Bard Faculty

Robert Cioffi

Assistant Professor of Classics

Primary Academic Program: Classical Studies

Academic Program Affiliation(s): Foreign Languages, Cultures, and Literatures, Literature


B.A., Harvard University; M.St. Greek and/or Latin Languages and Literatures, University of Oxford; Ph.D., Harvard University. Specialized training in Demotic Egyptian and papyrology. Articles, reviews, and encyclopedia entries published in Oxford Handbooks Online in Classical Studies, Ancient Narrative, Mnemosyne, Journal of Hellenic Studies, Cartographic Perspectives, Bryn Maw Classical Review, and The Virgil Encyclopedia, among others. He has presented at conferences throughout the United States on such subjects as Achilles Tatius and the Egytian landscape; longos, mimesis, and the pastoral tradition; and Poliziano’s use of ancient sources and epiphanic language in the Greek novels. Honors and awards include the Derek Bok Center Certificate of Distinction in Teaching (awarded four times) and Clarendon Fund Fellowship at Oxford, among others. Previously served as lecturer in the Department of Classics at Dartmouth College. At Bard since 2013.


  • Research Interests: Greek literature, especially prose fiction of the Roman imperial period; Greek and Roman religion; Greek and Egyptian cultural interactions; travel, ethnography, and identity in the ancient world; cartography and ancient conceptions of space; papyrology


Location: Aspinwall
Office: 111