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Robert J. Rabel


Ph.D., University of Michigan (1975)



Rabel has published articles on Homer, Greek tragedy, Greek Philosophy, and Roman Epics.


Books Published

Plot and Point of View in the Iliad. University of Michigan Press. 1996.

Approaches to Homer, Ancient and Modern. Classical Press of Wales. 2006

Robert E. Sherwood and the Classical Tradition: The Muses in America. Routledge. 2021

Books in Progress

Maxwell Anderson and the Classical Tradition: The Muses in America

The Exile of the Gods in Modern Literature. 


Rabel is a specialist in Greek literature. His current research interests lie in Homeric epic and the Classical Tradition. 

Special Fields

Greek Literature and Philosophy, Homer, Classical Tradition


  • University of Pittsburgh 1966-70 B.A.
  • University of Michigan 1970-75 M.A. and Ph.D.

Previous Positions:

  • University of Michigan, Teaching Assistant Lecturer, 1973-1975
  • University of Kentucky, Associate Professor: Greek and Roman, 1975-1997
  • University of Kentucky, Professor: Greek and Roman, 1997-
  • Vanderbilt University, Faculty, Second International Institute for Semiotic and Structuralist Studies, Summer 1981
  • Governor's Scholars Program Summer 1984, Summer 1985
  • Dartmouth College Visiting Associate Professor, 1990-91