Loyola University Chicago

Department of Classical Studies


Gregory Dobrov

Title/s: Associate Professor and Post-Baccalaureate Program Director



B.Th., Holy Trinity Seminary

M.A., Ph.D., Cornell University

Research Interests

History and criticism of ancient theater, lyric poetry, Second Sophistic, Byzantine literature, critical theory, linguistics

Selected Publications

Work in Progress: The Gospel of Hades: Greek Myth and the Invention of Easter: a monograph on katabasis (underworld journey) in Greek tradition

Selected Publications:

  • A Companion to the Study of Greek Comedy, edited volume (Brill, 2010) - including "Comedy and her Critics," 1-33.
  • Figures of Play (Oxford, 2001)
  • The City As Comedy (Chapel Hill, 1997)
  • Beyond Aristophanes (Scholars Press, 1995)
  • "Veiled Venom: Comedy, Censorship and Figuration," in Singing the Muses: Essays in Honor of Pietro Pucci (Berlin and New York, 2010).
  • Review of A. Bierl, Ritual and Performativity: The Chorus of Old Comedy(Cambridge MA and London, 2009): Classical World, summer 2010.

Recent Talks:

  • "Comedy, Censorship, and Metaphor," American Philological Association, San Antonio, 7 January 2011.
  • "Tragedy at Play: Politics and Humor in Greek Drama", DePaul University, 18 October 2010.
  • "Censorship and the Art of Comedy," Illinois Classical Conference, Knox College, 16 October 2010.

Listen to Greg's music.