Loyola University Chicago

Department of Classical Studies

Faculty Directory


Gregory Dobrov, Associate Professor and Post-Baccalaureate Program Director


It is with much sadness that we report that Greg passed away September 27, 2015. A memorial will be held on campus at Madonna della Strada chapel on Friday, October 9 at 8pm.

Office: Crown Center 555
Phone: 773.508.3655
E-mail: gdobrov@luc.edu

Degrees: B.Th., Holy Trinity Seminary; M.A., Ph.D., Cornell University

Interests: History and criticism of ancient theater, lyric poetry, Second Sophistic, Byzantine literature, critical theory, linguistics

Work in Progress: The Gospel of Hades: Greek Myth and the Invention of Easter: a monograph on katabasis (underworld journey) in Greek tradition

Selected Publications:

  • A Companion to the Study of Greek Comedy, edited volume (Brill, 2010) - including "Comedy and her Critics," 1-33.
  • Figures of Play (Oxford, 2001)
  • The City As Comedy (Chapel Hill, 1997)
  • Beyond Aristophanes (Scholars Press, 1995)
  • "Veiled Venom: Comedy, Censorship and Figuration," in Singing the Muses: Essays in Honor of Pietro Pucci (Berlin and New York, 2010).
  • Review of A. Bierl, Ritual and Performativity: The Chorus of Old Comedy (Cambridge MA and London, 2009): Classical World, summer 2010.

Recent Talks:

  • "Comedy, Censorship, and Metaphor," American Philological Association, San Antonio, 7 January 2011.
  • "Tragedy at Play: Politics and Humor in Greek Drama", DePaul University, 18 October 2010.
  • "Censorship and the Art of Comedy," Illinois Classical Conference, Knox College, 16 October 2010.

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Laura Gawlinski, Associate Professor and Chair


Office: Crown Center 579
Phone: 773.508.3657
E-mail: lgawlinski@luc.edu

Degrees: B.A., Randolph-Macon College; M.A., Ph.D., Cornell University

Academic Interests: Greek religion, epigraphy, archaeology and topography

Representative Publications:

  • "Dress and Ornaments." In A Companion to the Archaeology of Religion in the Ancient World, edited by R. Raja and J. Rupke. Malden, Mass.: Wiley-Blackwell, 2015.
  • The Athenian Agora Museum Guide. Princeton: American School of Classical Studies at Athens, 2014.
  • The Sacred Law of Andania: a New Text with Commentary. Sozomena 11. Berlin: de Gruyter, 2012.
  • "'Fashioning' Initiates: Dress at the Mysteries." In Reading a Dynamic Canvas: Adornment in the Ancient Mediterranean World, edited by M. Heyn and C. Colburn, Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2008.
  • "The Athenian Calendar of Sacrifices: A New Fragment from the Athenian Agora." Hesperia 76 (2007): 37-55.

Recent Papers:

  • "Contextualizing a New Graffito List from the Athenian Agora," APA Annual Meeting, Chicago, 2014
  • "Putting Community on Display - the Spectacle of the Ancient Religious Procession," Classical Art Society, Art Institute of Chicago, 2 February 2012
  • "Finding the Sacred in Greek Sacred Law," What's Religious about Ancient Mediterranean Religions? Inaugural Meeting of the Society for Ancient Mediterranean Religions, Pontifical Biblical Institute, Rome, 28 June 2009
  • "Take My Wife, Please: Dangerous Comedy in Lysias I," APA Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, 2009

Current Projects:

  • field supervisor at the excavations of the Athenian Agora (see www.agathe.gr/)


Pat Graham-Skoul, Adjunct Professor


‌Office: Crown Center 577
Phone: 773.508.3747
E-mail: pgraha1@luc.edu

Degrees: A.B., Loyola University Chicago; M.A., Ph.D., Northwestern University

Teaching and Research Interests:

  • Greek Lyric Poetry; Epics and Tragedy, Mythology
  • Ethics, Emotions, Rhetoric
  • Influences of Gender and Social Constructs

Online Course Descriptions and Class Syllabi:

Recent Activities:

  • Organized 2014 annual performance of the play in Latin, Exitium Caesaris
  • Organized Public Reading of Aeschylus' Oresteia
  • Organized Student Panel on Euripides' Medea
  • Served as Fellow in Loyola's Center for Ethics


  • "Internet Interaction: Student Projects and Teacher Web Pages," American Classical League, June 2000
  • "Taking Care of Family Members While Maintaining a Career: Limitations and Reciprocities," Classics and Feminism 3, May 2000
  • "Ancient Greek Women Poets and Women's Studies," panel presentation with undergraduate students, National Women's Studies Association, June 1999

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Jim Keenan, Professor


Office: Crown Center 573
Phone: 773.508.3665
E-mail: jkeenan@luc.edu

Degrees: A.B., College of the Holy Cross; M.A., Ph.D., Yale University

Academic Interests: Papyrology, Roman Law, Byzantine Egypt

Recent Honors and Responsibilities:

  • Alexander S. Onassis Public Benefit Foundation, Senior Visiting Scholar, July 2012, to serve as senior instructor, American Society of Papyrologists' Summer Institute in Papyrology, University of Chicago and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
  • Co-instructor, International Seminar on Unpublished Papyri in the Egyptian Museum (sponsored by the Association International de Papyrologues), September 24–28, 2012, University of California at Berkeley.
  • Cooperating Partner, project on "Imperium" und "Officium": Comparative Studies in Ancient Bureaucracy and Officialdom sponsored for the University of Vienna by the Austrian National Science Foundation

Current Research:

  • Law and Legal Practice in Egypt from Alexander to the Arab Conquest (Cambridge University Press, 2014): co-editor with J. G. Manning [Yale University] and Uri Yiftach-Firanko [Hebrew University Jerusalem]; co-author Introduction; author of sections 3.3 "Roman law in Egyptian documents" and 10.4 "Criminal procedure in Roman Egypt."
  • "Goodspeed of Chicago: America's First Papyrologist." Part I "From Chicago to Tebtunis (February 1900)"; Part II: "An Oxford Summer, 1900" (with Todd M. Hickey).

Representative Publications:

  • A Sixth-Century Tax Register from the Hermopolite Nome, with Roger S. Bagnall and Leslie S. B. MacCoull. American Society of Papyrologists Monograph 51. (Durham, NC 2011).
  • "P.Got. 9: The Subscription," BASP 47 (2010) 232–233.
  • "Papyrology on the Threshold of a New Millennium," BASP 46 (2009) 151–164.
  • "The History of the Discipline," in Roger S. Bagnall, ed., 59-78, The Oxford Handbook of Papyrology (Oxford 2009).
  • "Egypt's 'Special Place'," in Edmund P. Cueva, Shannon N. Byrne, and Frederick Joseph Benda, S. J., eds., 157-72, Jesuit Education and the Classics (Cambridge Scholars 2009).

Recent Papers:

  • "Goodspeed of Chicago: America's First Papyrologist," University of California at Berkeley, September 24-28, 2012.
  • "A Seventh-century Sale of a Nubian Slave Girl," NFN 'Imperium' and 'Officium': Comparative Studies in Ancient Bureaucracy and Officialdom, Second International Conference, Vienna, 24– 26 November 2011.

Personal Interests: Golf, Guitar

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Thomas Keith, Instructor


Office: Crown Center 574
Phone: 773.508.2121
E-mail: tkeith1@luc.edu

Degrees: B.A., University of Texas at Austin; M.A., Ph.D., University of Chicago

Academic Interests: Political and ethical philosophy of the Hellenistic and Imperial periods, especially Stoicism; Greek political thought under the Roman Empire; the history of the post-Classical polis; Plutarch; oratory of the Second Sophistic; Hellenistic and Imperial Greek poetry, especially Mesomedes and Palladas; classical and comparative mythology; Augustan literature and culture; Latin epic


  • "The Fine Art of Horsing Around: a Note on Wordplay in Mesomedes' Hymn to Nemesis," Classical Quarterly 64 (2014) 428-431.

Recent Talks:

  • "A Ten-Line Tragedy: The Discovery of Othryadas in AP 7.430 (Dioskorides)," Classical Association of the Middle West and South, 2014
  • "The Dangers of Authadeia in Aelius Aristides’ Oration 23," Classical Association of the Middle West and South, 2013
  • "An Attack on the Stoics in the Epigrams of Palladas," American Philological Association, 2013


Brian Lavelle, Professor


Office: Crown Center 553
Phone: 773.508.3660
E-mail: blavell@luc.edu

Degrees: B.A., University of California San Diego; M.A., University of California Davis; Ph.D., University of British Columbia

Academic Interests: Archaic Greece: Archilochos and the 7th cent. BCE, Greek History and Archaeology; Greek Tyranny and Athenian Democracy, Popular Consciousness and Communication; Myth and History

Representative Publications:

  • "The Servant of Enyalios," in Paros II: Archilochos and his Age, Proceedings of the Second International Conference on the Archaeology of Paros and the Cyclades, D. Katsonopoulou, I. Petropoulos, S. Katsarou, eds. (Athens 2008).
  • "Egypt, Ionia, and the epikouroi," in Edmund P. Cueva, Shannon N. Byrne, and Frederick Joseph Benda, S. J., eds., Jesuit Education and the Classics (Cambridge Scholars 2009).
  • Review of J. H. Blok and A. P. H. M. Lardinois, Solon of Athens: New Historical and Philological Approaches (Leiden 2006) in Bryn Mawr Classical Review (2007.04.26).
  • Fame, Money and Power: the Rise of Peisistratos and 'Democratic' Tyranny at Athens (University of Michigan Press 2005).
  • Review of N. Luraghi, ed. The Craft of the Ancient Historian (Oxford, 2001), Classical Review 2003.
  • "The Apollodoran Date for Archilochus," Classical Philology 97 (2002) 344-51.

Current Scholarly Projects:

  • Peisistratos' successors and the end of tyranny at Athens (book ms)
  • Peisistratan colonization and Athenian imperialism
  • Democracy, ancient and modern (book ms)

Personal Interests (not in order): Historical Fiction; topography and monuments of western Anatolia and the Aegean; any historical or ancient-themed movie (including dreadful ones like "Amazons and Gladiators"); biking; painting; roses; wind; family; Nancy Watkins


Edith Pennoyer (Penny) Livermore, Lecturer


Office: Crown Center 568
Phone: 773.508.8487
E-mail: eliverm@luc.edu

Degrees: B.A. Honors (Near Eastern Languages), National University of Ireland, Dublin; Graduate Research (Hebrew and Greek), Jesuit School of Theology, Berkeley; M.A., Ph.D., (Classics) Northwestern University

Origins: From the San Francisco area and Napa Valley, California, currently living in Evanston - companioned by four-footed fur folk friends: Achilles, Odysseus, and [of course!] Penelope

Personal Interests: "Connecting": Varieties of humans, languages, cultures; walking (anywhere - wilderness to back alleys); nature in any ilk, "All Creatures Great and Small," sparrow- and squirrel-feeding; weaving and stitching; threads and textiles, ancient and contemporary - including clothing in the ancient world; Baroque music and Broadway musicals; picnics; pots; star-watching; soup kitchens


Jacqueline Long, Associate Professor


Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, College of Arts and Sciences

Office: Sullivan Center 228/Crown Center 563
Phone: 773.508.3511/773.508.3654
E-mail: jlong1@luc.edu

Degrees: A.B., Princeton University; M.A., M.Phil., Ph.D., Columbia University

Academic Interests: Late Antique history & literature; Roman history & literature; women and gender in the Classical world

Representative Publications:

  • "Studying Julian the Author," in Emperor and Author: the Writings of Julian the Apostate, ed. Nicholas Baker-Brian and Shaun Tougher, 323-38 (Swansea: The Classical Press of Wales 2012).
  • "How to Read a Halo: Three (or More) Versions of Constantine's Vision," in The Power of Religion in Late Antiquity, ed. Noel Lenski and Andrew Cain, 227-35 (Farnham, Surrey and Burlington, Vermont: Ashgate 2009).
  • Claudian's in Eutropium, or, How, When, and Why to Slander a Eunuch, University of North Carolina Press, 1996.
  • Barbarians and Politics at the Court of Arcadius, with Alan Cameron and a contribution by Lee Sherry, University of California Press, 1993.

Recent Talks:

  • "Gender, Democracy, and the Justice of Athena's Vote to Acquit Orestes," 2015 Comparative Drama Conference, Baltimore, Maryland, 26-28 March 2015
  • "Questioning Paris's Judgment: Euripides, Trojan Women 971-982," 2014 Comparative Drama Conference, Baltimore, Maryland, 2-5 April 2014
  • " 'The sacred command of the lord my brother the emperor should have come as something not to neglect' , East and West, Constantinople and Rome: Empire and Church in the Collectio Avellana, conference sponsored by the Istituto Patristico "Augustinianum," Koninklijk Nederlands Instituut te Rome, and Loyola University Chicago John Felice Rome Center, organized by Dr. Alexander Evers, Rome, 4-7 April 2013

Personal Interests: Food, cats and forms of mild athleticism in which I won't hurt myself too much.

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John Makowski, Associate Professor


‌Office: Crown Center 575
Phone: 773.508.3656
E-mail: jmakow1@luc.edu

Degrees: B.A., Xavier University; M.A., Ph.D., Princeton University

Academic Interests: Roman literature, especially Augustan and Imperial; Latin language; Myth and Literature; Classical World in Cinema

Scholarly Activity: I have published articles on Lucan, Vergil, Maecenas, and Ovid, and collaborated on a study of Roman arithmetic

Recent Talks:

  • "Transgression and Triangulation: Petronius' Women and Bisexual Men," Classical Association of the Middle West and South, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, 28-31 March 2012
  • "Gallus as Cinaedus: A Problem for Roman Identity," Romosexuality: International Conference on the Reception of Rome and the Construction of Western Homosexual Identities, Collingwood College, Durham University, Durham, England, 16-18 April 2012
  • "Transgression and Triangulation: Petronius' Women and Bisexual Men," Feminism and Classics VI: Crossing Borders, Crossing Lines, Brock University, Toronto, Canada, 24-27 May 2012

Teaching Interests: During Spring 2012 I taught CLST 271, Classical Mythology, LATN 283/388, Clodia Metelli, and CLST 384, the second semester of the department's capstone course

Other: My interest in Seneca has led to an annual staging of his drama Thyestes performed by Furibunda Productions, the department's theater ensemble. This year's performance took place 29 October 2014. I have worked on local committees of the Illinois Classical Conference and the American Philological Association, for annual meetings in Chicago.

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Jonathan Mannering, Advanced Lecturer and Undergraduate Program Director


Office: Crown Center 565
Phone: 773.508.3662
E-mail: jmannering@luc.edu

Degrees: B.A., University of Chicago; M.Phil., Ph.D., King's College, Cambridge University

Academic Interests:

Latin prose and poetry from the late Republic and early Empire; rhetoric and oratorical performance in public spaces; literary reception. I am currently revising my doctoral thesis, which examines poetic quotations as a mechanism for cultural reproduction in the orations of Cicero, the declamations of the elder Seneca, and the philosophical epistles of the younger Seneca.

Recent Talks:

  • "How does Seneca read Vergil's Aeneid?" 2012 Annual Meeting of the American Comparative Literature Association at Brown University, Providence, RI, 30 March 2012
  • "God, Reason, and Rainbows in Seneca's Natural Questions 1," 107th Annual Meeting of the Classical Association of the Middle West and South, Grand Rapids, MI, 6-9 April 2011


  • "Seneca's Letters and Philosophical Writings," in The Blackwell Companion to the Age of Nero (forthcoming).
  • Book review: Coffee, Neil, The Commerce of War: Exchange and Social Order in Latin Epic, JRS (forthcoming).

Courses Taught:

Heroes and Classical Epics (CLST 272), Ancient Rhetoric (CLST 279), Ancient Novel (CLST 280), Elementary Latin II (LATN 102), Age of the Flavians (LATN 287/388), Western Intellectual Traditions: Antiquity to the Middle Ages (Dev West Thght I Disc [HONR D101 08H]).


Lauren Schwartzman, Instructor

Office: Crown Center 574
Phone: 773.508.2121

Degrees: D.Phil., University of Oxford

   Kirk Shellko, Instructor


Office: Crown Center 574
Phone: 773.508.8488
E-mail: kshellk@luc.edu

Degrees: M.A. (Philosophy), John Carroll University; M.A., Ph.D. (Classical Studies), Loyola University Chicago

Interests: Fourth-century tragedy, the comic and tragic representations of Socrates in Plato’s dialogues; Aristotle and Plotinus.

Courses Taught: CLST 271, 272, 273; GREK 262, 275; LATN 283


  • "The Dramatic Characterization of Plato's Philosophical Hero," Classical Association of the Middle West and South, Grand Rapids Michigan, 7 April 2011
  • "Fantastic Literary Elements in Plato's Hippias Minor," Comparative Drama Conference, LA California, 24 March 2011
  • "The Curious Aesthetic of Rhesus," Comparative Drama Conference, Loyola Marymount University, 25-27 March 2010
  • "Apollonian and Dionysian Imagery in Virgil's Aeneid" delivered as guest at The Summer Aeneid Reading Project, affiliated with Barrington High School and the Barrington Area Public Library, 15 July 2007
  • "Comic Ethics: Strepsiades and the Comic Bane and Socrates the Comic Antidote," Classical Association of the Midwest and South, 6 April 2006
  • "The Intuitive Appeal of Myth," Classical Association of the Middle West and South, 31 March 2005

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   Ed Menes, Professor Emeritus


Degrees: B.A., Xavier University; M.A., Ph.D., Princeton University
Interests: Latin Lyric and Elegy, Linguistics

This page last updated 29 September 2015 by lgawlinski@luc.edu.