John Keaney, emeritus professor of classics, dies

John Keaney, an esteemed Greek and Latin scholar who taught in Princeton's Department of Classics for 41 years, died Monday, April 21, after a brief illness. He was 70.

Services were held Thursday, April 24, in the University Chapel.

Keaney joined the Princeton faculty as a lecturer in classics in 1959 and remained a key figure in the department until his retirement in 2000. He was a generalist who taught courses on Greek and Latin language and literature, Greek drama, Plato, Aristotle and Homer. Keaney also wrote or edited several books on ancient Greek scholarship.

"He was above all a very devoted and very popular teacher, and at the same time a very serious scholar," said Robert Kaster, chair of the classics department.

The full story is available in a news release.

Contact: Eric Quinones (609) 258-3601