John E. Ziolkowski

John Ziolkowski

John E. Ziolkowski

Professor Emeritus of Classics in Residence


John E. Ziolkowski (AB University of Alabama, PhD University of North Carolina --Chapel Hill) Professor of Classics and Department Chair, taught courses in Latin, Greek, and Classics in translation; one of his specialties was the classical tradition in Washington DC.  Among his publications are two books on this topic available in Gelman Library:  Classical Washington: a guided tour and Classical Influence on the Public Architecture of Washington and Paris: a comparison of two capital cities.  His guided tours of “Classical Washington” were popular with students and colleagues alike.  

Since his retirement in 2007, he has published “Plato’s Similes: A Compendium of 500 Similes in 35 Dialogues," which is available at the Center for Hellenic Studies website (2014):, as well as "Homer’s Similes: A Compendium of Similes in the Iliad and Odyssey” at GWU, ScholarSpace (2016):, and can also be found at Other research, such as "Similes in Vergil, Lucretius and the Bible", will soon to be available online.