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Nicholas Kauffman - Classics

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Nicholas Kauffman earned his BA in English from Hillsdale College. After several years teaching literature at the secondary level he went on to earn a PhD in classics at Johns Hopkins University. His dissertation, "Rereading Death: Ethics and Aesthetics in the Ancient Reception of Homeric Battle Narrative" studies the way the Iliad’s representations of death were incorporated into dialogues about war and violence in later Greek literature. This subject reflects his primary interest as both a scholar and a teacher: the capacity of ancient texts to shape discourse about perennial human questions.

Recent Publications:

“Nonnus’ Dionysiaca and Late Antique Discourse on Warfare” Greek, Roman, and Byzantine Studies (forthcoming).

"Monstrous Beauty: The Transformation of Some Death Similes in Apollonius' Argonautica." Classical Philology (forthcoming 2016).

 Review of Adam J. Goldwyn (ed.), The Trojan Wars and the Making of the Modern World (Uppsala, 2015). Classical Journal (August, 2016, Online).

"Beauty as Fiction in Leucippe and Clitophon." Ancient Narrative 12 (2014).

Recent Presentations:

“Elisions of Death and the Ethics of Warfare in Apollonius’ Argonautica," Society for Classical Studies (San Francisco, January, 2016)

“The Aeneadic Journey of Josey Wales and the Promise of the Anti-State,” Film & History Conference (Madison, WI, November, 2015)

“Epic Nonviolence? Critiques of Warfare in the Epic Tradition,” Hillsdale College, Dept. of Classics (October, 2015)

“The Aesthetics of Slaughter in Quintus Smyrnaeus’ Posthomerica.”  Annual Meeting of the Society for Classical Studies. January 2015.

“Bloodthirsty Scholarship: Responses to Death in the Scholia to the Iliad.” Annual Meeting of the Classical Association of the Middle West and South. April 2014.

Learn more information on Professor Kauffman's scholarship here.

Professor Kauffman's complete biography

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