PAMW Faculty

MICHAEL ALLEN (Associate Professor of Classics) has prepared an edition of the ninth-century historian Frechulf of Lisieux and is the author of articles on medieval Latin historiography and poetry. His teaching is focused primarily on the Latin literature of the Middle Ages and on Latin palaeography.

CLIFFORD ANDO (Professor of Classics) is the author of Imperial Ideology and Provincial Loyalty in the Roman Empire, for which he was awarded the APA's Goodwin Award in 2003, and The Matter of the Gods (2008). He is the editor of Roman Religion (2003) and co-editor, with Jörg Rüpke, of Religion and Law in Classical and Christian Rome (2006). His current research examines problems of law, administration and cultural change in the Roman empire.

ELIZABETH ASMIS (Professor of Classics) is the author of Epicurus’ Scientific Method and articles on Plato, Philodemus, Lucretius, Epictetus, Seneca, and Marcus Aurelius. Her current research focuses on Roman Stoicism and Cicero’s political philosophy. Her teaching covers Greek and Roman philosophy and literary criticism.

SHADI BARTSCH (Helen A. Regenstein Distinguished Service Professor of Classics and the Program in Gender Studies) is the author of Decoding the Ancient Novel; Actors in the Audience; and Ideology in Cold Blood: A Reading of Lucan's Civil War; and articles on Vergil and on the philosophical gaze. Her teaching is primarily devoted to Roman literature and culture. She is the recipient of a Quantrell Teaching Award and a Faculty Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching.

ALAIN BRESSON (Professor of Classics) is an historian of the ancient world with particular interests in the ancient economy, the Hellenistic world, and the epigraphy of Rhodes and Asia Minor. He is the author of La cité marchande (Bordeaux 2000); L'économie de la Grèces des cités (2 volumes; Paris 2007-2008), and Recueil des inscriptions de la Pérée rhodienne (Paris 1991), among other books; and editor of some five more, on matters of economics, civic life, writing and public power, and the history of the family.

MICHAEL DIETLER (Professor of Anthropology) is the author of Consumption and Colonial Encounters in the Rhône Basin of France and numerous articles on ancient Mediterranean colonialism. He is co-director of excavations at Lattes ( Languedoc ), investigating Etruscan, Greek, and Roman colonial encounters in southern France. His teaching interests include archaeology and ethnoarchaeology, colonialism, political economy, economic anthropology, the history and sociology of archaeological practice, and Celtic Studies.

HELMA DIK (Associate Professor of Classics) is the author of Word Order in Ancient Greek and articles on the functional grammar of Greek. Her teaching and research are focused on Greek language and literature, incorporating insights from general linguistics and literary theory. Her current project is Words into Verse, on the pragmatics of tragic dialogue. She is the recipient of a Quantrell Teaching Award.

CHRISTOPHER A. FARAONE (Frank Curtis Springer and Gertrude Melcher Springer Professor in the Humanities and the College, Professor of Classics) has written Talismans and Trojan Horses: Guardian Statues in Early Greek Myth and Ritual, Ancient Greek Love Magic, The Stanzaic Architecture of Archaic Greek Elegy and (with David Dodd) Initiation in Ancient Greek Rituals and Narratives: New Critical Perspectives. He is also the co-editor of Magika Hiera: Ancient Greek Magic and Religion, and Masks of Dionysus. His teaching focuses on Archaic and Hellenistic Greek poetry, magic and religion, and Near Eastern influences on early Greek culture.

JONATHAN M. HALL (Phyllis Fay Horton Distinguished Service Professor, Professor and Chair of Classics, Professor of History) is the author of Ethnic Identity in Greek Antiquity, for which he was awarded the APA 's Goodwin Award in 1999, and Hellenicity: Between Ethnicity and Culture, which won the 2004 Gordon J. Laing Award from the University of Chicago Press. He has just completed A History of the Archaic Greek World for Blackwell. His teaching is focused on Greek history, historiography, and archaeology. He is a recent recipient of a Quantrell Teaching Award.

CAMERON HAWKINS (Assistant Professor of History) specializes in the history of the ancient Mediterranean world, with a primary focus on the late Roman Republic and early Roman Empire, and secondary interests in both classical Greece and the Achaemenid Persian empire. He is currently working on a book that explores not only the nature of the urban economy in which Roman artisans lived and worked, but also the ways in which the strategies they adopted in order to stay in business were shaped by their social relationships with other artisans, family members, and former slaves.

JANET JOHNSON (Morton D. Hull Distinguished Service Professor of Egyptology) studies Egyptian language and Egypt in the “Late Period” (1st millennium B.C.). Her recent publications include the 3rd edition of her teaching grammar of Demotic, Thus Wrote 'Onchsheshonqy (available online ) as well as articles on ethnicity and the legal and economic status of women in Ancient Egypt. She is also Director of the Chicago Demotic Dictionary Project and Director of the Egyptian Readingbook Project.

WALTER KAEGI (Professor of History and Voting Member of the Oriental Institute) concentrates his research on Byzantine and Late Roman history, especially from the fourth through eleventh centuries, with special attention to the seventh century. He is the author of five books, the latest of which is Heraclius, Emperor of Byzantium. He is presently completing a monograph on the Dynamics of Muslim Expansion and Byzantine Collapse in North Africa and is the co-founder of the Byzantine Studies Conference and the editor of the journal Byzantinische Forschungen.

BRUCE LINCOLN (Caroline E. Haskell Professor of History of Religions) has thematic interests that gravitate toward the social and political dimensions of myth, ritual, and cosmology and he works with materials from Greece , Rome , Achaemenid Persia , and Prechristian Northern Europe. His books include Authority: Construction and Corrosion, Death, War, and Sacrifice: Studies in Ideology and Practice, and Holy Terrors: Thinking About Religion After September 11. He is also the 2002 recipient of the University of Chicago Press Gordon J. Laing award for his book, Theorizing Myth: Narrative, Ideology, and Scholarship.

MICHELE LOWRIE (Professor of Classics) works on Roman culture and literature, with interests in politics and reception. Her publications include Horace’s Narrative Odes and Writing, Performance and Authority in Augustan Rome. She is currently investigating the idea of security in Rome and representations of the law in Roman literature.

DAVID MARTINEZ (Associate Professor of Classics and the Divinity School) is the author of P. Michigan XVI: A Greek Love Charm from Egypt and Baptized for our Sakes: A Leather Trisagion from Egypt. He has also written articles on documentary Greek papyri and ancient Greek religion and magic. His current projects include the publication of the Texas papyri and projects which relate papyrological research to the study of early Christianity. His teaching interests focus on Greek papyrology and paleography, Greek language, Hellenistic authors, and early Christian literature.

BRIAN MUHS (Associate Professor of Egyptology) studies the history of Ancient Egyptian social, economic, and legal institutions, particularly during the transition from Pharaonic Egyptian to Persian, Ptolemaic and Roman rule; language contact and interaction during the same periods, particularly between Demotic Egyptian and Greek; and the dispersion and reconstruction of Ancient Egyptian archives. He is currently working on a book about the interaction between law, the economy, and society in Ancient Egypt.

RICHARD T. NEER (David B. and Clara E. Stern Professor of Humanities, Art History and the College) is the author of Style and Politics in Athenian Vase-Painting: The Craft of Democracy, ca. 530-460 B.C.E., Corpus Vasorum Antiquorum: Malibu, J. Paul Getty Museum, fascicule 7, and articles on Athenian pottery, theories of style, Archaic Greek sculpture, and seventeenth-century French painting. Interests include the development of naturalism in Greek art, Athenian history and questions of representation, architectural sculpture at Delphi and Olympia , and philosophical aesthetics.

SARAH NOOTER (Assistant Professor of Classics) has written articles and reviews on Greek tragedy and modern reception. She is working on a book about Sophocles and poetic language. Her interests include Athenian drama, archaic poetry and religious thought, literary theory and linguistics, and contemporary poetry and theater.

WENDY OLMSTED (Professor in the New Collegiate Division and the Humanities Division, PAMW Affiliate) has written Rhetoric: An Historical Introduction and The Imperfect Friend: Emotion and Rhetoric in the Work of Sidney and Milton (2008). Both books analyze deliberative rhetoric and emotion in ancient Greek, Roman, and Renaissance writers. She has also published articles on rhetoric, Homer, Aristotle, Cicero, Boethius, and Augustine as well as Spenser and Sidney. She co-edited Rhetorical Invention and Religious Inquiry and A Companion to Rhetoric and Rhetorical Criticism. She is currently working on confrontations with the other in the Odyssey. She received the Quantrell Teaching Award for 2010.

DENNIS PARDEE (Professor of Northwest Semitics) has interests in Northwest Semitic languages, Ugaritic/Hebrew poetics, Ugaritic/Hebrew epistolography, and Ugaritic/Hebrew ritual.

MARK PAYNE (Associate Professor of Classics) is the author of several articles on Greek poetry and poetics from the Archaic to the Hellenistic periods and Theocritus and the Invention of Fiction (Cambridge, 2007). His second book, The Animal Part: Human and Other Animals in the Poetic Imagination, is under contract with the University of Chicago Press. He is the book review editor for Classical Philology and a member of the University's Poetry and Poetics program.

JAMES REDFIELD (Edward Olson Distinguished Service Professor of Social Thought) has written Nature and Culture in the Iliad: The Tragedy of Hector, The Locrian Maidens: Love and Death in Greek Italy and articles on Homer, Herodotus, Plato, and Greek society. His teaching is focused on Greek language, literature, and social history as they can be understood in the light of theory drawn from modern linguistics and anthropology.

ROBERT RITNER (Professor of Egyptology) specializes in Roman, Hellenistic, Late and Third Intermediate Period (Libyan and Nubian) Egypt. He is the author of the volume The Mechanics of Ancient Egyptian Magical Practice. His research and publications treat Egyptian religion, magic, medicine, language and literature, as well as social and political history.

MARTHA ROTH (Professor of Assyriology, Dean of Humanities) researches and publishes on the legal and social history of the ancient Near East. Her primary interests have been on family law and on women's legal and social issues, and on the compilation and transmission of law norms. Currently, she is working on a project on Mesopotamian law cases. She is also editor-in-charge of the Oriental Institute's 26-volume Chicago Assyrian Dictionary Project.

D. NICHOLAS RUDALL (Professor of Classics Emeritus) has recently published translations of Euripides' Bacchae and the Iphigeneia plays and Sophocles' Electra and Antigone. A translation of The Trojan Women is forthcoming. These translations are meant for performance. Professor Rudall has directed many classical works at the Court Theatre, of which he is the founding director. His teaching is focused on tragedy and the ancient theater, Aristophanes, and Propertius.

DAVID SCHLOEN (Associate Professor of Syro-Palestinian Archaeology) is the author of The House of the Father as Fact and Symbol: Patrimonialism in Ugarit and the Ancient Near East. He specializes in the archaeology and socioeconomic history of the Bronze and Iron Age Levant, with a focus on the interaction of material conditions and socially constitutive ideologies.

ANDREA SERI (Assistant Professor in Assyriology at the Oriental Institute and the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations). Andrea's interests include economic and social history, historiography and literature. She is the author of Local Power in Old Babylonian Mesopotamia (2006) and The House of Prisoners: Slavery and State in Uruk during the Revolts against Samsu-iluna (forthcoming). She is also working on first millennium literature and the Babylonian poem of "creation".

JEFFREY STACKERT (Assistant Professor of Hebrew Bible) works on the composition of the Torah, biblical and ancient Near Eastern law, literary interactions between biblical and non-biblical ancient Near Eastern texts, and ancient Israelite and Mesopotamian religion. He is the author of Rewriting the Torah: Literary Revision in Deuteronomy and the Holiness Legislation. His current project focuses on the question of what biblical authors who employed literary sources in their compositions meant for the afterlives of their sources once exploited.

MATTHEW W. STOLPER (John A. Wilson Professor of Oriental Studies and Professor of Assyriology) has worked primarily on legal and administrative texts from Achaemenid Babylonia with a view to illuminating the social, economic, and political history of the region ca. 450-300 BC. He is currently working on Achaemenid Elamite and Achaemenid Aramaic administrative texts excavated by the Oriental Institute in 1933 at Persepolis. His teaching interests include Akkadian historical and legal texts of the late first millennium, with forays into Old Persian and Elamite language and Achaemenid history. He serves on the editorial boards of the Chicago Assyrian Dictionary and the Journal of Cuneiform Studies.

THEO VAN DEN HOUT (Professor of Hittite and Anatolian Languages) is executive editor of the Chicago Hittite Dictionary. He is interested in questions of ancient record management, Hittite history and linguistics as well as the history and languages of first millennium Anatolia.

PETER WHITE (Herman C. Bernick Family Professor of Classics) has written Promised Verse: Poets and Poetry in the Society of Augustan Rome, for which he won the APA's Goodwin Award in 1995, and articles and reviews on Horace, Statius, Martial, the Historia Augusta, and the place of poets in Roman society. He is present writing a book on Cicero's letters. His teaching is focused on Roman comedy and satire and on Greek and Roman historiography.

CHRISTOPHER WOODS (Associate Professor of Sumerology, PAMW Affiliate) specializes in the culture, history, and languages of early Mesopotamia. His research interests include Sumerian grammar, writing, and lexicography, as well as early Mesopotamian religion and literature. He is author of The Grammar of Perspective: The Sumerian Conjugation Prefixes as a System of Voice; current research projects include an edition of the Sumerian Gilgamesh stories and the completion of the final volume of the series Materials for the Sumerian Lexicon.

DAVID WRAY (Associate Professor of Classics) is the author of Catullus and the Poetics of Roman Manhood ( Cambridge, 2001) and is currently writing Phaedra's Virtue: Ethics, Gender, and Seneca's Tragedy. His research and teaching interests include Hellenistic and Roman poetry (especially Apollonius Rhodius, Catullus, Lucretius, Virgil, Tibullus, Ovid, Seneca, Lucan, and Statius); Greek epic and tragedy; Roman philosophy; ancient and modern relations between literature and philosophy; gender; theory and practice of literary translation; and the reception of Greco-Roman thought and literature, from Shakespeare and Corneille to Pound and Zukofsky. He is the editor of Classical Philology and a member of the University's Poetry and Poetics program.