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John H. Starks, Jr.

Department Chair, Associate Professor of Classics

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John Starks received his Ph.D. in Classics with Historical Emphasis from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2004 with a dissertation entitled 'Actresses in the Roman World.' His research interests include Greek and Roman theater history and performance, ethnicity of the 'other,' esp. Africa, in the classical Mediterranean world, Latin historiography, Greek and Latin biography, Latin oratory, and Latin epigraphy. He enjoys teaching all levels of the Latin language and courses in translation on various topics in ancient theater, social history, political and rhetorical thought, and gender and ethnicity.

Contact Information

Telephone: (607) 777-4524


Office:  LT 1116

Recent Publications

2013. "opera in bello, in otio, in negotio: Terence and Rome in the 160s BCE." In Antony Augoustakis & Ariana Traill, edd. Blackwell Companion to Terence, 132-155. Blackwell, Malden, MA/Oxford.

2011. "Was Black Beautiful in Vandal Africa?" In D. Orrells, G.K. Bhambra, T. Roynon, edd. African Athena: New Agendas, 239-257 (Classical Presences). Oxford UK.

Current Projects

Book: Actresses in the Greek and Roman Worlds: An Analytical Register, contract with Cambridge UK.

Article: "Lysioidia: 'Transgendering' Actresses/Actors in Hellenistic Greek & Roman Theater," IASH fellowship, Binghamton University, spring 2015.


Recent Papers/Workshops Delivered, Invited and Refereed

Courses Taught

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Last Updated: 1/13/15