AJ Podlecki

Research Interests

  • The interaction between the literature and the history of ancient Greece of the archaic and classical period

I received my classical training at Canisius High School in Buffalo, New York, Holy Cross College, Worcester, Mass., and the Universities of Oxford and Toronto. My first appointment was at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois (1963-66), from where I went to Penn State University as department head. In 1975 I moved to the University of British Columbia, where I was dept. head until 1986. I retired in 1998, and thereafter held visiting professorships at Swarthmore College, and the Universities of Nancy and Grenoble in France.

I’ve published about 70 articles and 13 books (some co-authored), plus numerous reviews. My major focus has been the interaction between the literature and the history of ancient Greece of the archaic and classical periods. My most recent research has involved the fragments of Aiskhylos and a chapter on that subject in Entretiens Hardt vol 55, which appeared in autumn of 2009. At the moment I’m working on what hope will be a straightforward, readable translation of Aiskhylos’s tragedies (including Prometheus) for Bantam Books, and a revision and updating of my 1984 book The Early Greek Poets and their Times.

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