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Edward Olson Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus of Classical Languages and Literatures, in the Committee on Social Thought, Committee on the Ancient Mediterranean World, and in the College


University of Chicago
1126 E. 59th St. 
Chicago IL 60637


James M. Redfield has written Nature and Culture in the Iliad: The Tragedy of HectorThe Locrian Maidens: Love and Death in Greek Italy and articles on Homer, Herodotus, Plato, and Greek society. His teaching is focused on Greek language, literature, and social history as they can be understood in the light of theory drawn from modern linguistics and anthropology.


"The Making of the Odyssey," in Parnassus Revisited, ed. with Anthony Yu (1973).

Nature and Culture in the Iliad: The Tragedy of Hector (1975).

"The Women of Sparta," Classical Journal (1978).

(with Paul Friedrich) "Language as a Personality Symbol: The Case of Achilles," Language (1978).

"The Proem of the Iliad: Homer's Art," Classical Philology (1979).

"Notes on the Greek Wedding," Arethusa (1982).

"Herodotus the Tourist," Classical Philology (1984).

"The Development of the Market in Archaic Greece," in The Market in History, ed. Anderson and Latham (1986).

"From Sex to Politics: The Rites of Artemis Triklaria and Dionysus Aisymnetes at Patras," in Before Sexuality, ed. Halperin, Winkler, and Zeitlin (1990).

"Drama and Community: Aristophanes and Some of His Rivals," in Nothing to Do with Dionysus, ed. Winkler and Zeitlin (1990).

The Locrian Maidens: Love and Death in Greek Italy (2004).


Shakespearean Tragedy

Greek Religion

Thucydides: The Peloponnesian War



Tristram Shandy