Scott Richardson

Professor of Classics

B.A. in Classics, Harvard University
M.A. and Ph.D. in Comparative Literature, Stanford University

Scott Richardson is a Professor of Classics at the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University. His academic interests lie in literature and languages, with a special interest in narrative fiction (classical epics, Icelandic sagas, novels, short stories) and drama throughout the ages. His primary areas of concentration are ancient Greece, the British Isles, medieval and modern Scandinavia, nineteenth-century Russia, ancient Rome, and the United States. He has published largely on Homer and Scottish novelist Dorothy Dunnett. He teaches Greek and Latin language and literature courses at all levels, honors literature courses (Great Books frequently), classical mythology, the Golden Age of Athens, and ethics seminars. His favorite authors include Homer, James Joyce, the saga writers, Fyodor Dostoevsky, the Greek playwrights, William Shakespeare, Dorothy Dunnett, Leo Tolstoy, Jane Austen, Henry James, Thomas Pynchon, Henrik Ibsen, John Fowles, Karen Blixen, John le Carré, and Knut Hamsun. He enjoys bridge, the Beatles, the guitar, the theater, the cinema, European travel, his family, ping pong and lists.



Dorothy Dunnett’s Lymond Chronicles: The Enigma of Francis Crawford (University of Missouri Press, 2016)

The Homeric Narrator (Vanderbilt University Press, 1990)

Euripides’ Iphigenia at Aulis, translated and adapted in collaboration with Donald Richardson (University Press of America, 1988)

Work in Progress

A book called Manipulation


"Talking Point: Dunnett and Shakespeare."  Whispering Gallery 137 (December 2017): 35-36.

On Teaching Dunnett."  Whispering Gallery 136 (September 2017) pp. 20-23.

"The Enigma of Francis Crawford."  Whispering Gallery 131 (June 2016): 13,15-21.

"The Lymond Chronicles and the Spy Novel."  Whispering Gallery 127 (June 2015): 25-28.

"Marthe as Anima."  Whispering Gallery 120 (September 2013): 17-20.

"Will Scott as Reader."  Whispering Gallery 116 (September 2012): 7-11.

"The Human Chess Game."  Whispering Gallery 113 (December 2011): 39-40.

"Lymond, an American Hero."  Whispering Gallery 111 (June 2011): 14-15.

"The Case for the Defense."  College Literature 38 (Spring 2011): 118-121. Concerning Penelope's recognition of Odysseus.

"Looking in from the Outside."  Whispering Gallery 108 (September 2010): 5-6.

“The Swedish Odyssey.”  Classical Bulletin: A Journal of International Scholarship and Special Topics Since 1925 85, no. 2 (2009): 30-42.

"Conversation in the Odyssey."  College Literature 34 (Spring 2007): 132-149. Reprinted in Reading Homer: Film and Text, ed. Kostas Myrsiades, Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2009, 117-135.

"The Devious Narrator of the Odyssey."  The Classical Journal 101 (April-May 2006): 337-359.

"The Odyssey and the Spy Novel."  Classical and Modern Literature 26 (2006): 110-140.

"Truth in the Tales of the Odyssey."  Mnemosyne: A Journal of Classical Studies Fourth Series, 49, Fasc. 4 (September 1996): 393-402.

"Odysseus in the Underworld."  California Classical Association Journal (1979): 516.

Book Reviews

Review of Zeus in the Odyssey, by J. Marks (Cambridge, Mass: Harvard University Press, 2008)

Review of The Odyssey: Structure, Narration, and Meaning, by B. Louden (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1999)

Review of Siren Songs: Gender, Audiences, and Narrator in the Odyssey, by L.E. Doherty (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1995), and Blood and Iron: Stories and Storytelling in Homer’s Odyssey, by S.D. Olson (Leiden: Brill, 1995)

Review of A Commentary on Homer's Odyssey, Volume III: Books XVII-XXIV, by Joseph Russo, Manuel Fernández Galiano, and Alfred Heubeck (Oxford Univ. Press, 1992)

Review of Homer: The Odyssey 1 & 2, by P.V. Jones (Warminster: Aris & Phillips, 1991)