James E. G. Zetzel
Professor of Classics


611 Hamilton Hall
Department of Classics
Columbia University
1130 Amsterdam Avenue
New York, NY 10027

Telephone: (212) 854-5682
Fax: (212) 854-7856
Email: zetzel@columbia.edu


Teaching: The courses that I teach most frequently include Contemporary Civilization C1101-2, Columbia’s Core course on social, political, philosophical and religious texts from Plato and the Bible to Virginia Woolf and Frantz Fanon, and Latin 4105, Latin Literature of the Republic. My other Latin courses range from archaic poetry to Augustan literature, Latin Stylistics, and Textual Criticism and the Transmission of Texts. In translation, I teach a course on Ancient Law (Cl. Civ. 3162) and beginning in 2005 will offer a course on Ancient Political Theory.


Research: I am now completing a critical edition (with Wendell Clausen) of the ninth-century Commentum Cornuti on the Satires of Persius with an accompanying monograph on the origin and transmission of the text; continuing projects include a book on Cicero’s political theory and (with Gareth Williams) the Blackwell History of Roman Literature.