Classicist Philip Freeman brings a remarkable gift as a storyteller and an ability to make the ancient world contemporary through his interpretation and translation of events and great works. Freeman earned his Ph.D. at Harvard University in 1994 and has taught at Boston University and Washington University in St. Louis. He currently holds the Qualley Chair of Classical Languages at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, where he is head of the Classics department and teaches Latin, Greek, and all manner of ancient studies courses. He has been a visiting fellow at the American Academy in Rome, the Center for Hellenic Studies in Washington D.C., and the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, and has been awarded fellowships by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Loeb Classical Library Foundation, and the Lilly Foundation.
Freeman is the author of numerous peer-reviewed articles on the classical world and has written eleven books ranging from studies of medieval manuscripts to popular biographies of St. Patrick and Julius Caesar, both from Simon & Schuster, well-reviewed in leading publications. ALEXANDER THE GREAT (Simon& Schuster 2010) was praised in the Wall Street Journal: “Mr. Freeman’s ambition, he tells us in his introduction, was ‘to write a biograph of Alexander that is first and foremost a story.’ It is one he splendidly fulfills.” His introduction to Greek and Roman mythology, OH MY GODS, (Simon & Schuster, January 2012) will be followed by an illustrated children’s edition in May. He is also the translator and editor of HOW TO WIN AN ELECTION, by Quintus Cicero, published by Princeton University Press (February 2012) has received widespread national attention, including appearances on All Things Considered, MSNBC, many local NPR shows, reviews in the Wall St. Journal, Slate, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Times, among others. (See also www.philipfreemanbooks.com.) See photo left, a Cicero citing at the Getty Museum Bookshop.