Assistant Professor of Classics
Chair of the Classics Department
Joined Connecticut College: 2007
B.A., Connecticut College; M.A., State University of New York at Buffalo; Ph.D., Duke University
Greek and Roman historiography
Latin and Greek prose
The classical tradition
"As scholars and teachers, we have a duty to fight against our own positions." - Philip Rieff
Eric Adler teaches a variety of courses in Latin and Greek, as well as classes on Greco-Roman history and civilization. He enjoys teaching at Connecticut College because its small class sizes and high regard for the liberal arts allow for an intense - and fun - intellectual environment.
Adler is currently working on, inter alia, a book tentatively titled Classics and the Culture Wars. It examines the ways in which the academic feuds of the of the 1980s and 1990s changed the study of Greco-Roman antiquity in America.
Selected publications by Eric Adler include:
- "Speeches of Enemies and Criticism of Empire in Early Imperial Historiography," in A Companion to Roman Imperialism, edited by Dexter Hoyos, 291-304 (Brill, 2012)
- "Cassius Dio's Agrippa-Maecenas Debate: An Operational Code Analysis." American Journal of Philology 133.3 (2012) 477-520
- Valorizing the Barbarians: Enemy Speeches in Roman Historiography, (University of Texas Press, 2011)
- "Cassius Dio's Livia and the Conspiracy of Cinna Magnus." Greek, Roman, and Byzantine Studies 51 (2011): 133-154
- "Post-9/11 Views of Rome and the Nature of 'Defensive Imperialism.' " International Journal of the Classical Tradition 15.4 (2008): 587-610
- "Late Victorian and Edwardian Views of Rome and the Nature of ‘Defensive Imperialism.' " International Journal of the Classical Tradition, 15.2 (2008): 187-216
- "Boudica’s Speeches in Tacitus and Dio." Classical World 101.2 (2008): 173-195
- "Who’s Anti-Roman? Sallust and Pompeius Trogus on Mithridates." Classical Journal 101.4 (2006): 383-407
- "Are We All Post-Culturalists Now?," a Review of Christopher Clausen’s Faded Mosaic: The Emergence of Post-Cultural America. Partisan Review 68.4 (Fall 2001): 658-661
Recent paper presentations include:
- "Kipling's Rome in Puck of Pook's Hill." Classical Association of New England Annual Meeting (March 2012)
- "On the Nature of 'Defensive Imperialism.'" Boston College (February 2007)
- "Sallust and Pompeius Trogus on Mithridates." Swarthmore College (February 2005)
- "An Examination of the Boudica Speeches to her Troops Found in the Works of Tacitus (Ann. 14.35) and Cassius Dio (62.3-6)." Classics in Post-Colonial Worlds Conference, Open University, UK (May 2004)
Adler is a member of the American Philological Association (APA), the Association of Ancient Historians and the Classical Association of New England.
Adler is a very big jazz fan and tries to see jazz concerts as often as possible. His love for jazz has taken him as far as Amsterdam, since he loves, among other styles, Dutch avant-garde jazz.