Curriculum Vitae

Jeffrey Beneker
Professor of Classics
Department of Classical and Ancient Near Eastern Studies
University of Wisconsin, Madison

Research and Teaching Interests

  • Ancient Biography and Historiography
  • Literature, History, and Civilization of the Roman Republic
  • Classical Mythology
  • Ancient Epic
  • Greek and Roman Religion

Education

  • Ph.D., Classics, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 2003
  • M.A., Classics, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 1999
  • M.S., Industrial Engineering, University of Wisconsin, Madison, 1989
  • B.S., Industrial Engineering and Computer Science, University of Wisconsin, Madison, 1987

Publications and Presentations

Books

The Rhetorical Exercises of Nikephoros Basilakes: Progymnasmata from Twelfth-Century Byzantium. Dumbarton Oaks Medieval Library, Vol. 43. Edited and translated by Jeffrey Beneker and Craig A. Gibson (Harvard University Press 2016).

The Passionate Statesman: Eros and Politics in Plutarch's Lives (Oxford University Press 2012).

Books in Progress

A Biography of Pompey the Great (Princeton University Press). (under contract)

The Byzantine Sinbad: The Book of Syntipas the Philosopher and the Fables of Syntipas. Dumbarton Oaks Medieval Library. Translated by Jeffrey Beneker and Craig A. Gibson (Harvard University Press). (under contract)

The Discourse of Marriage in the Hellenistic and Early Imperial Greco-Roman World. Edited by Jeffrey Beneker and Georgia Tsouvala (University of Wisconsin Press). (under contract)

Articles and Contributions to Edited Volumes

"Individual and Collected Lives in Antiquity," in K. De Temmerman (ed.), Oxford Handbook of Ancient Biography (Oxford University Press 2017). (forthcoming)

"Little Things Mean a Lot: Odysseus’ Scar and Eurycleia’s Memory," in A. Park (ed.), Resemblance and Reality in Greek Thought (Routledge 2016) 31-45.

"The Nature of Virtue and the Need for Self-Knowledge in Plutarch's Demosthenes-Cicero," in J. Opsomer, G. Roskam, and F. Titchener (eds.), A Versatile Gentleman: Consistency in Plutarch's Writings (Leuven University Press 2016) 147-59.

"Sex, Eroticism, and Politics," in M. Beck (ed.), A Companion to Plutarch, Blackwell Companions to the Ancient World (Wiley-Blackwell 2014) 503-15.

"And Now for Something Completely Different: Addressing Assumptions about Myth," Classical Journal 109.1 (2013) 114-22.

"Plutarch and Saint Basil as Readers of Greek Literature," Syllecta Classica 22 (2011) 95-111.

"The Crossing of the Rubicon and the Outbreak of Civil War in Cicero, Lucan, Plutarch, and Suetonius," Phoenix 65.1-2 (2011) 74-99.

"Asemotatos or Autokrator? Obscurity and Glory in Plutarch’s Sertorius," in N. Humble (ed.), Plutarch's Lives: Parallelism and Purpose (Classical Press of Wales 2010) 103-19.

"Nepos' Biographical Method in the Lives of Foreign Generals," Classical Journal 105.2 (2009/10) 109-21.

"Drunken Violence and the Transition of Power in Plutarch's Alexander," in J. Ribeiro Ferreira, D. Leão, M. Tröster, and P. Barata Dias (eds.), Symposion and Philanthropia in Plutarch (Centro de Estudos Clássicos e Humanísticos da Universidade de Coimbra 2009) 193-200.

"Plutarch on the Role of Eros in a Marriage," in A. G. Nikolaidis (ed.), The Unity of Plutarch's Work: Moralia Themes in the Lives, Features of the Lives in the Moralia (De Gruyter 2008) 689-99.

"Eros and Intellect: Plutarch’s Portrait of Aspasia and Pericles," in J.-M. Nieto Ibáñez and R. López López (eds.), El Amor en Plutarco (Universidad de León 2007) 245-53.

"Variations on a Theme: An Experiment in Latin Prose Composition," CPL Online 3 (2006).

"Plutarch on the Rise and Fall of Pompey," in A. Perez Jimenez, F. Titchener (eds.), Historical and Biographical Values of Plutarch's Works: Studies Devoted to Professor Philip Stadter by the International Plutarch Society (I.P.S. 2005) 33-46.

"Thematic Correspondences in Plutarch's Lives of Caesar, Pompey, and Crassus," in L. de Blois, J. Bons, T. Kessels, and D. M. Schenkeveld (eds.), The Statesman in Plutarch's Works, Volume II: The Statesman in Plutarch's Greek and Roman Lives (Brill 2005) 315-325.

"The Theory and Practice of Ostracism in Plutarch's Lives," Ploutarchos n.s. 2 (2004/05) 3-10.

"No Time for Love: Plutarch's Chaste Caesar," Greek, Roman, and Byzantine Studies 43 (2002/03) 13-29.

Book Reviews

K. De Temmerman and K. Demoen (eds.), Writing Biography in Greece and Rome: Narrative Technique and Fictionalization (Cambridge 2016), in Classical World 110.4 (2017). (forthcoming)

T. Hägg, The Art of Biography in Antiquity (Cambridge 2012), in Classical Review 63.2 (2013) 354-6.

F. Klotz and K. Oikonomopoulou (eds.), The Philosopher's Banquet: Plutarch's Table Talk in the Intellectual Culture of the Roman Empire (Oxford 2011), in Classical Review 63.1 (2013).

Ε. Β. Αλεξίου, Πλουτάρχου παράλληλοι βίοι: Η προβληματική των «θετικών» και «αρνητικών» παραδειγμάτων (Thessaloniki 2007), in Classical Review 62.2 (2012) 450-2.

A. Casanova (ed.), Plutarco e l’età ellenistica: Atti del convegno internazionale di studi, Firenze, 23-24 settembre 2004 (Firenze 2005), in Journal of Hellenic Studies 127 (2007) 190.

Other 

"L. Licinius Crassus," in R. Bagnall et al. (eds.), The Encyclopedia of Ancient History (Wiley-Blackwell 2012).

"Remembering Efstathia" Odyssey 96 (July-August 2009) 94-5.

"The Purloined Robe of the Theotokos," The Hellenic Chronicle 85.2 (June 24, 1998) 1, with James C. Sarayiotes.

Panels Organized

"The Art of Biography in Antiquity," Society for Classical Studies, Panel of the International Plutarch Society, Boston, January 2018.

"The Intellectual World of the Early Empire," Society for Classical Studies, Panel of the International Plutarch Society, Toronto, January 2017, with George W.M. Harrison, Carleton University (Ottawa).  

"Plutarch and Late Republican Rome," Society for Classical Studies, Panel of the International Plutarch Society, San Francisco, January 2016.

"Between Fact and Fiction in Ancient Biographical Writing," Society for Classical Studies, Panel of the International Plutarch Society, New Orleans, January 2015, with Rex Stem (University of California, Davis).

"Representation and Self-Representation in Imperial Greek and Latin Dialogues," American Philological Association, Panel of the International Plutarch Society, Chicago, January 2014, with Noreen Humble (University of Calgary).

"The Discourse of Marriage in Hellenistic and Imperial Literature," American Philological Association, Panel of the International Plutarch Society, Seattle, January 2013, with Georgia Tsouvala (Illinois State University).

"Plutarch and the Athenian Statesman," American Philological Association, Panel of the International Plutarch Society, Philadelphia, January 2012.

"The Ancient Biographical Tradition," American Philological Association, Panel of the International Plutarch Society, San Antonio, January 2011.

"Inventing the Past: History and Historical Tradition in Greek Prose Literature," American Philological Association, Montreal, January 2006, with Craig A. Gibson (University of Iowa).

Conference Organized

Plutarch Among the Barbarians: Inaugural Meeting of the North American Sections of the International Plutarch Society, Banff, Alberta, Canada, March 13-16, 2014, with Craig Cooper (University of Lethbridge), Noreen Humble (University of Calgary), and Frances Titchener (Utah State University). Information and Abstracts

Conference Papers and Invited Talks

"Plutarch's Corneliae and Models for Writing Women," Plutarch and Gender, University of Illinois, February 2018.   

"Only the Great Die Young: Plutarch's Pompey as a Cautionary Tale," University of Calgary, January 2018.

"Death on the Nile: The Final Episodes of Plutarch’s Agesilaus and Pompey," Eleventh International Congress of the InternationalPlutarch Society, Fribourg, Switzerland, May 2017.

"Little Things Mean a Lot: Odysseus' Scar and Eurycleia's Memory," Colloquium in Honor of Peter M. Smith: Resemblance and Reality in Greek Thought, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, May 2016.

"Something Old, Something New: Plutarch and the Greco-Roman Past," University of California, Davis, October 2013.

"The Latin Teacher Certification Program at UW-Madison," Wisconsin Association for Language Teachers, Appleton, WI, November 2012.

"Only Two Voices? Teaching Virgil's Aeneid as Literature," Wisconsin Association for Language Teachers, Appleton, WI, November 2011.

"Plutarch and Saint Basil as Readers of Greek Literature," Ninth International Congress of the International Plutarch Society, Ravello, Italy, September 2011.

"Writing about the Rubicon, from Cicero to Suetonius," University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, April 2011.

"Gods as Characters from Homer to Monty Python," Wisconsin Association for Language Teachers, Appleton, WI, November 2010.

"Latin Prose Composition at the High School or College Level," Wisconsin Association for Language Teachers, Appleton, WI, November 2009.

"Moral Virtue and the Composition of Plutarch’s Lives,” Colloquium Series of the Department of Classics, University of Iowa, October 2009.

"Plutarch on the Rise and Fall of Alexander," Classical Association of the Middle West and South, Minneapolis, MN, April 2009.

"Oinos, thumos, and kratos: Drunken Violence and the Transition of Power in Plutarch’s Alexander," Eighth International Conference of the International Plutarch Society, Coimbra, Portugal, September 2008.

"Nepos’ Biographical Purpose and Methods," Classical Association of the Middle West and South, Panel: Ausus es unus Italorum: Cornelius Nepos Reconsidered, Tucson, AZ, April 2008.

"Writing about the Rubicon in the Early Empire," Colloquium Series of the Department of Classics, University of Iowa, February 2008.

"Caesar on the Brink: Writing about the Rubicon in the Early Empire," Classical Association of the Middle West and South, Cincinnati, OH, April 2007.

"Eros and Intellect: Plutarch's Portrait of Aspasia and Pericles," IX Simposio Internacional de la Sociedad Española de Plutarquistas, León, España, September 2006.

"Variations on a Theme: An Experiment in Latin Prose Composition," Classical Association of the Middle West and South, Panel: Variety in the Active Latin Classroom, Gainesville, FL, April 2006.

"More Platonic than Plato: History and Philosophy in Plutarch's Dion," American Philological Association, Panel: Inventing the Past: History and Historical Tradition in Greek Prose Literature, Montreal, January 2006.

"Asemotatos or Autokrator? Choosing Power and Fame in Plutarch's Lives," Symposium of the Irish branch of the International Plutarch Society, University College, Cork, September 2005.

"Plutarch on the Role of Eros in a Marriage," Seventh International Conference of the International Plutarch Society, Rethymno, Crete, May 2005.

"Virtues for the Heroes: Plutarch's De virtute morali and Alexander-Caesar," Symposium of the Katholieke Universiteit of Leuven, Belgium: Virtues for the People: Plutarch and Contemporaries on Desirable Ethics, Delphi, Greece, September 2004.

"Plutarch on the Rise and Fall of Pompey," Classical Association of the Middle West and South, Panel: New Perspectives in Roman Historiography, St. Louis, MO, April 2004.

"Plutarch on the Rise and Fall of Pompey," Colloquium Series of the Department of Classics, University of Iowa, January 2004.

"Plutarch and Greek Paideia in the Roman Period," Symposium of the Hellenic Student Association: Paideia: A Conversation on Culture and Education, Ancient and Modern, Madison, WI, May 2003 (invited).

"The Theory and Practice of Ostracism in Plutarch's Lives," American Philological Association, Panel: Plutarch and History, New Orleans, LA, January 2003.

"Plutarch and the First Triumvirate: Thematic Correspondences in the Lives of Caesar, Pompey, and Crassus," Sixth International Conference of the International Plutarch Society, Nijmegen/Hernen, The Netherlands, May 2002.

"No Time for Love: The Chaste Heroes of Plutarch's Alexander-Caesar," American Philological Association, Philadelphia, PA, January 2002.

"The Politics of Poetry: Public Recitation in Horace's Epistles," Classical Association of the Middle West and South, Southern Section, Athens, GA, October 2000.

"A Literary Triumvirate: Plutarch's Alexander, Caesar, and Pompey," Classical Association of the Middle West and South, Knoxville, TN, April 2000.

"No Time for Love: Plutarch's Chaste Caesar," Classics Graduate Student Colloquium: Love of Power. Power of Love. Eros and Imperium in Classical Antiquity, Charlottesville, VA, February 2000.