Prof. Dr. Ralph Rosen

Faculty Director

Professor of Classical Studies, School of Arts and Sciences
Ralph Rosen is Rose Family Endowed Term Professor in the Department of Classical Studies. He has spent his entire professional career at Penn, having arrived in 1983 fresh from graduate school. He was an undergraduate for his first two years at Bowdoin College and finished his BA at Swarthmore College. He went to Harvard for his graduate work, where he received the PhD in Classical Philology (ancient Greek and Roman languages and literature). He teaches a variety of courses on ancient Greco-Roman culture, from literature and philosophy to ancient aesthetics and Greek medicine. Dr. Rosen lives with his wife, associate faculty fellow Ellen, who has had a varied professional career in law and banking. They have two children, Ben (25), a classical composer and rock bassist (he can be heard on recordings by the band "The Chairman Dances") and Charlotte (22), a recent graduate from St. Olaf College with a degree in History. The Rosens hold open houses at their apartment on alternate Sunday afternoons, which feature spectacular espresso drinks and squeeze-your-own orange juice, among other delicacies. Once a month they also hold dinners for small groups of Riepe students to meet interesting dinner guests. They love music of all kinds and collect art, and love to share their various passions with Riepe residents.