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Gregory Nagy (pronounced /nɑʒ/) is a professor of Classics at Harvard University, specializing in Homer and archaic Greek poetry. Nagy is known for extending Milman Parry and Albert Lord's theories about the oral composition-in-performance of the Iliad and Odyssey. Since 2000, he has been the director of the Center for Hellenic Studies, a Harvard school in Washington DC. He is the Francis Jones Professor of Classical Greek Literature and Professor of Comparative Literature at Harvard, and continues to teach half-time at the Harvard campus in Cambridge, Massachusetts. From 1994 to 2000, he served as Chair of the Classics Department at Harvard University. He was Chair of Harvard's undergraduate Literature Concentration from 1989 to 1994. He served as the president of the American Philological Association in the academic year 1990-91.
Nagy and his wife, Olga Davidson, lecturer in Brandeis' Humanities Program and chair of the Ilex Foundation, served as co-masters of Currier House at Harvard from 1986 to 1990.
As sole author:
- Nagy, Gregory, Homer's Text And Language (University of Illinois Press, 2004)
- Nagy, Gregory, Homeric Responses (University of Texas Press, 2003)
- Nagy, Gregory, Plato's Rhapsody and Homer's Music : The Poetics of the Panathenaic Festival in Classical Athens (Harvard University Press, 2002)
- Nagy, Gregory, The Best of the Achaeans: Concepts of the Hero in Archaic Greek Poetry, Revised Edition (Johns Hopkins University Press, 1998; original publication, 1979)
- Nagy, Gregory, Homeric Questions (University of Texas Press, 1996)
- Nagy, Gregory, Greek Mythology and Poetics (Cornell University Press, 1990)
- Nagy, Gregory, Pindar's Homer: The Lyric Possession of an Epic Past (Johns Hopkins University Press, 1990)
- Nagy, Gregory, Comparative Studies in Greek and Indic Meter (Harvard University Press, 1974)
- Nagy, Gregory, Greek Dialects and the Transformation of an Indo-European Process (Harvard University Press, 1970)
As editor or co-editor:
- Victor Bers and Nagy, G. eds., The Classics In East Europe: From the End of World War II to the Present (American Philological Association Pamphlet Series, 1996)
- Nicole Loraux, Nagy, G., and Slatkin, L., eds., Postwar French Thought vol. 3, Antiquities (New Press, 2001)
- Nagy, Gregory, "The Crisis of Performance," in The Ends of Rhetoric: History, Theory, Practice (ed. J. Bender and D.E. Wellbery; Stanford 1990) 43-59
- Nagy, Gregory, "Distortion diachronique dans l'art homérique: quelques précisions" in Constructions du temps dans le monde ancien (ed. C. Darbo-Peschanski; Paris 2000) 417-426.
- Nagy, Gregory, "The Professional Muse and Models of Prestige in Ancient Greece," Cultural Critique 12 (1989) 133-143
- Nagy, Gregory, Early Greek Views of Poets and Poetry," in The Cambridge History of Literary Criticism, vol. 1 (ed. G. Kennedy; Cambridge 1989; paperback 1993) 1-77