We were excited to welcome Jeffrey Rusten, along with Ethan Della Rocca, for an Online Open House entitled “The Lexeis project: The great Greek author-lexica of the 19th century.” The event took place on Friday, April 28, at 11:00 a.m. EDT and was recorded. You can watch the video down below or on the Center for Hellenic Studies YouTube Channel.
To get ready for the event, you can preview the topics that will be covered by reading this handout:
The Lexeis Project Handout | Kosmos Open House
Jeffrey Rusten has taught at Cornell since 1988, in the Classics Dept, of which he has twice been chair, as well as the director of graduate studies in the graduate program in Theater. He received his Ph.D. from Harvard, taught there and at the University of Cologne in Germany, as well as at the University of Pennsylvania, and Washington University in St Louis. He also spent a year as Whitehead visiting professor at the American School of Classical Studies in Athens. His teaching and research and translations center on the literature of Ancient Athens, during the age which saw the beginnings of tragedy, comedy, history, philosophy, and rhetoric. His research specialties are Thucydides, the historian of the War between Athens and Sparta, Athenian comedy, in particular the fragments of comic authors other than the best-known one, Aristophanes; and tragedy and the Athenian tragic theater. Among his other books are translations of Theophrastus’ Characters and Philostratus’ Heroicus (Loeb Classical Library), commentaries on Thucydides Books II (Cambridge University Press), on Sophocles’ Oedipus the King (Bryn Mawr commentaries), and The Birth of Comedy, translations of the most important fragments of two centuries of ancient Greek comedy (Johns Hopkins Press). He also edited studies of Thucydides by the renowned scholars Mabel Lang (Narrative and Discourse in Thucydides) and Jacqueline de Romilly (The Mind of Thucydides, with Elizabeth and Hunter Rawlings).
Ethan is a current Cornell graduate student in Greek and Latin philology who focuses on ancient letters, letter collections, and the prose works of Seneca the Younger. Ethan also has a secondary research interest in the field of digital humanities and was a former digital humanities intern at the CHS. Currently, he works on the Lexeis project in a technical capacity, having done similar work under Helma Dik for the Logeion project during his time as an undergraduate at the University of Chicago.