Professor of Classics in the Department of Classical and Ancient Near Eastern Studies and faculty director of Chadbourne Residential College at the University of Wisconsin in Madison.


PhD (2002) & MA (1999) Classics, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
MS (1989) Industrial Engineering, University of Wisconsin, Madison
BS (1987) Industrial Engineering and Computer Science, University of Wisconsin, Madison

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The Byzantine Sinbad, by Michael Andreopoulos. Translated by Jeffrey Beneker and Craig A. Gibson. Dumbarton Oaks Medieval Library, Vol. 67. Harvard University Press (2021).

How to Be a Leader: An Ancient Guide to Wise Leadership, by Plutarch. Edited, translated, and introduced by Jeffrey Beneker. Princeton University Press (2019). Preview in Google Books.

  • Audiobook narrated by Matthew Waterson. Highbridge (2019).

  • Modern Greek: Πλούταρχος, Μαθήματα ηγεσίας: ‘Ενας διαχρονικός οδηδός για να ηγείσαι με σοφία. Dioptra (2020).

  • Portuguese (Brazil)Plutarco, Como se tornar um líder: Um guia clássico sobre liderança eficaz. Nova Fronteira (2020).

  • GermanPlutarch: Über die Kunst, ein Anführer zu sein. FinanzBuch Verlag (2021). Preview in Google Books.

  • SerbianPlutarh: Kako biti vođa. Miba Books (2021).

The Rhetorical Exercises of Nikephoros Basilakes: Progymnasmata from Twelfth-Century Byzantium. Edited and translated by Jeffrey Beneker and Craig A. Gibson. Dumbarton Oaks Medieval Library, Vol. 43. Harvard University Press (2016). Preview in Google Books.

The Passionate Statesman: Eros and Politics in Plutarch’s Lives. Oxford University Press (2012). Preview in Google Books.

Edited Books

Plutarch’s Unexpected Silences: Suppression and Selection in the Lives and Moralia. Edited by Jeffrey Beneker, Craig Cooper, Noreen Humble, and Frances Titchener. Brill’s Plutarch Series, Vol. 10. Brill (2022). Preview in Google Books.

The Discourse of Marriage in the Greco-Roman World. Edited by Jeffrey Beneker and Georgia Tsouvala. University of Wisconsin Press (2020). Preview in Google Books.


“Should an Old Man Engage in Politics?” Princeton University Press, April 7, 2020.

“Leadership and Mimicry: What Plutarch Knew about Elizabeth Holmes.” History News Network, May 26, 2019.

Blog Posts


    Plutarch in Byzantium. A Borghesi-Mellon Interdisciplinary Workshop at the University of Wisconsin, Madison (2018-2019).

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