A fact is a holy thing, and its life should never be laid down on
the altar of a generalization
of English and Classics
Department of English
Evanston, Illinois 60208
Publications and work in progress
The Chicago Homer: a multilingual web site that uses the search and display capabilities of digital media to make distinctive features of Early Greek epic accessible to readers with and without Greek.
Martin Mueller was educated at the Universities of Munich, Hamburg, Berlin, Trinity College, Dublin, and Indiana University, where he got a PhD in Classics (1966). He taught at Brandeis University (1965-67) and the University of Toronto (1967-76) before moving to Northwestern University, where he taught until his retirement in 2013. At Northwestern he held various administrative positions, including Director of Comparative Literature (1976-81), Director of the Humanities Program (1979-81), Chair of the English Department (1983-90), and Acting Chair of Hispanic Studies (1997-99).
His primary research field has been the uses of ancient epic and tragedy by European writers since the Renaissance. He has also written on Homer and Shakespeare. More recently he has become interested in the uses of information technology for traditional philological inquiries. Together with Ahuvia Kahane, he is the editor of The Chicago Homer, a multilingual web site that uses the search and display capabilities of digital media to make distinctive features of Early Greek epic accessible to readers with and without Greek. He is the general editor of WordHoard, an application for the close reading and scholarly analysis of deeply tagged texts. Find out more about his current work at his blog Scalable Reading.