University of Pittsburgh

Professors Emeriti


Harry C. Avery

PhD, Princeton University, 1959

Dr. Harry C. Avery retired from the University of Pittsburgh at the end of the 2014-15 school year. He was the faculty advisor for the Eta Sigma Phi Honor Society.  Our best wishes and congratulations to him on his retirement. We are grateful for his many years of leadership, scholarship and teaching.

His main interests are in Greek literature and history of the sixth and fifth centuries BC and in Roman history and literature of the late republic and the Augustan era.

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PHD, PRINCETON UNIVERSITY, 1965     Edwin D. Floyd

Dr. Edwin D. Floyd retired from the University of Pittsburgh at the end of the 2014 school year.  We wish him well and thank him for his many years of teaching, scholarship and mentorship.

He joined the University of Pittsburgh faculty in 1966, having taught previously at the College of William and Mary. His areas of specialization are Greek poetry, Greek and Indo-European linguistics, and Sanskrit. All three of these areas are combined in his work on Indo-European poetic formulas in Sanskrit (Rig-Veda and Mahabharata) and in Greek. In the case of inherited formulas in Greek, there is of course a certain focus on Homer, but his work in this area also ranges from archaic lyric poetry through the Late Antique and Byzantine periods. Homer, Sappho, Parmenides, Pindar, Bacchylides, Sophocles, Nonnos, and Cometas are among the authors on whom he has published, along with Linear B, Greek phonology and morphology, and the importance of the pitch accent in Greek poetry.

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Andrew M. Miller


Dr. Andrew M. Miller retired from the University of Pittsburgh at the end of the 2012 school year. Still active and teaching, though not in Pittsburgh, he is missed by all.  Our many thanks to him for his dedication, care and concern for all of his students!

Andrew M. Miller is Professor of Classics. During 1981-1982 he held a fellowship from the National Endowment of the Humanities and was a Junior Fellow at the Center for Hellenic Studies in Washington, D.C. He is author of Greek Lyric: An Anthology in Translation (Hackett 1996) and From Delos to Delphi: A Literary Study of the Homeric Hymn to Apollo (Brill 1986) and has in addition published a number of articles and translations in the field of Greek poetry. His most recent publication is a grammatical commentary on Xenophon's Symposium in the Bryn Mawr Greek Commentaries series (2005).

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Mae J. Smethurst                                                      Mae smethurst


Dr. Mae J. Smethurst retired from the University of Pittsburgh at the end of the Spring 2013 school year. We miss her and wish her well in her sure to be very happy and active retirement. Our many thanks to her for her dedication, care and concern for all of her students!

Mae J. Smethurst is Professor of Classics and Adjunct Professor East Asian Languages and Literatures (2012-present). She was a Junior Fellow at the Center for Hellenic Studies in Washington, D.C., where she began her work on the comparison of Greek tragedy and Japanese noh.

In 1989 she published her book, The Artistry of Aeschylus and Zeami: A Comparative Study of Greek Tragedy and Noh, which has received the AAUP Arisawa Memorial Award. She has published articles as well on the subject of Greek tragedy and the comparison of tragedy and noh. She published the book, Dramatic Representations of Filial Piety, in 2000, and was awarded a Japan-United States Friendship Commission Prize by Columbia University's Donald Keene Center of Japanese Culture. In 2003 she edited a book entitled The Noh Ominameshi: A Flower Viewed From Many Directions.  In 2013 Dr. Smethurst published Dramatic Action in Greek Tragedy and Noh: Reading with and beyond Aristotle (Lexinton), which is due to be releasted as a paperback in January, 2015.  Translated into Japanese by K. Watanabe and A. Kiso (Nogami Memorial Noh Theatre Research Institute of Hosei University, March 2014)

Recent Articles-

"Interview with Miyagi Satoshi" for a special volume of the Modern Language Association on the views of directors of Greek tragedy today around the world (PMLA 2014)

"Sanemori and Genzai Sanemori" (two translations and studies of this noh taken from the Tales of the Heike), forthcoming in Like Clouds or Mists: Studies and Translations of No Plays ofthe Genpei War, edited by Elizabeth Oyler and Michael Watson (Cornell East Asis Series 2013)


Her main interests are ancient literary theory, drama, lyric poetry and comparative theatre.

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Hans-Peter Stahl


Dr. Hans-Peter Stahl retired from the University of Pittsburgh at the end of the Spring 2013 school year. We miss him and wish him well in his retirement. He is sure to continue his research and have an busy retirement. Our many thanks to him for his years of dedication, care and concern for all of his students!

Hans-Peter Stahl is the emeritus Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Classics. He taught at Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität and at Yale University before joining the University of Pittsburgh. He was a Junior Fellow at the Harvard Center for Hellenic Studies in Washington, D.C., in 1961-1962, and a visiting Member at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton in 1974-1975 (holding a Guggenheim Fellowship) and again in 1980-1981 (supported by an NEH Fellowship). In the Winter and Spring Quarters of 1988, he was a Visiting Professor at Ohio State University.

His earliest scholarship deals with the beginnings of propositional logic in Plato (1956, in German; English short version 1971). Numerous articles on Greek and Roman literature and historiography are complemented by book-size publications: Propertius: 'Love' and 'War'. Individual and State under Augustus (1985). Vergil's Aeneid: Augustan Epic and Political Context (1998. Contributions from two conferences on Vergil he convened in Pittsburgh, PA [1995] and Oxford, U.K. [1996]). In 2003 appeared Thucydides: Man's Place in History, a revised and enlarged English edition of an earlier work. It won a Choice award of "Outstanding Academic title for 2004".

In  2016 Professor Stahl published  the monograph entitled "Poetry Underpinning Power. Vergil’s Aeneid: the Epic for Emperor Augustus A Recovery Study", (The Classical Press of Wales. Swansea, U.K. pp. 488)

Two essential foci of his work are the logic of writers as well as the political anthropology manifested in works of ancient prose and poetry.

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