University of Pittsburgh

Nicholas F. Jones

PhD, University of California at Berkeley, 1975

(Undergraduate Advisor 2016-17)

My teaching and research fields are Greek and Latin languages, textual criticism (including Greek epigraphy), Greek and Roman history and historiography, Greek comedy, and gender studies. 

At present, I am one of a dozen editors and more than a hundred contributors at work on Brill’s New Jacoby, an English-language edition (Greek text, translation, and commentary) of Felix Jacoby’s Die Fragmente der griechischen Historiker.  My contributor’s assignment comprises 37 writers on Athens, including the major “Atthidographers” Androtion and Philochoros; my editorial responsibilities extend over Athens, Peloponnese, Aegean islands, and the Asia Minor seaboard. 

I regularly teach the undergraduate lecture class Mythology in the Ancient World, while another section of the same course is taught by my wife, Marilyn Jones.  She, like myself, is a product of the University of California at Berkeley (BA Classics 1969, MA Latin 1971).  Supported by scholarships from the Old Dominion and Danforth foundations, she spent the academic year 1967-1968 at the Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies in Rome. Together, we studied and traveled in Greece from 1973 through 1975 while I was a regular and associate member of the American School of Classical Studies in Athens, before returning to the US (and to our new home in Pittsburgh).

Both my MA in ancient Greek (1972) and my PhD in Classics (1975) were taken at Berkeley.  Among my honors are fellowships from Fulbright, ACLS, and NEH, the last-mentioned held while in residence at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton.  Spring 2005 I was Hyde Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania.  Current Pitt affiliations are with the Programs in Cultural Studies (with which I have served as the Classics departmental liaison); Gender, Sexuality & Women’s Studies; and the Departments of History and of Religious Studies.  My free-time amateur interests include large format film photography and darkroom, natural history, gardening, and listening to music.


Curriculum Vitae (pdf)


  • Public Organization in Ancient Greece. A Documentary Study, Philadelphia: Memoirs of the American Philosophical Society 1987
  • Ancient Greece: State and Society, Prentice Hall 1997
  • The Associations of Classical Athens: The Response to Democracy, Oxford University Press 1999
  • Rural Athens Under the Democracy, University of Pennsylvania Press 2004
  • Politics and Society in Ancient Greece, Praeger Series on the Ancient World 2008
Selected Articles
  • “Perses, Work ‘in Season’, and the Purpose of Hesiod’s Works & Days,” Classical Journal 79 (1984) 307-323
  • “Pliny the Younger’s Vesuvius Letters (6.16 and 20),” Classical World 95 (2001) 31-48
Contact Information
Office: 1503A Cathedral of Learning
Phone: (412) 624-4475
Office Hours, fall, 2016
and by appointment: by email

FALL Term 2016 Courses
Course Listing Name Days Time Location
CLASS 1210/HIST 1783 Greek History MWF 10:00-10:50am CL G8
CLASS 0030 Myth in the Ancient World MWF 11:00-11:50am FKART 125