Professor Emeritus of Classical Studies


Ph.D., Harvard University

Field of Specialty

Greek and Latin language and literature, with special interest in Greek epic, lyric, and tragic poetry, the historical study of Ancient Greek language, and the comparative study of mythology and religion.

Contact Information

Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for the Humanities 214

Leonard C Muellner

Muellner's research and teaching is based on a synthesis of the disciplines of classical philology, Indo-European historical linguistics, and anthropological approaches to the study of Ancient Greek cultural phenomena.


Muellner, Leonard C. The Meaning of Homeric EYXOMAI Through its Formulas. Second edition ed. Washington, D.C.: Center for Hellenic Studies, 2008. (forthcoming)

Papadopoulou, I. and Muellner, Leonard C, ed. Poetry as Initiation: The Center for Hellenic Studies Symposium on the Derveni Papyrus. first ed. Washington, DC: Center for Hellenic Studies, 2014.

Bers, V., Elmer, D., Frame, D., and Muellner, L., ed. Donum Natalicium Digitaliter Confectum Gregorio Nagy Septuagenario A Discipulis Collegis Familiaribus Oblatum = A Virtual Birthday Gift presented to Gregory Nagy on turning seventy by his students, colleagues, and friends. First ed. Washington, DC: Center for Hellenic Studies, 2013.

Mary Ebbott and Leonard Muellner. "Multitextual Reading in Manuscripts of the Iliad and the Future of the Homer Multitext." Des manuscrits antiques à l’ère digitale: pratiques de lecture, échanges intellectuels et communication scientifique/From Ancient Manuscripts to the Digital Era: Reading Practices, Intellectual Networks and Scientific Communication. Ed. C. Clivaz, J. Meizoz, F. Vallotton, and J. Verhyden with Benjamin Bertho. Lausanne: Presses polytechniques et universitaires romandes, 2012. 115-135.

Muellner, Leonard C. "Grieving Achilles." Homeric Contexts: Neoanalysis and the Interpretation of Oral Poetry. vol. Supplementary Volume 12 Ed. A. Rengakos, F. Montanari, and C. Tsagalis. Berlin: De Gruyter, 2012. 187-210.

Muellner, Leonard C. "Homeric Anger Revisited." Classics@ 9, Defense Mechanisms (2012).

Muellner, Leonard C.. "A Poetic Etymology of Pietas in the Aeneid." Donum Natalicium Digitaliter Confectum Gregorio Nagy Septuagenario a Discipulis Collegis Familiaribus Oblatum. Ed. Bers, V., and D. Elmer, D. Frame, and L. Muellner. Washington, DC: Center for Hellenic Studies, 2012. online (typescript: 26 pages).

Muellner, Leonard C. "Discovery Procedures and Principles for Homeric Research." Classics@ 1. 3 (2007): <http://www.chs.harvard.edu/publications.sec/online_print_books.ssp/classics_issue_3/muellner_tei.xml_1>.

Muellner,Leonard C. The Anger of Achilles: Menis in Greek Epic. Cornell University Press, 2004.

Muellner,Leonard C. The Meaning of Homeric Eukhomai through its Formulas. Inssbrucker Beiträge zur Sprachwissenschaft, 1976.

Courses Taught

CLAS 170a Classical Mythology
CLAS 250b Capstone Course
CLAS/THA 185a Athenian Tragic Theatre in Modern Performance
GRK 10a Beginning Ancient Greek
GRK 20b Continuing Ancient Greek
GRK 30a Intermediate Ancient Greek: Literature
GRK 110b Greek Epic
GRK 115b Ancient Greek Drama
GRK 120b Greek Prose Authors
GRK 125a Greek Lyric Poetry