Thomas Banchich, PhD Professor / Chair of Classics Department
Specialization: Greek and Roman Intellectual History and Historiography; Alexander the Great; Late Antiquity; History of Classical Scholarship.
Current Projects: Translations of and commentaries on fragmentary Greek historians for Brill's New Jacoby.
Tom Banchich, PhD, has a joint appointment in the departments of Classics and History and is chairman of our Classics Department. He holds BA and MA degrees in history from Bowling Green State University and a PhD in Classics from the State University of New York at Buffalo. The subjects of Banchich’s publications include Greek and Roman intellectual history and historiography, Alexander the Great, Late Antiquity, Byzantium, and the history of classical scholarship. His commentaries on Book I of Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics and the Pinax of Cebes are part of the Bryn Mawr Commentaries series. He has edited, translated, and produced commentaries on numerous fragmentary historians for Brill’s New Jacoby, is the author of the standard English translations of the Epitome de Caesaribus, the Breviarium of Festus, and About Rivers and Mountains and the Things Found in Them, a work sometimes attributed to Plutarch. He is a co-founder of the scholarly website De Imperatoribus Romanis and established the series Canisius College Translated Texts, for which Canisius students produce or collaborate in the production of previously un-translated Greek and Latin authors. In 2009, Banchich was the recipient of the Canisius College Faculty Scholarship Award for his book The History of Zonaras: From Alexander Severus to the Death of Theodosius the Great. His most recent book is The Lost History of Peter the Patrician.