Past and Future Sather Professors

Forthcoming Sather Professors

  • (2020-21) Greg Woolf, Institute of Classical Studies, London
  • (2021-22) Emily Gowers, University of Cambridge
  • (2022-23) Yopie Prins, University of Michigan
  • (2023-24) Victoria Wohl, University of Toronto

Past Sather Professors

Year Incumbent Lecture Topic Publication











"A Bronze Age Greek City State in Formation"

"City of the Spoken Word: Orality and the Foundations of Roman Culture"

"Seeing and Saying:  Plato on Virtue and Knowledge"

"Classicism and Christianity in Late Antique Latin Poetry"

not yet published


not yet published

not yet published

Classicism and Christianity in Latin Antique Latin Poetry (Sather 74, 2019)

2014-2015 RICHARD P. MARTIN "Comic Community: Laughter and Loathing in Athens" not yet published
2013-2014 FRANÇOIS LISSARRAGUE "Panta Kala: Heroic Warriors and the Aesthetics of Weaponry in Greek Art" not yet published
2012-2013 ROBERT PARKER "Greek Religion Abroad" Greek Gods Abroad: Names, Natures, and Transformations (Sather 72, 2017)
2011-2012 NICHOLAS PURCELL "Venal Histories: The Character, Limits, and Historical Importance of Buying and Selling in the Ancient World" not yet published
2010-2011 ALESSANDRO BARCHIESI "The War for Italia: Conflict and Collective Memory in Vergil's Aeneid" not yet published
2009-2010 HEINRICH VON STADEN "The Scientific Lives of Animals: Ancient Greece and Rome" not yet published
2008-2009 MARY BEARD "Roman Laughter" Laughter in Ancient Rome: on Joking, Tickling, and Cracking Up (Sather 71, 2014)
2007-2008 HELENE P. FOLEY "Reimagining Greek Tragedy on the U.S. Stage" Reimagining Greek Tragedy on the American Stage (Sather 70, 2012)
2006-2007 TONIO HÖLSCHER "Visual Power in Ancient Greece and Rome" Visual Power in Ancient Greece and Rome: Between Art and Social Reality (Sather 73, 2018)
2005-2006 ROGER BAGNALL "Everyday Writing in the Graeco-Roman East" Everyday Writing in the Graeco-Roman East (Sather 69, 2011)
2004-2005 DAVID SEDLEY "Creationism and Its Critics in Antiquity" Creationism and Its Critics in Antiquity (Sather 66, 2008)
2003-2004 DENIS FEENEY "Charts of Roman Time: The Uses of Time in the Formation of Roman Culture" Caesar's Calendar: Ancient Time and the Beginnings of History (Sather 65, 2007)
2002-2003 FERGUS MILLAR "A Greek Roman Empire: Power, Belief and Reason under Theodosius II (A.D. 408-450)" A Greek Roman Empire: Power and Belief under Theodosius II (408-450) (Sather 64, 2006)
2001-2002 GREGORY NAGY "Homer the Classic" Homer the Preclassic (Sather 67, 2011)
2000-2001 BRIAN C. STOCK   Augustine's Inner Dialogue. The Philosophical Soliloquy in Late Antiquity (Cambridge 2010)
1999-2000 ANNA MORPURGO DAVIES   not yet published
1998-1999 HENK VERSNEL "Coping with the Gods; Wayward Readings in Greek Theology" Coping with the Gods; Wayward Readings in Greek Theology (Brill 2011: Religions in the Greaeco-Roman World 173)
1997-1998 MICHAEL FREDE   A Free Will. Origins of the Notion in Ancient Thought, ed. by A. A. Long (Sather 68, 2011)
1996-1997 BRUNILDE S. RIDGWAY   Prayers in Stone : Greek Architectural Sculpture ca. 600-100 B.C.E. (Sather 63, 1999)
1995-1996 FROMA I. ZEITLIN   not yet published
1994-1995 GIAN BIAGIO CONTE   The Hidden Author. An Interpretation of Petronius' Satyricon (Sather 60, 1996)
1993-1994 ANNE PIPPIN BURNETT   Revenge in Attic and Late Tragedy (Sather 62, 1998)
1992-1993 ALEXANDER NEHAMAS   The Art of Living : Socratic Reflections from Plato to Foucault (Sather 61, 1998)
1991-1992 GLEN W. BOWERSOCK   Fiction as History : Nero to Julian (Sather 58, 1994)
1990-1991 PAUL ZANKER   The Mask of Socrates. The Image of the Intellectual in Antiquity (Sather 59, 1995)
1989-1990 ALBERT HENRICHS   not yet published
1988-1989 BERNARD WILLIAMS   Shame and Necessity (Sather 57, 1993)
1986-1987 THOMAS C. GELZER   not published
1985-1986 AVERIL M. CAMERON   Christianity and the Rhetoric of Empire : The Development of Christian Discourse (Sather 55, 1991)
1984-1985 ANTHONY M. SNODGRASS   An Archaeology of Greece (Sather 53, 1987)
1983-1984 GEOFFREY E.R. LLOYD   The Revolutions of Wisdom : Studies in the Claims and Practice of Ancient Greek Science (Sather 52, 1987)
1982-1983 CHRISTIAN HABICHT   Pausanias' Guide to Ancient Greece (Sather 50, 1985)
1981-1982 WENDELL CLAUSEN   Virgil's Aeneid and the Tradition of Hellenistic Poetry (Sather 51, 1987)
1980-1981 EMILIO GABBA   Dionysius and the History of Archaic Rome (Sather 56, 1991)
1979-1980 G.E.L. OWEN   not published
1978-1979 JAMES FRANK GILLIAM   not published
1977-1978 JOHN HERINGTON   Poetry into Drama. Early Tragedy and the Greek Poetic Tradition (Sather 49, 1985)
1976-1977 WALTER BURKERT   Structure and History in Greek Mythology and Ritual (Sather 47, 1979)
1975-1976 ERNST BADIAN   not published
1974-1975 EMILY VERMEULE   Aspects of Death in Early Greek Art and Poetry (Sather 46, 1979)
1973-1974 ALBRECHT DIHLE   The Theory of Will in Classical Antiquity (Sather 48, 1982)
1972-1973 GORDON WILLIAMS   Change and Decline. Roman Literature in the Early Empire (Sather 45, 1978)
1971-1972 MOSES I. FINLEY   The Ancient Economy (Sather 43, 1973)
1970-1971 FRANK WILLIAM WALBANK    Polybius (Sather 42, 1972)
1969-1970 HUGH LLOYD-JONES   The Justice of Zeus (Sather 41, 1971)
1968-1969 GEOFFREY S. KIRK   Myth: Meaning and Functions (Sather 40, 1970)
1967-1968 E.J. KENNEY   The Classical Text (Sather 44, 1974)
1966-1967 K.J. DOVER "Lysias and the Corpus Lysiacum" Lysias and the Corpus Lysiacum (Sather 39, 1968)
1965-1966 W.BEDELL STANFORD "The Sound of Greek Poetry" The Sound of Greek (Sather 38, 1967)
1964-1965 VICTOR PÖSCHL "Man and Politics in Tacitus"  not published
1963-1964 STERLING DOW "Knossos and Mycenae: the Great Powers in the Bronze Age" lectures not published; published Fifty Years of Sathers (Berkeley 1965)
1963-1964 BRUNO SNELL "Scenes from Greek Drama" Scenes from Greek Drama (Sather 34, 1964)
1962-1963 B.M.W. KNOX "The Heroic Temper: Studies in Sophoclean Tragedy" The Heroic Temper: Studies in Sophoclean Tragedy (Sather 35, 1964)
1961-1962 A.D. MOMIGLIANO "The Classical Foundations of Modern Historiography" The Classical Foundations of Modern Historiography (Sather 54, 1990)
1960-1961 H.D.F. KITTO "Poiesis, or Literary Structure" Poiesis: Structure and Thought (Sather 36, 1966)
1959-1960 SIR RONALD SYME "Sallust" Sallust (Sather 33, 1964)
1958-1959  BENJAMIN D. MERITT "The Athenian Year" The Athenian Year (Sather 32, 1961)
1957-1958 DENYS L. PAGE "History and the Homeric Iliad" History and the Homeric Iliad (Sather 31, 1959)
1956-1957 GEORGES DAUX "An International Organization in Antiquity: The Delphic Amphictiony" not published
1955-1956 SIR FRANK ADCOCK "The Greek and Macedonian Art of War" The Greek and Macedonian Art of War (Sather 30, 1957)
1954-1955 JOSHUA WHATMOUGH "Poetic, Scientific, and Other Forms of Discourse" Poetic, Scientific, and Other Forms of Discourse (Sather 29, 1956)
1953-1954 J.A.O. LARSON "Representative Government in Greek and Roman History" Representative Government in Greek and roman History (Sather 28, 1955)
1952-1953 A.J. FESTUGIÈRE "Personal Religion among the Greeks" Personal Religion among the Greeks (Sather 26, 1954)
1951-1952 A.W. GOMME "The Greek Attitude to Poetry and History" The Greek Attitude to Poetry and History (Sather 27, 1954)
1950-1951 BEN EDWIN PERRY "The Greek Romances" The Greek Romances (Sather 37, 1967)
1949-1950 ERIC R. DODDS "The Greeks and the Irrational" The Greeks and the Irrational (Sather 25, 1951)
1948-1949 SIR JOHN DAVIDSON BEAZLEY "The Development of Attic Black-Figure" The Development of Attic Black-Figure (Sather 24, 1951)
1947-1948 LEVI ARNOLD POST "From Homer to Menander: Forces in Greek Poetic Fiction" From Homer to Menander: Forces in Greek Poetic Fiction (Sather 23, 1951)
1946-1947 LILY ROSS TAYLOR "Party Politics in the Age of Caesar" Party Politics in the Age of Caesar (Sather 22, 1949)
1945-1946 M.L.W. LAISTNER "The Greater Roman Historians" The Greater Roman Historians (Sather 21, 1947)
1944-1945 RHYS CARPENTER "Folk Tale, Fiction, and Saga in the Homeric Epic" Folk Tale, Fiction, and Saga in the Homeric Epic (Sather 20, 1946)
1943-1944 GILBERT NORWOOD "Pindar" Pindar (Sather 19, 1956)
1942-1943 H.F. FRÄNKEL "Ovid: a Poet between Two Worlds" Ovid: a Poet between Two Worlds (Sather 18, 1945)
1941-1942 J.D. Beazley appointed, but could not come no lectures; C.W. Blegen and H. Chernis delievered three lectures each no publication
1940-1941 A.W. PERSSON "The Religion of Greece in Prehistoric Times" The Religion of Greece in Prehistoric Times (Sather 17, 1942)
1939-1940 H.J. ROSE "The Eclogues of Virgil" The Eclogues of Virgil (Sather 16, 1942)
1938-1939 HENRI GRÉGOIRE "Constantine the Great and the Triumph of Christianity" not published
1937-1938 BENJAMIN OLIVER FOSTER (died before serving) no lectures; O. Broneer and H.T. Wade-Gery delivered three lectures each no publication
1936-1937 SAMUEL E. BASSETT "The Poetry of Homer" The Poetry of Homer (Sather 15, 1938)
1935-1936 J. WIGHT DUFF "Roman Satire: Its Outlook on Social Life" Roman Satire: Its Outlook on Social Life (Sather 12, 1936)
1934-1935 WERNER JAEGER "Demosthenes: the Origin and Growth of his Policy" Demosthenes: the Origin and Growth of his Policy (Sather 13, 1938)
1933-1934 WILLIAM A. OLDFATHER "The Decline of Culture within the Roman Empire" not published
1932-1933 ROBERT J. BONNER "Aspects of Athenian Democracy" Aspects of Athenian Democracy (Sather 11, 1933)
1931-1932 CYRIL BAILEY "Phases in the Religion of Ancient Rome" Phases in the Religion of Ancient Rome (Sather 10, 1932)
1930-1931 MARTIN P. NILSSON "The Mycenean Origins of Greek Mythology" The Mycenean Origins of Greek Mythology (Sather 8, 1932)
1929-1930 TENNEY FRANK "Life and Literature of the Roman Republic" Life and Literature of the Roman Republic (Sather 7, 1930)
1928-1929 PAUL SHOREY "Platonism Ancient and Modern" Platonism Ancient and Modern (Sather 14, 1938)
1927-1928 ARTHUR L. WHEELER "Catullus and the Traditions of Ancient Poetry" Catullus and the Traditions of Ancient Poetry (Sather 9, 1934)
1926-1927 JOHN LINTON MYRES "Who Were the Greeks?" Who Were the Greeks? (Sather 6, 1930)
1925-1926 JOHN BURNET "Platonism" Platonism (Sather 5, 1928)
1924-1925 DUANE R. STUART "Epochs of Greek and Roman Biography" Epochs of Greek and Roman Biography (Sather 4, 1928)
1923-1924 T.R. GLOVER "Herodotus" Herodotus (Sather 3, 1924)
1922-1923 HERBERT WEIR SMYTH "Aeschylean Tragedy" Aeschylean Tragedy (Sather 2, 1924)
1921-1922 GEORGE L. HENDRICKSON "Roman Satire" not published
1920-1921 JOHN A. SCOTT "The Unity of Homer" The Unity of Homer (Sather 1, 1921)
1919-1920 EDWARD K. RAND "The History of Classical Culture during the Middle Ages"; "The History of Pastoral Literature" before regular publication began
1918-1919 PAUL SHOREY no formal series before regular publication began
1917-1918 WILLIAM KELLY PRENTICE no formal series before regular publication began
1917-1918 FRANCIS GREENLEAF ALLINSON "The Greeks in Literature and Life" before regular publication began
1916-1917 GORDON J. LAING "Ancient Etruria" before regular publication began
1916-1917 PAUL SHOREY "The Broader Aspects of Platonism in European Literature before regular publication began
1915-1916 NO INCUMBENT because of WW I    
1914-1915 HENRY W. PRESCOTT "The Classical Epic" before regular publication began
1913-1914 JOHN LINTON MYRES   before regular publication began