Andrew L. Ford

Professor of Classics
Princeton University
Princeton, NJ 08544 (609-258-3951)

Research Interests

Greek literature; Literary history; Ancient literary criticism


Ph.D. Yale University, 1981
B.A., with distinction, Cornell University, 1974


Early Greek Words for Poetry: aoidê, epos, poiêsis.
Dir. Prof. Heinrich Von Staden, Institute for Advanced Study

Academic Positions
Princeton University: Asst. Prof. /Assoc. Prof./Prof. 1987-present
École des Hautes Études en sciences sociales, Centre Louis Gernet Paris: Professeur invité: Jan. 2003.
Cornell University: Mellon Postdoc. Fellow 1984-86
Smith College: Instructor/Asst. Prof. 1980-84 


Aristotle as Poet: The song for Hermias and its contexts. Forthcoming from Oxford University Press, Summer 2010.


Homer: The Poetry of the Past

Cornell University Press, 1992


Named an "Outstanding Academic Book" for 1993 by Choice

Paperback edition, 1994


Read a selection here

The Origins of Criticism: Literary Culture and Poetic Theory in Classical Greece

Princeton University Press, 2002.     



Named an "Outstanding Academic Book" for 2003 by Choice

Paperback Edition, 2004


Read a selection here.


Essays, Articles and Chapters in Books:

For working papers, see the Princeton-Stanford Working Papers in Classics.




Awards and Fellowships

The Arts and Humanities Foundation: 2004 Umhoefer Prize for Achievement in Humanities. For criticism: "The Iliad and the Anger of Achilles." Introduction to The Iliad, tr. R. Fitzgerald.
Gildersleeve Prize Panel, American Journal of Philology. 2003-6.
Choice award for an "Outstanding Academic Book" of 2003 for The Origins of Criticism.
Gildersleeve Prize, 1995: from the Johns Hopkins University Press for the best article of the year in the American Journal of Philology: "Protagoras' Head."
Choice award for an "Outstanding Academic Book" of 1993 for Homer: The poetry of the past.
National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship for University Teachers, 1993-1994.
Junior Fellow, The Center for Hellenic Studies, 1989-1990.
Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow, Cornell University, 1984-1986.
NEH Summer Seminar, Harvard University, dir. G. Nagy, 1981.

Papers Delivered/Invited Lectures (and forthcoming)