Richard W. Parker

Faculty of Humanities

Richard W. Parker

Department of Classics

Associate Professor, Greek Language and Literature, Greek History
BA, MA (University of California-Santa Barbara), PhD (University of British Columbia)
American School of Classical Studies at Athens (1980-1981)
University of Manitoba Centre for Higher Education Research and Development: University Management Course (1998)

Mailing Address:
Department of Classics
Brock University
St Catharines ON L2S 3A1 CANADA

Phone: 905 688 5550 ext 5206
Fax: 905 984 4859

Teaching 2013-2014:

  • GREE 2P01: Greek Language & Literature I (fall)
  • GREE 4P12: Demosthenes, selected speeches (fall)
  • GREE 4P31: Aristophanes, Lysistratra (winter)


Professor Parker's research interests lie in the areas of Greek historiography and Greek history, especially Greek militaria. Currently I am investigating topics concerning Light Infantry in Classical Greece, particularly terminology in the Classical historians for light infantry and their weapons. 

Selected Articles:

  • “A Fragment of a Diocletianic Tax Assessment from Mytilene” (with E.H. Williams), Echos du Monde Classique/Classical Views XXXIX, n.s. 14 (1995) 267-273.
  • “Potamon of Mytilene and his Family,” Zeitschrift fur Papyrologie und Epigraphik 85 (1991) 115-129; 89 (1991) 38 (=corrigendum ad p. 129)
  • “A Greek Inscription from Lesbos Honoring a Julio-Claudian,” Zeitschrift fur Papyrologie und Epigraphik 75 (1988) 175-178.

Service and Outreach:

  • Serving on the Faculty union's team for negotiating the Collective Agreement
  • Department of Classics' Graduate Languages Coordinator
  • Development and fundraising for Department of Classics travel awards and scholarships
  • Working with the Greek Community of Niagara Heritage and Culture Committee to raise awareness of post-Classical Greek culture and heritage


Richard W. Parker

Classics Events

Academic Advising Update for Students (end of July into August)
July 26, 2014 - 2:45pm - August 15, 2014 - 4:00pm