Jonah Radding

Assistant Instructional Professor
Classics 25B
Office Hours: Mondays 10:30-11:20 and 1:30-2:30
Ph.D. University of Chicago, 2016
Research Interests: Athenian tragedy, ancient Greek epinician and lyric poetry, Athenian democracy, ancient Greek athletic cultures

Jonah Radding is Assistant Instructional Professor and Assistant to the Director of Undergraduate Studies in Classics. His scholarship focuses primarily on ancient Greek poetry, particularly as it relates to social and political contexts of the fifth century BCE. He has published on Euripides, Pindar, and Bacchylides, and his book (Poetry and the Polis in Euripidean Tragedy) is forthcoming with Harvard’s Center for Hellenic Studies. He has translated works by Plato (Seventh Letter) and by the Algerian poet Danièle Djamila Amrane-Minne (“Boqala”). Current projects include an exploration of an episode of sports-spectator violence in Homer, an essay on discourses of defeat in ancient and modern athletics, and a study of suspicion and skepticism of seers and divination in the ancient Greek world. He has also taught at a Spanish language adult high school serving the Latinx community of Chicago, and at Stateville Correctional Center as part of Northwestern University’s Prison Education Program.

Recent publications

  • Poetry and the Polis in Euripidean Tragedy (forthcoming with the Center for Hellenic Studies)
  • Translation of Danièle Djamila Amrane-Minne, “Boqala,” with Susan Slyomovics, Ezra: An Online Journal of Translation 15 (2021).
  • “Communal Voices and Communal Bonds in Pindar’s Paeans,” TAPA 151 (2021): 265-293.
  • “Status sociale e identità civile: l’Alexandros di Euripide e i limiti dell’ideologia.” In The Forgotten Theatre 2 (Turin, 2020), 115-138. 
  • “Euripides and the Origins of Democratic Anarchia,” Erga-Logoi 7 (2019): 57-83.
  • Translation of Plato’s Seventh Letter, in Plato at Syracuse: Essays on Plato in Western Greece with a new Translation of the Seventh Letter by Jonah Radding, eds. Heather L. Reid and Mark Ralkowski, (Sioux City: Parnassos Press, 2019), 1-73.
  • “Paeanic Crises: Euripides’ Ion and the Failure to Perform Identity,” American Journal of Philology 138 (2017): 393-434.