Peter Makhlouf


Peter Makhlouf holds a B.A. in Classics (Latin and Greek) from Brown University and an M.A. in Comparative Literature from Princeton. At present his two primary areas of research are 1) the German tradition from c. 1800 onward and 2) Platonism and Aristotelianism from the classical period through into late antiquity, the Arabic Middle Ages, and Latin Europe.

His dissertation, "Ab integro ordo: Weimar Interregnum and the Rise of Roman Germany", investigates fictions of Roman imperial continuity in the work of figures such as Stefan George and his "Kreis", Rudolf Borchardt, Carl Schmitt, Alfred Schuler, and Ernst Robert Curtius.

In academic year 2021-22, he was "Gastwissenschaftler" in the "Das Wissen der Literatur" Network at Humboldt Universität zu Berlin. 

His work has appeared in Archiv für Mediengeschichte, The Forum for Modern Language Studies, the LA Review of Books' "Marginalia" publication, and the Radical History Review. Forthcoming are his study of the Arabic Aristotelians' doctrine of prophecy from Farabi to Leo Strauss (in The International Journal of the Classical Tradition) and an article on the poetics and politics of catasterism in imperial Rome (co-written with Prof. J.D. Reed of Brown U.). Works-in-progress include a study of the "destruction of the voice" in German-Jewish literature and music, as well as "The Conquest of Alexandria as a Leitmotif of the Weimar Republic" (the latter to appear in the published proceedings of the Jahrestagung des Graduiertenkollegs ,,Imperien: Dynamischer Wandel, Temporalität und nachimperiale Ordnungen'' at the Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg).

Languages: Arabic, French, German, Greek, Latin, Middle High German

In progress: Old Occitan, Yiddish