Visiting Professor of Social Thought and of Classics
Glenn W. Most is Professor of Greek Philology at the Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa, a regular Visiting Professor on the Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago, and an External Scientific Member of the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin. He has published books on Classics, on ancient philosophy, on the history and methodology of Classical studies, on comparative literature, cultural studies, and the history of religion, on literary theory and on the history of art, and has published numerous articles, reviews, and translations in these fields and also on such other ones as modern philosophy and literature. Most recently he has published co-edited comprehensive editions of the early Greek philosophers, a co-edited volume on scholarly methods in a variety of canonical written traditions, a co-edited volume of essays on a sentence of Kafka, and a collection of his essays in Italian on ancient and modern psychology.
He is currently working on various projects involving both ancient Greek philology and the comparison of philological practices in different periods and cultures throughout the world:
1. a co-edited edition and translation of the complete corpus of ancient and medieval scholia and commentaries on Hesiod's Theogony.
2. a co-edited volume of essays on mathematical commentaries in Chinese, Sanskrit, Babylonian, and ancient Greek.
3. a study of the story of the Annunciation to Mary in the Gospel of Luke and its reception in art and literature.
4. a co-edited lexicon of indigenous terminology for philological practices, agents, institutions, genres, and materials in ca. 22 classical traditions.
5. research on editing practices in Berlin, funded by a prize of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.
Watch Glenn Most give the 5th Annual Adam & Anne Amory Perry Lecture, "Weeping Heraclitus and Laughing Democritus":
Selected Recent Publications
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L’io dei antichi greci. Corpo e mente nel pensiero classico, translated by Patrizia Pedrini (Pisa: ETS, 2019).
Christoph König and Glenn W. Most, ed., Wunsch, Indianer zu werden. Versuche über einen Satz von Frank Kafka (Göttingen: Wallstein Verlag, 2018).
“Anakoluthon,” translated by Thomas Fries, in idem, pp. 19-30.
“EROS – HEROS. L’épopée de l’amour & l’amour de l’épopée,” translated by Laure Vergniolle de Chantal, in Apollonios de Rhodes, Les Argonautiques, texte traduit et indexé par Francis Via et Émile Delage, Présente édition préfacée par Glenn W. Most, annotée par Laure de Chantal, Illustrations par Benjamin Tejero (Paris: Les Belles Lettres, 2019), pp. 7-20.
Translation of Christine Mauduit, three articles in Alan Sommerstein, ed., The Encyclopedia of Greek Comedy (Wiley-Blackwell):
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“Ancient Greece and the Identity of Modern Europe,” in Martin Vöhler, ed., Philhellenism.
“Sextus Empiricus, Child of the Marriage of Philology and Scepticisms,” in Jill Kraye, Tony Grafton, and Gian Mario Cao, ed. The Marriage of Philology and Scepticism: Uncertainty and Conjecture in early Modern Scholarship and Thought. (London: Warburg, 2019).
“Postface,” in A. Keller and K. Chemla, ed., Shaping the sciences of the ancient world. Text criticism, critical editions and translations of ancient and medieval scholarly Texts (18th-20th centuries) (forthcoming).
“Greek Tragedy and the Discourse of Politics,” in Christoph Riedweg, ed., Philosophie für die Polis. Beiträge zur Altertumskunde (De Gruyter 2018),
“Simonides’ Ode to Scopas in Contexts,” reprinted in Ian Rutherford, ed., Oxford Readings in Greek Lyric (Oxford: •, 2018), pp. 412-41.
Karine Chemla and Glenn W. Most, ed., Proofs, Problems, and Procedures: Mathematical Commentaries in a Global Comparative Perspective
Karine Chemla and Glenn W. Most, “Introduction,” in Chemla and Most, ed., Proofs, Problems, and Procedures: Mathematical Commentaries in a Global Comparative Perspective
Kevin Chang, Tony Grafton, and Glenn W. Most, ed., Impagination: Layout and Materiality of Writing and Media in East and West (Leiden: Brill, 2019).
“Text and Paratext in the Greek Classical Tradition,” in Kevin Chang, Tony Grafton, and Glenn W. Most, ed., Impagination: Layout and Materiality of Writing and Media in East and West.
“What is a classic text?,” in Ulrich Timme Kragh, ed., Text and Source.
“Karl Lachmann (1793-1851): Reconstructing the Transmission of a Classical Latin Author,” in Rens Bod and Kasper Risbjerg Eskildsen, ed., The Forgotten Curriculum of the Humanities. History of Humanities 2019.