Bio


Grant Parker joined Stanford from Duke University in 2006. He teaches Latin and other topics in Roman imperial culture; he has worked on the history of collecting and on historical maps. His books include The Making of Roman India (2008) and The Agony of Asar: a former slave's defence of slavery, 1742 (2001). He has edited a major volume, South Africa, Greece, Rome: classical confrontations (forthcoming 2016/7). Current research projects focus on memorialization and public history, in both Rome and South Africa (including comparison).

Academic Appointments


  • Associate Professor, Classics

Administrative Appointments


  • Fellowship, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (2008 - 2009)
  • Resident Fellow, Toyon Hall, Stanford University (2010 - Present)
  • Assistant to Associate Professor, Department of Classics, Stanford University (2006 - Present)
  • Honorary appointment, Department of History, Duke University (2005 - 2006)
  • Hunt Family Assistant Professor of Classical Studies, Duke University (2004 - 2006)
  • Assistant Professor of Latin, Department of Classical Studies, Duke University (2001 - 2006)
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Classical Studies, University of Michigan (1999 - 2001)
  • Assistant in Instruction and Lecturer in Latin, Princeton University (1998 - 1999)
  • Junior Lecturer, Department of Classics, University of the Witwatersrand (1989 - 1991)
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Michigan Society of Fellows, University of Michigan (1999 - 2001)

Honors & Awards


  • Nominated as one of ten 'Standout Scholars' under the age of forty, Black Issues in Higher Education (2003)

Boards, Advisory Committees, Professional Organizations


  • Director of Graduate Studies, Department of Classics, Stanford University (2011 - 2015)
  • Chair of Search Committee, Stanford University (2012 - 2012)
  • Faculty Library Committee, Stanford University (2012 - 2015)
  • Chair of Tenure Review Committee, Stanford University (2013 - 2013)
  • Member of Bing Overseas Studies Program Oversight Committee, Stanford University (2013 - Present)
  • Member of Thesaurus Linguae Latinae Committee, American Philological Association (2006 - 2008)
  • Member of Thesaurus Linguae Latinae Committee, American Philological Association (2012 - 2015)
  • Academic Press Referee, Markus Wiener Publishers (2000 - 2011)
  • Academic Press Referee, Yale University Press (2004 - 2004)
  • Academic Press Referee, Blackwell Publishers (2004 - 2004)
  • Academic Press Referee, Blackwell Publishers (2007 - 2007)
  • Academic Press Referee, Witwatersrand University Press (2007 - 2007)
  • Academic Press Referee, Princeton University Press (2008 - 2008)
  • Academic Press Referee, Cambridge University Press (2009 - 2009)
  • Academic Press Referee, Cambridge University Press (2012 - 2012)
  • Academic Press Referee, Cambridge University Press (2013 - 2013)
  • Academic Press Referee, Oxford University Press (2009 - 2009)
  • Academic Press Referee, Palgrave MacMillan (2009 - 2009)
  • Academic Press Referee, I.B. Tauris (2010 - 2010)
  • Journal Referee, American Journal of Philology (2000 - 2000)
  • Journal Referee, American Journal of Philology (2007 - 2007)
  • Journal Referee, Journal of the Economic and Social History of the Orient (2000 - 2000)
  • Journal Referee, Journal of the Economic and Social History of the Orient (2009 - 2009)
  • Journal Referee, Comparative Studies in Society and History (2001 - 2001)
  • Journal Referee, Comparative Studies in Society and History (2010 - 2010)
  • Journal Referee, Art Bulletin (2008 - 2008)
  • Journal Referee, Classical Antiquity (2009 - 2009)
  • Journal Referee, Classical Receptions (2009 - 2009)
  • Journal Referee, Arethusa (2010 - 2010)
  • Journal Referee, Journal of Roman Studies (2010 - 2010)
  • Journal Referee, Classical Journal (2010 - 2010)
  • Journal Referee, Historia (2013 - 2013)

Professional Education


  • B.A., University of Cape Town, English and Latin (1987)
  • B.A. (Honours), University of Cape Town, Latin (1988)
  • M.A., University of Cape Town, Latin (1991)
  • Ph.D., Princeton University, Classical Philology (1999)

2019-20 Courses


Stanford Advisees


  • Doctoral Dissertation Reader (AC)
    Leonardo Cazzadori, Dillon Gisch
  • Orals Chair
    Ashley Clark, Rebecca Wall
  • Doctoral (Program)
    Brian Bigio, Leonardo Cazzadori, Anne Duray, Dillon Gisch, Sienna Kang, Anja Krieger, Eunsoo Lee, Alyson Melzer, Ronnie Shi, Lizzy Ten-Hove, Gabrielle Thiboutot

All Publications


  • Barbarians Harvard Guide to the Classical Tradition Parker, G. R. edited by Grafton, A. T., Most, G., Settis, S. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press. 2010
  • Can the subaltern speak Latin? The case of Capitein Latinity and Alterity Parker, G. R. edited by Haskell, Y., Ruys, J. F. Tempe: Arizona Center for Medieval & Renaissance Studies and BREPOLS. 2010: 241–258
  • Geography Harvard Guide to the Classical Traditions Parker, G. R. edited by Grafton, A. T., Most, G., Settis, S. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press. 2010
  • Inflections of myth in Ausonius' Epigrams Mythos im Alltag-Alltag im Mythos. Die Banalität des Alltags in unterschiedlichen literarischen Verwendungskontexten Parker, G. R. edited by Schmitz, C. Paderborn: Wilhelm Fink. 2010: 161–174
  • Obelisks Harvard Guide to the Classical Tradition Parker, G. R. edited by Grafton, A. T., Most, G., Settis, S. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press. 2010
  • India Harvard Guide to the Classical Tradition Parker, G. R. edited by Grafton, A. T., Most, G., Settis, S. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press. 2010
  • East and West Harvard Guide to the Classical Traditions Parker, G. R. edited by Grafton, A. T., Most, G., Settis, S. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press. 2010
  • Highways into byways: travels of Tiberius Antichthon Parker, G. R. 2009; 43: 64-78
  • The gender of travel: Cynthia and others Materiali e Discussioni per analisi del testi classici Parker, G. R. 2009
  • Isis Oxford Encyclopedia of Ancient Greece and Rome Parker, G. R. edited by Gagarin, M. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 2009
  • Cleopatra Oxford Encyclopedia of Ancient Greece and Rome Parker, G. R. edited by Gagarin, M. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 2009
  • Images of Mediterranean India: representing the subcontinent in ancient Greek and Roman art Ancient India and its Wider World Parker, G. R. edited by Parker, G. R., Sinopoli, C. 2008: 106–126
  • Ancient India in its Wider World edited by Parker, G. R., Sinopoli, C. Ann Arbor: Center for South and South East Asian Studies, University of Michigan. 2008
  • The Making of Roman India Parker, G. R. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 2008
  • Mediterranean Passages: readings from Dido to Derrida edited by Cooke, M., Göknar, E., Parker, G. R. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press. 2008
  • Mapping the Mediterranean JOURNAL OF MEDIEVAL AND EARLY MODERN STUDIES Parker, G. 2007; 37 (1): 1-7
  • Hellenism in an Afghan context Memory as History: the legacy of Alexander in Asia Parker, G. R. edited by Ray, H. P., Potts, D. T. New Delhi: Aryan Books International. 2007: 170–191
  • Obelisks still in exile: Monuments made to measure? 3rd International Conference of Isis Studies Parker, G. E J BRILL. 2007: 209–222
  • Topographies of taste: Indian textiles and Mediterranean contexts Ars Orientalis Parker, G. R. 2007; 34: 19-37
  • Breyten Breytenbach Encyclopaedia of African Literature Parker, G. R. edited by Gikandi, S. London: Routledge. 2003: 77–79
  • Narrating monumentality: the Piazza Navona obelisk Journal of Mediterranean Archaeology Parker, G. R. 2003; 16 (2): 193-215
  • Ex oriente luxuria: Indian commodities and Roman experience Journal of the Economic and Social History of the Orient Parker, G. R. 2002; 45 (1): 40-95
  • Crossings: Early Mediterranean contacts with India (Book Review) JOURNAL OF ROMAN STUDIES Book Review Authored by: Parker, G. 2001; 91: 197-197
  • Sitting down with the Barrington Atlas Journal of Roman Archaeology Alcock, S. E., Dey, H. W., Parker, G. 2001; 14: 454-461
  • Porous connections: the Mediterranean and the Red Sea Thesis Eleven Parker, G. R. 2001; 67: 59-79
  • The Agony of Asar: a thesis on slavery by the former slave, Jacobus Eliza Johannes Capitein, 1717-1747 Translated by Parker, G. R., Capitein, J. E. Princeton: Markus Wiener Publishers. 2001
  • The Mediterranean and the Mediterranean world of Borden and Purcell Journal of Mediterranean Archaeology Parker, G. R. 2000; 13 (2): 228-232
  • Review of Taprobane: Ancient Sri Lanka as known to Greeks and Romans - D.P.M. Weerakkody Scholia Parker, G. R. 1999; 8: 115-120
  • Review of The Jews in Late Ancient Rome: evidence of cultural interaction in the Roman Diaspora - Leonard Victor Rutgers Scholia Parker, G. R. 1997; 6: 118-122
  • Intimations of immortality: a study of perennis Acta Classica Parker, G. R. 1993; 36: 119-127
  • ORPHEUS IN THE 18TH-CENTURY, THE USE OF MYTH IN GLUCK 'ORFEO ED EURIDICE' ENGLISH STUDIES IN AFRICA Parker, G. 1992; 35 (2): 25-38
  • The physical being and circulation of ancient literature: an introduction Akroterion Parker, G. R. 1992; 37 (3-4): 114-133
  • Euhoe, parce Liber: Horace on wine and poetic inspiration South African Journal of Folklore Studies Parker, G. R. 1991; 2: 40-50
  • Patronage of letters in the early Roman Empire Akroterion Parker, G. R. 1991; 36 (4): 140-152
  • The 'divine machinery' of the Aeneid Akroterion Parker, G. R. 1989; 34 (2): 181-190