M. Mark and Esther K. Watkins Professor in the Humanities
A member of the Department of Classical Studies, Joseph Farrell is an internationally recognized Latinist whose research spans genres and historical epochs. A scholar of Latin literature and poetry as well as the culture of the Republican and Augustan periods, Farrell has published a number of ground-breaking studies which encompass both traditional and innovative topics and approaches. He has masterfully translated important and highly challenging texts and has edited and co-edited influential compilations, namely on Augustan poetry and the works of Vergil.
Farrell just completed a book, Juno’s Aeneid: Narrative, Metapoetics, Dissent, on Vergil’s epic masterpiece, and he is finishing work on a book on classical and medieval Latin, starting to edit a a new history of classical Greek and Latin literature with Dee Clayman of CUNY, and is working on student commentary on Aeneid 9.
He earned his Ph.D. in 1983 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is A.B. in 1977 from Bowdoin College.