This book would not have been possible without the support of many people. I would like to thank Scott Johnson and everyone at the Center for Hellenic Studies, particularly Jill Curry Robbins and Jason Harris, for their encouragement and assistance with the manuscript. I would like to thank the anonymous readers who took time out of their schedules to read through the manuscript and provide invaluable suggestions that helped clarify the scope of the project. David Schur, Kimberly Passaro, and Sylvia Czander graciously read various portions of the manuscript throughout the process. Scott and Ann Ellis and Seth and Sally Lundgren generously hosted me during a prolonged research trip to Cincinnati where the librarians and staff at the John Miller Burnam Classical Library at the University of Cincinnati assisted me in countless ways.
To my colleagues at Brooklyn College of the City University of New York and elsewhere, thank you for giving me the opportunity to work through and develop my ideas. In particular, I would like to thank David Schur, Katherine Lu Hsu, Lauren Mancia, Gianfranco Agosti, Scott McGill, Marco Formisano, Aaron Pelttari, Daniel Osland, Kristine Trego, Tom Garvey, Peter van Minnen, Craig Williams, Jim Pletcher, Danielle Kellogg, Liv Yarrow, Phil Thibodeau, John van Sickle, Gail Smith, and Dee Clayman. Funding for travel and other associated costs was generously provided by my professional union (PSC CUNY) and through a Tow Faculty Travel Fellowship at Brooklyn College. Finally, I would like to thank my friends and family, too many to name, for all their support and encouragement. Rick, Sandra, Sean, Katie, Ray, Debbie, Melissa, Jeff, Sarai, Dan, Alicia, and, especially, Marvin and Rachel have always been there to provide a constant and unwavering light, even on the darkest days.