University of Pittsburgh


Jacques Bromberg

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Assistant Professor

Department: Classics

Degrees: PhD, University of Pennsylvania


Jacques Bromberg earned his doctorate in Classical Studies from the University of Pennsylvania in 2009 with a dissertation on tragic forms of persuasion in early Greek rhetorical theory.  After two years as a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at Colby College, and two years teaching at Duke University, he joined the faculty of Classics at the University of Pittsburgh in 2014.  His research focuses on disciplinarity and discipline-formation in antiquity, and in particular on what light literary texts of the fifth and fourth centuries B.C. shed upon academic disciplines (rhetoric, politics, geometry, astronomy, medicine) in their infancy.

Research Interests

Research and teaching interests include Greek and Latin literature (especially drama and rhetoric), ancient athletics; history and philosophy of science, medicine, and technology; Indo-Iranian philology; Classical reception studies (especially in Latin America).

Selected Publications

  • “Academic Disciplines in Aristophanes’ Clouds (200-203)”, Classical Quarterly 62.1 (2012): 81-91
  • “P. Anteius Antiochus of Aegae (747)”, Brill New Jacoby, Ian Worthington ed. (University of Missouri, Columbia: Brill, 2012). Brill Online.
  • Review or Classical Greek Rhetorical Theory and the Disciplining of Discourse by David M. Timmerman and Edward Schiappa (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010), Ancient History Bulletin Online Reviews 2 (2012): 75-78.

Program Application

  • Students do not apply directly to the CPAS Program
  • Instead, students should apply to one of the cooperating departments (Classics, HPS, or Philosophy) and indicate their interest in the program on their application