James Zetzel is Anthon Professor of the Latin Language and Literature, and has taught at Columbia for nearly 25 years. His teaching regularly includes courses on the history of Latin literature and on individual authors or topics in the literature of the first century BCE as well as courses in translation on ancient political theory and ancient law. He also regularly teaches in Contemporary Civilization, which he chaired for 3 years. His publications include two books on the history of Latin texts, a commentary on Cicero’s De re publica, and two volumes of translations of Cicero. Articles on Catullus, Horace, and Propertius have been reprinted in volumes of Oxford Readings in Classical Studies on those authors, and he has contributed to Cambridge Companions on Cicero and Virgil. He has also written about the literary history of the late Republic and Augustan periods, about Roman textual criticism and ancient forgeries, and about the appropriation of Greek culture in Ciceronian Rome. He has published more than 50 book reviews, and serves on the editorial boards of Classical Philology and Bryn Mawr Classical Review; he edited Transactions of the American Philological Association from 1982 to 1986. He has been awarded research fellowships by the American Council of Learned Societies, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation. Recent and forthcoming publications: “The Influence of Cicero on Ennius,” Ennius Perennis, ed. E. Gowers and W. Fitzgerald (Cambridge Philological Society, Supplement 31, 2007) 1-16. “Political Philosophy” forthcoming in Cambridge Companion to Cicero, ed. C. Steel. ‘Arouse the Dead’: Mai, Leopardi, and Cicero’s Commonwealth in Restoration Italy” forthcoming in Reception and the Classics, ed. W. Brockliss et al. (Cambridge). History of Roman Literature, with Gareth Williams (in progress: Blackwell Publishers). Critics, Compilers, and Commentators: A Guide to Roman Textual and Grammatical Scholarship (in progress; Oxford University Press/American Philological Association). James Zetzel webpage.
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