PETER T. STRUCK

Evan C. Thompson Term Associate Professor
Department of Classical Studies
graduate faculties of Religion and Comparative Literature
Director, Benjamin Franklin Scholars


University of Pennsylvania

201 Logan Hall

249 South 36th Street

Philadelphia, PA 19104-6304

ph: 215-898-7425

email: struck@sas.upenn.edu

Last updated  August 2014

Areas of Interest

Greek and Roman philosophy, literary criticism and theory, and history of ideas; and Greek myth

Professional Experience

University of Pennsylvania

Evan C. Thompson Associate Professor, Department of Classical Studies (2014- )

Associate Professor, Department of Classical Studies (2005- )

Assistant Professor, Department of Classical Studies (1999-2005)

Director, Benjamin Franklin Scholars Program (2009 - )

Director, founder, Integrated Studies Program (2009 - 14)

Undergraduate Chair, Department of Classical Studies (2007-09)

Director (interim), Undergraduate Program in Comparative Literature and Literary Theory, University of Pennsylvania (Spring 2005)

Director, Post-Baccalaureate Program, Department of Classical Studies, University of Pennsylvania (2003-06)

Faculty Fellow, Stouffer College House, University of Pennsylvania (2000-2002)

Faculty Fellow (Interim), Hamilton College House, University of Pennsylvania (1999-2000)

University of Missouri - Kansas City, Assistant Professor, codirector, Program in Classical Languages and Literatures (1998-99)

Ohio State University, Senior Lecturer, Department of Classics (1997-98)

University of Chicago, Preceptor, Master of Arts Program in the Humanities (1996-97)

University of Chicago, Lecturer, Department of Comparative Literature (Fall 1996)

University of Chicago, Instructor, Department of Classics, Intensive Greek Program (Summer, 1996)

National Forum on the Future of Liberal Education, co-founder and co-director (2009-12)

Visiting positions

University of Chicago, Visiting Scholar, Center for the Study of Ancient Religions (Spring 2012)

Princeton University, Visiting Associate Professor, Department of Classics (Spring 2008)

Education

Ph.D., University of Chicago, 1997 (Comparative Literature)

M.A., University of Chicago, 1991 (Divinity:  Religion and Literature)

A.B., University of Michigan, 1987 (English and Anthropology)

 

Grants, Awards, and Honors

Evan C. Thompson Term Professorship (2014-)

Dean's Award for Innovation in Teaching (2013)

Penn Fellow (2010-12)

Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University (2009-10)

The Teagle Foundation. Grant to create the National Forum on the Future of Liberal Education ($392,500) (2009-12).

C. J. Goodwin Award of Merit for best book in the field of classics, American Philological Association (2007)

College of General Studies Distinguished Teaching Award (2006)

Fellow, Young Faculty Leaders Forum, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University (2002-2006).

Mellon Faculty Research Fellow, Penn Humanities Forum (2004-2005)

Lindback Teaching Award, University of Pennsylvania (highest award university-wide) (2004)

Robert F. and Margaret S. Goheen Fellow, National Humanities Center (2002-2003)

Andrew W. Mellon/ACLS Fellowship for Junior Faculty (2002-2003)

Research Foundation Grant, University of Pennsylvania (2001)

Distributed Learning Venture Fund Grants, University Pennsylvania (2000, 2001) (see http://www.classics.upenn.edu/myth)

Whiting Dissertation Year Fellowship (1995-1996)

Overseas Dissertation Research Fellowship, University of Chicago (1994)

University of Chicago, Dean of the Humanities Travel Grant (1994, 1995, 1996)

Publications

Book:

Birth of the Symbol: Ancient Readers at the Limits of Their Texts (Princeton:  Princeton University Press, 2004) xiv + 312 pp.

•C. J. Goodwin Award of Merit, American Philological Association (2007)

•Reviews:

Times Literary Supplement (Jan. 14, 2005): 4-5; Bryn Mawr Classics Review 2005.06.08; Classical World 99.1 (2005) 95-96; New England Classics Journal 32.3 (2005): 266-68; Comparative Literature 58 (Summer 2006): 256-59; Classical Review 57 (April 2007): 50-52;

•Review articles:

David Konstan, "Reading for the Meaning," Literary Imagination 7.1 (2005): 105-18

Aldo Setaioli,"Simbolo  e allegoria. Aproposito di un libro recente," International Journal of the Classical Tradition 13.1 (Summer 2006): 69-90.

Book in Progress:

Divine Signs and Human Nature: A Cognitive History of Divination in Antiquity

Edited Volumes:

Cambridge Companion to Allegory, co-edited with Rita Copeland (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010)

Mantikê: Studies in Ancient Divination, co-edited with Sarah Iles Johnston, Religions in the Graeco-Roman World (Leiden: Brill, 2005).

Articles:

"Plato and Divination," in Archiv fŸr Religionsgeschichte (forthcoming, 2014)

"A Cognitive Approach to Divination in Antiquity," Journal of the History of Ideas (forthcoming 2015)

"Augury and Haruspicy," in Gordon Campbell, ed., Oxford Handbook of Animals in Classical Thought and Life, (Oxford, forthcoming 2012). [7000 words]

"Allegory and Allegoresis," in Jan Ziolkowski and Richard Thomas, eds. The Virgil Encyclopedia (Blackwell, forthcoming 2011)

"Hermetic Writings," in Roger Bagnall, ed., Encyclopedia of Ancient History, (Blackwell, forthcoming 2011).

"Allegorical Interpretation," in Margalit Finkelberg, ed., The Homer Encyclopedia (Blackwell, forthcoming 2011).

"Allegory and Ascent," in Rita Copeland and Peter Struck, eds. The Cambridge Comanion to Allegory (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010)

"Introduction,"(with Rita Copeland) in Rita Copeland and Peter Struck, eds. The Cambridge Companion to Allegory (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010)

"The Invention of Mythic Truth in Antiquity," in Christine Walde, ed., Meta-Mythologien/Meta-Mythologies (De Gruyter, 2009).

"A World Full of Signs:  Understanding Divination in Ancient Stoicism," in Seeing with Different Eyes: Essays on Astrology and Divination (Cambridge Scholars Press, 2008).

"The Self in Artemidorus' Interpretation of Dreams," Religion and the Self in Antiquity, eds. David Brakke, Michael L. Satlow, and Steven Weitzman (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2006), pp. 109-120.

"Symbol and Symbolism," Encyclopedia of Religions, second edition, ed. Lindsay Jones (New York: Macmillan, 2005) [10,000 words].

"Divination and Literary Criticism?," in Mantikê Studies in Ancient Divination, Sarah Iles Johnston and Peter T. Struck, eds., Religions of the Greco-Roman World (Leiden: Brill, 2005).

"Hermeticism," Religions of the Ancient World: A Guide, ed. Sarah Iles Johnston (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2004), pp. 650-52.

"Viscera and the Divine: Dreams as the Divinatory Bridge between the Corporeal and the Incorporeal," Prayer, Magic and the Stars in Antiquity, ed. Scott Noegel (State College, Pa.: Penn State University Press, 2003), pp. 125-36.

"The Ordeal of the Divine Sign: Divination and Manliness in Archaic and Classical Greece," in Andreia, ed. Ralph Rosen and Ineke Sluiter (Leiden: Brill, 2002), pp. 167-86.

"Pagan and Christian Theurgies: Iamblichus, Pseudo-Dionysius, Religion and Magic in Late Antiquity," Ancient World 32.2 (2001): 25-38.

"The Poet as Conjurer: Magic and Literary Theory in Late Antiquity," in Magic and Divination in the Ancient World, vol. 2, ed. Leda Ciraolo and Jonathan Seidel (Leiden: Brill, 2001), pp. 119-31.

"Speech Acts and the Stakes of Hellenism in Iamblichus, De Mysteriis 7," in Magic and Ritual in the Ancient World, ed. Paul Mirecki and Marvin Meyer, Religions of the Graeco-Roman World Series (Leiden: Brill, 2001), pp. 289-303.

"Iamblichus, De Mysteriis, book 1," introduction, translation, and notes, in Religions of Late Antiquity in Practice, ed. Richard Valantasis (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2000), pp. 489-505.

"At the Limits of Mimesis: Reading Symbolically in Late Antiquity and Beyond," in Mimesis: Studien zur literarischen Representation, ed. Bernhard F. Scholz (Basel: A. Francke Verlag, 1998), pp. 149-64.

"Allegory, Aenigma, and Anti-Mimesis: A Struggle Against Aristotelian Literary Theory" in Greek Literary Theory after Aristotle , ed. J. G. J. Abbenes, S. R. Slings, and I. Sluiter, (Amsterdam: Vrije University Press, 1995), pp. 215-34.

Reviews:

Review of Fritz Graf, Apollo (Routledge, 2009) and Philippe Mondrun, Les Voix d'Apollon (Presses Universitaires de Rennes, 2007) Journal of Hellenic Studies 2010.

Review of François Guillaumont, Le De diuinatione de Cicéron et les theories antiques de la divination (Brussells: Éditions Latomus, 2006) and D. Wardle, Cicero:  On Divination, Book 1, Clarendon Ancient History Series (Oxford: Oxford University Press,2006), Classical Review 60.2.

Review of Luc Brisson, How Philosophers Saved Myths (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2004), Journal of Religion 86.4 (2006): 713-16.

Review of G. R. Boys-Stones, ed., Metaphor, Allegory and the Classical Tradition (New York: Oxford University Press, 2003) Hermathena (2006).

Review of Dan Cohn-Sherbok and John M. Court, eds., Religious Diversity in the Graeco-Roman World: A Survey of Recent Scholarhip (Sheffield, England: Sheffield Academic Press, 2001), in Journal of Roman Studies 94 (2004):214-16.

Review of Oiva Kuisma, Proclus' Defense of Homer (Societas Scientiarum Fennica,1996), in Classical Philology 94.1 (1999): 114-21.

Editorial Boards

Journal of the History of Ideas

Magic, Ritual, and Witchcraft

Lapham's Quarterly (founding member)

Professional Activities

"A World of Multiplicity and the Core Mission of the Liberal Arts" Presidential Panel, American Philological Association, on "What are the Futures of the Liberal Arts?", APA Annual Meeting, Chicago, January 3, 2014.

Invited to create and organize American Philological Association joint panel with the British Classical Association, "Idea Networks: New Approaches to the History of Ideas," University of Reading, UK, April 6, 2013.

Goodwin Award Committee, American Philological Association (2012-14), Chair 2013 and 2014.

Co-founder, Co-director, National Forum on the Future of Liberal Education (2009-12)

Seminar leader, Colloquium on Corresponding Landscapes: Religious and Cultural Exchange in the Post-Classical Mediterranean, Brown University, May 1, 2012.

Consultant, Teagle Foundation, New York (2003-present).

Respondent, New England Ancient History Colloquium, Yale University, Oct. 25, 2007.

Panelist, Classical Association of the Atlantic States, Centennial Roundtable Discussion, "Do Liberal Arts Colleges Deliver a Liberal Education?" Washington, D.C., Oct. 6, 2007.

Discussant, Teagle Foundation, "Listening" session on Classical Antiquity, New York (December 3, 2004).

Presenter, American Philological Association Seminar on "Divination in Ancient Greece," American Philological Association, Boston, January 2005.

Respondent, "Europe and the Mediterranean in Late Antiquity," Society of Biblical Literature, Nashville, November 18-21, 2000.

Service

Provost's Fellowship Review Committee (2014)

Faculty Senate, Executive Committee (2011-14)

Chair, Presidential Nominating Committee (2014)

Chair, Committee on Faculty and the Academic Mission (2012- 13)

Co-Chair, Committee on Faculty Developmnet, Diversity and Equity (2012)


Penn Undergraduate Research Mentorship program, faculty mentor (2009, 2013)

Graduate admissions committee, Department of Classical Studies

Provost's Committee to Review the Academic Theme Year (2013)

Trustees Council of Penn Women/ Office of the Provost Annual Award of Recognition Selection Committee (2013)

Provost's Faculty Advisory Committee on Open Learning Initiatives (2012 - )

Integrating Knowledge Working Group, Middle States Reaccreditation Self Study (2012 - 14)

Director, founder, Integrated Studies Program (2009-14)

Director, Benjamin Franklin Scholars Program (2009- )

Faculty Advisory Board, Penn Humanities Forum, (2005 - )

Speaker, Parent Panel: Academic, Social, and Career Success at Penn (2011)

Speaker, Penn Previews, Welcome to Penn Presentation (2011)

Graduate Council of the Faculties (2008-11)

Freshman Advisor (1999-2011)

Topic Director, Penn Humanities Forum, 10th-year program, "Change"(2008-09)

SAS Committee on Graduate Continuing Education (2008-09)

Co-organizer, "Meat in Human Society: Killing, Consuming, and Commodifying Animals," May 1-2, 2009, University of Pennsylvania.

Lindback Award Review Committee (2005, 2006, 2008)

Undergraduate Chair, Classical Studies (2007-09)

Learning and Technology Committee, School of Arts and Sciences (2007-09)

Fellow, Teaching with Technology Seminar, Center for Teaching and Learning (2007-08)

Director, Post-Baccalaureate Program, Department of Classical Studies (2003-06)

Critical Writing Committee (2001-06)

School of Arts and Sciences Teaching Awards Review Committee (Spring 2005, Spring 2006)

Interim Director, Undergraduate Program in Comparative Literature and Literary Theory (Spring 2005)

Panel Presenter, Dean's Welcome to the College (2003, 2004, 2005)

Center for Teaching and Learning Advisory Board (2004-06)

Panel Presenter, Dean's Welcome to the Pilot Curriculum (2002)

Penn Ethics Forum on Ethics in Practice (Spring 2004-06)

Organizer, "Greek and Roman Divination," University of Pennsylvania, April 20-21, 2001.

Mellon Postdoctoral Teaching Fellowship Review Committee (2001)

Faculty Fellow, Stouffer College House (2000-2002)

Interim Faculty Fellow, Hamilton College House (1999-2000)

Hamilton College House, Faculty Master search (2000)

Penn Reading Project discussion leader (2000)

Speaker, Career Services, Life after Graduate School (2000)

Undergraduate Committee, UMKC (1998-1999)

Review committee, Comparative Literature, University of Chicago (1994)

Latin tutor to local high school students, Chicago (1992-1994)

Invited Lectures on Research

"Posidonius on Divination," Corpus Christi, Oxford University, UK, June 3, 2014.

"Aristotle on Lucky People," keynote address at conference, "Twists of Fate," Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, March 29, 2014.

"Power and Divination in Iamblichus' De Mysteriis," Puissaince Divines dans L'Antiquité Tardive, conference, Académie Royale de Belgique, Brussells, October 11, 2013.

"From Myth to History," Dickinson College, Classics Department, September 2, 2013

"A Cognitive Approach to Divination in Antiquity," Aurthur O. Lovejoy Lecture, Journal of the History of Ideas, Philadelphia, May 3, 2013.

"Divination in the Ancient World: A Cognitive Approach," Wesleyan University, April 25, 2013.

"Idea Networks in Classical Antiquity: New Approaches to the History of Ideas," British Classical Association Ð American Philological Association Panel, University of Reading, UK, April 6, 2013.

"Reconsidering Iopas and Allegory," Penn State University, March 15, 2013.

"Oracles, Omens, and Dreams Among the Philosophers," Department of Classics Annual Benefactors' Lecture, Dartmouth University, May 10, 2012.

"Divination in Augustine and Iamblichus," Colloquium on Corresponding Landscapes: Religious and Cultural Exchange in the Post-Classical Mediterranean, Brown University, April 30, 2012.

"Lucky People and the Demonic Tillerman: Aristotle on Divination" Center for the Study of Ancient Religions, University of Chicago, February 29, 2012.

"Divine Signs and Human Nature: A Cognitive History of Divination in Antiquity" Center for the Study of Ancient Religions, University of Chicago, February 27, 2012.

"A Cognitive Approach to Plato on Divination," keynote at Midwestern Consortium on Ancient Religions, Department of Classics, Ohio State University, February 24, 2012.

"The Cognitive History of Divination in Antiquity: The Case Study of the Stoics," Department of Classics, Indiana University, March 31, 2011.

"Plato on Divination as a Form of Non-rational Cognition," Department of Classics, Stanford University, May 18, 2010.

"Divine Signs and Bodily Nature: A cognitive approach to Divination in Ancient Greece and Rome," Eikos: Probabilities, Hypotheticals, and Counterfactuals in Ancient Greek Thought, University of Toronto, May 8, 2010.

"Iamblichus and Augustine on Divination," Department of Religious Studies, Stanford University, April 22, 2010.

"Aristotle on Divination by Dreams," Ancient Explanation Conference, Stanford Humanities Center, April 17, 2010.

"Plato on Divination as a Form of Non-rational Cognition," Classical Lecture Society, University of Chicago, April 8, 2010.

"Divine Signs and Human Nature," Center for Adavanced Study in the Behavioral Science, Stanford University, March 24, 2010.

"Making Sense of the Macrocosm: Divine Signs and Somatic Signals in Ancient Stoicism," Annual Goodwin Award Lecture, University of Cincinati, April 24, 2009.

"Iamblichus on the Rationality of Divine Knowledge," delivered at "Wisdom in Ancient Thought," Columbia University, Center for the Ancient Mediterranean, April 3-4, 2009.

"Classical Allegory and Medieval Mystical Traditions,"delivered at the Cambridge Neo-Latin Society Symposium, Clare College, Cambridge University, Faculty of Classics, September 22-23, 2008.

"Divination and Human Nature in Aristotle," Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa, April 16, 2007.

"A World Full of Signs:  Understanding Divination in Ancient Stoicism," Keynote address at "Seeing with Different Eyes," University of Kent, April, 2006

"Natural Supernaturalism: Aristotle's On Divination by Dreams," Columbia University, April, 2004

"Divination and Sympathy: Stoic Theories of Divine Signs," Fordham University, April, 2004

"Artemidorus and the Ancient Greek Self," delivered at "The Religious Self in Antiquity," Indiana University (Bloomington), September, 2003

"Physicalist Theories in Ancient Greek and Roman Divination," University of Texas at Austin, February, 2003

"Microcosm and Macrocosm in Greek Divination,"

•Amsterdam Hellenist Club, December, 2002

•Leiden University, The Netherlands, December,2002

•University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, November, 2002

•University of North Carolina Greensboro, October, 2002


"Invocation Theories of Literature in Late Antiquity" Princeton University, March, 2002

"Notes on the Mechanics of Divination in Practice: Divine and Human Speech in the Iliad, Oedipus Rex, and the 'Wooden Wall'" at the Bryn Mawr Classics Colloquium, November, 2000

"Sacramental Reading" at the Hall Center, Social and Cultural Studies Before1500 Seminar, University of Kansas, February, 1999

Presentations of Research

"Physicalist Theories in Ancient Greek and Roman Divination," University of Pennsylvania, February, 2003

"Divination and Literary Criticism?" at the conference "Greek and Roman Divination," University of Pennsylvania, April, 2001

"Viscera and the Divine: Dreams as Divinatory Bridge between the Corporeal and the Incorporeal" at "Prayer, Magic, and the Stars," University of Washington, Seattle, March 2000

"Divination, Andreia and Virtus: The Divine and the Formation of Social Goods," at the conference "ANDREIA and Ancient Constructs of Manly Courage," Penn-Leiden Colloquia on Ancient Values 1, University of Leiden, The Netherlands, June, 2000

"Sacramental Reading: The Dionysian Imagination in Late Antiquity," at the conference "Plotinus and his Visions: The Alexandrian Intellectual World in Transition," Claremont Institute for Antiquity and Early Christianity, February, 1999

"Dreams and Flesh: The Case of Hippocrates' On Regimen IV," at the American Philological Association annual meeting, Dallas, December, 1999

"Synesius and the Hermeneutics of Within: Dream Divination and Psychology in a Synthetic Cosmos," American Academy of Religions Conference, Europe and the Mediterranean in Late Antiquity Session on "Pagans and Christians at the End of Antiquity," Orlando, Fla., November, 1998

"Speech Acts and the Stakes of Hellenism in Iamblichus, De Mysteriis 7," at the Second International Conference on Magic in the Ancient World, Orange, Calif., August, 1998

"Pagan and Christian Theurgies," at the American Philological Association annual meeting, Chicago, December, 1997

"Speech Acts and the Stakes of Hellenism in Iamblichus, De Mysteriis 7," (earlier version of paper delivered at Orange, California) at the American Academy of Religions meeting, San Francisco, November, 1997

"The Talismanic 'Symbol': The Poet as Conjurer in Ancient Literary Theory," American Philological Association annual meeting, New York, December, 1996

"Face to Face with the Gods: The Theurgic 'Symbol' and the Representation of the Divine," American Academy of Religions annual meeting, New Orleans, November, 1996

"Against Mimesis: The Neoplatonists and the 'Symbol' in Ancient Literary Theory," at the conference, "Mimesis 50 Years Later: A conference in honor of Erich Auerbach," Rijksuniversiteit, Groningen, the Netherlands, May, 1996

"The Riddling Text: Divination and the Interpretation of Literature in Antiquity," The Workshop on Rhetoric and Poetics, Ancient and Modern, University of Chicago, May, 1996

"The Riddling Text" (earlier version of above) delivered at the conference, "Ancient and Medieval Philosophy and Social Thought," Binghamton University, SUNY, October, 1995

"The Neoplatonists and the Symbol: A Performative Background for Medieval Literary Theory," delivered at the conference, "Performance, Ritual, and Spectacle in the Middle Ages," Columbia University, October, 1995

"Allegory and Anti-mimesis," delivered at the conference, "Greek Literary Theory after Aristotle," Amsterdam, Vrije University, April, 1994

"Sumbolon: The Magical History of Proclus' Literary Theory," delivered at the conference "Magic and Divination in the Ancient World," University of California, Berkeley, February, 1994

"The Early History of the Symbol: Proclus' Invention of a Literary Category from Pythagorean, Theurgic, and Allegorical Traditions," delivered at the Workshop on Poetics and Rhetoric, Ancient and Modern, University of Chicago, February, 1994

Public Talks

"The Odyssey, Nostalgia, and the Lost Home," public lecture Penn Museum (attendance: approx. 500), April 2, 2014.

"Thinking about Food in Homer's Odyssey," Aloysius B. McCabe '45 Lecture, Germantown Friends School, Philadelphia, February 27, 2014.

"A World of Multiplicity and the Core Mission of the Liberal Arts," invited speaker for the American Philological Association Presidential Panel, "What are the Futures of the Liberal Arts?" APA Annual Meeting, Chicago, January 3, 2014.

Respondent and facilitator for the keynote lecture on "Student Learning and the New Online Technologies," Teagle Foundation, "Convening: Faculty Work and Student Learning in the 21st Century An Introduction," April 11, 2013.

"Teaching the Humanities on a Small Screen, and to a Global Audience," Wesleyan University, April 24, 2013.

"Transforming Education: MOOCs and More," speaker on a panel exploring online learning, Future of Information Alliance, University of Maryland, November 12, 2012.

"Oracles, Omens and Dreams: A Cognitive Approach to Divination in Antiquity," Knowledge by the Slice, Penn SAS External Affairs, April 4, 2012. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ix2zFgfbbKw

"Welcome to the Class of 2015!" Keynote speaker, Penn Preview Days, April 8, 2011.

Presenter, "How Are We Doing? Scholarly Judgments of Academic Achievement," Panel Discussion at ACLS Annual Meeting, Friday, May 8, 2009, Philadelphia.

"Magicians in Ancient Times," Penn Humanities Forum, Public Lecture Series, University of Pennsylvania, March 26, 2009.

Presenter, "New Leadership for Student Learning," Panel Discussion at the Teagle Foundation conference on Systematic Improvement of Student Learning, October 9-11, 2008, Durham, NC.

Teagle Foundation planning meeting, Washington Duke Inn, February 7-8, 2008.

Presenter, "Do Liberal Arts Colleges Deliver a Liberal Education?" Classical Association of the Atlantic States, Centennial Roundtable Discussion, Washington, D.C., Oct. 6, 2007.

Participant, Teagle Foundation, "Listening: Roundtable on Classical Antiquity and the Liberal Arts," New York (December 3, 2004).

Referee

Oxford University Press, Johns Hopkins University Press, Princeton University Press, Routledge, Blackwell, Addison Wesley Longman, Prentice Hall, Classical Philology, Mosaic, Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences, Classical World, Journal of the History of Ideas, American Journal of Philology, Ancient Philosophy

Dissertations Advised (all University of Pennsylvania)

Roshan Abraham (Classical Studies, 2009), "Magic and Religious Authority in Philostratus' Life of Apollonius of Tyana"

Jeremy Leftkowitz (Classical Studies, 2009), "Aesop's Pen: Adaptation, Authorship, and Satire in the Aesopic Tradition" (reader)

Todd Krulak (Religious Studies, 2009), "The Animated Statue and the Ascension of the Soul: Ritual and the Divine Image in Late Platonism" (reader)

Daniel Munoz-Hutchinson (Philosophy, 2009), "Plotinus on Consciousness: A Multi-Layered Approach" (reader)

Daniel E. Harris-McCoy (Classical Studies, 2008), "Varieties of Encyclopedism in the Early Roman Empire: Vitruvius, Pliny the Elder, Artemidorus"

T. J. Wellman (Religious Studies), "The Holy Man in Antiquity" (reader)

Daniel McLean (Classical Studies, 2002),"Refiguring Socrates: Comedy and Corporeality in the Socratic Tradition" (reader)

Alex Purves (Classical Studies, 2002), "Telling Space: Topography, Time, and Narrative from Homer to Xenophon" (reader)

Jennifer Ebbler (Classical Studies, 2001), "Pedants in the Apparel of Heroes? Cultures of Latin Letter-Writing from Cicero to Ennodius" (reader)

Michael McShane (Philosophy, 2000), "Plotinus and the Limits of Discursive Rationality" (reader)

UndergraduateAdvisees

Theses:

Alex Perkins, Classical Studies, 2006

Jacob Cytryn, Classical Studies, 2004

Flint Dibble, Classical Studies, 2004

Other:

Fran Lattanzio, Michael Horwitz, and Timothy Demorest. Undergraduates originally hired as part of a Distributed Learning Venture Fund Technology Grant to create a web site for the course "Greek and Roman Mythology" (CLST 200).This work developed into a senior thesis research project for Lattanzio and Horwitz on using database display technology in pedagogically advantageous ways. (2001-2002)

Stephanie Langin-Hooper. Faculty Advisor for her individualized major in "Myth, Ritual, and Religion of Ancient Cultures" (2001-2002)

Masters Thesis Directed

"Selections from Michael Psellos' Interpretation of the Chaldean Oracles: Translation, Introduction, and Commentary" Lee T. Papouras, Ohio State University (1998)

Professional Memberships

American Philological Association (since 1995)

American Academy of Religions / Society of Biblical Literature (1995-2000)

Related Experience

Founding member, Editorial Advisory Board, Lapham's Quarterly (2007- )

Media consultant, NBC, History Channel, Newsweek, U.S. News and World Report, A & E

Managing Editor, History, a book series conceived by Peter Struck and Lewis Lapham. First volume, The End of the World (New York: History Book Club, 1997; reissued St. Martin's Press, 1998)

Top Dog Media (a company making films for children based on Greek myths) (2002-)

Editorial Assistant, Critical Inquiry (1992-1994)

Fact-Checker, Researcher-Reporter, U. S. News and World Report (1988-1989)

Copyeditor, The New Republic (1987-1988)

Languages

Greek, Latin, French, Italian, German