Professor Emeritus of Classics
At present Professor Stadter’s research proceeds in two separate areas: Plutarch’s Parallel Lives and classical Greek historiography. As part of a series of studies on the purpose and method of the Parallel Lives, he is investigating how Plutarch created a new type of political biography with the purpose of supplying material for moral reflection for the Roman and Greek political elite of his day. In historiography, Professor Stadter is exploring various areas aimed at better defining the nature of Herodotean and Thucydidean historiography as part of its cultural context. Particular areas include “historical” narrative in Homer, early Greek fable and other forms of narrative prose, Herodotus as an oral performer, Thucydides as reader of Herodotus.