Loyola University Maryland

Department of Classics

David J. Jacobson

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JacobsonAssistant Professor

Office: HU 331
Phone: 410-617-5949
Email: djjacobson@loyola.edu

Dr. Jacobson will be on sabbatical for AY 2015-16.


David Jacobson received his B.A. from the University of California, Santa Cruz in Classics and History in 2000, and his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley (2004, 2011).

Professor Jacobson’s research focuses primarily on Greek drama (tragedy and comedy). He is particularly interested in the capacity dramatic productions have to draw the audience into a dramatic fiction, to make them active participants in the plays themselves, an issue he explores in his research through the study of language and performance. Professor Jacobson has taught classes on Greek and Roman literature, history, myth, and culture, as well as Greek and Latin language courses.


Why I Got Involved in Classics

I’ve always described my foray into Classics as a series of wrong turns. I had no intention of learning a foreign language in college, nor any inherent love for the Greeks or Romans. My life changed forever when, after taking a few history and literature courses on the ancient Greeks and Romans, I decided to learn Greek.  I was mesmerized  instantly by the subtlety, beauty, and complexity of the language and have never looked back.  If you are looking for me on the recently painted Classics Lounge mural, here I am:  

Publications and Outreach

To see my publications, please go here.

If you are interested in hearing about "Conversations with Oedipus," a 3-day symposium on the contemporary value of ancient drama, which I organized in 2014, you can listen to my podcast here, or see the department's News and Events page.