Stanley Lombardo, Ph.D.

Professor of Classics at the University of Kansas, Lombardo teaches Greek and Latin at all levels, as well as courses on Classical mythology, and Greek literature and culture. He has been has given dramatic readings of his translations on campuses throughout the country, as well as at such venues as the Smithsonian Institution and the Chicago Poetry Center as well as on National Public Radio and national television (C-SPAN).

Although the dramatic skill of Lombardo clearly rivals his scholarly work, he is perhaps best known for his acclaimed contemporary translations of Homer's works--translations which are utilized in classrooms throughout the nation. Among these are Homer's Iliad (Hackett, 1997), recipient of the Byron Caldwell Book Award and performed by the Aquila Theatre Company at Lincoln Center in 1999; Homer's Odyssey (Hackett, 2000); Hesiod's Works and Days and Theogony (Hackett, 1993), winner of a National Translation Center Award; Sappho's Poems and Fragments (Hackett, 2002); Callimachus' Hymns, Epigrams and Select Fragments (Johns Hopkins, 1988); Aratus' Phaenomena (North Atlantic, 1982); Parmenides and Empedocles, The Fragments in Verse Translation (Grey Fox, 1979); translations of Plato's Protagoras and Lysis (Hackett); a selection of Horace's Odes in Latin Lyric and Elegiac Poetry (Garland, 1995); Dr. Lombardo maintains an interest in Greek astronomy, on which he has published several articles and taught courses. He is also interested in Asian philosophy and has co-authored a translation of the Tao Te Ching (Hackett, 1993).

Dr. Lombardo delivered a dramatic recitation of portions of Homer’s Odyssey for the John C. Rouman Classical Lecture Series at the University of New Hampshire. The text of his performance titled, "Odysseus' Homecoming," can be viewed by HCS under the Classical World and Hellenic Studies webpages and under the Classics category of the Site Index. For more information about his performance at UNH, see the HCS press release, “Lombardo Brings Ancient Times to Life.”

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