Jonathan L. Ready
Associate Professor, Department of Classical Studies
Ballantine Hall, Room 556
- B.A. at Yale University, 1998
- M.A. at University of California, Berkeley, 2000
- Ph.D. at University of California, Berkeley, 2004
- Greek Language and Literature
- Homeric Poetry
- Figurative Language
My research and teaching interests are in ancient Greek culture and literature with an emphasis on Homeric poetry. My book, Character, Narrator, and Simile in the Iliad (Cambridge UP, 2011), is the first large-scale examination of similes spoken by Homeric characters. I argue that similes function as sites and mechanisms of competition not only between the characters but also between the characters and the narrator. I am currently at work on another examination of the Homeric simile, this time from the perspectives offered by modern-day oral poetry. Subsequent projects will include a narratologically oriented study of minor characters in Homer, Herodotus, and Euripides.
Courses Recently Taught
- Classical Epics
- Ancient Greek Culture
- Homeric Contexts
- Beginning Greek I and II
- Intermediate Greek (Plato and New Testament)
- Advanced Greek (Homer)
- Advanced Greek (Aristophanes)
- Greek Prose Composition
Character, Narrator, and Simile in the Iliad (Cambridge University Press [New York], 2011).
“ATU 974 The Homecoming Husband, the Returns of Odysseus, and the End of Odyssey 21," Arethusa 47.3 (2014): 265-85.
“Omens and Messages in the Iliad and Odyssey: A Study in Transmission,” in Between Orality and Literacy: Communication and Adaptation in Antiquity (Orality and Literacy in the Ancient World, vol. 10), ed. Ruth Scodel (Brill, 2014): 29-55.
"Zeus, Ancient Near Eastern Notions of Divine Incomparability, and Similes in the Homeric Epics," Classical Antiquity 31.1 (2012): 56-91.
"Comparative Perspectives on the Composition of the Homeric Simile," in Orality, Literacy, Performance in the Ancient World (Orality and Literacy in the Ancient World, vol. 9), ed. E. Minchin (Brill, 2012): 55-87.
"Why Odysseus Strings His Bow," Greek, Roman, and Byzantine Studies 50.2 (2010): 133-157.
"The Comparative Spectrum in Homer,” American Journal of Philology 129.4 (2008): 453-496.
“Toil and Trouble: The Acquisition of Spoils in the Iliad,” Transactions of the American Philological Association 137.1 (2007): 3-43.
“Homer, Hesiod, and the Epic Tradition,” in The Cambridge Companion to Archaic Greece, ed. H. A. Shapiro (Cambridge University Press, 2007): 111-140.
"Iliad 22.123-128 and the Erotics of Supplication," Classical Bulletin 81.2 (2005): 145-164.
"A Binding Song: the Similes of Catullus 61," Classical Philology 99.2 (2004): 153-163.