Matthew Dillon, Ph. D.
1984 Ph.D., Classical Languages and Literature
Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut
1981 M. Phil., Yale University
1979 M.A., Yale University
1974 -1975 Göttingen University, West Germany
1970 -1974 B.A., Summa Cum Laude, Classics, Wesleyan
University, Middletown, Connecticut
1984 “Aristophanes’ Ploutos : Comedy in Transition” Yale University
Director: Prof. C.J. Herington
2002 - Full Professor, Classics and Archaeology, Loyola Marymount University, CA
1990-2001 Associate Professor, Classics, Loyola Marymount University
1987-1990 Assistant Professor, Classics, Loyola Marymount University
1987 Instructor, NEH Summer Institute in Classical Studies, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY
1984-1987 Assistant Professor, Classical Languages and Literatures, Smith College,
1986 Scholar in Residence, Summer Institute for Classical Studies, Skidmore College,
Saratoga Springs, NY
1984 -1985 Assistant Professor, Summer Institute for Classical Studies, Skidmore College,
Saratoga Springs, New York
2011 LMU Summer Research Grant: Deforestation in Rough Cilicia
2007 Award for Excellence in Teaching, American Philological Association
2006 LMU Summer Research Grant: Mater Dolorosa in Rough Cilicia
2005 LMU Technology Grant: Build a Website for Ancient Historians Course
2002-2004: Marymount Chair of Interdisciplinary Studies, Loyola Marymount University
2002 LMU Summer Research Grant: Luwian Response to Greco-Roman Hegemony
1999 LMU Summer Research Grant: Erasmian Pronunciation of Greek
1996 LMU Summer Research Grant: Socrates and the Buddha II
1995 LMU Summer Research Grant: Socrates and the Buddha I
1993 Visiting Research Fellow, Yale University, Oct.-Nov.
1991 LMU Summer Research Grant: Religion in Aristophanes II
1990 LMU Summer Research Grant: Religion in Aristophanes I
1974 -1975 Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst Stipend
(Forthcoming): “Erasmian Pronunciation” in the Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Language and
Rough Cilicia Survey Project: 2001 Season Report, Ankara 2003, 215-216.
• “Dialogues with Death: The Last Days of Socrates and the Buddha”, Philosophy East & West
50.4 (2000), 525-558.
• “By Gods, Tongues and Dogs: Oaths in Aristophanes”, Greece & Rome, 42.2 (1995), 135-151.
• “Tragic Laughter” Classical World 84.5 (1991), 345-355.
• “Topicality in Aristophanes’ Ploutos ,” California Studies in Classical Antiquity 6 (Oct. 1987), 155-183.
• “The Lysistrata as a Post-Dekeleian Peace Play,” Transactions and Proceedings of the
American Philological Association 117 (1987), 97-104.
• (Translation): Die Tragische Dichtung der Hellenen, by Albin Lesky, 497 pp., Yale University Press, 1983 (English title: Greek Tragic Poetry)
• “The Ideology of Aristophanes’ Wealth ,” David Konstan and Matthew Dillon, American
Journal of Philology, 102 (1981), 371-394.
2008: Recitations from Vergil, Horace, Catullus and Terence, LATINUM (http:
2004: Gnatho’s Monologue from Terence’s Eunuchus (http: www.rhapsodes.fll.vt.edu:
website of the Society for the Oral Reading of Greek and Latin Literature)
1999: Selected Odes of Horace (audio): Horace’s Villa, University of California, Los Angeles
1995: Translation: Aristophanes’ Frogs, for the Perseus Digital Library, Tufts University
2004: “Ancient Languages in Mel Gibson’s Passion of the Christ” Amphora 3.2 (Fall 2004),
2000: Plutarch’s Advice to the Bride and Groom and a Consolation to his Wife, ed. S.B. Pomeroy
(Oxford 1999): reviewed in Ancient History Bulletin, vol. 14.1-2 (2000), 64.
1998 a) Atlas of Classical History, M. Grant (Oxford 1994)
b) Pederasty and Pedagogy in Archaic Greece, W. Percy (Univ. of Ill. 1996)
reviewed in Ancient History Bulletin, vol.12 (1998), 139f., 143f.
1988 Aristophanes' Old-and-New Comedy, K. Reckford (Univ. of North Carolina
Favonius 2 (1988), 79-81.
A) Annual Meetings of the American Philological Association:
2010 Anaheim, CA “Intentional Soundplay in Homer and Vergil”
2004 San Francisco , CA “Prosopopoeia in Cicero”
2003 New Orleans, LA “Ictus, Accent and Rhythm in Classical Poetry” (chair of session)
2002 Philadelphia, PA “Juliosebaste: A Greco-Roman-Luwian Settlement in Rough Cilicia”
1999 Dallas, TX: “The Changing Pronunciation of Ancient Greek” (chair of session)
1996 New York, NY “Vox Flebilis: Sound and Fury in Senecan Drama” (co-chair)
1994 Atlanta, GA: “The Margites: A Lost Greek Trickster Type”
1993 Washington DC: “Recitative Rhythms in Aristophanes’ Animal Choruses”
1990 San Francisco: “Gnatho’s Monologue: Terence’s Eunuchus , 232ff.”
1989 Baltimore, MD: “The Prologue of Aristophanes’ Ploutos”
1987 New York, NY: “Tragic Laughter”
1986 San Antonio, TX: “XOPOY in Aristophanes” (by title)
1985 Washington DC: “The Lysistrata as a Post-Dekeleian Peace Play”
1983 Cincinnati, OH: “The Ironic Interpretation of Aristophanes’ Ploutos”
B) Other venues
2007 “Mater Luvia: Tracking an Archetype,” Rough Cilicia: New Archaeological and Historical
Perspectives, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Oct. 2007
2005 “The Mater Dolorosa of Rough Cilicia,” Indiana Classical Conference
2004 “Myth and History in Bronze Age Sparta,” Paideia Conference in Sparta, Greece
2002 a) “The Erasmian Pronunciation of Greek: A Re-Evaluation”, Thomas L. Conklin Memorial
Lecture, Wayne State University, MI
b) “The Erasmian Pronunciation of Greek”, Conference on Erasmian Pronunciation, Litochoro,
2001 a) “The Rough Cilicia Archaological Survey Project” (participant in poster session) American
Institute of Archaeology: Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA
b) “Juliosebaste: The Discovery of a Lost Roman City,” University of California, Santa Barbara
2000 a) “Quo Vadis? The Future of Classics” (moderator), California Classical Association:
b) “Juliosebaste: The Discovery of a Lost Roman City,” Purdue University, IN
1999 a) “Who Killed Homer?” California Classical Association: Cal State, Long Beach
b) “Hercules: Myth and History, Young Professionals Institute, Cal Tech
1996 “Socrates and the Buddha: Common Ground,” Purdue University, IN
1990 “Aristophanes and the Common Man,” Friends of Ancient History: UCLA
1988 “Tragic Laughter,” California Classical Association-Southern Section: Harvard-Westlake
C) Ancient Poetry Recitations
Smith College, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, University of California, Los Angeles;
High Schools in the Los Angeles area: Marlboro High School, Palos Verdes High School, Polytechnic High School, Harvard Westlake School, Sacred Heart School, etc.
D) Outreach Program
2006 Introductory Latin for College Bound (non-profit organization helping minority students to attend colleges and universities) Session 1: Jan-April; Session 2: July-August
ARCHAEOLOGICAL FIELD EXPERIENCE
1999-2004, 2006-2007 Rough Cilicia Archaeological Survey Project (southern Turkey)
2011-present, Chair, Dept. of Classics and Archaeology
2010-11 Acting Chair, Dept. of Classics and Archaeology
2010- Member, Editorial Board of Amphora, the outreach publication of the APA
2006-2007 Assistant to Chief Academic Officer, LMU
2004 – 2007 Chair, Dept. of Classics and Archaeology, LMU
2004 –2006 President, California Classical Association-South
2003-4 Acting Chair, Dept. of Classics, LMU
2003-2008 President, Society for the Oral Reading of Greek and Latin Literature
2002 -4 Vice President, California Classical Association -South
2001 Undergraduate Director, Rough Cilicia Archaeological Survey Project
1999-2002 Vice President, Society for the Oral Reading of Greek and Latin Literature (executive
member since 1988)
1996-7 Acting Chair, Dept. of Classics, LMU
Acting Director, Honors Program, LMU
1996-97 President of the Faculty Senate, LMU
1994-95 President of the Faculty Senate, LMU
1991-92 Secretary of the Faculty Senate, LMU
1990-97; 2001-2004 Member, Faculty Senate
1989 -91 Chair, Title IX Subcommittee of the Committee on the Status of Women, LMU
1990-92 President, California Classical Association, Southern Section
1989-95 Editor, CCA-SS Newsletter, Quid Novi?
1988-90 Acting Chair, Dept. of Classics, Loyola Marymount University
Spoken: German (excellent); Italian, Spanish (good); French, Modern Greek (fair); Turkish (rudimentary).
Reading Knowledge: Latin, Ancient Greek (excellent).