B.A., University of Maryland
M.A., University of Colorado, Boulder
Ph.D., University of Colorado, Boulder
My research interests span Greek poetry generally, but focus specifically on Athenian Comedy of the fifth century BC. My forthcoming book is a study of how the performance context of direct competition between comic poets at the Dionysian festivals influenced and shaped the genre, focusing on comedies of Aristophanes but making ample use of evidence from the fragments of others poet as well. I am also interested in the later reception of Athenian drama, above all the work of ancient scholars.
Most of my teaching at F&M is in Greek Language and Literature. I teach the Beginning Greek sequence most years, and have taught courses at more advanced levels on Euripides, Homer, and Aristophanes—three of my favorite authors. In CLS offerings of literature courses in English translation, I teach a survey course of Greek Literature (Masterpieces of Greek Literature), which begins with Homer and ends with Hellenistic authors. I also teach a course on Athenian Comedy, in which we read comedies of the 5th and 4th centuries BC and attempt to understand them against the backdrop of the social, political, and intellectual currents of Athenian society. Recent teaching in Latin includes advanced courses on the historians Tacitus and Livy.