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Jeremy Lefkowitz

Associate Professor


  2. Phone: (610) 328-7894
  3. Trotter 111

Jeremy B. Lefkowitz is Associate Professor of Classics at Swarthmore College. Professor Lefkowitz teaches courses that draw upon his broad interests in Greek and Latin language, literature, and culture, including topics in myth, epic, drama, intellectual history, and the reception of the classical past in the contemporary world.  Recent courses include "Classical Mythology" and "The Birth of Comedy"; honors seminars on Ovid, Virgil, Roman Comedy, Ancient Drama in Performance, and Homer; Elementary Greek and Latin; and Intermediate language courses on Homer, Seneca, Catullus, and Roman rhetoric.  Professor Lefkowitz has also supervised directed readings on Aristophanic comedy and on the history of Classics as a discipline.

In 2016 Professor Lefkowitz was awarded a Rome Prize by the American Academy in Rome.  His project in Rome focused on the ancient fable tradition, with an emphasis on style in fable-writing and the place of fable-telling in literary culture and history.  In Rome, Professor Lefkowitz organized an interdisciplinary conference on fable style ("Lo stile favolistico," April 2016), and made progress on two book projects: a collection of Greek and Latin fables, with translation and commentary, entitlted Aesopic Fable (forthcoming from Oxford University Press), and a monograph on the history of fable-writing, entitled Aesop's Pen: Writing and Collecting Fables in Antiquity.  Other recent and forthcoming publications related to ancient fable include:

Lefkowitz, J. B. "Listening to Aesop's Animals" (forthcoming in Animals, eds. P. Adamson and F. Edwards, in the series Oxford Philosophical Concepts, to be published by Oxford University Press)

Lefkowitz, J. B. "Innovation and Artistry in Phaedrus' Morals" (forthcoming in Mnemosyne)

Lefkowitz, J. B. "Reading the Aesopic Corpus: Slavery, Freedom, and Story-telling in the Life of Aesop," in Slaves and Masters in the Ancient Novel. Ancient Narrative Supplementum, eds. M. Paschalis and S. Panayotakis  (Groningen, forthcoming)

Lefkowitz, J. B. "Grand Allusions: Vergil in Phaedrus," American Journal of Philology 137 (2016) 487-509

Lefkowitz, J. B. "Aesop and Animal Fables," in The Oxford Handbook of Animals in Classical Thought and Life, ed. G. Campbell (Oxford, 2014) 1-23

Lefkowitz, J. B. "Phaedrus, the fabulist," in The Literary Encyclopedia (2013)

Lefkowitz, J. B. Review of L. Kurke, Aesopic Conversations: Popular Tradition, Cultural Dialogue, and the Invention of Greek Prose, in Phoenix 66.1-2 (2012) 178-181

Lefkowitz, J. B. Review of L. Gibbs, Aesop's Fables in Latin: Ancient Wit and Wisdom from the Animal Kingdom, in Bryn Mawr Classical Review (2009) 12.24

Lefkowitz, J. B. "Ugliness and Value in the Life of Aesop," in Kakos: Badness in Classical Antiquity, eds. R. M. Rosen and I. Sluiter (Leiden, 2008) 59-82

Essays and reviews on other topics:

Lefkowitz, J. B. "Studi classici e il precario raggiungimento della loro rilevenza," in Classics Scholars Between Theory and Practice, eds. G. Pezzini and S. Rebeggiani (Fabrizio Serra Editore, Pisa-Roma,  2012) 163-172

Lefkowitz, J. B. Review of N. Holzberg, Aristophanes: Sex und Spott und Politik, in Journal of Hellenic Studies 132 (2012) 188-189

Lefkowitz, J. B. Review of A. Carandini, Rome: Day One, for the Bryn Mawr Classical Review (2012) 03.39

Lefkowitz, J. B. Review of C. Corbel, Le Bestiaire d'Aristophane, in The Classical Review 63.1 (2013) 39-41

Lefkowitz, J. B. Review of K. Sidwell, Aristophanes the Democrat: The Politics of Satirical Comedy During the Peloponnesian War, in Bryn Mawr Classical Review (2010) 10.62