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Eric Adler

Associate Professor
Department of Classics
College Park, MD 20742
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Dr. Eric Adler received his B.A. from Connecticut College, his M.A. from the State University of New York at Buffalo, and his Ph.D. from Duke University. Prior to his arrival at the University of Maryland, he taught at Rice University, the University of Minnesota, and Connecticut College.

Adler’s scholarly interests include Greco-Roman historiography, Latin prose, Roman imperialism, the classical tradition, and the history of classical scholarship.  He is currently working on, inter alia, a book tentatively titled Classics and the Culture Wars.  It examines the ways in which the academic feuds of the 1980s and 1990s changed the study and teaching of Greco-Roman antiquity in America.

Dr. Adler’s first monograph, Valorizing the Barbarians: Enemy Speeches in Roman Historiography (University of Texas Press) was published in 2011. Other publications by Adler include “Cassius Dio’s Agrippa-Maecenas Debate: An Operational Code Analysis,” American Journal of Philology 133.2 (2012): 477-520; “Cassius Dio’s Livia and the Conspiracy of Cinna Magnus,” Greek, Roman, and Byzantine Studies 51 (2011): 133-154; “Post-9/11 Views of Rome and the Nature of ‘Defensive Imperialism,’” International Journal of the Classical Tradition 15.4 (2008): 587-610; “Late Victorian and Edwardian Views of Rome and the Nature of ‘Defensive Imperialism,’” International Journal of the Classical Tradition 15.2 (2008): 187-216; “Boudica’s Speeches in Tacitus and Dio,” Classical World 101.2 (2008): 173-195; “Who’s Anti-Roman? Sallust and Pompeius Trogus on Mithridates,” Classical Journal 101.4 (2006): 383-407; and “Are We All Post-Culturalists Now?” Partisan Review 68.4 (Fall 2001): 658-661.  He has also contributed a chapter, “Speeches of Enemies and Criticism of Empire in Early Imperial Historiography” (291-304), to A Companion To Roman Imperialism (Brill, 2012), edited by Dexter Hoyos.

Adler has taught a variety of courses in Latin and Greek, as well as classes on Greco-Roman history and civilization. He is a member of the American Philological Association (APA) and the Association of Ancient Historians (AAH).

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