Dr. James A. Arieti
Thompson Professor of Classics
Ph.D., Stanford University, 1972 M.A., Stanford University B.A., Grinnell College, 1969, Phi Beta Kappa
Has taught at Hampden-Sydney College since 1978. Previously taught at Stanford University, The Pennsylvania State University, and Cornell College. He is married to Barbara Arieti, a middle school guidance counselor in the county school system, and is the father of two children, Samuel and Ruth.
Greek and Roman literature and philosophy; ancient history; humanities; biblical literature, the classical tradition.
Service to the College:
He has served on and chaired innumerable committees; has been the chair of the Humanities Program and of the Classics Department; founded and served as coach of the College Bowl Team since its inception; has served as a Freshman advisor.
Honors and Awards:
Among his honors are memberships in Phi Beta Kappa, Eta Sigma Phi, and Phi Kappa Alpha. He has been a Woodrow Wilson Fellow, a Stanford University Fellow, and a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow. He received the Mettauer Research award three times at Hampden-Sydney College.
Publications and Professional Activity:
He is the author of ten books, The Dating of Longinus (1975), Love Can Be Found (1975), Longinus's On the Sublime: Translation and Commentary (1985), Interpreting Plato: The Dialogues as Drama (1991), Discourses on the First Book of Herodotus (1995), Sophocles' Philoctetes (Translation), and (with Professor Patrick Wilson of the Department of Philosophy), The Scientific and the Divine: Conflict and Reconciliation from Ancient Greece to the Present (2003), Philosophy in the Ancient World: An Introduction (2005), Plato Gorgias (2007) and Plato Protagoras (2010). He has edited three other books, Hamartia: The Concept of Error in the Western Tradition. Essays in Honor of John M. Crossett (1983), The Modern Language Association International Bibliography. Volume III: Linguistics (1975), and a machine-readable text of Cicero's De Amicitia. edited for computer with coding for diacritics, punctuation, capitals. He has delivered over sixty papers at professional conferences, colleges, and universities in North America and Europe and has published nearly forty articles on subjects that include Empedocles, Greek athletics, Herodotus, Homer, Horace, Livy, Machiavelli, Philo, Plato, the Septuagint, and ancient warfare. His doctoral dissertation dealt with the Septuagint, the translation of the Hebrew Bible into Greek.