Seth L. Schein

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Position Title
Professor Emeritus of Comparative Literature


Education and Degree(s)

  • Ph.D., Greek and Latin Languages and Literature, Columbia University (1967)
  • M.A., Greek, University of California, Berkeley (1964)
  • A.B., English, Columbia University (1963)
  • American School of Classical Studies, Athens (Summer School Member, 1965)
  • American School of Classical Studies, Athens (Associate Member, 1967-68)

Research Interest(s)

  • Greek Literature, especially Homeric epic and Attic tragedy
  • Classical receptions and the history of classical studies
  • Greek and Roman literature, culture, and thought
  • Comparative epic and tragedy
  • Post-colonialism and classical literature
  • History of literary theory (esp. ancient and medieval)
  • Shakespeare
  • Gender and interpretation
  • The representation of history in literature


To learn more about Dr. Schein, please view his CV.

Selected Publications

Homer, Iliad: Book I.  Cambridge Greek and Latin Classics.  (Cambridge University Press:  Cambridge, 2022)

Sophocles, Philoctetes.  Greek and Latin Classics.  (Cambridge University Press: Cambridge, 2013)

Sophokles, Philoktetes: Translation with Notes, Introduction, and Interpretive Essay. Focus Classical Library (Focus Publishing/R. Pullins Company: Newburyport, Mass., 2003)

Reading the Odyssey: Selected Interpretive Essays. (Princeton University Press: Princeton); 2nd printing, 1997 [Edited]

The Mortal Hero: An Introduction to Homer's Iliad (University of California Press: Berkeley, Los Angeles, London); 3rd printing, 1995; translation into Serbo-Croatian by Z. Dukat, Smrtni Junak (Globus Publishing Company: Zagreb, 1989); translation into Modern Greek by G. Philippou, Ô Thnêtos Irôas (University Studio Press, Thessaloniki: 2006)

The Iambic Trimeter in Aeschylus and Sophocles: A Study in Metrical Form, Columbia Studies in the Classical Tradition, 6 (E.J. Brill: Leiden)