Kenneth Reckford (b. 1933), retired Kenan Professor of Classics, graduated summa cum laude from Harvard University, where he also received his Ph.D. in classical philology. He was a junior fellow at the Center for Hellenic Studies in 1961, and subsequently a member of the faculty of the University of North Carolina for nearly 40 years, a fellow of UNC’s Institute for the Arts and Humanities, and Kenan Professor at the University.
Among his publications are Horace for the Twayne series on classical authors and Aristophanes’ Old-and-New Comedy. He has produced joint translations of Euripides’ plays Hecuba and Electra, dozens of scholarly articles, including ‘Studies in Persius’, and numerous reviews.
Professor Reckford lectured widely in the U.S. and Europe and spent a number of years in Rome and Oxford, including as a resident faculty member at the American Academy in Rome. In 1999 he presented the Charles Beebe Martin Classical Lectures at Oberlin College, entitled ‘In Search of Persius’.