Joseph Farrell

Professor of Classical Studies
Mark K. and Esther W. Watkins Professor in the Humanities
Contact Information
271 Cohen Hall
215 898-7425
Education: 

Ph.D. (Classics) University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1983
A.B. (Classics) Bowdoin College, 1977

After receiving my PhD, I came to Penn as a Lecturer in 1984, and I have been here ever since. Over the past thirty years, I have offered courses, lectured, and published books and articles on topics that range from Homer and Vergil to Ridley Scott and Silvio Berlusconi. This semester (fall 2016) I am teaching a graduate seminar on the archaic Roman poet Quintus Ennius. My current research projects include a book, Juno's Aeneid: Narrative, Metapoetics, Dissent, a series of studies of the literature of the Roman suburbium, articles on the relationship between scholarly and literary production in antiquity, and a new history of classical Greek and Latin literature.

Research Interests: 

Latin literature, especially poetry
Culture of the Republican and Augustan periods

Selected Publications: 

Vergil, Aeneid 5, Focus Vergil Aeneid commentaries (2014)

Augustan Poetry and the Roman Republic, ed. with Damien P. Nelis (2013)

A Companion to Vergil's Aeneid and its Tradition, ed. with Michael C. J. Putnam (2010)

The Vergilian Century, ed. (special issue of Vergilius, vol. 47, 2001)

Latin Language and Latin Culture (2001)

Nomodeiktes: Greek Studies in Honor of Martin Ostwald, ed. with Ralph M. Rosen (1994)

Vergil's Georgics and the Traditions of Ancient Epic (1991)

Courses Taught: 

(undergraduate) Apollonius of Rhodes, Argonautica; Phaedrus, Fables; Augustan Cultural Revolution

(graduate) Horace, Odes; Ennius, Annales; History of Latin Literature; Julio-Claudian Literature

Affiliations: 

Society for Classical Studies

Classical Association of the Atlantic States

Classical Association of the Midwest and South

Vergilian Society of North America

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