Glenn W. Most

Visiting Professor of Social Thought and of Classics

The University of Chicago
Committee on Social Thought
1130 East 59th Street
Chicago, IL 60637-1543 USA

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Visiting Professor of Social Thought and of Classics

Glenn W. Most studied Classics and Comparative Literature in Europe and the United States, and has taught at the Universities of Yale, Princeton, Michigan, Siena, Innsbruck, Heidelberg, and Paris. Since 1996 he has been a Professor on the Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago, and since 2001 he has been simultaneously Professor of Greek Philology at the Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa. At Chicago he has taught courses on Classical texts (mostly Greek poetical ones), on such post-Classical authors as Dante, Shakespeare, Wordsworth, Nietzsche, Proust, and Walter Benjamin, and on the methods of Classics and of Comparative Literature. He has published books on Classics, on the history and methodology of Classical studies, on the Classical tradition and Comparative Literature, on literary theory, and on the history of art, and has published numerous articles, reviews, and translations in these fields and also on modern philosophy and literature. Among his projects for the coming years are a thorough revision of the Grene and Lattimore translations of Greek tragedy, a four-volume Greek and English Loeb edition of the Presocratics, and a bilingual edition of the complete corpus of ancient and mediaeval scholia and commentaries to Hesiod’s Theogony.


  • Leibniz, Specimen Dynamicum, ed. with H.G. Dosch and E. Rudolph (1982);
  • The Poetics of Murder: Detective Fiction and Literary Theory, ed. with W.W. Stowe (1983);
  • The Measures of Praise: Structure and Function in Pindar's Second Pythian and Seventh Nemean Odes (1985);
  • F.A. Wolf: Prolegomena to Homer 1795, ed. with A.T. Grafton and J.E.G. Zetzel (1985);
  • Théophraste, Métaphysique, ed. with A. Laks (1993);
  • (ed.) Collecting Fragments - Fragmente sammeln, Aporemata I (1997);
  • Studies on the Derveni Papyrus, ed. with A. Laks (1997);
  • Editing Texts - Texte edieren (1998);
  • Raffael, Die Schule von Athen. Uber das Lesen der Bilder (1999);
  • Commentaries - Kommentare (1999);
  • Historicization - Historisierung (2001);
  • Disciplining Classics - Altertumswissenschaft als Beruf (2002);
  • Ancient Anger. Perspectives from Homer to Galen, ed. With S.M. Braund (2003);
  • S. Timpanaro, The Genesis of Lachmann's Method, ed. and trans. G.W.M. (2005);
  • Doubting Thomas (2005);
  • Hesiod, Loeb Classical Library, 2 volumes (2006-7);
  • Révolutions homériques, ed. with L. Norman and S. Rabau (2009);
  • The Classical Tradition, ed. with A.T. Grafton and S. Settis (2010);
  • Les Filles de Melpomène: Quelques Héroines tragiques d’Euripide et leurs descendants(2011).


  • The Idea of the Tragic
  • Hamlets
  • Proust: Swann's Way
  • Shakespeare: Two Roman Plays, Coriolanus and Julius Caesar
  • Nietzsche on the Greeks
  • Aeschylus: Agamemnon
  • Dante's Divine Comedy
  • Euripides, Goethe, Gluck: Iphigenia among the Taurians
  • Euripides: The Bacchae
  • Walter Benjamin