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Simon Oswald

Assistant Professor

Simon Oswald

soswald@umass.edu

(413) 545-5779

520 Herter Hall

Simon Oswald has degrees in Greek (BA hons 2006, MA 2007) and Environment Science (BSc 2005) from the University of Auckland, and degrees in Classics (MA 2011, PhD 2014) from Princeton University. He joined UMass in 2018, having previously taught at UCLA, the University of Notre Dame, and the College of William and Mary. His research interests span Greek language and literature, early Latin, material culture, and epigraphy. He is broadly interested in problems relating historical and archaeological questions to ancient texts, and has excavated in Italy, the Republic of Macedonia, and Greece, where he currently serves as Field Supervisor for the Molyvoti Thrace Archaeological Project (MTAP). He is also interested in Proto-Indo-European linguistics, papyrology, and Anatolian history. His first book project will investigate synchronic and diachronic trends in early Greek verse inscriptions.

Research Areas

  • Epigraphy and linguistics, especially Bronze Age, Archaic, and Classical
  • Greek poetry
  • The relationship between text and material culture
  • Historiography

Publications

  • “Graffiti, Dipinti, and Inscriptions on Small Objects”, Editio princeps and commentary. Forthcoming in Stryme I (18283 words).
  • FGrHist 1119. Anonymous, On Solon or Kilikian Soloi”, Die Fragmente der Griechischen Historiker Continued. Part IV. Biography and Antiquarian Literature. IV A. Biography. Fasc. 8. Anonymous Biographical Papyri. Part IV, Biography and Antiquarian Literature. IV A. Biography. Fasc. 8. Anonymous Biographical Papyri. Online edition, August 2017; Print edition forthcoming, ed. by J. Brusuelas, D. Obbink, and S. Schorn, Brill (8868 words).
  • “Metrical Laws”, Brill Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Language and Linguistics. Leiden, 2014 (2494 words).
  • “Consonant Changes”, Brill Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Language and Linguistics. Leiden, 2014 (2279 words).

Courses Recently Taught

  • Classics 261: Greek Voices (the Oral Tradition
  • Greek 320: Classical Greek Prose