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Richard Fernando Buxton

Richard Fernando Buxton

Assistant Professor

Richard, a Colorado native, has been teaching at the college since 2014. He received his PhD in Classics from the University of Washington in December 2010 and has previously taught at the College of Charleston and the University of Texas at Austin.

His research focuses on the political and economic history of Classical Athens (fifth- to fourth-century BC) as it appears in the era's literature, particularly in the work of the philosopher-historian Xenophon, a disciple of Socrates who was also a famous mercenary general.

In 2016 Richard edited and contributed to a special volume of the journal Histos on Xenophon’s theory of the ideal leader, and wrote a chapter on this subject for the Cambridge Companion to Xenophon. He has previously published articles on Irony in Herodotus (Greek, Roman, Byzantine Studies 2012) and Athenian coins circulating in Persian territory (American Journal of Numismatics 2009). Current and forthcoming articles in Illinois Classical Studies (2017) and a supplementary volume of Trends in Classics (2018) cover, respectively, Xenophon’s depictions of civil wars within Greek city-states in his historical work the Hellenica, and the different ways in which Xenophon and the contemporary orator Isocrates conceptualized such conflicts (known in Greek, confusingly for us, as stasis).

In summer Richard co-teaches a CC course in Italy with Professor Thakur called "Rome, Naples, Sicily: Crossroads of the Ancient Mediterranean." During the year, his courses cover the languages and literatures of Classical Greece and Rome, and the political and economic history of the larger Ancient Mediterranean. 

Outside of work, Richard is a big fan of—and occasional scribbler about—Indie Rock and the various cinema New Waves

You can find his CV here. 

Fields: Greek History, Historiography & Economics