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Anthony Philip Corbeill

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences - Classics
Director of Graduate Studies
Primary office:
Wescoe Hall
Room 1035
University of Kansas
1445 Jayhawk Blvd.



Ph.D., Classics, University of California, Berkeley

M.A., Greek Literature, University of California, Berkeley

A.B., Classics, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor


1) Roman Cultural History (Humor, Gesture, Gender)

2) Roman Literature (Cicero, Horace, Tacitus)

3) Latin Lexicography

4) Greek Literature

Anthony Corbeill, Professor of Classics, received his A.B. from the University of Michigan and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Classical Languages from the University of California at Berkeley (1990). He has held fellowships at the Thesaurus Linguae Latinae in Munich, Germany (a comprehensive dictionary of the Latin language), the American Academy in Rome, the Institute for Research in the Humanities (Madison), and All Souls College (Oxford). His research focuses on Roman literature and cultural history. He has published three books: Controlling Laughter. Political Humor in the Late Roman Republic (Princeton University Press 1996), which focuses on the meaning of humorous political invective, especially in the oratory of Cicero; and Nature Embodied. Gesture in Ancient Rome (Princeton University Press 2004), a survey of the meaning of gesture in the contexts of prayer, mourning ritual, and political invective, as well as on the correlation between facial expressions and political power, and the significance of thumbs. His most recent book, Sexing the World: Grammatical Gender and Biological Sex in Ancient Rome (Princeton University Press 2015), explores relationships between grammatical gender and Latin poetry, archaic gods, and hermaphrodites. He has also published on ancient sexuality, education, and Latin poetry; for additional information, see his list of publications.

Professor Corbeill also serves as Graduate Advisor.

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