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Jason Brooks

Jason Brooks

Lecturer in Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies


  1. PhD in Comparative Literature, The Pennsylvania State University, 2014
  2. MA in Comparative Literature, The Pennsylvania State University, 2002
  3. BA in Comparative Literature, The University of California, Davis, 2000


Dr. Brooks studies the intersection of ancient Greek poetry—especially tragedy—and Russian modernism.  His dissertation was a sustained analysis of Innokentii Annenskii’s translation of Euripides’ Medea, looking at how this translation fit into Annenskii's larger poetic oeuvre specifically, and how his translation can contribute to Euripidean studies more generally.  Dr. Brooks has published in Slavic and East European Journal, The Comparatist, Orbis Litterarum, andComparative Literature Studies; he also contributed a biography of Richmond Lattimore for the 2007 edition of The Odyssey of Homer.  Dr. Brooks has taught in CAMS since 2000, and he developed the web versions of CAMS025 and CAMS045.

Student Testimonial

“The Department of Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies is an incredibly helpful community of individuals who love to learn. The faculty members of this department are very thoughtful and provide invaluable assistance to otherwise confused undergraduates. (...)
The smaller department size allows students to establish relationships with faculty and to establish a community in a school that might otherwise seem dauntingly large. The Classics and the study of the ancient Mediterranean world are strong at Penn State. For a school that prides itself on cutting-edge research and applied sciences, Penn State is a superb promoter of the Humanities. This support allows the CAMS department to recruit world-class faculty, provide generous funding and aid to undergraduates, and establish resources for research. The structure of the department was a perfect fit for me and allowed me to explore a wide-range of subjects related to my interests. In my four years in the program, I strengthened my Latin and Greek and was also able to study Egyptian Hieroglyphs and Sumerian. I now look forward to continuing my training in philology as I pursue graduate study.”

Timothy W. Dooley
2011 CAMS graduate

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