Philip Ambrose joined the UVM Classics Department in 1962. He served as Chair from 1973 to 1992 and again from 2000 until retiring in 2006. During that time he taught a wide range of courses at all levels of Greek, Latin, and Classical Civilization (especially mythology and literature in translation). Courses at the advanced level were in the fields of his research: Greek tragedy and comedy as well as Latin epic. Classical sources for the cantata texts of J. S. Bach led to the publication of his translation of all of Bach's vocal texts.