Dr. Richard  Janko

Dr. Richard Janko

Dr. Richard Janko is a Professor of Classical Studies. He earned a B.A. in Classics (First Class) in 1976 and earned his M.A. and Ph.D. at Trinity College in 1980. His field of interest include Homer, Linear B, Aegean Bronze Age archaeology, Herculaneum papyri, ancient literary theory, ancient religion, and aspects of Presocratic philosophy.

At university his fascination with Homer inspired him not only to study classics, but archaeology as well. Specifically, he took courses in Aegean Bronze Age archaeology, Linear B, classical philology, and historical linguistics. In the summers he took part in excavations at Ayios Stephanos, Mycenae, and Koukounaries.

He has held many prestigious positions. He started as a Temporary Lecturer in Greek, University of St Andrews from 1978 to 1979, was a Research Fellow at Trinity College in 1979 to 1982 . From there he took an Assistant Professorship in Classics at Columbia University in New York for until 1985 then became an Associate Professor until 1987. He also taught at University of California, Los Angeles and University College London.

Dr. Janko currently is a professor at the Gerald F. Else Distinguished University at University of Michigan