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Kirk Freudenburg

Professor of Classics

Freudenburg_kirk_cropped_2016_photo Kirk Freudenburg is Professor of Classics at Yale and in his fourth (and final!) year as chair of that department. He took his BA at Valparaiso University, an MA at Washington University in St. Louis, and his PhD at University of Wisconsin. At Wisconsin he wrote his dissertation under the direction of Denis Feeney, his co-lecturer on this program.

Before joining the Yale faculty, Professor Freudenburg taught at Kent State University; Ohio State University, where he was Associate Dean of the Humanities; and the University of Illinois, where he served as chair of the Department of Classics. His research has long focused on the connection between Roman writing and Roman life, paying special attention to the ways in which cultural practices and protocols inflect the writing of poetry. Most of his published work has centered on issues of free speech in the Roman world, and on 'satire' as a literary form and cultural practice. He has written and co-edited several books on the topic of satire, and he has edited an Oxford Readings volume on the hexameter poems of Horace (about whom he will have some things to say on the tour). His current projects include a book on structures of Roman thought and cultural practice in Roman poetry, a commentary on the second book of Horace's Sermones for the Cambridge Green and Yellows, and he is co-editing the Cambridge Commentary to the Age of Nero.

His main publications include:
The Walking Muse: Horace on the Theory of Satire (Princeton, 1993), Satires of Rome: Threatening Poses from Lucilius to Juvenal (Cambridge, 2001), and the Cambridge Companion to Roman Satire(Cambridge, 2005).

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