Department of Classics

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Kresge Hall
1880 Campus Drive
Evanston , IL 60208-2200
Tel. 847.491.7597
Fax 847.491.7598



Melissa Bailey

Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Classics

PhD, Classical Archaeology, Stanford University

Melissa Bailey's research interests include the cognitive history of the ancient world, especially the social context of literacy, numeracy, and measurement; Roman economic history and archaeology; and the embodied use of everyday objects (lived environments, dress, objects carried on the body).  She has also excavated in Italy and Jordan and has a strong interest in the social and economic transitions of the late antique eastern Mediterranean.  She recently received her PhD in Classical Archaeology from Stanford University.  Her dissertation, titled "To Separate the Act from the Thing: Technologies of Value in the Ancient Mediterranean," examines how economic tools generated knowledge in varying types of communities within the Roman Empire of the first through the sixth centuries CE. She is an affiliate of the Classical Traditions Initiative.


Office Hours: by appointment, Kresge 1-575


Kathryn Bosher
Assistant Professor of Classics
PhD, Classics, University of Michigan


The Departments of Classics and Theatre, along with the entire Northwestern community, suffered a tragic loss this spring with the passing of assistant professor Kathryn (Kate) Bosher on Saturday, March 23rd, in Evanston after a battle with cancer.

See tributes to Professor Bosher



Reginald Gibbons
Professor of English & Classics
Frances Hooper Chair in the Arts and Humanities
Director of the Center for the Writing Arts
PhD, Comparative Literature, Stanford University
Reginald Gibbons is the author of nine books and two chapbooks of poems, a novel, and other works, including translations (with Charles Segal) of Bakkhai and Antigone and translations of Sophokles, Selected Poems: Odes and Fragments.  During 2011-12, he was a Fellow of the Center for Hellenic Studies.  He has also translated Selected Poems of Luis Cernuda and a volume of poems and prose by Jorge Guillén (trans. with Anthony L. Geist), and he edited and served as principal translator for New Writing from Mexico, a special issue of TriQuarterly magazine.  He is Director of the Center for the Writing Arts, has served as Chair of the English Department, and is an affiliate of the Classical Traditions Initiative. 

Gibbons and the 2008 National Book Award Nominations
for poetry collection, Creatures of a Day

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Office Hours: by appointment. University Hall 404


Ann C. Gunter

Professor of Art History, Classics, and in the Humanities

Chair of Classics

PhD, Near Eastern Art History and Archaeology, Columbia University

Ann C. Gunter’s work addresses the visual and material cultural of the ancient Near East and its Eastern Mediterranean neighbors. Her primary research interests include artistic and cultural interaction between the Mediterranean and the Near East; the relationship between material culture and social and cultural identity; and the reception of ancient Greek and Near Eastern art in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

Among her recent publications are Greek Art and the Orient (Cambridge University Press, 2009) and contributions to A Companion to the Archaeology of the Ancient Near East (Wiley-Blackwell 2012) and Critical Approaches to Ancient Near Eastern Art (in press). She is currently editing A Companion to the Art of the Ancient Near East (Wiley-Blackwell) and preparing for final publication the Late Bronze and Early Iron Age ceramics from the site of Kinet Höyük, on Turkey’s Mediterranean coast.


Office Hours: by appointment, Crowe 3-130

Marianne Hopman
Associate Professor of Classics and
Comparative Literary Studies
PhD in Classical Philology, Harvard University and University of Paris-IV Sorbonne

Marianne Hopman studies archaic and classical Greek poetry, with a special interest in how narratives and metaphors mirrored and shaped ancient perceptions of the world. She is the author of Scylla: Myth, Metaphor, Paradox (CUP, forthcoming Dec. 2012) and the co-editor of Choral Mediations in Greek Tragedy (CUP, forthcoming 2013); she has also published articles on Homer, Greek tragedy, the Orphic Hymns, and Juvenal. Her current book project, called Poetry and Communality in Greek Poetry, looks at how poems belonging to three different genres— the Iliad, Alcaeus’ songs, and Aeschylus’ dramas—used linguistic means like metaphors, narratives, and ritual utterances to provide their audiences with various models of collective identity. At Northwestern she teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on classical mythology, Homer, Athenian tragedy, Ovid, and the reception of classical antiquity. She is an affiliate of the Classical Traditions Initiative, the co-organizer of the Kaplan Humanities Institute Classical Receptions Workshop, and the co-director of the French Interdisciplinary Group.

Marianne Hopman's homepage

Office Hours: W 10-12 and by appointment
Kresge 1-570


Richard Kraut
Professor of Classics and Philosophy
PhD, Princeton University
Charles and Emma Morrison Professor in the Humanities. Ph.D. Princeton University. His interests include contemporary moral and political philosophy, as well as the ethics and political thought of Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle. He is the author of Against Absolute Goodness (Oxford: 2011) and What is Good and Why: The Ethics of Well-Being (Harvard, 2007). His historical studies include Socrates and the State (Princeton: 1984), Aristotle on the Human Good (Princeton: 1989), Aristotle Politics Books VII and VIII , translation with commentary (Clarendon: 1997), Aristotle: Political Philosophy (Oxford: 2002), and How to Read Plato (Granta: 2008). He is the editor of the Cambridge Companion to Plato (1992), Plato's Republic: Critical Essays (Rowman & Littlefield, 1997), and the Blackwell Guide to Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics (2006). He served as President of the Central Division of the American Philosophical Association in 1993-4, and has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the Center for Hellenic Studies. He served from 2002 to 2004 as the Vice-Chair of the Board of Officers of the American Philosophical Association. In 2006 he became a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He received the Starr Fellowship of Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford University, for 2008-09. He is an affiliate of the Classical Traditions Initiative.
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Office Hours: TTh 12:30-1:30, Kresge 2-335

S. Sara Monoson
Professor of Classics and Political Science
PhD, Politics, Princeton University
S. Sara Monoson is Professor of Political Science and Classics and Director of the Graduate Classics Cluster.  She is the author of Plato’s Democratic Entanglements: Athenian Politics and the Practice of Philosophy (2000).  Her research interests include Greek political theory in historical context and classical reception studies, especially the history of appropriations of Greek philosophers in American political discourse (e.g., about abolition, war and peace, labor and industry, cold war, civil rights, education).  She is currently working on two projects, Socrates in the Vernacular, a study of the figure of Socrates in 20th century popular media in the US, Canada and Greece, and Socrates in Combat, an account of the significance Plato attaches to military service and return in his theory of justice and in his portrait of Socrates’ distinctiveness.
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Office Hours: by appointment, Scott Hall 305

Barbara Newman
Professor of Classics, Religion, and English
PhD, Yale
Barbara Newman holds the John Evans Chair of Latin Language and Literature. She is known for her work on medieval religious culture and women's spirituality. Her most recent book, God and the Goddesses: Vision, Poetry, and Belief in the Middle Ages (University of Pennsylvania Press) , was published in 2002. She is also the author of From Virile Woman to WomanChrist: Studies in Medieval Religion and Literature (1995) and three works on Hildegard of Bingen: an edited volume, Voice of the Living Light: Hildegard of Bingen and Her World (1998), an edition and translation of Hildegard's collected songs, Symphonia Armonie Celestium Revelationum (1988, rev. 1998), and Sister of Wisdom: St. Hildegard's Theology of the Feminine (1987). Professor Newman has been a Fellow of the Guggenheim Foundation, the American Council of Learned Societies, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Alice Berline Kaplan Center for the Humanities at Northwestern. Professor Newman's translations of medieval Latin texts include Hildegard's Symphonia, the Life of St. Juliana of Mont-Cornillon, the Life of Abbot John of Cantimpré, and excerpts from the Speculum virginum. With other faculty she leads the year-long, noncredit Medieval Latin Workshop for graduate students. She previously held a Charles Deering McCormick Chair of Teaching Excellence (2003-06). She is an affiliate of the Classical Traditions Initiative.
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Office Hours: WTh 2-3 and by appointment,
University Hall 304



Jeanne Ravid
Senior Lecturer
MA, Classics, Northwestern University
Jeanne Ravid's teaching interests include Latin language and pedagogy, epic, lyric poetry, and the Greek and Latin roots of medical terminology. In addition to her position in Classics, she chairs the Weinberg Language Proficiency Committee and is a member of the Council on Language Instruction (CLI). As a former Weinberg College Adviser and Prelaw Adviser, she welcomes questions from students and faculty on these matters.  Sh
e is an affiliate of the Classical Traditions Initiative.

Office Hours: TuW 9:30-11:30, Kresge 1-510

John Schafer

Assistant Professor

PhD, Harvard University

John Schafer's research interests focus on the intersection of ancient philosophy and Latin literature, especially in the works of Seneca. He is the author of Ars Didactica: Seneca's 94th and 95th Letters (2009). He also maintains wider interests in Latin literature and lexicography, and spent 2009-10 in Munich contributing to the Thesaurus linguae Latinae. He is an affiliate of the Classical Traditions Initiative.

Office: Kresge 1-560

Francesca Tataranni
Senior Lecturer in Classics and Director of Latin Instruction
PhD, Ancient History, University of Pisa
Francesca Tataranni's teaching and research interests include Latin language and literature, Greek and Roman history, and the social and cultural history of Republican and Early Imperial Rome. She has published articles on the ethnic identity and self-representation of the Samnites and other ancient peoples of central and southern Italy. At Northwestern, Francesca has discovered a true passion for teaching Latin language and literature to undergraduate and graduate students.

Tataranni is a 2009 winner of a Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences Alumni Teaching Award. She was also elected five times to the ASG (Associated Student Government) Honor Roll (2006-2009, 2011, 2013).  She is an affiliate of the Classical Traditions Initiative.

Office Hours: MW 12:30-2:30 and by appointment,
Kresge 1-555


Taco Terpstra

Assistant Professor of Classics

PhD, Columbia University

A specialist in the socio-economic history of ancient Rome, Taco Terpstra received a combined BA and MA in Law from the University of Groningen and a second BA and MA in Classics from the same institution. He earned his Ph.D. in Ancient History at Columbia University in 2011, and his dissertation was published early in 2013 under the title “Trading Communities in the Roman World: A Micro-Economic and Institutional Perspective.” In 2012-13 he held a postdoctoral fellowship with the University of Heidelberg as part of a research team devoted to the theme of “Material Text Cultures.” He teaches courses on Roman economic history and the archaeology of Pompeii and its neighbors, as well as a freshman seminar on the ancient economy.


Office Hours: TTh 2:00-3:00 and by appointment,

Kresge 1-515


Robert Wallace
Professor of Classics
PhD, Harvard University
Robert Wallace is the author of some eighty articles on various aspects of Greek history, intellectual history, law, numismatics, and music theory. His books include The Areopagos Council, to 307 BC (1989) which was awarded the Gustave O. Arlt Award in the Humanities by the Council of Graduate Schools and Origins of Democracy in Ancient Greece, co-authored with Josiah Ober and Kurt A. Raaflaub (2007). He has co-edited four volumes: Harmonia Mundi: Musica e filosofia nel'antichità, Poet, Public, and Performance in Ancient Greece, Transitions to Empire 360-146 BC, and Symposion 2001 (on Greek law). His current projects include two books, Reconstructing Damon: Music, Wisdom Teaching, and Politics in Ancient Athens and Freedom and Community in Democratic Athens. He has lectured widely in the United States and in Europe. He is an affiliate of the Classical Traditions Initiative.
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Office Hours: by appointment, Kresge 1-520


John Wynne
Assistant Professor of Classics and
Director of Undergraduate Studies in Classics

PhD, Cornell University
John Wynne has interests in ancient philosophy and in Latin literature.  He has concentrated on philosophy in the Hellenistic and Roman periods, writing on Cicero's dialogues On the Nature of the Gods, On Divination, and On Fate.  He also maintains interests in the art of technical writing in antiquity--the dialogue and didactic poetry--and in ancient science. He is an affiliate of the Classical Traditions Initiative, and a faculty affiliate of the Department of Philosophy.

Office Hours: Tu 1-2, W 4-5 and by appointment,
Crowe 1-103

Claudia Zatta
Lecturer in Classics and Director of Greek Instruction
PhD, Johns Hopkins University
Claudia Zatta's teaching interests include Greek language and literature, Greek historiography and philosophy. In addition to several articles on different aspects of the Greek world, she has published a monograph on the figure of Proteus in Homer and the subsequent literary tradition, Incontri con Proteo (Venice, 1997). Interested in the interface between literature and philosophy, she is now working on the representation of the polis as a subject of pathos in the literature of the fifth-century BC. She is an affiliate of the Classical Traditions Initiative.

Office Hours: MTuW 11-12 noon

Kresge 1-525




Daniel Garrison
Professor Emeritus (Classics)
PhD, Comparative Literature, UC Berkeley
Dan Garrison's interests encompass Greek and Latin epic and lyric poetry, and ancient and Renaissance medicine. His recent publications include The Student's Catullus, 4th edition (Oklahoma, 2012) and an edited volume, A Cultural History of the Human Body in Antiquity (Berg, 2010), as well as The Fabric of the Human Body: An Annotated Translation of Andreas Vesalius' De humani corporis fabrica (1543, 1555) (two volumes: Karger, 2013).  A third book is The China Root Epistle of Andreas Vesalius (1546): an annotated translation (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2014).

See also, Vesalius Project. A descriptive list of Garrison's publications can be found at Daniel Garrison on the faculty web server.


Martin Mueller
Professor Emeritus (Classics and English)
PhD, Classics, Indiana University
Martin Mueller is the author of Children of Oedipus and Other Essays on the Imitation of Greek Tragedy 1550-1800 (1980), a monograph on the Iliad (1984), and a variety of essays on the Nachleben of ancient literature, Shakespeare's use of his sources, and the place of literary studies in a professional and technological environment. He is the editor of the Chicago Homer, a multilingual database that uses the search and display capabilities of electronic texts to make the distinctive features of Early Greek epic accessible to readers with and without Greek. He is also the general editor of WordHoard, an application for the close reading and scholarly analysis of deeply tagged texts, funded by the Mellon Foundation. Together with John Unsworth he is the co-principal investigator of MONK (Metadata Create New Knowledge), a project to create something like a "cultural genome" of nearly a billion words of written English from Caxton's Recuyell of the Historyes of Troye (1474) to Virginia Woolf's fixing of December 1910 as the beginning of the modern world--and a date conveniently close to the current expiration of copyright. MONK is also funded by the Mellon Foundation.

James Packer
Professor Emeritus (Classics)
PhD, Roman History, UC Berkeley;

James Packer’s major interests include Roman archaeology and the architecture of imperial Rome. His recent excavations in the Theater of Pompey are reported in the American Journal of Archaeology 110 (2006): 93-122; 111 (2007): 505-522 and in the Bullettino della Commissione Archeologica Comunale di Roma 111 (2010). His Architecture of the Roman Forum in the Age of the Emperors (with Professor G. Gorski, Department of Architecture, Notre Dame University) (Cambridge University Press) will appear in 2013.



Affiliated Faculty

David Ebrey, assistant professor of philosophy

Ann Gunter, professor of art history

William West, associate professor of English



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