David Konstan
Professor of Classics
Ph.D. 1967 (Greek and Latin), Columbia University; M.A. 1963 (Greek and Latin), Columbia University; B.A. 1961 (Mathematics), Columbia College.

Office Address: New York University, Department of Classics, 100 Washington Square East, Room 503, New York, NY 10003
Phone: (212) 998-8597
Fax: (212) 995-4209

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David Konstan's research focuses on ancient Greek and Latin literature, especially comedy and the novel, and classical philosophy. In recent years, he has investigated the emotions and value concepts of classical Greece and Rome, and has written books on friendship, pity, the emotions, forgiveness, and beauty. He has also written on ancient physics and atomic theory and on literary theory, and has translated Seneca’s two tragedies about Hercules into verse. He is currently working on a book on ancient vs. modern conceptions of loyalty, gratitude, love, and grief.
Konstan's B.A. was in mathematics; in senior year of college, he began ancient Greek and Latin, and went on to obtain a doctorate in classics.  He taught at Wesleyan University from 1967 to 1987, and at Brown University from 1987 to 2010, when he joined the faculty at NYU.
Konstan has held visiting appointments in New Zealand, Scotland, Brazil, Argentina, South Africa, Australia, and Egypt, among other places.  He serves on the Editorial Boards of numerous journals around the world.  He has been President of the American Philological Association, and is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and Honorary Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities.  He has been awarded NEH, ACLS, and Guggenheim fellowships, among others.

Recently taught graduate courses:
The Greek Novel
Grief and Mourning



  Sexual Symmetry: Love in the Ancient Novel and Related Genres. (Princeton: Princeton University
  Press, 1994).

  FICW.jpgFriendship in the Classical World. (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1997).

EOAG.jpg  The Emotions of the Ancient Greeks: Studies in Aristotle and Classical Literature. (Toronto:
  University of Toronto Press, 2006).

BF.jpg  Before Forgiveness: The Origins of a Moral Idea. (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010).

BFOAGI.jpg  Beauty: The Fortunes of an Ancient Greek Idea. (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014).

Recent Articles

“The Joy of Giving: Seneca De beneficiis 1.6.1,” in Eyjólfur Kjalar Emilsson, Anastasia Maravela, and Mathilde Skoie, eds., Paradeigmata: Festschrift for Øivind Andersen on the Occasion of his 70th Birthday (Papers of the Norwegian Institute in Athens, 2014).
“Reading the Past (On Comparison),” in Dean Hammer, ed., A Companion to Greek Democracy and the Roman Republic (Hoboken NJ: John Wiley and Sons, 2015), 9-19.
“Crossing Conceptual Worlds: Greek Comedy and Philosophy,” in Mike Fontaine and Adele Scafuro, eds., The Oxford Handbook of Ancient Comedy (New York: Oxford University Press, 2014), 278-95.

(See CV for more recent articles)

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