Leon Grek

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Leon Grek is doctoral candidate in the Department of Comparative Literature and the Interdisciplinary Doctoral Program in the Humanities (IHUM) at Princeton University. Leon’s research focuses on classical Latin literature and its reception in early modern England. His dissertation, entitled Translations of Comedy, Comedies of Translation: the fabula palliata in Republican Rome and Early-Modern England, explores the literary and cultural implications of the repeated translation of New Comedy in antiquity and the Renaissance. Other research and teaching interests include the literary representation of urban space, and particularly of the city of Rome; the relationship between Renaissance literature and humanist scholarship; the epic tradition; and the history of translation and translation theory. At Princeton, Leon has taught for courses on rhetorical theory and practice and Latin language. He is also an editor-in-chief of Inventory, Princeton’s journal of literary translation. Leon received his B.A. from McGill University in English Literature and Classics and also holds an M.St. in Greek and Latin Languages and Literature from Oxford.



Interdisciplinary Doctoral Program in the Humanities Fellowship, Princeton University (2013-2014)

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Doctoral Fellowship (2010-2014)

Joseph E. Croft *73 Summer Research Fellowship, Princeton University (Summers 2011 and 2012)

Canadian Alumni Fund Graduate Fellowship, Princeton University (2010-11)



Instructor, Latin 101: Beginning Latin (Fall 2013)

Assistant in Instruction, Classics 211: Rhetoric: Classical Theory, Modern Practice (Fall 2012)


Selected Talks and Presentations

“Lukács’ Ambivalent Totalities” (response paper), Postclassicisms Workshop: the 1920s, Princeton University, January 9-10, 2014.

“The Commentator’s Grief: Ovidian Ruins and the Fasti of Paulus Marsus,” Ad mea tempora: Ovid in Ovidian Times, Warburg Institute, London, March 9, 2013. (Also co-organized conference).

“Terence and the Invention of Translation,” Program in Translation and Intercultural Communication Translation Lunch Series, Princeton University, February 4, 2013.

“Anachronic Jonson: Intertextual Histories in Sejanus and Catiline” (with Aaron Kachuck), The Long Reach of Antiquity, Columbia University, April 27-28, 2012.



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