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Comparative Literature and Languages


Thomas F. Scanlon


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Thomas Scanlon

Department Chair and Professor, Classics/Comparative Ancient Civilizations/Comparative Literature
Ph.D. in Classics, Ohio State University, 1978

Tom Scanlon's teaching interests encompass most areas of Greek and Roman literature and culture, including courses on religion, gender, mythology, ancient sports, and most genres of Greek and Latin literature. He has taught graduate seminars on the Roman Historians, Thucydides, and Sallust. His research specializations include ancient Greek and Roman historical writing, Greek and Roman Sports, Gender and Sexuality, and Religion in the ancient world. He is a participant in the Tri-Campus Graduate Program in Classics (UCI, UCR, UCSD). 

Select recent publications:

• (ed.), Oxford Readings in Sport in the Greek and Roman Worlds (Oxford Univ. Press, under contract; in press; publication in 2013)

• Eros and Greek Athletics (Oxford Univ. Press, 2002)

• “Contesting Ancient Mediterranean Sport,” Forward, 1-12 in Zinon Papakonstantinou, ed., Sport in the Cultures of the Ancient World (Oxford and New York: Routledge Press, 2010)

• “Ares and the Olympics, or Pelops and Polemos,” Festschrift für Ingomar Weiler, C. Ulf and P. Mauritsch, eds. (Leiden: Brill, 2013)

Recent courses taught are "War and Imperialism in the Ancient World" (with parallels between Rome and the modern US), "Sexuality and Gender in the Ancient World," and "The Ancient World in Cinema and Television." His favorite Greek island is Naxos (with or without Ariadne.) Ancient authors he would want if he were stranded on a deserted island include (in alphabetical order): Aristophanes, Catullus, Euripides, Herodotus, Homer, Plato, Sallust, Sappho, Sophocles, Thucydides, Vergil. On second thought ... he'll take his iPad. His favorite European city is a toss-up between London, Athens, and Vienna. His favorite non-European city is a toss-up among Tunis, Marrakech, Varanasi and Jerusalem.

Professor Scanlon's Curriculum Vitae

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