Robert Ball

Robert J. Ball

Professor Emeritus



  • B.A., Queens College (NY)
  • M.A., Tufts University
  • Ph.D., Columbia University


  • Regents’ Medal for Excellence in Teaching (University of Hawaii)
  • Excellence in Teaching Award (American Philological Association)
  • University Research Council Grants for Classics research projects

Research Interests

  • Greek Literature, Latin Literature, Classical Tradition

Books Published

  • Tibullus the Elegist: A Critical Survey (Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 1983).
  • The Classical Papers of Gilbert Highet (Columbia University Press, 1983).
  • The Unpublished Lectures of Gilbert Highet (Peter Lang Publishing, 1998).
  • Reading Classical Latin: A Reasonable Approach (McGraw-Hill, 1997).
  • Reading Classical Latin: The Second Year (McGraw-Hill, 1998).


  • Articles on classical subjects, especially Latin poetry, published in journals such as Latomus, Vergilius, Classical World, Classical Journal, and Classical Outloook.
  • Lectures on classical subjects, including the teaching of Greek and Latin, presented at meetings of the American Philological Association and at campuses including Columbia, NYU, Brown, Johns Hopkins, UCLA, and UCSB.

Courses Usually Taught

  • Elementary Latin (Latin 101-102)
  • Intermediate Latin (Latin 201-202)
  • Roman Epic, Lyric, Elegy
  • Roman Novel, Satire, Philosophy
  • Augustan Poetry (Vergil, Horace, Tibullus, Propertius, and Ovid)

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