Department of ClassicsUniversity of Cincinnati
Department of Classics

Three new visiting faculty members join our department this academic year, strengthening our philology and history curriculum.

Michael Laughy (Ph.D, UC Berkeley, 2010)
Laughy wrote his dissertation on Ritual and Authority in Early Athens, in which he examines the role that private initiative and funding played in the public ritual life of Athens, ca. 1000-450 B.C.E. His research interests include Greek Religion; Ancient Greek and Roman Historians; Greek Epigraphy; Ancient Athens; Early Rome; and Greek and Roman Art and Archaeology. Laughy has extensive fieldwork experience, including over ten seasons at the Athenian Agora, where his current project is the excavation of a Middle Byzantine industrial complex that lies directly above the Stoa Poikile. Laughy received his B.A. in Latin, Philosophy, and Anthropology from the University of New Hampshire, and his M.A. in Greek and Latin Literature from Washington University in St. Louis.

M. Jason Reddoch (Ph.D, University of Cincinnati, 2010)

Jason teaches Greek and Latin at all levels as well as courses on classical civilization, mythology, and social history. His research spans Greek literature, ancient philosophy, and the reception of Greek literature and philosophy by early Jewish and Christian authors. In particular, he focuses on the use of allegory by ancient readers of Homer and the Bible. His dissertation deals with the Hellenistic Jewish author Philo of Alexandria and his two treatises on dreams. Jason recently completed an article on Medea's dream in Apollonius' Argonautica and is currently working on an article about Philo's use of the concept of dreaming as an epistemological metaphor. His next project deals with Heraclitus the Allegorist and various polemical statements he makes in relation to philosophers who have made negative claims about Homer's poetry.


Eleanor Rust (Ph.D, USC, 2009)

Eleanor received her BA in Classics with honors in 1999 from Indiana University. She moved from the wilds of the Midwest to the wilds of LA for graduate study. As a graduate student, she worked on the Greek symposium and the Roman convivium before discovering second-century Latin literature and intellectual culture. Her dissertation, "Ex Angulis Secretisque Librorum: Reading, Writing, and Using Miscellaneous Knowledge in the Noctes Atticae," discusses the role of random order and miscellaneous content in forming a useful collection of knowledge. She is fascinated by problems of knowledge organization and access, both in the ancient world and the rapidly changing modern world. While writing her dissertation, she spent a year at the American Academy in Rome as a Rome Prize fellow. She earned her PhD in Classics in 2009 from the University of Southern California.