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2002 Speakers - Lt. Colonel Patrick Fetterman


2002 Speaker - Dr. Robert J. Rabel

Professor of Greek Literature and Philosophy, University of Kentucky

Dr. Robert J. Rabel received his B.A. from the University of Pittsburgh in 1970. He continued his education at the University of Michigan, where he attended for the next 5 years, earning his M.A. and Ph.D. in Classical Studies, composing his dissertation entitled “Theories of the Emotions in the Old Stoa.”

While completing his doctorate, Dr. Rabel served as a teaching assistant and lecturer at the University of Michigan (1973-1975). After receiving his degree, Dr. Rabel accepted a position at the University of Kentucky, where he remains to the present day. His academic positions have included:

  • Assistant Professor of Classics (University of Kentucky; 1975-1982)
  • Faculty of the Second International Institute for Semiotic and Structuralist Studies (Vanderbilt University; Summer 1981)
  • Associate Professor of Classics (University of Kentucky; 1982-1997)
  • Visiting Associate Professor (Dartmouth College; 1990-1991)
  • Full Professor of Classics (University of Kentucky; 1997-present)

Dr. Rabel also served as a faculty member for the Kentucky Governor’s Scholars Program during the summers of 1984 and 1985.

Dr. Rabel is the author of Plot and Point of View in The Iliad (1997) and editor of Approaches to Homer, Ancient and Modern (2006). He has also published several articles regarding his area of expertise, Greek literature, as well as modern films and their relationships to ancient literature. He is particularly concerned with Homeric epic and Greek and Roman literary criticism, and his publications reflect these interests. He is highly involved in the Classical Association of the Middle West and South.

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