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Jennifer B. Clarke Kosak

Associate Professor of Classics
Chair of Classics Department

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Sills Hall - 11

Teaching this semester

GRK 3308. The Alexandrian Age

Examines Greek literature of the Alexandrian Age, the period after the Alexandrian conquest of much of the Eastern Mediterranean and the Mesopotamian regions, when the Greeks had established new centers of their culture and society in other lands, such as Assyria and Egypt. It was an era of innovation and at the same time intense engagement with the past. Writers of this period, also known as the Hellenistic Period, such as Callimachus, Apollonius of Rhodes, and Theocritus, looked to the past to maintain and ensure their Greek cultural identity, even as they interacted with the new cultures and societies around them. The course seeks to determine the specific “Hellenistic” qualities of different literary works, investigating both their links to the past and their participation in contemporary Mediterranean cultures.

LATN 1102. Elementary Latin II, B

A continuation of Latin 1101. During this term, readings are based on unaltered passages of classical Latin.

LATN 2204. Studies in Latin Literature

An introduction to different genres and themes in Latin literature. The subject matter and authors covered may change from year to year (e.g., selections from Virgil’s “Aeneid” and Livy’s “History,” or from Lucretius, Ovid, and Cicero), but attention is always given to the historical and literary context of the authors read. While the primary focus is on reading Latin texts, some readings from Latin literature in translation are also assigned. Equivalent of Latin 2203 or three to four years of high school Latin is required.

Jennifer Clarke Kosak: Bowdoin College


Jennifer Clarke Kosak received her undergraduate degree from Harvard-Radcliffe, where her concentration was in Classics. She then entered the doctoral program in Classical Philology at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and wrote a dissertation entitled "The Pain of Living: Suffering and Healing in Euripidean Tragedy." She specializes in Greek language and literature; her particular interests include Greek tragedy, Greek and Roman medicine, Greek intellectual history and gender studies.


Heroic measures: Hippocratic medicine in the making of Euripidean tragedyHeroic measures: Hippocratic medicine in the making of Euripidean tragedy. Leiden: Brill Academic Publishers, 2004.

Articles/Book Chapters

“The Wall in Aristophanes’ Birds,” in City, Countryside and the Spatial Organization of Value in Classical Antiquity, ed. Ralph Rosen and Ineke Sluiter, 173-180. Leiden: Brill Academic Publishers, 2006.

“The male interior: strength, illness and masculinity in Sophokles’ Philoktetes,” in Greek Drama III. Bulletin of the Institute for Classical Studies Supplement 87 (2006) 49-64.

“A Crying Shame: pitying the sick in the Hippocratic Corpus and Greek tragedy,” in Pity and Power in Ancient Athens, ed. Rachel Sternberg, 253-276. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2005.

Polis Nosousa: Greek ideas about the city and disease in the fifth-century B.C.,” in Death and Disease in the Ancient City, ed. E. A. Marshall and V. Hope. New York and London: Routledge, 2000.

“Therapeutic Touch and Sophokles’ Philoktetes,” Harvard Studies in Classical Philology 99 (1999) 93-134.

Work in Progress

Unmanned: Masculinity and Disease in Ancient Greek Society, a book examining the impact of disease on the performance of masculinity in ancient Greece.

“Fighting and mastering disease: metaphors and masculinity,” What’s Hippocratic about the Hippocratics? XIIIth Colloquium Hippocraticum, The University of Texas, Austin, TX, August 11-13, 2008.

“Masculinity and illness: some case studies in ancient Greece,” What is Masculinity? How Useful is it as a Historical Category? Conference at Birkbeck College, University of London, May 14-16, 2008.

“Masculinity and medicine in Ancient Greece,” invited lecture, Smith College, Northampton, MA. March 13, 2008.

“Aelius Aristides and the masculine experience of disease,” Approaches to Ancient Medicine, Ancient Medicine Research Seminar, University of Newcastle, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK, August 22-23, 2005.

Andres gar polis: city limits in classical Greek thought,” City and Countryside in the Ancient Imagination, Penn-Leiden Colloquium on Ancient Values, Leiden, the Netherlands, June 3-5, 2004.