Jeffrey S Rusten

Professor Emeritus


Jeffrey Rusten is a Professor in the Department of Classics (and the graduate field in Theater Arts) specializing in Greek literature. His current research is in the history of comic drama, ancient historians from Herodotus to Ammianus, and Greek literature and religion in the Roman empire of the 2nd-3rd century CE.

Research Focus

  • Classical Athens (5th-4th century BCE) and its legacy and reception in culture and politics, especially historiography and theater.



-Philostratus, Heroicus and Gymnasticus (Loeb Classical Library volume, with Jason Koenig) 2014
-The Birth of Comedy: fragments of ancient Greek drama, 500-250 B. C., 2011
-Oxford Readings in Classical Studies: Thucydides 2009.


-Romilly, Jacqueline de. 2012. The mind of Thucydides.  Edited and with an Introduction by Hunter R. Rawlings and Jeffrey Rusten. Ithaca: Cornell University Press.
-Mabel Lang, 2011. Thucydidean Narrative and Discourse, eds. Eleanor Dickey, Richard Hamilton and Jeffrey Rusten, Michigan Classical Press.


-(2013) Rusten, J. 2013. "Political discourse and the assembly in four plays of Aristophanes," in M. Quijada Sagredo  and M. C. Encinas Reguero, eds. Retórica y discurso en el teatro griego. (Madrid)  249-60

-(2013) "Δῆλος ἐκινήθη: An “imaginary earthquake” on Delos in Herodotus and Thucydides." Journal of Hellenic Studies

-(2013) "The mirror of Aristophanes: the winged ethnographers of Birds (1470-93, 1553-64, 1694-1705)." In Greek comedy and the discourse of genres. eds. E. Bakola, L. Prauscello and M.  Telò. Chapter 12. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

-(2013)"‘The Odeion on his head:’ Costume and identity in Cratinus’ Thracian Women fr. 73,  and Cratinus’ techniques of political satire." In OPSIS: Studies on the Performative Aspect of Greek and Roman Theatre. eds. George W. M. Harrison and Vayos  Liapis. Brill.

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