Jacques A. Bromberg

  • Assistant Professor
  • Faculty Director, Pitt in Sicily


1530 Cathedral of Learning


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


  • 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

  • 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. Jacques Bromberg spent four weeks in May and June 2017 traveling over 2,000km around Sicily with fifteen Pitt undergraduates, as part of the Classics Department’s new study abroad program.

  • Congratulations to Classics major, Allie Roos, on her acceptance to the Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies in Rome for the spring term, 2017!

  • In the spring term 2016, Dr. Christina Hoenig carried out research at the Sorbonne University in Paris, spoke at a conference on Plato’s dialogue Timaeus at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, and from there travelled to Dublin, Ireland, where she held a visiting fellowship at the Plato Centre of Trinity College.

  • Dr. Nicholas F. Jones' completed texts, translations, and commentaries on the major Athenian historians Androtion and Philochoros were uploaded at Brill's New Jacoby—the updated edition of Felix Jacoby's Die Fragmente der griechischen Historiker.

  • Dr. Andrew Korzeniewski, who joined the Classics faculty in 2016-2017 as a Visiting Lecturer, was voted Professor of the Month for March 2016 by the Lambda Sigma Honor Society, Pitt’s Sophomore class Honors Society

  • Dr. Carrie Weaver's monograph, The Bioarchaeology of Classical Kamarina: Life and Death in Greek Sicily, was published by the University Press of Florida in September 2015. Dr. Weaver joined the Classics faculty in 2016-2017 as a Visiting Assistant Professor.

  • A.W. Mellon Professor Emeritus H. P. Stahl has just completed a major study of Vergil's Aeneid.  The book is entitled Poetry Underpinning Power: Vergil's Aeneid for Emperor Augustus. A Recovery Study