(S.U.N.Y. Distinguished Teaching Professor Emeritus & Andrew V.V. Raymond Professor Emeritus) Greek Literature, Mythology, Literary Theory
John Peradotto received his bachelor’s degree in philosophy and his master’s degree in Greek and Latin from St. Louis University, and his doctorate in classics from Northwestern University. He was a fellow of Harvard University’s Center for Hellenic Studies. In 1975, he received the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, and in 1990 was named a Distinguished Teaching Professor by the State University Board of Trustees. He was twice awarded grants by the National Endowment for the Humanities to conduct summer seminars, one for college teachers and the other for secondary school teachers. Professor Peradotto was one of the founders of the classical journal Arethusa, and was its editor-in-chief from 1975 to 1996. In that capacity, he was responsible for such special theme-centered issues as Population Policy in Plato and Aristotle, Women in the Ancient World, Classical Literature and Contemporary Literary Theory, Virgil: 2000 Years, Semiotics and Classical Studies, Herodotus and the Invention of History, The Challenge of “Black Athena,” and Mikhail Bakhtin and Ancient Studies: Dialogues and Dialogics. He is the author of Classical Mythology: An Annotated Bibliographical Survey (1973) and Man in the Middle Voice: Name and Narration in the Odyssey (1990), as well as articles and reviews on Greek myth, epic, and tragedy. His work explores ways in which classical studies may be enhanced by productive blending of traditional philology and current methodologies in anthropology, psychology, linguistics, and literary analysis. He has delivered more than 100 invited lectures on these and other topics at more than fifty universities and colleges and at meetings of professional associations. Among these presentations are the prestigious Charles Beebe Martin Lectures at Oberlin College. In 1990, he was elected president of the American Philological Association.