Gregory Nagy

  • Member of CHS Greece Board of Directors
    • Francis Jones Professor of Classical Greek Literature and Professor of Comparative Literature, Harvard University
    • Director of the Center for Hellenic Studies, Washington, D.C., Harvard University


Gregory Nagy is the Francis Jones Professor of Classical Greek Literature and Professor of Comparative Literature at Harvard University. Since 2000, he serves as Director of the Center for Hellenic Studies in Washington, DC. He is also the leading founding member of CHS in Nafplio, Greece, and has served as President of the CHS Greece Board of Directors for several years. Nagy’s areas of interest include Homer, archaic and classical Greek poetry, rhetoric, linguistics, metrics, and traditions. He is known for extending Milman Parry and Albert Lord's theories about the oral composition-in-performance of the Iliad and Odyssey. Nagy has served as Chair of the Harvard University Classics Department and as President of the American Philological Association. Throughout his career he has been a consistently strong advocate for the use of information technology in both research and teaching, and his belief that "good teaching fosters good research" is readily apparent in the programs and projects he has championed over his tenure at the Center for Hellenic Studies.

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