Thompson Professor of Classics
Ph.D., Stanford University, 1972
M.A., Stanford University
B.A., Grinnell College, 1969, Phi Beta Kappa
Professor Arieti has taught at Hampden-Sydney College since 1978. Previously he taught at Stanford University, The Pennsylvania State University, and Cornell College. He is married to Barbara Arieti, a guidance counselor at Prince Edward County Elementary School; is the father of two children, Samuel and Ruth; and the grandfather of two granddaughters, Josephine and Clementine and one grandson, Elio.
Greek, Roman, and biblical literature and philosophy; ancient history; humanities; 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; has served as a Freshman advisor. He organized and directed four interdisciplinary symposia with the participation of scholars from across the nation-Science and Mathematics: Definitions Ancient and Modern; Chaos: Ancient and Modern; Oedipus the King; and The Trojan War.
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 (2000);
The Scientific and the Divine: Conflict and Reconciliation from Ancient Greece to the Present (2003);
Philosophy in the Ancient World: An Introduction (2005);
Plato's Gorgias (2007);
Plato's Protagoras (2010); and
Springs of Western Civilization: A Comparative Study of Hebrew and Classical Cultures (2017).
He has edited three other books,
a machine-readable text of Cicero's De Amicitia edited for computer with coding for diacritics, punctuation, capitals (1973);
The Modern Language Association International Bibliography. Volume III: Linguistics (1975); and
Hamartia: The Concept of Error in the Western Tradition. Essays in Honor of John M. Crossett (1983).
He has delivered nearly one hundred papers at professional conferences, colleges, and universities in North America and Europe and has published nearly forty articles on subjects that include ancient warfare, Dante, Empedocles, Greek athletics, Herodotus, Homer, Horace, Livy, Machiavelli, Philo, Plato, Rhetoric, the Septuagint, and Shakespeare. His doctoral dissertation dealt with the Septuagint, the translation of the Hebrew Bible into Greek. He is currently at work on a project on biblical and classical cultures.
Honors and Awards
Among his honors are membership in Phi Beta Kappa, Eta Sigma Phi, and Phi Alpha Theta. He was selected as a Woodrow Wilson Fellow, a Stanford University Fellow, and a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow. In 1996 he received the John Templeton Prize for Science and Religion. At Hampden-Sydney College he has received the Mettauer Research award three times, and, in 1995, was awarded the Graves H. Thompson Chair.