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Daniel Richter

Associate Professor of Classics

Contact Information
Phone: (213) 740-3676
Office: THH 256

Curriculum Vitae


Ph.D. Classical Languages and Literatures, The University of Chicago, 2001
M.A. History of Religion, Columbia University, 1994
B.A. Latin, Vassar College, 1992

Academic Appointment, Affiliation, and Employment History

Associate Professor of Classics, University of Southern California, 2011-2012   
Visiting Assistant Professor, Northwestern University, 06/01/2002-06/30/2005  
Lecturer, Princeton University, 09/01/2001-06/30/2002  

Description of Research

Summary Statement of Research Interests

Daniel Richter completed his PhD in the Department of Classical Languages and Literatures at the University of Chicago, after having received an MA in the History of Religion from Columbia and BA in Classics from Vassar.  He has published on various aspects of the cultural and religious history of the post-classical Greek world, including an articles on Plutarch’s account of the Egyptian cult of Isis and Osiris (Transaction of the American Philological Association 2001) and early modern biographical criticism of Lucian of Samosata (Arion 2006).  Professor Richter's book, COSMOPOLIS: IMAGINING COMMUNITY IN THE POST-CLASSICAL MEDITERRANEAN, is under contract with Oxford University Press.

Research Specialties

Literature and Cultural History of the Hellenistic and Early Roman Empires

Affiliations with Research Centers, Labs, and Other Institutions

Harvard's Center for Hellenic Studies, Fellow



Richter, Daniel Sam & Johnson, William A. (Ed.). Oxford Handbook for the Second Sophistic. New York and London: Oxford University Press.
Richter, D. S. (2011). Cosmopolis: Imagining Community in Late Classical Athens and the Early Roman Empire. New York and London: Oxford University Press.

Book Chapter

Richter, D. S. (2011). "How not to Translate: Lucian's Games with the Names of the Syrian Goddess," in A Sea of Languages: Complicating the History of Western Translation (St. James Press 2011).

Book Review

Richter, D. S. (2008). Review of Maria Pretzler, "Pausanias: Travel Writing in Ancient Greece," in Journal of Hellenic Studies (129) 2009. Journal of Hellenic Studies.

Journal Article

Richter, D. S. (2006). Review of Benjamin Isaac, The Invention of Racism in Classical Antiquity (Princeton 2004). Classical Philology/University of Chicago Press. Vol. NA
Richter, D. S. (2005). Lives and Afterlives of Lucian of Samosata. Arion. Vol. 13.1, pp. pp. 75-99.
Richter, D. S. (2001). Plutarch on Isis and Osiris: Text, Cult, and Cultural Identity. Transactions of the American Philological Association/Johns Hopkins University Press. Vol. #131, pp. 191-216.

Honors and Awards

General Education Teaching Prize, USC, Spring 2011   
Center for Hellenic Studies, Washington DC, Spring 2009   
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