Academy of Distinguished Teachers at UT Arlington
Dr. Charles C. Chiasson
Associate Professor and Director of the Classical Studies Program
Date Inducted: 2010
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Syllabus: Greek 1441 and 1442
Charles C. Chiasson received his B.A. (1974), M. A. (1976), and Ph.D. (1979) degrees in Classical Languages and Literature from Yale University. Before coming to The University of Texas at Arlington he taught for two years each at the University of Illinois at Chicago and Yale University. Drawn by the lure of gainful employment at a major university and the proximity of a major league baseball franchise, he rode west to join the UT Arlington faculty in 1983 as Director of the Classical Studies Program. He nurtures wistful memories of playing left field for the History Department’s “Wayback Machine” in the Faculty/Staff Summer Softball League, and somewhat harsher memories of the knee surgery that led to his premature retirement.
Dr. Chiasson’s research interests focus on the literature of the Greek archaic period, especially the interaction between Greek poetry and prose. In addition to numerous reviews, he has published several articles on Herodotus, the so-called “Father of History,” and his reception of the Greek poetic tradition, including an essay that was awarded the Gildersleeve Prize as the best article published by the American Journal of Philology for 2005. Dr. Chiasson is currently working on a comprehensive study of the relationship between Herodotus and the Greek poets, detailing the debt owed by Greek historiography to epic, lyric, and tragic poetry. He has won fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities and from Harvard University’s Center for Hellenic Studies in Washington, D. C.