I am Professor and Chair of the Department of Classics at the University of
Massachusetts Boston, where I have taught since 1995. 

My research has largely focused on Aristophanes and ancient Greek comedy. I am the author
of two monographs: Politics and Persuasion in Aristophanes' Ecclesiazusae (Leiden:
E. J. Brill, 1990), based on my Columbia dissertation, and Nature, Culture and the
Origins of Greek Comedy: A Study of Animal Choruses (Cambridge Univ. Press, 2007;
paperback 2010). 

Having explored animals in comedy, I hope to extend my research and write a general study
of attitudes toward nature in ancient Greece. The result of this will one day be a book
on "Nature and the Greeks." 

I am also the editor and translator of Federico Borromeo, Sacred Painting and Museum. I
Tatti Renaissance Library, Vol. 44. Harvard Univ. Press, 2010), with introduction and
notes by Pamela M. Jones (also of UMass Boston, Department of Art, and my wife). 

In addition to teaching a large number of upper-level classes on Greek and Latin authors,
I regularly offer introductory courses on Athenian Democracy and Greek & Roman
Mythology. I am currently teaching a new course on Magic & Science in Greece &

I recently served as President of the Classical Association of Massachusetts (see under


Federico Borromeo: Sacred Painting and Museum (with Pamela M. Jones) (2010)

In these two Latin treatises, published in 1624 and 1625, Borromeo laid out his views...

Nature, Culture and the Origins of Greek Comedy. A Study of Animal Choruses (2007)

The animal choruses of Greek Old Comedy appeared on stage for a generation or two,...

Politics and Persuasion in Aristophanes' Ecclesiazusae (1990)

I now see that a title like "Sex, Women, and Politics in Aristophanes' Ecclesiazusae" would...




A Depiction of a Comic Mythological Burlesque?, Seminari Romani di cultura greca (2009)

A late eighteenth-century engraving is the only surviving record of a vase painting that shows...



Propertius on the Site of Rome, Latomus (1995)

The image of the site of Rome when it was hills, marshes and meadows, not...



Aristophanes' Wasps and the Socio-politics of Aesop's Fables, Classical Journal (1995)

Philocleon's use of Aesopic fables in the Wasps may be a marker of his social...



Was Carcinus I a Tragic Playwright?, Classical Philology (1994)

If Carcinus I was a tragic poet, why would a scholiast attribute to him a...



The Continuity of the Chorus in Fourth-Century Attic Comedy, Greek, Roman and Byzantine Studies (1992)

Did the chorus disappear in the fourth century? Not exactly. An expanded version of this...


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