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Bruce Louden    

Liberal Arts 229
(915) 747-7037

My research interests include Homeric Epic, Greek Myth, Near Eastern Myth, the Bible, Classical Indian Literature, Shakespeare, and Milton. I have published three books on Homeric epic, The Odyssey: Structure, Narration and Meaning (1999), The Iliad: Structure, Myth and Meaning (2006), both on the Johns Hopkins University Press, and Homer’s Odyssey and the Near East (2011) on Cambridge University Press, and authored 18 entrees in The Homer Encyclopedia (2011). I have also published articles on the Bible, the Rig Veda, Greek lyric, Greek tragedy, Roman Comedy, the Aeneid, Beowulf, Shakespeare, Paradise Lost, and the film, It’s a Wonderful Life, in journals including Transactions of the American Philological Association, International Journal of the Classical Tradition, Greek, Roman and Byzantine Studies, Classical Antiquity, Comparative Drama, and The Journal of Indo-European Studies. I have received research fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Center for Hellenic Studies. In September 2015 I was a keynote speaker at a conference in Sweden on “Homer and the Bible,” and in December 2015, an invited speaker at the Melpomene Chair Greek Studies Conference at Berkeley. In May, 2016 I was featured in a piece in the New York Times. I have just completed my fourth book, “Shakespeare and Greek Literature,” and should, by early 2017, finish my fifth, “Greek Myth and the Bible.” I teach courses on Latin and Greek languages and literatures, the Bible, ancient philosophy, Greek mythology, epic poetry and renaissance drama.