Jacques A. Bromberg

  • Assistant Professor
  • Faculty Director, Pitt in Sicily
  • Faculty Fellow in Global Studies, 2019-2020

Contact

1530 Cathedral of Learning

412-624-4483

Education & Training

  • PhD in Classical Studies, University of Pennsylvania
  • MA in Classical Studies, University of Pennsylvania
  • MA in Classics, Stanford University
  • BA (Honors) in Classics, Stanford University

Awards

  • Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in Classics (Colby College), 2010-2012
  • Dean’s Scholar, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (University of Pennsylvania), 2003-2004
  • George L. Harrison Graduate Fellowship in Classical Studies (University of Pennsylvania), 2001-2003

Representative Publications

Research Interests

Greek Literature (esp. drama and rhetoric)

Socrates and the Socratic Tradition

Reception of Greek Tragedy (esp. in Latin America)

History and Philosophy of Sport (esp. sport and peace, sport and development, and Olympism)

Ancient Medicine

My research takes place at the intersection of intellectual history and literary history, where authors and texts not generally assumed to be interested in systematizing and disseminating human knowledge in fact offer clues to the development of the earliest academic disciplines. The question that most animates my work is, "What roles do these literary genres play in the organization and circulation of knowledge?”  Because many individual disciplines began to emerge as coherent wholes in the fifth and fourth centuries B.C. (e.g. astronomy and geometry, physics and medicine, law and rhetoric), my work asks what Greek tragedy and comedy, the most prominent literary genres to survive from this period, can teach us about the early shape of these disciplines. So far, a lot! But the study of Greek literature is far more than just a footnote to the history of science and philosophy; on the contrary, my questions derive also from a desire to understand the social and political context of Greek drama. These “plays” were serious business, drawing on highly advanced concepts from all corners of human knowledge to address pressing political and social issues; and today, Greek tragedies and comedies continue to be performed, translated, and adapted all around the world at moments of social, political, or cultural instability. My interest in ancient drama thus does not come to a halt with the end of greco-roman antiquity, and I am very excited to be a part of the interdisciplinary latticework of the Dietrich School at Pitt!

Research Category

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.