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Jeffrey S. Carnes

Jeffrey S. Carnes

Associate Professor, Classics; Classics Program Coordinator
Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics

331 HB Crouse Hall

Research and Teaching Interests

Professor Carnes specializes in Greek lyric poetry, particularly the work of Pindar, a 5th Century BCE composer of odes for victors in the major athletic festivals of the Greek world (including the Olympian Games).  Carnes’ work examines the ways in which Pindar uses myth to promote the political agendas of his patrons’ home city-states.  His other research interests include literary theory and gender studies.


GRE 101 Elementary Ancient Greek

GRE 102 Elementary Ancient Greek

GRE 310 Intermediate/Advanced Greek Prose

GRE 320 Intermediate/Advanced Greek Poetry

LAT 101 Elementary Latin

LAT 102 Elementary Latin

LAT 201 Intermediate Latin

LAT 310 Advanced Latin Prose

LAT 320 Advanced Latin Poetry

LIT 101 Introduction to Greek Literature in Translation

LIT 211 Greek and Roman Drama in Translation

LIT 300 Gender and Sexuality in the Ancient World


Ph.D., Classics, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (1986)

B.A., Classics, Wayne State University (1979, summa cum laude)

Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies in Rome, Fall, 1977


Associate Professor, Department of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics, Syracuse University, 1996-present.

Assistant Professor, Department of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics, Syracuse University, 1990-96.

Visiting Assistant Professor, Brandeis University, 1985-87, 1989-90.

Visiting Assistant Professor, Oberlin College, 1988-89.


‘Plato in the Courtroom:  The Surprising Influence of the Symposium on Legal Theory,’ in Plato's Symposium:  Issues in Interpretation and Reception, James Lesher, Debra Nails, Frisbee Sheffield, editors, Center for Hellenic Studies/Harvard University Press, 2006.

“‘Certain Intimate Conduct’:  Classics, Constructionism and the Courts,” in Gender and Diversity in Place: Proceedings of the Fourth Conference on Feminism and Classics,, 2004.

"Degenerate Neoptolemus:  Praise Poetry and the Novelization of the Aeneid," 99-118 in Carnivalizing Difference:  Bakhtin and the Other, P. Barta, P.A. Miller, C. Platter, and D. Shepherd, edd.  Routledge Harwood Academic Publishers, 2001.

"The Tricker Tricked:   A Reinterpretation of Nemean  4.57-58," Rheinisches  Museum 142  (1999), 1-9.

 "This  Myth  Which is not One: Construction  of  Discourse in Plato's Symposium," 104-21 in Rethinking  Sexuality:  Foucault and  Classical Antiquity, edd.  D.H.J. Larmour,  P.A. Miller, C. Platter (Princeton University Press, 1997).

"Why Should I  Mention Aiakos?   Myth and Politics  in Pindar's Nemean  8,"  Quaderni  Urbinati  di Cultura  Classica  51.3  (1995) 7-48 and 51.4 (1996) 83-92.

"The Ends of the  Earth:  Fathers, Ephebes  and Wild Women in  Nemean 4 and 5," Arethusa 29.1 (Winter, 1996) 15-55.

"With Friends Like These:   Understanding the Mythic Background of  Homer's  Phaiakians," Ramus 22 (1993) 103-115.