Kirk Freudenburg appointed the Ragen Professor of Classics

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Kirk Freudenburg

Kirk Freudenburg, newly appointed as the Brooks and Suzanne Ragen Professor of Classics, focuses his research on the social life of Roman letters, in particular on the unique cultural encodings that structure and inform Roman ideas of poetry, and the practical implementation of those ideas in specific poetic forms, especially satire.

Freudenburg’s publications include “The Walking Muse: Horace on the Theory of Satire,” “Satires of Rome: Threatening Poses from Lucilius to Juvenal,” the “Cambridge Companion to Roman Satire,” and “Oxford Readings in Classical Studies: Horace’s Satires and Epistles.” Currently he is writing a commentary on the second book of Horace’s “Sermones” for the Cambridge Greek and Latin Classics series. He has also written numerous book chapters, articles, and reviews.

A graduate of Valparaiso University in Indiana, Freudenburg earned an M.A. in classics from Washington University (St. Louis) and his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Before joining the Yale faculty he taught at Kent State University, Ohio State University, and the University of Illinois. At Ohio State he was associate dean of the humanities, and at Illinois he was chair of the Department of Classics. He also chaired Yale’s Department of Classics from 2012 to 2016.

The Yale professor has been an invited lecturer or speaker at universities and for professional organizations throughout the United States and Europe, as well as in Brazil. He is the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Whitney Humanities Center at Yale.

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