Nicholas F. Jones

  • Professor
  • Undergraduate Advisor


Department of Classics
1501 Cathedral of Learning
University of Pittsburgh


I was born and raised in Los Angeles, California.  After earning a BA in Philosophy at USC while simultaneously studying ancient Greek, I changed fields when entering graduate study at the University of California in Berkeley where I took the MA in Greek and the PhD in Classics. At Berkeley, I studied under historians in both the Classics and History departments before embarking to Greece to spend two academic years at the American School of Classical Studies in Athens.  Accompanied by my Berkeley Classicist wife Marilyn Morgan Jones, I traveled throughout Greece with the ASCS, was recruited for one season of excavation at Nemea with the UCB team, took a side trip to Turkey, and made progress on my dissertation.  Returning to the US to take up a faculty position in Pittsburgh, I have taught a wide range of courses in Greek, Latin, and Classical civilization, including the lecture courses I created in mythology, gender studies, athletics, and law & society.  My published research is mostly confined to ancient Greek history and in particular to the institutions, society, and culture of Classical and Hellenistic Athens.  Recently I completed editions, translations, and commentaries on 37 historical writers on Athens for Brill’s New Jacoby, the new online edition of Felix Jacoby’s monumental Die Fragmente der griechischen Historiker, while I continue on at BNJ as one of a dozen editors. Along the way, I was supported by fellowships from the Fulbright Program (for study in Greece), the American Council of Learned Societies, and the National Endowment for the Humanities—the last held while a visitor at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton.  Spring 2005 I was Hyde Fellow in Classics at the University of Pennsylvania.  At present, I am in the preliminary stages of exploring the place of Classics in the life and writings of Henry David Thoreau and the other American transcendentalists.

Education & Training

  • University of California, Berkeley, PhD Classics, 1975
  • University of California, Berkeley, MA Greek, 1972
  • University of Southern California, BA Philosophy, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, 1968
  • American School of Classical Studies, Athens, regular and associate member, 1973-1975
  • American Numismatic Society, New York City, graduate seminar participant, summer 1977


  • Benjamin Wall Fellowship, University of California, Berkeley, 1972-1973
  • Fulbright Fellowship, Greece, 1973-1974
  • Eugene Vanderpool Fellowship, American School of Classical Studies, 1974-1975
  • American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship for Recent Recipients of PhD, Spring 1979
  • NEH Fellowship for Independent Study and Research, 1984-1985
  • Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, visitor, 1984-1985
  • Hyde Fellow in Classics, University of Pennsylvania, Spring 2005

Representative Publications

Public Organization in Ancient Greece: a Documentary Study, Memoirs of the American Philosophical Society, vol. 176, Philadelphia 1987

Ancient Greece: State and Society, Upper Saddle River, New Jersey: Prentice Hall 1997

The Associations of Classical Athens: The Response to Democracy, New York:  Oxford University Press 1999

Rural Athens Under the Democracy, Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press 2004

Politics and Society in Ancient Greece, Praeger Series in the Ancient World, Westport, Conn. and London: Praeger 2008

Brill’s New Jacoby, a revised and expanded edition of Felix Jacoby's Die Fragmente der griechischen Historiker.  Edition, translation, and commentary on 37 writers on ancient Athens.

"Perses, Work 'in Season,' and the Purpose of Hesiod's Works and Days," Classical Journal 79 (1984) 307-323

"Pliny the Younger's Vesuvius Letters (6.16 and 6.20)," Classical World 95 (2001) 31-48

Research Interests

Ancient Greek history, Greek political and social history, Greek historiography, reception of Classics by Henry David Thoreau and American transcendentalists

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.