David Konstan is a Professor in Classics at New York University. He is also the John Rowe Workman Distinguished Professor of Classics Emeritus and Professor Emeritus of Comparative Literature at Brown University. He has written extensively on the ancient novel, classical philosophy, and classical Greek and Roman conceptions of emotion, friendship, pity, and forgiveness. His publications include Sexual Symmetry: Love in the Ancient Novel and Related Genres, Friendship in the Classical World, and The Emotions of the Ancient Greeks: Studies in Aristotle and Classical Literature.