Credentials: North Carolina, PhD'03
Position title: Professor of Classics and Faculty Director of the Chadbourne Residential College
904 Van Hise Hall
Jeff Beneker’s primary research interest is in Greco-Roman biography and historiography. He has written a book on Plutarch’s biographical method, The Passionate Statesman: Eros and Politics in Plutarch’s Lives (Oxford University Press 2012), and translated Plutarch’s political essays in How to Be a Leader (Princeton University Press 2019). With Craig Gibson (University of Iowa) he has published an edition and translation of the Byzantine progymnasmata of Nikephoros Basilakes for the Dumbarton Oaks Medieval Library (Harvard University Press 2016) and is cooperating with Gibson on a translation of The Book of Syntipas the Philosopher, also for Dumbarton Oaks. He is currently writing a biography of Pompey the Great (for Princeton University Press) and co-editing a book on the discourse of marriage in Greco-Roman literature (for University of Wisconsin Press). In addition to teaching courses in Greek language and literature, he teaches lecture courses on Classical Mythology, Greco-Roman religion, and Greek civilization.