- Latin Literature and Language
A native of New York City, I was educated at Dartmouth (B.A. 1969) and Harvard (M.A. 1971, Ph.D. 1975) and began my university teaching career at the University of Chicago, where I was the Avalon Foundation Distinguished Service Professor in the Humanities before joining the Princeton faculty in 1997 as Professor of Classics and Kennedy Foundation Professor of Latin. I have taught and written mainly in the areas of Roman rhetoric, the history of ancient education, Roman ethics, and textual criticism.
My books have addressed topics ranging from the social structure of Roman education in the fourth and fifth centuries CE (Guardians of Language: The Grammarian and Society in Late Antiquity: Berkeley 1988) to the cultural psychology of the Roman elite in the late Republic and early Empire (Emotion, Restraint, and Community in Ancient Rome: Oxford 2005) and have included editions and annotated translations of Suetonius (De grammaticis et rhetoribus, Latin text with introduction, translation, and commentary: Oxford 1995), Cicero (Speech on Behalf of Publius Sestius, translation with introduction and commentary: Oxford 2006), Seneca (Seneca: Anger, Mercy, Revenge, with Martha Nussbaum: Chicago 2010), and the Saturnalia of Macrobius (Loeb Classical Library edition, 3 volumes: Harvard 2011). My critical edition of the Saturnalia appeared in the Oxford Classical Texts series in 2011, and The Appian Way: Ghost Road, Queen of Roads, a travelogue-cum-historical and cultural essay, was published in the University of Chicago Press's “Culture Trails” series in 2012. My most recent publications—all Oxford University Press 2016—include a critical edition of Suetonius's Caesars for the Oxford Classical Texts series, a companion monograph on the history and constitution of the text (Studies on the Text of Suetonius' "De uita Caesarum"), and a Festschrift in honor of David Konstan (Hope, Joy, and Affection in the Classical World) that I edited with Ruth R. Caston. With those projects completed I am preparing for publication the edition of Servius on Aeneid 9-12 that the late Charles Murgia left unfinished at his death.
My undergraduate teaching ranges from the introductory courses in Latin—including “Turbo-Latin,” an intensive immersion that combines two semesters of instruction in one—through intermediate courses on “Roman Letters” and “Insult, Slander, and Invective in Latin Literature,” to advanced courses on a range of authors and texts, mostly prose. My graduate teaching has included the semi-annual survey of Latin literature and seminars on Cicero, Seneca, epistolography, Roman culture in the age of Tiberius (with Ted Champlin), and textual criticism.
1. The Appian Way: Ghost Road, Queen of Roads (Culture Trails: Adventures in Travel)
2. Macrobii Ambrosii Theodosii Saturnalia (Oxford Classical Texts)
3. Hope, Joy, and Affection in the Classical World (Emotions of the Past)
4. Lives of the Caesars & On Teachers of Grammar and Rhetoric (C. Suetoni Tranquilli De uita Caesarum libri VIII et De grammaticis et rhetoribus liber)
5. Studies on the Text of Suetonius' De uita Caesarum