Thomas Barry, PhD

Associate Professor Emeritus
SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching
Interests: Greek and Latin Literature

About: Thomas Barry arrived at the University at Buffalo in 1970 from Yale University, which granted him his PhD degree in 1972. He has distinguished himself by his teaching and his commitment to the quality of education in the university at large. In 1975, his outstanding services were recognized by the prestigious SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. Professor Barry’s current research concerns the role of classical thought in the construction of western religious humanism.

Stephen Dyson, PhD

Park Professor of Classics Emeritus
SUNY Distinguished Professor
Research Interests: History and archaeology of the City of Rome; archaeology of Roman Italy and the western empire; history and theory of archaeology; Roman social history; the Roman countryside

Susan Guettel Cole, PhD

Professor Emerita
Interests: Ancient Greek History, Religion and Gender

About: Susan Cole received her PhD in Classics from the University of Minnesota in 1975. She was Assistant Professor of Classics and Associate Professor of History at the University of Illinois at Chicago before coming to Buffalo and joining the Department of Classics in 1992. She served as Chair of the department from 1994 to 1995 and from 1998 to 2004. She has been a visiting Professor at Carleton College and The University of Michigan, and a visiting scholar at the École Pratique des Hautes Études, Section des Sciences Religieuses, Paris. Her work has been supported by the ACLS, the Center for Hellenic Studies, The National Humanities Center, NEH, and the Humboldt Foundation. She is the author of Landscapes, Gender, and Ritual Space: The Ancient Greek Experience (2004), Theoi Megaloi: The Cult of the Great Gods at Samothrace (1984), and numerous book chapters, articles, and reviews. She has recently contributed articles to A Companion to Greek Religion (Blackwell 2007); Ancient Religions (Cambridge University Press 2007); and Practitioners of the Divine (Center for Hellenic Studies 2008). She is working on two books: Epigraphica Dionysiaca and Pigs for Demeter.

Charles Garton, PhD

Professor Emeritus
Interests: Ancient Greek History, Religion and Gender

Carolyn Higbie, PhD

Park Professor of Classics Emerita
Interests:  Epic poetry, history and historiography of Ancient Greece

Professor Emerita
Interests:  Imperial Latin literature; Roman epic; late antique literature; reception of classical literature

John Peradotto, PhD

SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor Emeritus
Andrew V.V. Raymond Professor Emeritus
Interests: Greek Literature; Mythology; Literary Theory

About: John Peradotto received his bachelor’s degree in philosophy and his master’s degree in Greek and Latin from St. Louis University, and his doctorate in classics from Northwestern University. He was a fellow of Harvard University’s Center for Hellenic Studies. In 1975, he received the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, and in 1990 was named a Distinguished Teaching Professor by the State University Board of Trustees. He was twice awarded grants by the National Endowment for the Humanities to conduct summer seminars, one for college teachers and the other for secondary school teachers. Professor Peradotto was one of the founders of the classical journal Arethusa, and was its editor-in-chief from 1975 to 1996. In that capacity, he was responsible for such special theme-centered issues as Population Policy in Plato and Aristotle, Women in the Ancient World, Classical Literature and Contemporary Literary Theory, Virgil: 2000 Years, Semiotics and Classical Studies, Herodotus and the Invention of History, The Challenge of “Black Athena,” and Mikhail Bakhtin and Ancient Studies: Dialogues and Dialogics. He is the author of Classical Mythology: An Annotated Bibliographical Survey (1973) and Man in the Middle Voice: Name and Narration in the Odyssey (1990), as well as articles and reviews on Greek myth, epic, and tragedy. His work explores ways in which classical studies may be enhanced by productive blending of traditional philology and current methodologies in anthropology, psychology, linguistics, and literary analysis. He has delivered more than 100 invited lectures on these and other topics at more than fifty universities and colleges and at meetings of professional associations. Among these presentations are the prestigious Charles Beebe Martin Lectures at Oberlin College. In 1990, he was elected president of the American Philological Association.

Ronald A. Zirin, PhD

Associate Professor Emeritus
Interests: Linguistics; Mythology;; Sanskirt; Psychology and Classics