George Pepe

Professor Emeritus
PhD, Princeton University
research interests:
  • Greek and Roman Philosophy and Rhetoric
  • Classical Political Thought
  • Latin Prose
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    ​Professor Pepe's interests center around Roman history and ancient political thought and its later influence.

    Besides lecturing on the Roman Republic and Roman Empire, he teaches all levels of Latin, particularly upper level courses in Cicero, Seneca, and Tacitus. Professor Pepe helped to develop the Text & Tradition Program and has served as its director.


    Recent Courses

    Classics 341C: Ancient History: The Roman Republic
    From the legendary origins of the city through the establishment and collapse of its republican government. Emphasis on political history, imperialism, slavery, Greek culture, and the Roman aristocracy.

    Latin 316C: Intro To Latin Literature II: Elementary Prose and Poetry
    Appreciation of literary forms through study of selected elementary literary texts in Latin prose and poetry. Likely texts include letters by Pliny and poems by Ovid.

    Latin 317C: Survey Of Latin Literature: The Republic
    A survey of the major literary achievements of the Roman Republic, with an  emphasis on Cicero, Caesar, and Catullus

    Latin 413: Latin Philosophical Writers: Cicero
    Careful reading of Cicero's De Officiis, his final, and arguably most influential philosophical work.  Written ostensibly to his son who was studying in Athens, it offers practical advice, often through anecdotes, on how to achieve a life of moral worth and responsible civic virtue. 

    Latin 419: Julius Caesar And His Image   
    Extensive reading in both the Gallic and Civil War of Caesar.  We will also look at representations of Caesar in Sallus, Cicero, and Suetonius.

    Latin 4961: Topics in Empire Latin: Petronius’ Satiricon
    Translation and literary and historical analysis of the earliest representative of the so-called Menippean satire, i.e. a mix of prose and poetry. Emphasis will fall on its distinctive Latin and its place within the literary culture of Nero's principate ( 54-68 AD ).

    Latin 596: Seminar: Tacitus: The Tiberian Narrative
    Tacitus's account of the principate of Tiberius in books 2-6 of the Annals has called into question his claim that his account is free of bias and distortion. We will concentrate on book 4 of the Tiberian narrative for a deeper understanding of Tacitus's techniques both as historian and stylist. Some attention will also be paid to Tacitus's earlier works, especially the Histories. 3 units.

    IPH 203C: Early Political Thought: Text and Tradition 
    A selected survey of the political and moral thought of Europe from the rise of Athenian democracy to the Renaissance, with emphasis on analysis and discussion of writers such as Thucydides, Plato, Aristotle, St. Augustine, Castiglione, and Machiavelli. The course aims to introduce students to basic texts in the intellectual history of Western Europe, understood both as products of a particular time and place and as self-contained arguments that strive to instruct and persuade. The texts are simultaneously used to chart the careers of such fundamental notions as liberty, virtue, and justice