Shadi Bartsch

Shadi Bartsch

Shadi Bartsch-Zimmer (born March 17, 1966) is an American academic and is the Helen A. Regenstein Distinguished Service Professor of Classics at the University of Chicago.[1] She has previously held professorships at the University of California, Berkeley[2] and Brown University where she was the W. Duncan MacMillan II Professor of Classics in 2008-2009.[3]


Bartsch is the daughter of a UN economist and spent her childhood in London, Geneva, Tehran, Jakarta, and the Fiji Islands. She earned a B.A. summa cum laude from Princeton University in 1987 and both her M.A. and Ph.D. (1992) from the University of California, Berkeley in Latin and classics, respectively. She is married to Robert Zimmer.


Bartsch has contributed to classical scholarship,[4] more specifically in the areas of the literature and culture of Julio-Claudian Rome, the ancient novel, Roman stoicism, and the classical tradition.[5] She was awarded the Quantrell Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching in the College in 2000 and the Faculty Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching in 2006 at the University of Chicago. She was awarded an ACLS Fellowship in 1999[6] and a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2007.[7] Bartsch also served as Chair of the Faculty Board of the University of Chicago Press from 2006-2008[8] and Editor-in-Chief of Classical Philology from 2000-2004 and 2014 onwards. She has been appointed the Inaugural Director of the Stevanovich Institute on the Formation of Knowledge [9] and is currently the lead editor of the journal KNOW: A Journal on the Formation of Knowledge.[10]

Books publishedEdit

  • Decoding the Ancient Novel: The Reader and the Role of Description in Heliodorus and Achilles Tatius. (1989)
  • Actors in the Audience: Theatricality and Doublespeak from Nero to Hadrian. (1994)
  • Ideology in Cold Blood: A Reading of Lucan’s Civil War. (1998)
  • Oxford Encyclopedia of Rhetoric. (as editor with Thomas Sloane, Heinrich Plett, and Thomas Farrell, 2001)
  • Erotikon: Essays on Eros, Ancient and Modern, (as editor with Thomas Bartscherer, 2005)
  • The Mirror of the Self: Sexuality, Self-Knowledge, and the Gaze in the Early Roman Empire (2006)
  • Ekphrasis. (a special issue of Classical Philology, as editor with Jas Elsner, 2007)
  • Seneca and the Self, (as editor with David Wray, 2009)
  • Persius: A Study in Food, Philosophy, and the Figural. (2015; winner of the Charles J. Goodwin award)
  • The Cambridge Companion to Seneca, as editor with Alessandro Schiesaro, 2015)
  • The Cambridge Companion to the Age of Nero, (as editor with Kirk Freudenburg and Cedric Littlewood, 2017)
  • The Chicago Seneca in Translation Series, (as series editor with Martha Nussbaum and Elizabeth Asmis, 2008 - 2017)


  • Seneca's Medea
  • Seneca's Thyestes
  • Seneca's Phaedra
  • Vergil's Aeneid (forthcoming 2020 from Random House)


  1. ^ University of Chicago faculty directory of Classics: Shadi Bartsch Archived 2008-06-28 at the Wayback Machine Accessed 2009-01-03.
  2. ^ Distinguished group joins the University's faculty, The University of Chicago Chronicle, 18(1), Oct. 1, 1998. Accessed 2009-01-03.
  3. ^ Shadi Bartsch, Professor of Classics Today at Brown: News, people and events at the University, August 26, 2008. Accessed 2009-01-03.
  4. ^ For example, Edward Rothstein, CONNECTIONS; Eros and Its Dizzying Masks, The New York Times, March 10, 2001. Accessed 2009-01-03.
  5. ^ Seth Sanders, Bartsch looks through eyes of classical thinkers, The University of Chicago Chronicle, 23(4), Nov. 6, 2003. Accessed 2009-01-03.
  6. ^ [1] ACLS news
  7. ^ Josh Schonwald, Four Chicago faculty members are named Guggenheim fellows, The University of Chicago Chronicle, 26(14), April 12, 2007. Accessed 2009-01-03.
  8. ^ Jennifer Howard, U. of Chicago Press Looks to New Director for Strong Leadership, The Chronicle of Higher Education, 53(50): A16, August 17, 2007. Accessed 2009-01-03.
  9. ^ University establishes Stevanovich Institute on the Formation of Knowledge,[2]
  10. ^ [3] University of Chicago Press Journals: KNOW

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