Emmanuel Bourbouhakis


034A East Pyne

I joined the Classics Department in 2011 as part of a bid to offer students greater access to the long and varied legacy of Hellenism in late antiquity and the Byzantine middle ages, while also expanding Princeton University's distinguished research profile in Byzantine Studies. I earned my Ph.D in Byzantine Language and Literature at Harvard University's Department of Classics, where I also taught as a lecturer, and I remain committed to the venerable tradition of the study of ancient Greek and Roman literature and history. My interest in the works of Homer, Thucydides, Plato, Virgil, Horace and Tacitus, is abiding and I enjoy initiating students to the inflected genius of Greek (and, occasionally, Latin). Equally enjoyable for me are courses in translation, such as CLA 335, dedicated to understanding the formation and reception of 'Classical' culture down to our own time. In addition, I teach courses aimed at introducing students to late antique and medieval language and literature, such as CLG 240, on the first Christian texts, the Lives of Saints, pagan 'holdouts' like Libanius or Christian 'classicists' like Procopius, and the many types of Byzantine writings largely unfamiliar to most (did you know the Byzantines enjoyed reading romantic novels?!).