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Jacobo Myerston

Ph.D. (Univeristy of Chicago)

Assistant Professor

Primary Office: 6th College Bldg 1/Ridge Walk
                           Room 289
Primary Phone: Contact Department
Quarterly Office Hours


Jacobo Myerston studied Classics in Mérida, Venezuela. He holds a PhD in ancient Mediterranean studies from the University of Chicago and M.As in Greek philology and comparative religions from the University of Tübingen, Germany. He is currently Assistant Professor in the Department of Literature and the Program of Classical Studies. As a comparativist, he is primarily interested in ancient Greek and Sumero-Akkadian texts, which he approaches from various perspectives including cultural studies as well as computational sociology and linguistics. Besides his focus on ancient Greece and the literatures of ancient Iraq, Jacobo is also interested in how the people of Latin American have studied and interpreted the ancient world. His research has been published in the journals ‘Trends in Classics’ and ‘Classical Receptions’, and he is the author of a forthcoming book on cosmology and pre-Platonic theories of language.


Language and Cosmos in Greece and Mesopotamia (forthcoming in Cambridge University Press)


“Divine Names in the Derveni Papyrus and Mesopotamian Hermeneutics.” Trends in Classics, 5(1), 74–110, 2013.

“The Classicist in the Cave: Bolaño’s Theory of Reading in by Night in Chile.” Classical Receptions Journal, 8(4), 554–573, 2016.

“Variations on Violence in Akkadian and Greek Succession Myths.” Trends in Classics 14 (1): 1–35, 2022

Computational Projects Online:

Diogenet: Intellectual Networks of the Ancient World (

Ancient Greek Syntax Analyzer (