David Stifler
Graduate Assistant

David Stifler is a PhD candidate in Classical Studies, focusing on Greek and Roman literature. His major interests are clustered around sociolinguistics, and include such topics as multilingualism, pidgins and creoles, and the development and expression of cultural identity in antiquity along linguistic lines. He is currently working on a dissertation, provisionally entitled "Lucian and the Atticists: A Barbarian at the Gates" centered on Lucian of Samosata in the context of cultural and grammatical issues of the Second Sophistic. David received his BA from Swarthmore College in 2008 and his MA from Florida State University in 2013.

Current Research Interests

Language and Identity
Hellenism and Latinity; lexicographers and grammarians; the Atticism debate in Imperial Greek sources

Reception and Innovation
Roman adaptation of Greek models; poetry in the late Republic and early Empire; transformation of genre

Roman and Greek Satire
Imperial cultural commentary; pastiche and parody in the Second Sophistic; language and humor

Teaching and Learning
Language acquisition, classroom dynamics, exploratory practice, outreach in Classics

Office Hours

W 1:00 - 2:00 PM, F 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM, and by appointment
Office Location: Page 209

Current Appointments & Affiliations

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