Bryant Kirkland

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I joined the Classics Department at UCLA in 2017, following a year’s teaching at Kenyon College. My degrees are from Yale (PhD, 2016), UCL, and Davidson. I have been the recipient of a Fulbright Research Fellowship to Germany as well as a fellowship at Yale’s Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library.

My research interests lie in Greek literature and have recently centered on the intersections of ancient historiography (especially Herodotus), ancient literary criticism, and ancient reception studies. My current book project, Herodotus and Imperial Greek Literature (under contract with Oxford)examines the diverse reception of Herodotus in specifically non-historiographic texts by Greek writers living under Roman rule. It argues that Imperial Greek writers recognized a set of Herodotean intellectual virtues that informed their own enactments of authorial persona, aesthetic and ethical criticism, irony, and the contingent definitions of Greekness under Rome.

Separately, I have written a book-chapter on historiographic resonances in the fragmentary novelist Antonius Diogenes. I have also authored journal articles on the pseudo-Herodotean Life of Homer, Plutarch’s On the Malice of Herodotus, and Dionysius of Halicarnassus’s literary criticism. Ongoing projects include studies of Dio Chrysostom’s urban orations. I teach a wide range of courses at UCLA, including the General Education course “Discovering the Greeks”; Greek prose composition; an undergraduate lecture course on ancient historiography; the graduate survey course in Imperial Greek literature; and graduate seminars (most recently on Lucian). I am always happy to meet with students interested in Imperial Greek literature, Herodotus, and/or ancient literary criticism.


  • PhD, Classics, Yale University (2016)
  • MA, with distinction, Classics, University College London (2009)
  • AB, magna cum laude, Classics, Davidson College (2007)


  • Imperial Greek Literature (Second Sophistic)
  • Herodotus
  • Ancient reception studies


  • “Herodotus and Pseudo-Herodotus in the Vita Herodotea” (TAPA 148.2)
  • “The Character of Tradition in Plutarch’s On the Malice of Herodotus” (American Journal of Philology 140.3)
  • “The ‘Quest for Inquiry’: Herodotean and Historiographic Presences in Antonius Diogenes,” in K. ni Mheallaigh and C. R. Jackson (eds.) The Thulean Zone: New Frontiers in Fiction with Antonius Diogenes, Cambridge (forthcoming)
  • “‘One Harmonious Body’: Dionysius, Herodotus, and the Rhetoric of Empire” (Mnemosyne, 2021) 
  • “‘The Friend-Making Table’: Variety and the Definition of Friendship in Plutarch’s Table Talk” (forthcoming 2023, The Journal of Hellenic Studies)