David Driscoll


Position Title
Lecturer in Classics

904 Sproul
Office Hours
MW 3-4pm, See syllabus or email for zoom link.

Education and Degree(s):

  • Ph.D., Stanford University
  • M.A., University of Georgia
  • B.A., Classics & Physics, Grinnell College


Research Interest(s):

  • Homer and ancient Homeric reception
  • Archaic Greek poetry
  • Imperial Greek prose (esp. Lucian, Athenaeus, Plutarch)
  • Sociology of poetic speech
  • Digital humanities


David F. Driscoll comes to Davis from the University of Miami, where he served as a Visiting Assistant Professor in spring 2017. His research focuses on early Greek poetry and its ancient reception in the early Roman empire. His dissertation, Acting the Exegete: Homeric Quotation and Interpretation in Imperial Literary Symposia, analyzed the many uses to which Homer is put in these fictionalized evening banquets of the elite. He has also pursued interests in early Greek poetry in a digital humanities project entitled Mapping Greek Lyric: Places, Travel, Geographical Imaginary, accessible at http://lyricmappingproject.stanford.edu.

Selected Publications:

"Mousike, Social Standing, and Aesthetic Taste in Quaestiones Convivales 7.5 and 9.15,” forthcoming in Greece & Rome 66.2 (fall 2019).

“The Pleasures of Lyric in Plutarch’s Hierarchies of Taste,” forthcoming in Mnemosyne in 2019 (advance copy)

“Speaking Homer to Power: Anecdotes of Greek Intellectuals and their Rulers in Plutarch’s Symposia,” In Homer and the Good Ruler in Antiquity and Beyond, edited by Jacqueline J.H. Klooster and Baukje van den Berg, 182-198. Leiden: Brill, 2018. 

“Sympotic space, hierarchy and Homeric quotation in Table Talk 1.2,” In Space, Time and Language in Plutarch, edited by Aristoula Georgiadou and Katerina Oikonomopoulou, 271-278. Berlin: de Gruyter, 2017.

“Parting with Pastoral: Theocritus in literary imperial symposia,” In Présence de Théocrite, edited by Christophe Cusset, Christine Kossaifi, and Rémy Poignault, 501-511. Collection Caesarodunum L-LI Bis. Clermont-Ferrand: Centre de Recherches A. Piganiol- Présence de l’Antiquité, 2017. BMCR review