Classics Faculty

JENNY STRAUSS CLAYWilliam R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Classics, is the author of The Wrath of Athena: Gods and Men in the Odyssey, The Politics of Olympus: Form and Meaning in the Major Homeric Hymns, Hesiod's Cosmos, and, most recently, Homer's Trojan Theater, which attempts to envision the Iliad's battlefield and its meaning for Homeric poetics ( She spent the 2012-13 academic year as a recipient of the Humboldt Preis. She is currently preparing a commentary on Hesiod’s Theogony and recently contributed to the Fondation Hardt on Ancient Cosmogony, while continuing her work on “Mapping the Catalogue of Ships” in collaboration with Ben Jasnow, Coourtney Evans, and Gwen Nally.  She has also published numerous articles on Greek and Roman poets.

JANE WEBB CRAWFORD, Professor of Classics, has published two books on Cicero, M. Tullius Cicero: The Lost and Unpublished Speeches, and M. Tullius Cicero: The Fragmentary Speeches, as well as articles on Cicero, Clodius, Boudicca and St. Radegunde of France. She has recently published a new commentary on Cicero's Pro Caelio (with Elizabeth Keitel, 2010). She is Co-Chair for higher education of the AP Latin Test Development Committee and also served on the Curriculum Review Committee; which produced the new Caesar-Vergil AP Latin syllabus and exam, along with teacher development materials. Her current research interests include the Ciceronian scholiasts, Cicero's Letters, the works of Caesar, and Roman satirists.

JOHN DILLERY, Professor of Classics, is the author of Xenophon and the History of His Times, and articles on Herodotus, Hecataeus of Abdera, and papyri; he thoroughly revised the Loeb edition of Xenophon's Anabasis. He is currently at work on a project dealing with historical writing under the early Ptolemies and Seleucids.

COULTER GEORGE, Associate Professor of Classics and Director of Graduate Studies, is the author of Expressions of Agency in Ancient Greek. His chief area of research is the historical development of the Greek language, and he is particularly interested in the syntax of the Greek verb, particles and prepositions, and the role of bilingualism in shaping Jewish and Christian Greek. His second book, Expressions of Time in Ancient Greek, has just appeared with the Cambridge University Press.

GREGORY HAYS, Associate Professor of Classics and Director of Undergraduate Studies, has published articles and reviews on Greek poetry and later Latin literature, and a translation of Marcus Aurelius's Meditations. His research interests center on late antique and medieval Latin, and he is currently finishing a project involving the fifth-century African mythographer Fulgentius.

DAVID KOVACS, Hugh H. Obear Professor of Classics, is editor and translator of the nineteen plays of Euripides (six volumes) for the Loeb Classical Library. He is also the author of The Andromache of Euripides: an Interpretation (1980), The Heroic Muse (1987), Euripidea (1994), Euripidea Altera (1998), Euripidea Tertia (2003), and of articles on Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides, Aristophanes, Ovid, Horace, Seneca, and other classical authors.

JON D. MIKALSON, William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Classics, is the author of The Sacred and Civil Calendar of the Athenian Year, Athenian Popular Religion, Honor Thy Gods: Popular Religion in Greek Tragedy, Herodotus and Religion in the Persian Wars, Ancient Greek Religion, Greek Popular Religion in Greek Philosophy, and articles on topics of Greek religion and literature. His research interests are Greek religious beliefs as manifested in literature, history, philosophy, and everyday life.

JOHN F. MILLER, Arthur F. and Marian W. Stocker Professor of Classics, is the author of Apollo, Augustus, and the Poets, which was awarded the 2010 Charles J. Goodwin Award of Merit by the American Philological Association, Ovid's Elegiac Festivals, and numerous articles on various Latin authors. He was Editor of Classical Journal in 1991-98 and has co-edited four collaborative collections on Greek and Roman literature and culture, most recently A Handbook to the Reception of Ovid (2014). His work concentrates in Latin poetry, particularly its religious background and affinities with Hellenistic poetics. Currently he is working on Ovid's Fasti and its reception.

K. SARA MYERS, Professor of Classics and Department Chair, is the author of Ovid's Causes: Cosmogony and Aetiology in the Metamorphoses, a commentary on Ovid's Metamorphoses 14, and articles on Ovid, Roman Elegy, Roman gardens, and Statius. Her current research interests include Statius and the poetics of commencement.

A.J. WOODMAN, Basil L. Gildersleeve Professor of Classics and Director of Graduate Admissions, is the author of two volumes of commentary on Velleius Paterculus, of Rhetoric in classical historiography, of Latin historians (with C.S. Kraus), of Tacitus reviewed, and of award-winning translations of Sallust and Tacitus' Annals. With R.H. Martin he has produced commentaries on Tacitus Annals, Books III and IV. He is editor of The Cambridge Companion to Tacitus and co-editor of Quality and pleasure in Latin poetry, Creative imitation and Latin literature, Poetry and politics in the age of Augustus, Past perspectives: studies in Greek and Roman historical writing, Author and audience in Latin literature, Tacitus and the Tacitean tradition, Traditions and Contexts in the Poetry of Horace, Latin Historiography and Poetry in the Early Empire: Generic Interactions, and Catullus: Poems, Books, Readers. A selection of his papers, From Poetry to History, has been published by Oxford University Press (2012). His commentary on Tacitus' Agricola (with contributions from C.S. Kraus) has recently appeared in the series Cambridge Greek and Latin Classics. His current projects are a commentary on Books 5-6 of Tacitus' Annals for the series Cambridge Classical Texts and Commentaries and a new edition of the Annals for the series Oxford Classical Texts.