James Ker

Associate Professor of Classical Studies and Undergraduate Chair


  • PhD, Classics, University of California, Berkeley, 2002 
  • Master of Arts, Greek, University of California, Berkeley, 1997 
  • Bachelor of Arts, Classics and Linguistics, University
    of Canterbury, 1994

Research and teaching interests:

  • Imperial Latin literature
  • Roman culture
  • Ancient philosophy
  • Reception studies

Selected publications:

  • “Nundinae: The Culture of the Roman Week,” Phoenix 64 (2010) 360-85
  • The Deaths of Seneca (Oxford University Press, 2009)
  • A Seneca Reader: Selections from Prose and Tragedy (Bolhchazy-Carducci, 2011)
  • Elizabethan Seneca: Three Tragedies, coedited with Jessica Winston, Modern Humanities Research Association Tudor & Stuart Translations, vol. 8 (London, 2012)

Work in progress:

The Beginnings of a Day in Ancient Rome (book-length project)

Recent courses:

  • Undergraduate
    • Technologies of the Mind in the Greco-Roman World
    • Seneca
    • Authors and Audiences in the Greek and Roman World
  • Graduate
    • Consolation and Ancient Philosophy
    • Progress and Decline in Latin Literature

Other professional activity:

Series co-editor (with Emily Mackil), Social Structures of the Greek and Roman World (Johns Hopkins University Press)

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