English Department

John Greppin

Office: RT 1815
Phone: 216.687.3951
Home Phone: 216.932.6673
Email: j.greppin@csuohio.edu

Specialties, Responsibilities:

Linguistics, Classics, and Prose Composition.

Educational Background:
  • Ph.D. from UCLA, 1972. Indo-European Studies. Research specialty: Classical Armenian.
  • MA from University of Washington, 1966. Specialty: Classics.

Published 16 books, 500+ articles and reviews.

  • Most recent book: The Diffusion of Greco-Roman Medicine in the Middle East and the Caucasus.
  • Editor Emeritus of Annual of Armenian Linguisitics. 1980-2004
  • Editor Emeritus of Raft: A Journal of Armenian Poetry and Criticism. 1987-1997

Stamp collecting, wine, book collecting, travel.


John Greppin has published fifteen monographs and edited books on Armenian linguistics and the history of Armenian medicine . In addition there are 218 articles in various scholarly journals, and 294 reviews in various scholarly journals as well as the Times (London) Literary Supplement, the New York Times Book Review, and the Boston Book Review.

Greppin founded the Annual of Armenian linguistics in 1980 and edited it for twenty-five years.

  • 1961-1965 Greek and Latin. Woodstock country School. S. Woodstock, VT
  • 1971-72 Classics, University of Florida, Gainesville
  • 1972-74 the Newman School. New Orleans, Louisiana. Greek and Latin
  • 1974-75 Stazhor, Academy of Sciences, Yerevan, Armenia
  • 1975-1998 Cleveland State University Greek, Latin, Sanskrit, Linguistics, Prose Composition
  • 1993 visiting professor, Gottingen University, Germany
  • 1999-2010 Cleveland State University.
  • 2011- emeritus
  • Initial Vowel and Aspiration in Classical Armenian. Studien zur armenischen Geschichte XIII. Vienna: Mechitaristen – Buchdruckerei, 1973. Pp. 70
  • Classical Armenian Nominal Suffixes: A Historical Survey. Studien zur armenischen Geschichte XV. Vienna: Mechitaristen – Buchdruckerei 1975. Pp. 158.
  • Classical and Middle Armenian Bird Names: A Linguistic, Taxonomic and Mythological Study. Delmar, New York: Caravan Books 1978. Pp.290.
  • Proceedings of the First International Conference of Armenian Linguistics (editor). Caravan Books. Delmer, NY 1980. Pp. 246.
  • Interrogativity: A Colloquium on the Grammar, Typology and Pragmatics of Questions in Seven Diverse Languages (edited with others). Typological Studies in Language IV. Amsterdam: John Benjamins 1984. Pp. 302.
  • An Etymological Dictionary of the Indo – European Components of Classical Armenian. Venice: San Lazzaro. 1984. Fascicle I. Pp. 88.
  • Bark Galianosi: The Greek – Armenian Dictionary to Galen. Anatolian and Caucasian Studies VII. Delmar, New York: Caravan Books 1985. Pp xii + 191
  • A Handbook of Armenian Dialectology (with Amalya Khachaturian). Anatolian and Caucasian Studies IX. Delmar, New York. Caravan Books 1986. Pp. xxxv + 253.
  • When World’s Collide, The Indo – European and the Pre – Indo – Europeans: The Bellagio Papers (edited with Thomas Markey).  Ann Arbor, Michigan: Karoma Publications. 1990. Pp. 401.
  • Proceedings of the Fourth International Conference on Armenian Linguistics. Cleveland, Ohio, September 14 -18, 1991. Delmar, New York: Caravan Books. 1992. Pp. 330.
  • Classical Armenian Authors: Studies in early Armenian Literature. (editor). Delmar, New York: Caravan Books. 1994. Pp. 261.
  • A Medieval Arabic – Armenian Botanical Dictionary. Studien zur Armenischen Geschichte XVI. Vienna: Mechitharisten – Buchdruckerei. 1997. Pp. 149.
  • Studies in Honor of Jaan Puhvel. Part I: Ancient Languages and Philology (edited with others).  Journal of Indo – European Studies Monograph Number 20. Washington: Institute for the Study of Man. Pp. xxvi + 240, 1997.
  • Studies in Honor of Jaan Puhvel. Part II: Mythology and Religion (edited with others) Journal of Indo-European Studies Monograph Number 21. Washington: Institute for the Study of Man. 1997. Pp. 282.
  • The Diffusion of Greco – Roman Medicine into the Middle East and the Caucasus (edited with others). Delmar, New York, Caravan Books. 1999. Pp. 301.
  • Selected Reviews, Reprinted for Family and Friends. Pp. 228. 2014.