Rettig Lecture 2015
Peter W. Rose received his PhD in Classical Philology from Harvard University. He taught at Yale, the University of Texas in Austin, and Haverford College before coming to Miami University as Chair of the Classics Department. In addition to a wide range of Classics courses he has taught in the Latin American Studies Program and the Film Studies Program, team-taught courses in the Department of French and Italian and in the English Department. He has published on Homer, Pindar, Aeschylus, Sophocles, Plato, Cicero, on film, feminist theory, and the uses of ideology.
In 1992 he published Sons of the Gods, Children of Earth: Ideology and Literary Form in Ancient Greece (Cornell UP) and in 2012 Class in Archaic Greece (Cambridge UP). He is currently working on a book on rhetoric and imperialism from Thucydides to Fidel Castro.
Professor Rose's lecture, "Putting the Class Back in Classics," grows out of the latter book and a long career of exploring the relevance of Marxist thought to Classical literature and history. After a brief overview of the role of class historically in the field of Classics and the avoidance of class by scholars during the Cold War, he offers a defense of an explicit if eclectic Marxist approach with a brief overview of the approach applied to the Archaic Period of Ancient Greece.