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Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures

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Mark A. Beck

Title: Associate Professor of Classics
Department: Languages, Literatures and Cultures
College of Arts and Sciences
Phone: 803-777-4882
Mark Beck


  • APA/NEH Thesaurus linguae Latinae Postdoctoral Fellowship (Munich, Germany) 2000-2001
  • Ph.D. in Classics 1998 U. of N.C. at Chapel Hill (Chapel Hill, NC)
  • M.A. in Greek and Latin Literature 1993 Georg-August Universität (Göttingen, Germany)
  • B.A. in Classics 1984 University of Colorado at Boulder
  • B.A. in Psychology 1981 University of Colorado at Boulder

Teaching Interests

Greek Language and Literature; Leadership, Sport, and Combat in the Ancient World.

Highlights of Current Research

“Great Men,” in The Cambridge Companion to Plutarch, edited by Frances B. Titchener and Alexei V. Zadorojnyi, Cambridge:  Cambridge University Press (2023) 197-225.

Edited Volumes:
(editor and contributor) The Cambridge Companion to Plutarch, Malden, Mass., Oxford:  Wiley-Blackwell (2014).

(editor and contributor) Plutarch c. 45-c. 125. Classical and Medieval Literature Criticism, vol. 146., Gale: Cengate Learning (2012) 139-247

Articles, Book Chapters:

“Plutarch on Rome”, (chapter thirty-two) in Jonathan Prag and Valentina Arena (eds.), A Companion to the Political Culture of the Roman Republic, Chichester, UK:Wiley-Blackwell (2022) 159-173.

“Pericles and Athens:  An Intertextual Reading of Plutarch and Thucydides,” in T.S. Schmidt, M. Vamvouri & R. Hirsch-Luipold (eds.), The Dynamics of Intertextuality in Plutarch (Brill's Plutarch Studies), Leiden: Brill (2020) 98-110.

“Plutarch’s Primary Use of the Socratic Paradigm in the Lives”, in Christopher Moore (ed.), Brill’s Companion to the Reception of Socrates, Leiden and Boston:  Brill (2019) 311-327.

“Time and Space in Plutarch’s Lives”, in Giorgiadou, Aristoula and Oikonomopoulou, Katerina (eds.), Space, Time and Language in Plutarch, Berlin:  De Gruyter (2017) 25-40.

“Lucian’s Life of Demonax:  The Socratic Paradigm, Individuality, and Personality,” in Koen de Temmerman and Kristoffel Demoen (eds.), Writing Biography in Greece and Rome:  Narrative Technique and Fictionalization, Cambridge:  Cambridge University Press (2016) 80-96.

“The Serio-Comic Life of Antony” in Jan Opsomer, Gert Roskam, and Frances B. Titchener (eds.), A Versatile Gentleman:  Consistency in Plutarch’s Writing, Leuven:  Leuven University Press/Presses Universitaires de Louvain (2016) 137-146.

 “Introduction:  Plutarch in Greece”, in Mark Beck (ed.)  A Companion to Plutarch, Malden, Mass., Oxford:  Wiley-Blackwell (2014) 1-9.

 “The Socratic Paradigm” (Chapter Thirty One), in Mark Beck (ed.)  A Companion to Plutarch, Malden, Mass., Oxford:  Wiley-Blackwell (2014) 463-478.

 “Alexander for the Romans:  The Ideology of Anger Control in Plutarch and Arrian,” in P. Volpe Cacciatore (ed.), Plutarch’s Writings: Transmission, Translation, Reception, Commentary, Naples (2013) 47-61.

 “Chapter Twenty-Six:  Plutarch,” in Irene J. F. De Jong (ed.) Space in Ancient Greek Literature:  Studies in Ancient Greek Narrative, Vol. 3, Leiden, Boston:   Brill (2012) 441-462.

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