University of Pittsburgh


Nicholas F. Jones

Portrait of Nicholas Jones

Department: Classics

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Degree: University of California, Berkeley, PhD Classics

Courses Taught

Greek 1, Greek 2, Greek 3 (Intermediate Prose), Greek 1700 (Prose Composition), Greek Authors 1 and 2 (Aristophanes, Herodotus, Lysias, Plato, Sophocles, Thucydides, Xenophon)

Latin 1, Latin 2, Latin 3 (Intermediate Prose), Latin 4 (Intermediate Verse), Latin 1700 (Prose Composition), Latin Authors 1 and 2 (Caesar, Cicero, Horace, Pliny the Younger, Suetonius, Tacitus, Vergil)

Greek Civilization, Roman Civilization, Greek History, Roman History, Myth in the Ancient World, Women & Men in the Ancient Mediterranean, Athletics in Greece and Rome, Law & Society in Greece and Rome, Emergence of Greco-Roman Civilization (University Honors College


I was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. After earning a BA in Philosophy at USC while simultaneously studying ancient Greek, I changed fields when entering graduate study at the University of California in Berkeley where I took the MA in Greek and the PhD in Classics. At Berkeley, I studied under historians in both the Classics and History departments before embarking to Greece to spend two academic years at the American School of Classical Studies in Athens. Accompanied by my Berkeley Classicist wife Marilyn Morgan Jones, I traveled throughout Greece with the ASCS, was recruited for one season of excavation at Nemea with the UCB team, took a side trip to Turkey, and made progress on my dissertation. Returning to the US to take up a faculty position in Pittsburgh, I have taught a wide range of courses in Greek, Latin, and Classical civilization, including the lecture courses I created in mythology, gender studies, athletics, and law & society. My published research is mostly confined to ancient Greek history and in particular to the institutions, society, and culture of Classical and Hellenistic Athens.  Recently I completed editions, translations, and commentaries on 37 historical writers on Athens for Brill’s New Jacoby, the new online edition of Felix Jacoby’s monumental Die Fragmente der griechischen Historiker, while I continue on at BNJ as one of a dozen editors. At present, I am in the preliminary stages of exploring the place of Classics in the life and writings of Henry David Thoreau and the other American transcendentalists.

Research Interests

Ancient Greek history, Greek political and social history, Greek historiography, reception of Classics by Henry David Thoreau and American transcendentalists.

Selected Publications

  • Public Organization in Ancient Greece: a Documentary Study, Memoirs of the American Philosophical Society, vol. 176, Philadelphia 1987
  • Ancient Greece: State and Society, Upper Saddle River, New Jersey: Prentice Hall 1997
  • The Associations of Classical Athens: The Response to Democracy, New York:  Oxford University Press 1999
  • Rural Athens Under the Democracy, Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press 2004
  • Politics and Society in Ancient Greece, Praeger Series in the Ancient World, Westport, Conn. and London: Praeger 2008
  • Brill’s New Jacoby, a revised and expanded edition of Felix Jacoby's Die Fragmente der griechischen Historiker.  Edition, translation, and commentary on 37 writers on ancient Athens.
  • "Perses, Work 'in Season,' and the Purpose of Hesiod's Works and Days," Classical Journal 79 (1984) 307-323
  • "Pliny the Younger's Vesuvius Letters (6.16 and 6.20)," Classical World 95 (2001) 31-48

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