Daniel Richter

Associate Professor of Classics
Email drichter@usc.edu Office PED 130N Office Phone (213) 740-3682

Research & Practice Areas

Literature and Cultural History of the Hellenistic and Early Roman Empires

Center, Institute & Lab Affiliations

  • Harvard’s Center for Hellenic Studies, Fellow


  • 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
  • Tenure Track Appointments

    • 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
  • 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.

  • Book

    • (2017). 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.. 2009 Cambridge, UK: Journal of Hellenic Studies. Vol. 129 (2009),

    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. pp. pp. 75-99.Arion. Vol. 13.1,
    • Richter, D. S. (2001). Plutarch on Isis and Osiris: Text, Cult, and Cultural Identity. pp. 191-216.Transactions of the American Philological Association/Johns Hopkins University Press. Vol. #131,
    • General Education Teaching Prize, USC, Spring 2011
    • Center for Hellenic Studies, Washington DC, Spring 2009