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1Name:  Dr. Richard J. Tarrant
 Institution:  Harvard University
 Year Elected:  2014
 Class:  4. Humanities
 Subdivision:  402b
 Residency:  Resident
 Living? :   Living
 Birth Date:  1945
Richard Tarrant was born in Brooklyn, NY and received his BA from Fordham University in 1966. He pursued graduate study at Oxford (Corpus Christi College) with support from Marshall and Danforth Scholarships, and obtained his D.Phil. In 1972. While at Corpus he was appointed to the P. S. Allen Junior Research Fellowship. In 1970 he took up a position at University College, Toronto, where he remained until moving to Harvard University in 1982. At Harvard he has been successively Professor of Greek and Latin, Carl A. Pescosolido Professor of Roman Civilization, and Pope Professor of the Latin Language and Literature. He was Acting Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences in 1995-96 and Interim Dean in 2012. In 1991-92 he was Visiting Mellon Professor at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, and a Visiting Fellow of Corpus Christi College, Oxford. In 2008 he delivered the Comparetti Lectures at the Scuola Normale Superiore in Pisa. His interests lie mainly in Latin literature, specifically Senecan drama and Augustan poetry, and in the transmission and editing of Latin texts; he has also explored the reception of classical literature in art and music. His books include editions with commentary of Seneca's Agamemnon (Cambridge UP 1977) and Thyestes (Scholars Press 1985), a critical edition of Ovid's Metamorphoses in the Oxford Classical Texts series (2004), and a commentary on Virgil Aeneid Book XII for Cambridge Greek and Latin Classics (2012); the last of these received the 2013 Charles J. Goodwin Award of Merit from the American Philological Association. He is also one of the main contributors to the volume Texts and Transmission: A Guide to the Latin Classics, edited by L. D. Reynolds (Oxford 1983). He is currently completing a book entitled Texts, Editors, and Readers: Methods and Problems in Latin Textual Criticism (to be published by Cambridge UP), is at work on a book on Horace's Odes for Oxford University Press, and is preparing a new critical edition of Horace for Oxford Classical Texts. He has been the editor of Phoenix (the journal of the Classical Association of Canada) and of Harvard Studies in Classical Philology; he has served as the Vice-President for Publications of the American Philological Association; and he is a member of the editorial boards of Cambridge Classical Texts and Commentaries, Materiali e discussioni per l'analisi dei testi classici, and Toronto Medieval Latin Texts. His teaching at Harvard has been recognized with the Levenson Prize for Undergraduate Teaching, appointment as a Harvard College Professor, and the Phi Beta Kappa Prize for Excellence in Teaching. He has twice been named a Walter Channing Cabot Fellow for contributions to scholarship. Since 1968 he has been married to Jacqueline Brown. His outside interests include baroque and classical music, choral singing, and all things Italian.
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