Hans-Peter Stahl

  • Professor Emeritus

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 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.

Education & Training

  • PhD, Kiel
  • Privat-Dozent (Venia Legend) Munster

What we've been up to lately

  • For four weeks in May, Dr. Carrie Weaver and 15 Pitt undergrads studied and traveled in Sicily through the Classics Department's Pitt in Sicily study abroad program. In the classroom, the students studied Greek archaeology and read works of ancient Greek literature that were directly connected to the island. On excursion, they circumnavigated Sicily and were able to experience first-hand many of the sites and objects that they learned about in class

  • This past June, Dr. Jacques A. Bromberg chaired a paper session at the second workshop on Conflict Resolution in Ancient and Modern Contexts: Theory and Genre at King’s College London (read about the workshop here). He was joined by colleagues from Colombia, Brazil, the UK, USA, Spain, and Germany in producing new research on how Classical literature exemplifies and showcases conflict resolution skills. In April, Dr. Bromberg attended the first workshop in Bogotá, Colombia, where he presented a paper entitled "Peace through Sport: Modern Lessons from Ancient Sources".

  • Dr. Nicholas F. Jones is now under contract to submit revised texts, translations, and commentaries for the recently inaugurated second edition of Brill’s New Jacoby (“BNJ2”). The first twenty-one entries will take him through a September 1, 2018 deadline, with the remaining (more substantial) authors to follow later on a new deadline.

  • Dr. Mae Smethurst Mae was invited by the Classics Department of the University of Kyoto to give two lectures - one on Euripides' "Medea", April 20th, and another on Sophocles' "Antigone", May 1tth, 2018.