Professor Emeritus of Classics
At present Professor Reckford is working mainly on Roman satire, completing the third of three essays on personal aspects of Horace’s Satires and Epistles, and developing his 1999 Martin Lectures at Oberlin College into a book, Recognizing Persius. His second Aristophanes volume and a book on Eliot and Greek Drama are on the back burner.
Professor Reckford enjoys teaching Roman Comedy and satire on both the undergraduate and graduate levels, as well as Aristophanes, Plato, Lucretius, Virgil, and Horace’s Odes. Plautus especially has offered scope for graduate theses and dissertations (e.g., Women in Plautus by Mary Womble Gerdes, Ph.D. ’95), and will offer more. Although he retired in 1991 from directing Plautine plays in Latin at Chapel Hill, the tradition of performance and of learning from performance has remained strong here and continues to bear good fruit in our students’ scholarship and teaching.