King Hall 111
Tel: (718) 997-5582
of Classics. Ph.D. Columbia University; Department Chair, 1983-95
Prof. Lidov teachers, at the College, all levels of Greek, sometimes
Latin, and middle and upper-level in-translation courses, including
Writing-intensive; at the graduate level, Homer, Pindar and Sophocles.
His research specializes in early lyric and dramatic Greek poetry,
with a special interest in metrical and rhetorical form, and in
the theory of Greek Metrics.
primary field of research, publication, and graduate teaching is
early Greek poetry--epic, lyric, and tragedy. I have a special interest
in how poets such as Pindar, Sappho, or Sophocles use form or structure
as a component of meaning and persuasion.
In Queens College I teach courses in Greek and Latin language and
on Greek and Latin authors. I also teach courses in which we read
the authors in translation. I especially enjoy the course on epic
and tragedy, in which we can participate with Homer and Greek tragedians
in an examination of what it means to lead a human life, and the
course on the classical backgrounds of English literature, where
we see how both ancient and modern writers create new meanings by
adapting, reinterpreting, and subverting the traditions that have
I regard a knowledge of the Classics - the
literature and the history, the myths, the forms of expression,
the languages - as one of the most powerful tools available for
increasing our ability to think about the world we live in.