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Richard Armstrong, Ph.D.

Richard Armstrong, Ph.D., is a professor in the Modern & Classical Languages Department at the University of Houston. He holds a BA from the University of Chicago and an M. Phil. and Ph. D. from Yale University. His academic interests include the reception of classical culture in later times, with a special focus on the Roman Republic in political thought, early psychoanalysis, and translation studies. He is author of many articles and book chapters on these topics, as well as the book A Compulsion for Antiquity: Freud and the Ancient World (Cornell UP) and the forthcoming Theory and Theatricality: Classical Drama in the Age of Grand Hysteria. He is co-editor of the forthcoming collections, A Companion to the Translation of Classical Epic (Wiley-Blackwell), Classical Translation Studies (Oxford UP), and The Bloomsbury Handbook of Psychoanalysis and Classical Reception. He was co-curator of a recent exhibition at the Freud Museum London, Freud’s Antiquity: Object, Idea, Desire. He has received numerous teaching and mentorship awards and is a contributor and editor for Houston Public Media’s Engines of Our Ingenuity.

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Dec 08

Scents and Sensibility in the Ancient World

Richard Armstrong, Ph.D.