James P. Holoka

Directory of American Scholars9 1.269-270

Department of World Languages &
Department of History and Philosophy
Eastern Michigan University
Ypsilanti, MI 48197
(734) 487-2283
E-mail: james@holoka.com

Special Fields:

Greek and Roman epic, lyric, and satire
Ancient history; women in antiquity
Greek and Roman military history
Comparative literature and literary theory


B.A. with high distinction in Classics, The University of Rochester, 1969
M.A. in Comparative Literature, SUNY-Binghamton, 1972
Ph.D. in Comparative Literature, The University of Michigan, 1974

Employment and Teaching Experience:

1969-72: Teaching assistant/fellow at SUNY-Binghamton and University of Michigan
1974-76: Lecturer in humanities and foreign languages at Eastern Michigan University
1976-81: Assistant Professor, foreign languages
1981-86: Associate Professor, foreign languages
1986-91: Professor, foreign languages
1991-2000: Professor, foreign languages and history
2000 (spring-summer): Acting Department Head, foreign languages
2000- : Professor, world languages and history

Awards, Honors, etc.:

Rackham Prize Fellowship, University of Michigan (1973-74);
International Society for Homeric Studies Scholarship (1973);
NEH Summer Stipend (1976) — Homer bibliography, see item 17 below;
Distinguished Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching and Commitment to Students (1980);
Sabbatical Leave (1983) — Catullus bibliography, see item 2;
Spring-Summer Research Award (1984) — Nonverbal communication in Homer, see items 23-25;
Faculty Research Fellowship (1987) — Classical studies handbook;
Spring-Summer Research Award (1988) — Homer bibliography, see items 28-29;
Spring-Summer Research Award (1989, declined) — see item 4;
Sabbatical Leave (1989) — Simone Weil study, see items 7, 27, 38;
Scholarly Recognition Award (1991) — for item 4;
Spring-Summer Research Award (1994) — Latacz translation, see item 6;
Spring-Summer Research Award (1996) — Petronius project, see items 79, 82;
Spring-Summer Research Award (1998) — Battle of Marathon project, see item 35;
Graduate School Research Support Fund Award (2002) — Simone Weil edition, see item 7;
Sabbatical Leave (2010) — Michigan War Studies Review.



1. "Homer and Modern Literary Critical Discourse." Diss. Michigan 1974. Summary in DAI 35 (1974) 2963A.


2. Gaius Valerius Catullus: A Systematic Bibliography. New York/London: Garland Publishing, 1985.



[Co-author, with R. Goff et al.] A Survey of Western Civilizationhttp://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=michiganwarst-20&l=ur2&o=1. 1987. 2nd ed.: New York: McGraw-Hill, 1997. Also Instructor's Manual for A Survey of Western Civilization. St. Paul: West Publishing, 1987; and Student's Guide and Workbook for A Survey of Western Civilization. St. Paul: West Publishing, 1987.



[Co-author, with J-H. Upshur et al.] World Historyhttp://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=michiganwarst-20&l=ur2&o=1. 5th ed.: Boston: Wadsworth, 2012. [1st 1991, 2nd 1995, 3rd 1999, 4th 2002/compact 4th 2005.]  Also Instructor's Manual for World History and Student's Guide for World History. 1st, 2nd, and 3rd eds.


[Co-author, with J-H. Upshur.] Lives and Times: A World History Readerhttp://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=michiganwarst-20&l=ur2&o=1. 2 vols. Belmont, CA: Thomson/Wadsworth, 1995.



[Translator.] Joachim Latacz. Homer: His Art and His Worldhttp://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=michiganwarst-20&l=ur2&o=1. Ann Arbor: Univ. of Michigan Press, 1996. [Orig.: Homer: der erste Dichter des Abendlands. 2nd ed. Munich/Zurich: Artemis Verlag, 1989.] Reviews: <1> <2>.



Simone Weil's The Iliad or the Poem of Force: A Critical Editionhttp://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=michiganwarst-20&l=ur2&o=1.  New York: Peter Lang Publishing, 2003. Introduction <click here>. Reviews: <1> <2a> <2b> <3> <4> <5>.


8. "Oral Poetry and the Question of Critical Procedure." Rackham Literary Studies 3 (1972) 1-8. Rpt. in The Communications of the International Homeric Symposium. Athens, 1973.

9. "Homeric Originality: A Survey." Classical World 66 (1973) 257-293. Rpt. in The Classical World Bibliography of Greek Drama and Poetry. Ed. W. Donlan. New York/London: Garland Publishing, 1978. Pp. 37-75. <link>

10. "Self-Delusion in Catullus 83 and 92." Classical World 69 (1975) 119-120. <link>

11. "Horace Carm. 3.4: The Place of the Poet." Classical Bulletin 52 (1976) 41-46.

12. "The Oral Formula and Anglo-Saxon Elegy: Some Misgivings." Neophilologus 60 (1976) 570-576.

13. "'Thick as Autumnal Leaves'—The Structure and Generic Potentials of an Epic Simile." Milton Quarterly 10 (1976) 78-83.

14. "Purgatorio 9.19-39: Syncretism in the Dream Sequence." Classical Folia 30 (1976) 203-208.

15. "A Neoplatonic Simile in Vida's Christiad (4.10-15)." Romance Notes 18 (1977) 243-246.

16. "Lover and Beloved in La Vita Nuova 3 and Purgatorio 9." Classical Folia 32 (1978) 93-98.

17. "Homer Studies 1971-1977." Classical World 73 (1979) 65-150. <link>

18. "A Chariot Scene from Mycenae." Kadmos 19 (1980) 38-40. <link>

19. "Iliad 13.202-5: *AI)/AS SFAIRISTH/S." American Journal of Philology 102 (1981) 351-352. <link>

20. "Rome and America: A Course Description." Classical Journal 77 (1982) 343-348. <link>

21. "Aldous Huxley and the Lotus Experience." Classical World 76 (1982) 39-41. <link>

22. "On an Allusion to Pindar in Walter Pater's Plato and Platonism." Notes & Queries 228 (1983) 311-312.

23. "'Looking Darkly' (U(PO/DRA I)DW/N): Reflections on Status and Decorum in Homer." Transactions of the American Philological Association 113 (1983) 1-16. <link>

24. "The Point of the Simile in Aeschylus Agamemnon 241." Classical Philology 80 (1985) 228-229. <link>

25. "Lying to Laertes, a Gorgeous Triumph—Homer and Twain." Classical and Modern Literature 5 (1985) 301-304.

26. "Sallust." In Great Lives from History: Ancient and Medieval Series. Ed. Frank N. Magill. Pasadena, CA: Salem Press, 1988. Pp. 1845-1850.

27. "The Iliad or the Poem of Force" [Simone Weil]. In Masterplots II: Nonfiction Series. Ed. Frank N. Magill. Pasadena, CA: Salem Press. 1989. Pp. 684-688.

28. "Homer Studies 1978-1983." Part I. Classical World 83 (1990) 393-461. <link>

29. "Homer Studies 1978-1983." Part II. Classical World 84 (1990) 89-156. <link>

30. "Homer, Oral Poetry Theory, and Comparative Literature: Major Trends and Controversies in Twentieth-Century Criticism." In Zweihundert Jahre Homer-Forschung: Rückblick und Ausblick. Ed. Joachim Latacz. Stuttgart/Leipzig: B.G. Teubner, 1991. Pp. 456-481. <link>

31. "Nonverbal Communication in the Classics: Research Opportunities." In Advances in Nonverbal Communication: Sociocultural, Clinical, Esthetic and Literary Perspectives. Ed. F. Poyatos. Philadelphia/Amsterdam: John Benjamins, 1992. Pp. 237-254. <link>

32. [Co-author, with D. Briggs.] "The Staged Interview as a Successful Teaching Tool." Issues & Inquiry 16.1 (1992) 16-31.

33. [Translator.] Joachim Latacz. "The New Ameis-Hentze: A Project Outline and Report on the Current Stage of Development." [Orig.: "Der Neue Ameis-Hentze. Projektskizze und erreichter Arbeitsstand."] Bryn Mawr Classical Review 9 (1998) 82-97. <link>

34. "Heroes Cunctantes / Hesitant Heroes: Aeneas and Some Others." In Euphrosyne: Studies in Ancient Epic and Its Legacy in Honor of Dimitris N. Maronitis. Ed. J.N. Kazazis and A. Rengakos. Stuttgart: F. Steiner Verlag, 1999. Pp. 143-153. <link>

35. "Marathon and the Myth of the Same-Day March." Greek, Roman, and Byzantine Studies 38 (1997[2000]) 329-353. <link> <link>

36. "Aelius Aristides," "Aristagoras," "Aristarchus," "Aristophanes of Byzantium," "Herodes Atticus," "Miltiades," "Pliny the Younger," "Sallust," "Xenophanes of Colophon," "Zenodotus."  In From Polis to Empire—The Ancient World, c. 800 B.C.-A.D. 500: A Biographical Dictionary. Ed. A.G. Traver. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2002. Pp. 45-47, 51, 188, 255-256, 307, 339-340, 400-401, 405-406.

37. "Maecenas," "Symmachus." In The Encyclopedia of the Ancient World. Ed. T.J. Sienkewicz. Pasadena, CA: Salem Press, 2002. Pp. 750, 1052.

38. "Homer and Simone Weil: The Iliad sub specie violentiae." In Epea pteroenta, Beiträge zur Homerforschung: Festschrift für Wolfgang Kullmann zum 75. Geburtstag. Ed. M. Reichel and A. Rengakos. Stuttgart: F. Steiner Verlag, 2002. Pp. 63-75.

39. "Battle of Marathon." In Great Events from History: The Ancient World, Prehistory–476 c.e. Ed. Mark W. Chavalas. Pasadena, CA: Salem Press, 2004. Pp. 428-430.

40. "Troy and the Trojan War: A Select, Annotated Bibliography." Michigan War Studies Review 2005.04.02. <link>

41. Translation of Marc Bloch, "Reflections of a Historian on the False News of the War." Michigan War Studies Review 2013-051. <link>

Reviews, etc.

42. Review of A Bibliography of Studies Relating to Parry's and Lord's Oral Theory, by Edward R. Haymes. Classical World 68 (1975) 385-386. <link>

43. Review of Die Dolonie, by Friedrich Eichhorn. Classical World 69 (1975) 72-73. <link>

44. Review of Spontaneity and Tradition: A Study in the Oral Art of Homer, by Michael N. Nagler. Classical Folia 30 (1976) 209-211.

45. Review of Göttliche Komödie und Exegese, by Manfred Bambeck. Romanic Review 70 (1979) 409-410.

46. Review of Tension in Boccaccio: Boccaccio and the Fine Arts, by Patricia M. Gathercole. Romanic Review 71 (1980) 100-101.

47. Review of Gründungsmythen und Sagenchronologie, by Friedrich Prinz. American Historical Review 85 (1980) 1174-1175. <link>

48. Review of The Best of the Achaeans: Concepts of the Hero in Archaic Greek Poetry, by Gregory Nagy. Classical Bulletin 58 (1982) 70-71.

49. Review of Improvisation, Typology, Culture, and the "New Orthodoxy": How "Oral" is Homer? by D. Gary Miller. Classical World 77 (1983) 56-57. <link>

50. Review of Pope's Iliad: Homer in the Age of Passion, by Steven Shankman. Classical World 77 (1984) 315. <link>

51. Review of Childlike Achilles: Ontogeny and Phylogeny in the Iliad, by W. Thomas MacCary. Classical World 78 (1984) 49-50. <link>

52. Review of Telling Classical Tales: Chaucer and the Legend of Good Women, by Lisa J. Kiser. Classical and Modern Literature 5 (1984) 47-50.

53. Review of The Iliad: A Commentary, I: Books 1-4, by G.S. Kirk. Classical World 80 (1987) 221-222. <link>

54. Review of Le Soleil et le Tartare: L'image mythique du monde en Grèce archaïque, by Alain Ballabriga. American Historical Review 93 (1988) 124-125. <link>

55. Review of Narrative Semiotics in the Epic Tradition: The Simile, by Stephen A. Nimis. Journal of Narrative Technique 19 (1989) 252-253. <link>

56. Review of The Miniature Epic in Vandal Africa, by David F. Bright. Classical World 83 (1989) 119. <link>

57. Review of J.G. Frazer: His Life and Work, by Robert Ackerman. Classical World 83 (1990) 527-528. <link>

58. Review of Epos: Word, Narrative and the Iliad, by Michael Lynn-George. Classical Journal 86 (1990) 81-82. <link>

59. Review of Death and the Optimistic Prophecy in Vergil's Aeneid, by James J. O'Hara. Classical World 85 (1991) 128. <link>

60. Review of Herodoti Vita Homeri, by Effie N. Coughanowr (ed., tr.). Classical World 85 (1992) 244. <link>

61. Review of The Oral Style, by Marcel Jousse. Classical World 86 (1992) 58-59. <link>

62. Review of The Iliad: A Commentary, V: Books 17-20, by M.W. Edwards. Classical World 86 (1992) 177-178. <link>

63. Review of The Iliad: A Commentary, IV: Books 13-16, by Richard Janko. Classical World 87 (1994) 501-502. <link>

64. Review of Singers, Heroes, and Gods in the Odyssey, by Charles Segal. Bryn Mawr Classical Review 6 (1995) 332-336. <link>

65. Review of Roman Literature and Ideology: Ramus Essays for J.P. Sullivan, ed. A.J. Boyle. Bryn Mawr Classical Review 6 (1995) 670-675. <link>

66. Review of Law, Politics and Power: Sallust and the Execution of the Catilinarian Conspirators, by Andrew Drummond. Bryn Mawr Classical Review 7 (1996) 187-189. <link>

67. Review of The Iliad: A Commentary, III: Books 9-12, by Bryan Hainsworth. Classical World 89 (1996) 411. <link>

68. Review of The Iliad: A Commentary, VI: Books 21-24, by Nicholas Richardson. Classical World 89 (1996) 411-412. <link>

69. Review of Altertumswissenschaft in den 20er Jahren: Neue Fragen und Impulse, ed. Hellmut Flashar. Bryn Mawr Classical Review 7 (1996) 504-511. <link>

70. Review of Regarding Penelope: From Character to Poetics, by Nancy Felson-Rubin. Classical World 90 (1996) 62-63. <link>.

71. Review of [Plutarch]: Essay on the Life and Poetry of Homer, ed. J.J. Keaney and Robert Lamberton. Bryn Mawr Classical Review 8 (1997) 38-39. <link>

72. Response: "Holoka on Cook on Latacz." Bryn Mawr Classical Review 8 (1997) 286-288. <link>

73. Review of The Triumph of Odysseus: Joint Association of Classical Teachers' Greek Course, by J.A.C.T. Bryn Mawr Classical Review 8 (1997) 634-635. <link>

74. Review of Hesiod's Works and Days: A Translation and Commentary for the Social Sciences, by David W. Tandy and Walter C. Neale. Bryn Mawr Classical Review 8 (1997) 683-687. <link>

75. Review of The Distaff Side: Representing the Female in Homer's Odyssey, ed. Beth Cohen. Classical World 90 (1997) 448-449. <link>

76. Review of Heroes' Names, Homeric Identities, by Carolyn Higbie. Classical World 90 (1997) 449-450. <link>

77. Review of Sardonic Smile: Nonverbal Behavior in Homeric Epic, by Donald Lateiner. Classical World 90 (1997) 450-451. <link>

78. Review of Greek Myths and Mesopotamia: Parallels and Influence in the Homeric Hymns and Hesiod, by Charles Penglase. Classical World 90 (1997) 451-452. <link>

79. Review of The Heart of Achilles: Characterization and Personal Ethics in the Iliad, by Graham Zanker. Bryn Mawr Classical Review 9 (1998) 494-498. <link>

80. Review of Theatrum Arbitri: Theatrical Elements in The Satyrica of Petronius, by Costas Panayotakis. Classical World 92 (1998) 64. <link>

81. Review of Out of Rome: Augusta Raurica/Aquincum: Das Leben in zwei römischen Provinzstädten, ed. Alex R. Furger and Paula Zsidi. Bryn Mawr Classical Review 9 (1998) 728-730. <link>

82. Review of The Poetics of Supplication: Homer's Iliad and Odyssey, by Kevin Crotty. Classical World 92 (1999) 299. <link>

83. Review of The Hidden Author: An Interpretation of Petronius’ Satyricon, by Gian Biagio Conte. Classical Outlook 76 (1999) 80-81.

84. Review of Einleitung in die griechische Philologie, ed. Heinz-Günther Nesselrath. Bryn Mawr Classical Review 1999.04.01. <link>

85. Review of Homeric Stitchings: The Homeric Centos of the Empress Eudocia, by M.D. Usher. Bryn Mawr Classical Review 1999.09.08. <link>

86. Review of De Imperatoribus Romanis, ed. Richard D. Weigel et al. Bryn Mawr Electronic Resources Review (21 Jan 2000). <link>

87. Review of "The Wilamowitz in Me": 100 Letters between Ulrich von Wilamowitz-Moellendorff and Paul Friedländer (1904-1931), ed. William M. Calder and Bernhard Huss. Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2000.02.16. <link>

88. Review of The Madness of Epic: Reading Insanity from Homer to Statius, by Debra Hershkowitz. Classical Outlook 77 (2000) 123.

89. Review of Res Gestae Divi Augusti, ed. Rex E. Wallace. Scholia Reviews 9 (2000) 54. <link>

90. Review of Paralysin Cave: Impotence, Perception, and Text in the Satyrica of Petronius, by John M. McMahon. Classical World 94 (2001) 204-205. <link>

91. Review of A Commentary on Herodotus Book VI, by E.I. McQueen.  Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2001.08.06. <link>

92. Review of Ad Arma! Römisches Militär des 1. Jahrhunderts n.Chr. in Augusta Raurica, by Eckhard Deschler-Erb. Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2002.01.15. <link>

93. Review of Einführung in das Studium der Gräzistik, by Peter Riemer et al. Scholia Reviews 11 (2002) 15. <link>

94. Review of Secret of the Muses Retold: Classical Influences on Italian Authors of the Twentieth Century, by John T. Kirby. Scholia Reviews 11 (2002) 25. <link>

95. Review of Gesammelte Schriften I: Zum frühgriechischen Epos, by Ernst Heitsch. Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2002.10.25. <link>

96. Review of Epea and Grammata: Oral and Written Communication in Ancient Greece, ed. Ian Worthington and John Miles Foley. Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2003.03.09. <link>

97. Review of The Life and Work of Jane Ellen Harrison, by Annabel Robinson. Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2003.06.14. <link>

98. Review of Die athenische Demokratie, by Angela Pabst. Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2003.06.25. <link>

99. Review of Homer und seine Zeit, by Barbara Patzek. Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2003.06.50. <link>

100. Review of Listening to Homer: Tradition, Narrative, and Audience, by Ruth Scodel. Choice (Oct 2003). <link>

101. Review of A Companion to Homer's Odyssey, by James Morrison. Choice (Dec 2003). <link>

102. Review of A Commentary on Horace's Epodes, by Lindsay C. Watson. Choice (Sep 2004). <link>

103. Review of Homer: The Odyssey, trans. Edward McCrorie. Choice (Nov 2004). <link>

104. Review of A Commentary on Horace: Odes, Book III, by R.G.M. Nisbet and Niall Rudd. Choice (Feb 2005). <link>

105. Review of Homeric Megathemes: War—Homilia—Homecoming, by D.N. Maronitis. Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2005.02.10. <link>

106. Review of The Cambridge Companion to Homer, ed. Robert Fowler. Choice (May 2005). <link>

107. Review of Greek Grammar on the Web, by Mark Huys. Choice (Suppl. 2005 & Suppl. 2006). <link>

108. Review of The Peloponnesian War, by Donald Kagan. Michigan War Studies Review 2005.06.01. <link>

109. Review of Slaves, Warfare, and Ideology in the Greek Historians, by Peter Hunt. Michigan War Studies Review 2005.09.01. <link>

110. Review of Troy and Homer: Towards a Solution of an Old Mystery, by Joachim Latacz. New England Classical Journal 32.4 (Nov 2005) 349-351. <link>

111. Review of Taking Her Seriously: Penelope and the Plot of Homer's Odyssey, by Richard Heitman. Choice (Dec 2005). <link>

112. Review of Thucydides: An Introduction for the Common Reader, by Perez Zagorin. Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2006.02.53. <link>

113. Review of A War Like No Other: How the Athenians and Spartans Fought the Peloponnesian War, by Victor D. Hanson. Michigan War Studies Review 2006.05.01. <link>

114. Review of Satire and the Threat of Speech: Horace's Satires, Book 1, by Catherine M. Schlegel. Choice (Sep 2006). <link>

115. Review of The Iliad: Structure, Myth, and Meaning, by Bruce Louden. Choice (Nov 2006). <link>

116. Review of Odysseus Unbound: The Search for Homer's Ithaca, by Robert Bittlestone. New England Classical Journal 33.4 (Nov 2006). <link>

117. Review of The Tomb of Agamemnon, by Cathy Gere. Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2006.12.22. <link>

118. Review of Ancient Warfare: A Very Short Introduction, by Harry Sidebottom. Michigan War Studies Review 2007.03.01. <link>

119. Review of A Companion to Catullus, ed. Marilyn B. Skinner. Choice (Jan 2008). <link>

120. Review of Homer: The Iliad, tr. Rodney Merrill. Choice (Jul 2008). <link>

121. Review of The Satires of Horace, trans. A.M. Juster. Choice (Jun 2009). <link>

122. Review of The Return of Ulysses: A Cultural History of Homer's Odyssey, by Edith Hall. Choice (Jul 2009). <link>

123. Review of Compton Mackenzie, Marathon and Salamis: The Battles That Defined the Western World, by Compton Mackenzie. Michigan War Studies Review 2010.08.07. <link>


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