Ralph M. Rosen

Vartan Gregorian Professor of the Humanities
Professor of Classical Studies

292 Claudia Cohen Hall
Office Hours: 
Wednesdays, 4-6, or by appointment (Fall 2017 hours begin on Wednesday 9/12. Before then, by appointment)


Ph.D. (Classical Philology) Harvard University, 1983

B.A. (Greek and Latin) Swarthmore College, 1977

Research Interests: 

Greek literature and intellectual history Ancient comic and satirical poetic genres Ancient medicine, Galen

Selected Publications: 

Ancient Concepts of the Hippocratic, ed.,  with Lesley Dean-Jones (Brill 2015).

Making Mockery: The Poetics of Ancient Satire (Oxford U. Press, 2007).

Old Comedy and the Iambographic Tradition (APA American Classical Studies 19, 1988).

Offprints for most of my published articles can be found on my academia.edu page; see CV link below for complete list

Work in Progress:

Various projects on Hippocrates, Galen, Aristophanes and Old Comedy. Feel free to email me for more detail.


Co-founder and former Director of Penn's Center for Ancient Studies, 1996 - present. Co-organizer (with Ineke Sluiter, Professor of Greek at the University of Leiden, the Netherlands) of the biennial Penn-Leiden Colloquia on Ancient Values, 2000–2011. Associate Dean for Graduate Studies, School of Arts and Sciences (2008-13). Director 'at large', American Philological Association (2013-15) President, Society for Ancient Medicine and Pharmacy (2012-14)