Ralph M. Rosen

Vartan Gregorian Professor of the Humanities
Professor of Classical Studies

292 Claudia Cohen Hall
Office Hours: 
By appointment—email me!


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 literature, ancient medicine, Hippocrates, Galen

Selected Publications: 


Aristophanes and Politics: New Studies (Brill 2020), ed., with Helene P. Foley

Hip Sublime: Beat Writers and the Classical Tradition, with Sheila Murnaghan (Ohio State 2018)

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).

Please email me with requests for offprints, which I'm happy to share with you. See CV link below for complete list

Works 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, and 2018-19). Director 'at large', American Philological Association (2013-15) President, Society for Ancient Medicine and Pharmacy (2012-14), President (2019-20) Classical Association of the Atlantic States.