In Memoriam: Bryan Reardon

It is with tremendous sadness that we announce the passing of UC Press author, Professor Emeritus of Classics at University of California, Irvine, and revered scholar, Bryan P. Reardon.

Professor Reardon was first brought to UC Press by our esteemed Director Emeritus, August Fruge, who championed Reardon’s work on establishing the novel as an ancient Greek literary form. Reardon translated scores of Greek novels that has been forgotten since the Renaissance, and introduced these tales of romance and adventure to modern readers. His work shaped both perceptions of antiquity and contemporary pop cultural studies.

ICAN, the International Conference of the Ancient Novel, started in part by Reardon, continues to meet every few years. The UC Press staff was honored to work with Professor Reardon on an updated edition of his magnum opus, Collected Ancient Greek Novels for the 2008 conference in Lisbon. The book included a new foreword by J.R. Morgan, an intellectual successor and colleague whom Professor Reardon had the utmost praise for.

We at UC Press will miss the Professor Reardon’s delightful transcontinental phone calls, his gentility, and his commitment to impeccable scholarship. He was an inspiration.

2 thoughts on “In Memoriam: Bryan Reardon

  1. It is with a genuine sense of personal loss that I pay my own small tribute to a very great teacher who, quite simply, taught me how to think : I was taught by Bryan Reardon when he was the Professor of Classics at UCNW Bangor, North Wales, and there I received the lifelong benefit of having known a great scholar and a very real gentleman – an inspiration and a guide. Ironically, I was attempting to trace him to say a sincere ‘thank you’ for imbuing me with skills which have guided my career when I read the sad news of his passing. Thank you Prof’ … Goodbye.

  2. You may care to think again (for different reasons) about the following expressions: “establishing the novel as an ancient Greek literary form” and “novels that has been forgotten”.
    We do not have “scores of Greek novels” and it is not true that they have been “forgotten since the Renaissance”. Of the extant novels Bryan Reardon translated only Chariton’s “Callirhoe”.
    ICAN does not “meet every few years”: there have been four conferences in all, the first in 1976.

    That’s not all, but it’s enough to be going on with in relation to such a brief text.

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