University of Pittsburgh

Jacques A. Bromberg

PhD, University of pennsylvania

Research and Teaching Interests: Greek and Latin literature (especially drama and rhetoric), ancient athletics; history and philosophy of science, medicine, and technology; Indo-Iranian philology; Classical reception studies (especially in Latin America)


My research takes place at the intersection of intellectual history and literary history, where authors and texts not generally assumed to be interested in systematizing and disseminating human knowledge in fact offer clues to the development of the earliest academic disciplines.  The question that most animates my work is, "What roles do these literary genres play in the organization and circulation of knowledge?”  Because many individual disciplines began to emerge as coherent wholes in the fifth and fourth centuries B.C. (e.g. astronomy and geometry, physics and medicine, law and rhetoric), my work asks what Greek tragedy and comedy, the most prominent literary genres to survive from this period, can teach us about the early shape of these disciplines.  So far, a lot!  But the study of Greek literature is far more than just a footnote to the history of science and philosophy; on the contrary, my questions derive also from a desire to understand the social and political context of Greek drama.  These “plays” were serious business, drawing on highly advanced concepts from all corners of human knowledge to address pressing political and social issues; and today, Greek tragedies and comedies continue to be performed, translated, and adapted all around the world at moments of social, political, or cultural instability.  My interest in ancient drama thus does not come to a halt with the end of greco-roman antiquity, and I am very excited to be a part of the interdisciplinary latticework of the Dietrich School at Pitt!

Contact Information
Office: 1530 Cathedral of Leaning
Phone: (412) 624-4483
SPRING, 2017

Tuesday     2:00-3:00 PM
Thursday    2:00-3:00 PM


and by appointment (


Course Listing Name Days Time Location
CLASS 1164 Greek Tragedy and Its Modern Response TuTh 4:00-5:15 MERV 118D