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Welcome to my personal RHUL webpages. I am Professor of Greek and Head of the Department of Classics at Royal Holloway, University of London. I was born in Israel, educated at the Hebrew Gymnasium in Jerusalem. I received my BA in Classics (Greek/Latin) from the University of Tel-Aviv and my DPhil from Balliol College, Oxford. I live in London with my wife and three children. I have held research and teaching positions in the University of Oxford, at Harvard (Centre for Hellenic Studies), at Northwestern University (where I was Chairman and where I set up the Classical Traditions Initiative) and at Royal Holloway, University of London (where I was also Director of the Humanities and Arts Research Centre between 2005 and 2011). I am also a Senior Associate of the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies.

I was trained as a philologist, but am a firm believer in interdisciplinary thought. My research activities include the study of ancient literature and thought, especially Homer and epic,  the ancient novel, questions of perception, genre, historical time and historical progression, the classical tradition and aspects of that tradition in modern poetry and visual art, digital humanities, modern philisophy and its contacts with classical thought, contemporary critical theory, Jewish studies, lexicography, translation, sociology (especially sociology of education and youth culture), psychoanalysis, and more.

My current project include work on a) genre, historical time and the question of reception (see below - Epic, Novel and the Progress of Antiquity) b) on modern visual art, especially the American painter Cy Twombly and antiquity, c) on contemporary political thought, esp. J. Ranciere and G. Agamben, and antiquity, and d) commentary work on Homer that emerges from my longterm engagement with the Iliad and Odyssey.

To appear (2015) Epic, Novel, and the Progress of Antiquity: , in series “Classical Inter-Faces” (London: Bloomsbury [Bristol Classical Press]).

2012: Homer: Guide for the Perplexed (London: Bloomsbury Academic).

2012. Social Order and Informal Codes (in Hebrew), eds. A. Kahane and T. Rappoport (Jerusalem: Resling Publishers - in Hebrew)

2011. Antiquity and the Ruin, ed. A. Kahane. Revue européenne d'histoire Vol. 18.5-6 (Special double-issue).

2005/6. Diachronic Dialogues: Continuity and Authority in Homer and the Homeric Tradition, in series “Greek Studies, Interdisciplinary Approaches,” (Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield).

1994. The Interpretation of Order: A Study in the Poetics of Homeric Repetition, in series “Oxford Classical Monographs” (Oxford: Oxford University Press).

2001. The Chicago Homer, eds. A. Kahane and M. Mueller; technical eds. C. Berry and W. Parod (Evanston, IL: Northwestern University. Unrestricted public access, http://digital.library.northwestern.edu/homer/. See also below AHRC application pending for New Chicago Homer in collaboration with Kings College London, Dept. of Digital Humanities.

2001. A Companion to the Prologue to Apuleius’ Metamorphoses, eds. A. Kahane and A. J. W. Laird (Oxford: Oxford University Press).

1997. Written Voices, Spoken Signs: Tradition, Performance and the Epic Text, eds. E. J. Bakker and A. Kahane (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press).srvarHHhjkjl

1996/1998. The Oxford English Hebrew Dictionary, eds., N. S. Doniach and A. Kahane (Oxford: Oxford University Press. Hardcover 1996, paperback 1998).

1996. Homer: Odyssey (in Hebrew), translated from the Greek by A. Kahane, (Jerusalem: Keter Publishers). Over 10,000 copies sold. Standard work in secondary education literature curriculum (Israel).

1983. Prosa Classica: Essays on Greek and Latin Literature & Translations from the Classics, eds. A. Dykman and A. Kahane (in Hebrew) Prosa: A Journal of Literature and the Arts 1983/60-63 (Special issue).




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