University of Pittsburgh

Nicholas F. Jones

PhD, University of California at Berkeley, 1975

(Undergraduate Advisor 2012-13)

My areas of expertise, specialization, and current interest are Greek and Latin languages, textual criticism (including Greek epigraphy), historiography, social history, Greek comedy, and gender studies. Nearly all my work—teaching and research alike—is essentially textual.  Subject areas correspond approximately to my current affiliations with the Programs in Cultural Studies (with which I am the departmental liaison) and Women’s Studies and with the Departments of History and Religious Studies.

In addition to Greek and Latin, I regularly teach lecture classes in Greek history, gender in antiquity, and, with my wife Marilyn Jones, co-teach Mythology in the Ancient World.  She, like myself, a product of the University of California at Berkeley (BA Classics 1969, MA Latin 1971), studied at the Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies in Rome during the academic year 1967-1968; and, with me, studied and traveled in Greece during the two academic years 1973-1975 as well.

Most of my research has found its way into books dealing exclusively or in major part with classical Athens.  A textbook, Politics and Society in Ancient Greece, joins other titles in the Praeger Series on the Ancient World. Other recent projects include several articles for Oxford’s Encyclopedia of Ancient Greece and Rome and for the online/print Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Ancient History

At present, I am engaged full time as one of a dozen editors and more than a hundred contributors at work on Brill’s New Jacoby, an English-language re-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.  All but the latter two have been uploaded or are in the final stages of editorial review. Apollodoros of Athens has also been added to my assignment, bringing the Greek to nearly 250 Jacoby pages.  My editorial responsibilities extend over Athens, the Peloponnese, Aegean islands, and the Asia Minor seaboard.  I expect to be working full time on the BNJ through my final deadline of July 31, 2015 and beyond.

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.   My free-time personal pursuits include large format film photography and darkroom, camping, music, gardening, housekeeping, and various family activities.

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: 1522 Cathedral of Learning
Phone: (412) 624-4475
Office Hours, FALL, 2014
Monday 11:00-11:50 a.m.
Wednesday 11:00-11:50 a.m.
Friday 11:00-11:50 a.m. and by appointment: by email

FALL Term 2014 Courses
Course Listing Name Days Time Location
CLASS 0034/HIST 0788 Women and Men in the Ancient Mediterranean MWF 10:00-10:50 a.m. LAWRN 205
CLASS 1210/HIST 1783 Greek History MWF 9:00-9:50 a.m. PUBHLTH A115