Loyola University Maryland

Department of Classics

David J. Jacobson

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JacobsonAssistant Professor

Office: HU 331
Phone: 410-617-5949410-617-5949
Email: djjacobson@loyola.edu
Spring 2015 Office Hours:  to be announced.


David Jacobson came to Loyola from Stanford University where he taught in the Introduction to the Humanities Program. He 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. He publishes on both Greek and Roman drama and its reception. Professor Jacobson has taught classes on Greek and Roman literature, history, myth, and culture, as well as Greek and Latin language courses. This Spring, he is teaching The Classical Epics and second semester Greek and Latin.

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. Within two weeks I was mesmerized by the subtlety, beauty, and complexity of the language and have never looked back.