PhD, University of Chicago, 1997
intellectual history, literary criticism, religion, philosophy
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Peter T. Struck is Professor and Chair of the Department of Classical Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. He is director of the Benjamin Franklin Scholars program and founder of its Integrated Studies curriculum. He is cofounder (with Sarah Igo) of the National Forum on the Future of Liberal Education, and has worked with foundations, news organizations, and scholarly societies to promote the liberal arts. He has won multiple teaching awards at Penn, including the Lindback Award, the university's top teaching prize. He has published extensively on the intellectual history of Greek and Roman antiquity. His book Birth of the Symbol: Ancient Readers at the Limits of Their Texts (Princeton 2004) won the C. J. Goodwin Award from the American Philological Association for best book in classical studies. He edited Mantikê (with Sarah Iles Johnston; Brill 2006) and the Cambridge Companion to Allegory (with Rita Copeland; Cambridge 2010). His most recent book is Divination and Human Nature: A Cognitive History of Intuition in Antiquity, (Princeton 2016), for which he also won the Goodwin Award, becoming the first person to win the award twice. He is general editor (with Sophia Rosenfeld) of the six-volume Cultural History of Ideas forthcoming from Bloomsbury Academic in 2020, and is at work on a popular book on mythology for Princeton University Press. He has published widely in on ancient philosophy, religion, and literary criticism, and has given dozens of lectures at universities in the United States and Europe. He has held fellowships from the National Humanities Center, the American Council of Learned Societies, the Whiting Foundation, the Mellon Foundation, the Center for Advanced Studies in Behavioral Sciences at Stanford, and the American Academy in Rome.