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Ralph M. Rosen

Professor of Classical Studies; Rose Family Endowed Term Professor; Associate Dean, Graduate Studies


PhD, Classical Philology, Harvard University, 1983
Bachelor of Arts, Greek and Latin, Swarthmore College, 1977

Research and teaching interests

  • Greek literature and intellectual history
  • Ancient comic and satirical poetic genres
  • Ancient medicine

Selected publications

  • Making Mockery: The Poetics of Ancient Satire (Oxford U. Press, 2007)
  • Old Comedy and the Iambographic Tradition (APA American Classical Studies 19, 1988)

Work in progress

  • Various projects on Hippocrates, Galen, Aristophanes and Old Comedy

Other professional activity

  • Cofounder and sometime Director of Penn's Center for Ancient Studies, 1996-present
  • Coorganizer (with Ineke Sluiter, Professor of Greek at the University of Leiden, the Netherlands) of the biennial Penn-Leiden Colloquia on Ancient Values, 2000–2011
  • Associate Dean for Graduate Studies, School of Arts and Sciences (2008-11)

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