes of Greek mythology to talk about values deemed relevant to Etruscan society.

His current research plans include the study of Roman villas and houses in Campania, and a study of ancient ekphrasis, with special attention to the Images of the Elder Philostratus.

Recent Publications: Charun. Corpus informatico delle urne ellenistiche etrusche e dei loro contesti (database)

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William Harris

Title: William R. Shepherd Professor of History
Interests: Greek and Roman History, especially Literacy and Orality; the Growth of the Roman Empire; Social and Economic History of the Roman Empire
Email: wvh1@columbia.edu
Phone: (212) 854-3702
Office: 624 Fayerweather
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William Vernon Harris, William R. Shepherd Professor of History, specializes in the history of the ancient Greek and Roman worlds. He received his B.A., M.A. and D.Phil. degrees from Oxford University. His books include Mental Disorders in the Classical World (2013), The Ancient Mediterranean Environment between Science and History (2013), Rome's Imperial Economy (2011), Dreams and Experience in Classical Antiquity (2009), Restraining Rage: the Ideology of Anger Control in Classical Antiquity (2002), Ancient Literacy (1989), and War and Imperialism in Republican Rome (corrected edition, 1985).  His edited books include Rethinking the Mediterranean (2005), The Monetary Systems of the Greeks and Romans (2008), and (co-edited with Kristine Iara) Maritime Technology in the Ancient Economy (2011). He is the Director of Columbia's Center for the Ancient Mediterranean. Read Harris's articles "The Mediterranean and Ancient History", published in Rethinking the Mediterranean, "Quando e come l’Italia divenne per la prima volta Italia? Un saggio sulla politica dell’identità", and "The Late Republic", from the Cambridge Economic History of the Greco-Roman World.

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Holger A. Klein

Title: Professor of Art History and Archaeology
Interests: Late Antique and Byzantine art and architecture; Cross-cultural exchange; Cult of relics; Material culture.
Email: hak56@columbia.edu
Phone: (212) 854-3230
Office: 931 Schermerhorn
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Holger A. Klein was educated in Art History, Early Christian Archaeology, and German Literature at the universities of Freiburg im Breisgau, Munich, London, and Bonn. His research focuses on Late Antique, Early Medieval, and Byzantine art and architecture, more specifically, on the cult of relics, reliquaries, and issues of cultural and artistic exchange.

From 2004–2007 he served as the Robert P. Bergman Curator of Medieval Art at the Cleveland Museum of Art and continued to oversee the reinstallation of the museum's renowned collection of Medieval and Byzantine art until 2010. His work as a curator includes various international loan exhibitions, among them Restoring Byzantium. The Kariye Camii in Istanbul and the Byzantine Institute Restoration (Wallach Art Gallery, 2004), Medieval Treasures from The Cleveland Museum of Art (Bayerisches Nationalmuseum/The J. Paul Getty Museum, 2007–08) and Treasures of Heaven. Saints, Relics and Devotion in Medieval Europe (Cleveland Museum of Art/Walters Art Museum/British Museum, 2010–11).

In 2011, he received the 50th annual Mark Van Doren Award for Teaching, which honors a Columbia professor for commitment to undergraduate instruction as well as for "humanity, devotion to truth, and inspiring leadership."

Web Site: Restoring Byzantium: The Rediscovery and Restoration of the Kariye Camii

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Marco Maiuro

Title: Assistant Professor, History
Interests: History of the Greek and Roman world, with a particular focus on social and economic history of the hellenistic kingdoms and the Roman Empire
Email: mm3397@columbia.edu
Phone: (212) 851-5912
Office: 502 Fayerweather
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Ph.D. – University of Trieste, Italy 2007, M.A. – University of Siena, Italy 2004, B.A. – University of Perugia, Italy 2000. Marco Maiuro, assistant professor, specializes in Ancient History. He received his BA in University of Perugia, MA-University of Siena, DeA in University of Clermont-Ferrand II, PhD University of Triest and University of Clermont Ferrand II (CNRS). He specializes in History of the Greek and Roman world, with a particular focus on social and economic history of the hellenistic kingdoms and the Roman Empire. As an archaeologist, he worked on many international projects in the basin of the Mediterranean, and he is currently responsible for the classical section in the international archaeological project of Villa Magna (Central Italy, see www.villa-magna.org). His publications include articles on Roman topography, administration, and economy and his book, “The Imperial Properties in High Imperial Italy: Economy, Administration and Geography” is forthcoming.

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Wolfgang Mann

Title: Professor, Philosophy
Interests: Ancient philosophy, in all its periods.
Email: wrm4@columbia.edu
Phone: (212) 854-7887
Office: 705 Philosophy
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A.B., Ph.D. Princeton (1978, 1987). Professor Mann joined the Columbia Philosophy Department in 1992. He is the author of The Discovery of Things: Aristotle’s Categories and Their Context (Princeton, 2000); and he recently co-edited, with James Allen, Eyjólfur Emilsson, and Benjamin Morison, Oxford Studies in Ancient Philosophy, vol. 40: Essays in Memory of Michael Frede (2011). His research interests include: theories of argumentation (i.e. logic and rhetoric, broadly construed), beginning with Socrates and Plato; the history of central metaphysical contrasts—e.g. corporeal/incorporeal, composite/simple, whole/part, matter/form, object/property, potentiality/ actuality — throughout antiquity and the middle ages; and within ethics, treatments of the relation between rational and non-rational motivation, and accounts of freedom (e.g. those of Epictetus and Plotinus) which do not require that an agent be able to act differently (from how s/he actually does act) in order to count as free. He has also worked on English and German Romanticism (especially, Wordsworth and Hölderlin); the reception of classical antiquity in 19th century Britain and Germany; and the historiography of philosophy.

Recent publications:

--“The Past as Future? Hellenism, the Gymnasium, and Altertumswissenschaft”, in R. Curren, ed., A Companion to the Philosophy of Education (London, 2003), 143-60.
--“Plato in Tübingen”, Oxford Studies in Ancient Philosophy 31 (2006), 349-400.
--“Was kann man von Euthydemos und seinem Bruder lernen?”, in C. Rapp and T. Wagner, eds., Wissen und Bildung in der antiken Philosophie (Stuttgart, 2006), 103-126.
--“Learning How to Die: Seneca’s Use of Aeneid 4, 653 at Epistulae morales 12, 9”, in K. Volk and G. Williams, eds., Seeing Seneca Whole: Perspectives on Philosophy, Poetry and Politics (Leiden, 2006), 103-122.
--“On two Stoic ‘paradoxes’ in Manilius”, in S. Green and K. Volk, eds., Forgotten Stars: Rediscovering Manilius’ Astronomica (Oxford, 2011), 85-103.
-- “Elements, Causes, and Principles: A Context for Metaphysics Z 17”, Oxford Studies in Ancient Philosophy 40 (2011), 29-61.

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Ioannis Mylonopoulos

Title: Assistant Professor, Art History
Interests: Iconography of the divine in ancient Greece; Architectural development of Greek sanctuaries; the archaeology of the Peloponnese
Email: jm3193@columbia.edu
Phone: (212) 854-0170
Office: 903 Schermerhorn Hall
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Ioannis Mylonopoulos teaches ancient Greek art and archaeology at Columbia University. Professor Mylonopoulos was educated at the University of Athens and the Ruprecht-Karls University Heidelberg (Ph.D. summa cum laude 2001). Before coming to Columbia in 2008, professor Mylonopoulos was Research Associate at the University of Heidelberg, Assistant Professor at the University of Vienna, Junior Professor at the University of Erfurt, and Fellow of the Harvard Center for Hellenic Studies. He has received fellowships and grants from the Alexander S. Onassis Foundation, the Ernst-Kirsten Society, the Friedrich-Naumann Foundation, the Gerda-Henkel Foundation, and the German Research Council. His book, Πελοπόννησος οἰκητήριον Ποσειδῶνος. Heiligtümer und Kulte des Poseidon auf der Peloponnes, Kernos supplement 13, Liège 2003, which won the Margarete Häcker Award for the best dissertation in Classical Studies in German language in 2002, examines the archaeology and architectural development of sacred sites on the Peloponnese dedicated to Poseidon. Professor Mylonopoulos participated in excavations in Greece (Zominthos, Eleutherna), Turkey (Aphrodisias), and Germany (Ladenburg/Lopodunum). He is co-editor of the Epigraphic Bulletin for Greek Religion (EBGR) and co-author of the Chronique archéologique de la religion grecque (ChronARG). Professor Mylonopoulos is currently completing a book entitled Odysseus in the Cavern? Terracotta figurines from the Polis-Cave on Ithaca, while working on a monograph under the title The Visual Construction(s) of the Divine in Ancient Greece. He is a voting member of the Managing Committee of The American School of Classical Studies at Athens, a member of the Coroplastic Studies Interest Group, review editor of the Coroplastic Studies Interest Group (together with Maya B. Muratov), and author of the entry on "Greek Art" in the international Oxford Bibliographies Online project

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Melissa Schwartzberg

Title: Associate Professor, Political Science
Interests: Ancient political thought, Democratic theory, Constitutionalism, Rousseau
Email: ms3125@columbia.edu
Phone: (212) 854-6485
Office: 718 IAB
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Melissa Schwartzberg (Ph.D., New York University, 2002) is a political theorist whose research centers on the historical origins and normative consequences of rules governing democratic decision-making. Her first book, Democracy and Legal Change (Cambridge, 2007), retrieves and defends the historically salient view that democracies regularly change their laws, while exploring the circumstances under which democracies have enacted immutable rules. She is writing a second book, Counting the Many, on the historical development and justifications of supermajority rules.  She also has a special interest in Athenian democracy and in eighteenth-century theories of institutional design. She has published articles in journals including Political Theory, Journal of the History of Ideas, American Political Science Review, Political Studies, and PS: Political Science and Politics. From 2002-2006, she was an assistant professor of political science at The George Washington University.


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Katja Maria Vogt

Title: Professor of Philosophy
Interests: Ancient Philosophy and Ethics
Email: kv2101@columbia.edu
Phone: (212) 854-3539
Office: 712A Philosophy
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Chair of Classical Studies

A specialist in ancient philosophy and ethics, Professor Vogt joined the Columbia Philosophy Department in 2002. Her books include Skepsis und Lebenspraxis (1998) on ancient skepticism, and Law, Reason, and the Cosmic City (2008) on Stoic ethics and political philosophy; she just concluded the book manuscript Belief and Truth: A Skeptic Reading of Plato. The question that interests Vogt both in ancient philosophy and ethics is to what extent knowledge and self-knowledge are integral to a good life. What kind of values are knowledge and truth? What makes mere belief inferior? What is the nature of ignorance? Vogt’s next book project, Desiring the Good, aims to bring ancient theories of motivation into conversation with contemporary discussions. In recent papers on the Symposium, Plato’s views on madness, and on Book I of the Nicomachean Ethics, Vogt argues that the standard Guise of the Good account of motivation—that, in being motivated, the agent judges something to be good—holds primarily for motivation that relates to what we want for our lives as a whole. She aims to develop a theory of motivation that integrates the analysis of large-scale motivation to have one’s life go well—in her terminology, Background Motivation—with the analysis of mid-scale motivations for pursuits as well as small-scale motivations for particular actions. Vogt has published numerous papers on ancient skepticism, Plato, Stoic philosophy, Kantian ethics, and on a cherished side-interest of hers: the role of friendship and enmity in our ethical lives. Vogt is the author of the SEP articles on Ancient Skepticism and on Seneca.

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Emeritus Faculty

Roger Bagnall

Email: rsb1@columbia.edu

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Alan Cameron

Email: adc1@columbia.edu

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James Coulter

Email: jac11@columbia.edu

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Suzanne Saïd

Email: ss94@columbia.edu

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Leonardo Taran

Email: lt1@columbia.edu

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