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Hunter R. Rawlings III

Professor Emeritus and University President Emeritus

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Educational Background

  • Ph.D. in Classics, Princeton University, 1970.
  • B.A. in Classics, Haverford College, with honors, 1966.



Hunter Ripley Rawlings III is an American classics scholar and academic administrator. He is best known for serving as the 10th president of Cornell University from 1995 until 2003. He is currently serving as Cornell's interim president.



Greek Historiography


  • Classics

Graduate Fields

  • Classics
  • History


  • Greek History and Historiography


  • “KTEMA TE ES AIEI… AKOUEIN,” CP 111.2 (2016) 107-116
  • “Why we need to read Thucydides— Even when ‘we' are only a few,” in A Handbook to the Reception of Thucydides, ed. by Christine Lee and Neville Morley (Wiley Blackwell 2015)  551-559
  • “Thucydidean Epistemology:  between Philosophy and History,” RhM 153 (2010) 247-290
  • Invited review essay on Greek historiography, History and Theory 23 (1984) 251-260.
  • The Structure of Thucydides' History (Princeton University Press, 1981).
  • "The Arche of Thucydides' War," Arktouros, Hellenic Studies presented to B.M.W. Knox, (1979) 272-279.
  • "'Giving Desertion as a Pretext': Thuc. 7.13.2," Classical Philology 73 (1978) 134-136.
  • "Panolethria and Divine Punishment: Thuc. 7.87.6 and Hdt. 2.120.5," La Parola del Passato 182 (1978) 331-337 (with N.M. Kopff).
  • "Thucydides on the Purpose of the Delian League," Phoenix 31 (1977) 1-8.
  • "Antiochus the Great and Rhodes, 197-191 B.C.", The American Journal of Ancient History 1 (1976) 2-28.
  • A Semantic Study of Prophasis to 400 B.C., Hermes Einzelschriften, Volume 33 (Wiesbaden, 1975).