Craig Jendza

Craig Jendza

Craig Jendza

Assistant Professor, University of Kansas

Craig Jendza

Research Interests

Greek Drama, Linguistics, Ancient Religion and Myth, Genres in Antiquity


Euripidean Paracomedy: Contends that Euripides engages in ‘paracomedy’, the response to and appropriation of primarily Aristophanic scenes, plots, and language. Argues for a cross-generic literary rivalry between Euripides and Aristophanes, pushing beyond the conventional views that Euripides responds only to other tragedians and that only comedy can poach across the generic divide.


  • Ph.D in Classics, The Ohio State University, October 2013

    Graduate Interdisciplinary Specialization: Religions of the Ancient Mediterranean (GISRAM)

  • MA in Greek and Latin, The Ohio State University, July 2010

  • BA in Classical Civilization, UMass Amherst, February 2007
    Minors: Greek, Latin
    Honors Thesis: The Dualities of Theseus

  • BBA in Business Management, UMass Amherst, February 2007


“Minotaur”, “Pegasus” and “Chimera”. Forthcoming (2013) in The Encyclopedia of Literary and Cinematic Monsters. Jeffrey A. Weinstock, ed. Surrey: Ashgate Publishing.

Scholarly Presentations

“Theseus the Ionian and Indo-Iranian apam napat.” 10th Annual Martin Luther King Day Linguistics Symposium: Indo-European Linguistics, Ohio State University, Columbus OH. January 2013.

“Hostages and Incineration in Euripides and Aristophanes.” APA, Seattle, WA. January 2013.

“Tragic and Comic Madness in Euripides’ Orestes.” Mens Insana Conference. UCLA, Los Angeles, CA. November 2012.

“Xurophoreis and Xiphēphoros: Lexical and Plot Parody in Aristophanes.” APA, Philadelphia, PA. January 2012.

“Making Sense of Magic: Pattern Poems and Magical Language.” CAMWS, Grand Rapids, MI. March 2011.

“Tacitus’ Agricola and Generic Mobilization.” Ancient Chimeras: Composite Creatures, Cultures and Genres. Boston University, Boston MA. March 2010.


Full Proficiency – English, Latin, Ancient Greek

Reading Proficiency - Spanish, French, German

Linguistic Reading Proficiency - Sanskrit, Avestan, Etruscan, Old Irish, Gothic