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Eric Adler
Associate Professor
Classics

Dr. Eric Adler received his B.A. from Connecticut College, his M.A. from the State University of New York at Buffalo, and his Ph.D. in classical studies from Duke University. Prior to his arrival at the University of Maryland, he taught at Rice University, the University of Minnesota, and Connecticut College.

Adler’s scholarly interests include Roman historiography, Latin prose, the history of classical scholarship, and the classical tradition. He is currently working on his third book, tentatively titled The Battle of the Classics: How the Nineteenth-Century Feuds over the Classical Languages in American Higher Education Can Save the Humanities.

Adler is the author of two previous monographs: Classics, the Culture Wars, and Beyond (University of Michigan Press, 2016) and Valorizing the Barbarians: Enemy Speeches in Roman Historiography (University of Texas Press, 2011).

Other publications by Adler include:

  • “Effectiveness and Empire in Tacitus’ Agricola,” Ancient History Bulletin 30.1-2 (2016): 1-14.

  • “Allan Bloom on the Value of the Ancients, or The Closing of the American Classics Department,” Arion 24.1 (2016): 151-60.

  • “Kipling’s Rome in Puck of Pook’s Hill,” Classical Receptions Journal 7.2 (2015): 159-76.

  • “The ‘AJP Today’ Controversy Revisited,” Classical World 108.2 (2014): 67-95.

  • “Speeches of Enemies and Criticism of Empire in Early Imperial Historiography,” in A Companion to Roman Imperialism, edited by Dexter Hoyos, 291-304 (Brill, 2013).

  • “Cassius Dio’s Agrippa-Maecenas Debate: An Operational Code Analysis,” American Journal of Philology 133.3 (2012): 477-520.

  • “Cassius Dio’s Livia and the Conspiracy of Cinna Magnus,” Greek, Roman, and Byzantine Studies 51.1 (2011): 133-54.

  • “Post-9/11 Views of Rome and the Nature of ‘Defensive Imperialism,’” International Journal of the Classical Tradition 15.4 (2008): 587-610.

  • “Late Victorian and Edwardian Views of Rome and the Nature of ‘Defensive Imperialism,’” International Journal of the Classical Tradition 15.2 (2008): 187-216.

  • “Boudica’s Speeches in Tacitus and Dio,” Classical World 101.2 (2008): 173-95.

  • “Who’s Anti-Roman? Sallust and Pompeius Trogus on Mithridates,” Classical Journal 101.4 (2006): 383-407.

Adler has taught a variety of courses in Latin and Greek, as well as classes on Greco-Roman history and civilization. He is a member of the Society for Classical Studies, the Classical Association of the Atlantic States, and the Association of Ancient Historians.

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Marie Mount Hall
eadler@umd.edu
301-405-2019