Matthew Farmer

Matt Farmer
Assistant Professor of Classical Studies/Director of Undergraduate Studies
201 Swallow Hall
Greek Drama

Matthew C. Farmer is the Director of Undergraduate Studies for Classical Studies, within the new Department of Ancient Mediterranean Studies. He was the recipient of the 2017 Provost's Junior Faculty Teaching Award (the only recipient from the College of Arts and Science), and was a Loeb Classical Library Foundation Fellow in 2015-16. His research focuses on Greek comedy, with a particular interest in the relationship between comedy and tragedy. His book on tragic parody and tragic culture in Greek comedy, Tragedy on the Comic Stage, was published in 2016 by Oxford University Press (see reviews here and here). He is currently working on a commentary on the fragments of the comic poet Theopompus for the series Fragmenta Comica. Prof. Farmer also maintains interests in the use of Digital Humanities in classical studies, and is an editor and translator at the Photios On Line, Harpokration On Line, and Suda On Line projects.

Prof. Farmer received his BA in Greek and Latin from Tufts University, an MA in Classics from Bryn Mawr College, and his PhD from the University of Pennsylvania.

If you're interested in a major or minor in Classical Studies, have questions about our undergraduate course offerings, would like to start learning Ancient Greek or Latin, want to study abroad in Greece, or would like to discuss anything else connected to Ancient Mediterranean Studies, please get in touch with Prof. Farmer at this address.

Frequently Taught Courses: 

Greek Culture (CH2100)

Greek Drama in Translation (CH 3300)

Greek language courses for undergraduate and graduate students (2000, 4xxx, 7xxx)

Recent Publications: 

Theopompus: Introduction, Translation, Commentary. Forthcoming. Fragmenta Comica 14. Heidelberg. In preparation.

Tragedy on the Comic Stage. 2016. Oxford.

“Playing the Philosopher: Plato in Fourth-Century Comedy.” AJP 138.1 (2017): 1-41.

“Rivers and Rivalry in Petronius, Horace, Callimachus, and Aristophanes.” AJP 134.3 (2013): 481-506.