Robert Rabel

  • Professor
  • Classics
  • Director, Gaines Center for the Humanities
  • Classics
  • International Film Studies
  • Modern & Classical Languages Literatures & Cultures
1001 Patterson Office Tower
Research Interests:

Ph.D., University of Michigan (1975)



Rabel has published articles on Homer, Greek tragedy, Greek Philosophy, and Roman Epics.


Books Published

Plot and Point of View in the Iliad. University of Michigan Press. 1996.

Approaches to Homer, Ancient and Modern. Classical Press of Wales. 2006


Books Forthcoming

The Muses in America: Robert E. Sherwood and the Classical Tradition. (Under Contract)

The Muses in America: Maxwell Anderson and the Classical Tradition. (Under Contract)

The Exile of the Gods in Modern Literature. (Under Contract)


Rabel is a specialist in Greek literature. His current research interests lie in Homeric epic and in Greek and Roman literary criticism. His book Plot and Point of View in the Iliad was published by the University of Michigan Press in 1997. He is now collaborating on a collection of essays dealing with the literary criticism of the Roman poet Horace. He is also working on a book on mimesis in the Odyssey, which studies the literary theories of Plato and Aristotle and considers their value for modern students of Homeric epic. In the last few years he has taught courses and seminars on the Iliad, the Odyssey, Cicero, Plato, and Seneca's tragedies.

Special Fields

Greek Literature and Philosophy, Homer, Classical Tradition


  • University of Pittsburgh 1966-70 B.A.
  • University of Michigan 1970-75 M.A. and Ph.D.

Previous Positions:

  • University of Michigan, Teaching Assistant Lecturer, 1973-1975
  • University of Kentucky, Associate Professor: Greek and Roman, 1975-1997
  • University of Kentucky, Professor: Greek and Roman, 1997-
  • Vanderbilt University, Faculty, Second International Institute for Semiotic and Structuralist Studies, Summer 1981
  • Governor's Scholars Program Summer 1984, Summer 1985
  • Dartmouth College Visiting Associate Professor, 1990-91
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