NEWS FROM MEMBERS
BOISE STATE UNIVERSITY
Charles Odahl, Professor of Ancient History and Latin, had
magnum opus on the first Christian emperor published this past autumn as
the most recent volume in the Routledge "Roman Imperial Biographies"
series: Constantine and the Christian Empire (Abingdon & New York:
Routledge, 2004)--418 pp. with 92 illustrations and 8 maps. Dr. Odahl
will be leading and guiding another of his triennial "Ancient Capitals
and Sacred Sites Study Tours" to Rome, Thessalonica and
Constantinople/Istanbul for 15 days this 16--30 May for BSU students and
Boise community members.
All nine high schools and the three private classical
between Boise and Eagle in southwestern Idaho now have Latin language
programs staffed by teachers taught and certified by the Boise State
University Latin Language program
EASTERN WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY
The History Department at Eastern Washington University has hired a
replacement for Fred Lauritsen. Dr.Georgia Bazemore whose
specialty is Cypriote archaeology and all things Cypriote, graduated
from the University of Chicago.
Andrew Goldman reports: We've started a new lecture series here,
on ancient history and archaeological topics, and I'd like to get word
out to people around the region. Would the bulletin be willing to
accept a small notice about the series? If so, here is one below:
The 2004-05 academic year saw the inauguration of a new speaker's
series at Gonzaga University, the Archaeology and Ancient History
Lecture Series (AAHLS). Funded by the William S. Paley Foundation
and sponsored by the History Department, the series was created to
explore recent fieldwork and research in the Mediterranean world, as
well as to introduce students, members of the Gonzaga community, and
the public at large to relevant issues such as the current endangerment
of our cultural heritage in Europe and the Near East. Speakers
this year have included Dr. Andrew Wallace-Hadrill (Director of the
British School in Rome), Dr. Mary M. Voigt (College of William and
Mary), Dr. Geogria B. Bazemore (Eastern Washington University), and Dr.
Jennifer Tobin (University of Illinois -- Chicago). If you are
interested a schedule of upcoming events and/or in attending these
lectures, which are free and open to the public, please contact Dr.
Andrew Goldman, at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
This year Walter Englert is teaching all his classes in the Classics
department, though one class, a new class on Hellenistic Philosophy, is
team-taught with a colleague in Philosophy. He also taught for a
second time in the joint Reed College/Oregon Council for the Humanities
program, “Humanities in Perspective,” a college-level Humanities
course for adults living on low incomes, coordinated the 17th annual
Reed Latin Forum for Oregon and Washington high school Latin teachers
and students in November, and assisted the Classic Greek Theater
company stage a production of Aeschylus’ Prometheus Bound (in English)
at the Reed College amphitheater in September. He continues to work on
Cicero, Lucretius, and a translation of selected philosophical essays
and letters of Seneca; he lectured on Lucretius’ view of the Gods at
the November, 2004 PAMLA Conference in Portland, and on Seneca and the
Problem of Evil, at the April, 2005 ACTC (Association for Core Texts
and Courses) meeting in Vancouver, B.C.
Ellen Millender is now in her third year at Reed and is currently
having tremendous fun teaching a course on barbarians that examines
Greek and Roman constructions of self and other. She is currently
editing a collection of essays on Spartan Women entitled Unveiling
Spartan Women, for the Classical Press of Wales and Duckworth; her own
essay in the volume is entitled “Women Behind the Throne: Wealth,
Kingship, and the Making of Spartan Female Political Power.” She has
also lectured on Spartan female political power before the Portland
chapter of the AIA as well as at a conference in Sparta, and at the APA
she co-organized a panel on Hellenistic Sparta. She has also finished a
piece on Spartan mercenary warfare, which will appear next year and
which she was lucky enough to deliver at a conference in Rennes in
Alex Nice is also in his third year at Reed and enjoying it more with
each passing month. He taught Greek history last year in addition to
Latin and Greek at the higher levels. Publications included reviews on
religion and literature in Classical Bulletin, Scholia and Classical
Review, a review article 'Literature and Religion in the Early Empire'
for Scholia and an article for Acta Classica, “C. Trebatius Testa and
the British charioteers: the relationship of Cic. Ad Fam. 7.10.2 to
Caes. BG 4.25 and 33.” Alex also delivered a paper on Roman Divination
at the joint CAPN/CACW conference in Victoria.
Nigel Nicholson has been teaching in Humanities and Classics. His
classes include a new class in translation on the Ancient “Novel.” He
delivered papers on Pindar’s odes at the APA meeting in Boston and at
the joint CAPN/CACW meeting in Victoria, and his book, Aristocracy and
Athletics in Archaic and Classical Greece, will be published by
Cambridge University Press this fall. Various new projects beckon,
including something on athletes and local identity in archaic and
classical Greece. In January, he was named to the new Walter Mintz
Chair in Classics, and relieved Mary Jaeger of the burden of being CAPN
Dick Tron is now retired, but, as an emeritus faculty member, helps out
the department in various ways. This year he taught advanced Greek and
will teach Latin prose composition next year.
SEATTLE PACIFIC UNIVERSITY
At Seattle Pacific University's annual Marston Lecture on February
17th, 2005, Dr. Sandra Joshel delivered a superb lecture entitled "From
Captive to Slave: Fungibility and Social Death." In a brief
following the lecture, Owen Ewald was named C. May Marston Professor of
Classical Languages and Civilization. He will deliver next year's
Marston Lecture on February 16, 2006; please watch for your
Classes in first year Latin, offered biennially, are proving so popular
that there is some consideration to making the course of study annual.
In fall of 2004, 36 students began the trek through Wheelock; at this
writing there are 28 "Survivors," though the Registrar will not be
breaking them up into competitive teams ala CBS. Occasional courses are
offered in second year Latin when there is sufficient interest; one of
last year's second year students, Kevin Grove, did a summer institute
in medieval Latin at Toronto before moving on to Notre Dame for
graduate work in philosophy and theology.
SPOKANE COMMUNITY COLLEGE
Catherine Roth reports: The classicist at Spokane Community College
(that's me) is still serving as a Managing Editor of the Suda On Line,
and would like to encourage more volunteers to join the project. There
is also another ME in the Northwest, namely Elizabeth Vandiver at
The Whitman College Classics Department is thrilled by the recent
appointment of Elizabeth Vandiver to a tenure-track position.
Vandiver comes to us most recently from Rhodes College and has taught
University of Maryland, Northwestern University, Utah State University
the centro in Rome. Her Ph.D. is from the University of
Texas. Her most
recent publication appears in Classical and Modern Literature for 2004,
"From Noman to Inman: The Odyssey in Charles Frazier's Cold
is currently working on a book on the British trench poets of the Great
and their use of allusion to classical literatures.
Elizabeth says that
she is delighted to be living in the Pacific Northwest.
UNIVERSITY OF OREGON
We have enjoyed this year two visiting collegues, John Dayton and
We also look forward to the arrival in the fall of Jose Gonzales of
Harvard University as tenure-track Assistant Professor. His
speciality lies in Homer and archaic poetry, though since he also holds
a Ph.D. in theoretical physics from Princeton University, he will not
be a narrow specialist.
Lowell Bowditch has an article on "Hermeneutic Uncertainty and the
Female Subject in Ovid's Art of Love," forthcoming, 2005, in eds.
R. Ancona and E. Greene, The Gendered Dynamics of Latin Love
Poetry. Johns Hopkins University Press. She is department
head of Classics this year.
Jeff Hurwit has published “The Acropolis in the Age of Pericles”, last
summer (Cambridge UP, 2004), and co-edited a forthcoming volume (with
Judith Barringer) entitled: “Periklean Athens and its Legacy: Problems
and Perspectives” (U of Texas Press, summer 2005). He also has an
article in that collection: "The Parthenon and the Temple of Zeus at
Olympia." Also, he continue to serve on the editorial board of
the “Art Bulletin” and on the Publications Committee of the Getty
Malcolm Wilson has an article forthcoming "Autonomy and the Mistress
Discipline in European Thought " in edd. G. Sheridan and E. Gould,
Engaging Europe. Rowman and Littlefield. He is currently
working on an article on Aristotle for the Encyclopedia of Ancient
Natural Science, ed. P. Keyser for Routledge and an edition of the
Ps-Galenic de Decubitu. He is spending spring quarter with Mary
Jaeger in New Zealand, working and giving talks (among other things).
UNIVERSITY OF PUGET SOUND
We're pleased to welcome our new colleague Aislinn Melchior who
dissertation on *Violence in Late Republican Prose* at the University
Pennsylvania in 2004 and began teaching with us in Fall, 2004.
Our other faculty have also been busy:
Ili Nagy has been lecturing up a storm on the AIA circuit, most
Indiana University and the St. Louis Museum of Art. She was also
an Academic Trustee of the AIA.
David Lupher recently published *Romans in a New World: Classical
Sixteenth-Century Spanish America* from UMich press, which has received
glowing review from Jim Zetzel in BMCR and from JH Elliott in the New
Review of Books.
Eric Orlin traveled to Wales in July 2004 to deliver a paper on
Augustus and Egyptian religion at a conference on "MYTH AND IMAGE:
AUGUSTAN ROME,EGYPT AND THE EAST" held at the University of Wales,
UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON
Academic Year 2003-04 was a good one! Joint Classics and Near
Eastern Languages major Allyssa Lamb won a Rhodes Scholarship.
PhD candidate Jackie Murray and undergraduate Jonathan Rowland won
scholarships in the College of Arts and Sciences. Nineteen
undergraduates received their BAs in our various majors, many of whom
have double majors or minors and four of whom went on to graduate
school. Four of our graduate students gave papers at conferences
and three accepted tenure-track positions, while five moved into or
renewed one-year jobs. The number of students taking Latin and
Greek is strong, with 33 in beginning Greek and 138 in beginning Latin,
while there are 26 students in our upper division Latin courses and 28
in upper division Greek. Demand for Classics courses in
translation also continues to be exceptionally strong.
The following reports describe some of the activities of the faculty:
Lawrence Bliquez's paper "Roman Surgical Spoon-probes and their Ancient
Names" appeared last year and "The Hippocratic Surgical
Instrumentarium, a Study in Nomenclature" is currently in press.
Larry also gave various papers, including "Gynecological Surgery from
the Hippocratics to the Fall of the Roman Empire" (Notre Dame) and
"Psychiatry in the Greco-Roman World" (UW Medical School); he also gave
the annual faculty lecture sponsored by the Department and the Seattle
Chapter of the AIA.
Ruby Blondell's book, The Play of Character in Plato's Dialogues, was
named a Choice Outstanding Academic Title for 2003. She presented
papers on Plato at Stanford and at several conferences, and contributed
to an APA panel on Representations of Women in Modern Mass Media; she
is the co-editor of the related special volume of Helios. Ruby
continues to serve as the department's graduate advisor and as the
treasurer of the Lambda Classical Caucus.
James Clauss's article "Once upon a Time on Cos" appeared in Harvard
Studies. He is finishing up papers involving programmatic
language in Vergil and Nicander and has several papers on Classical
mythology and film at various stages of preparation. Jim led the
minority student program in Rome in March and appeared on TV in
England, the United States, and Italy in a documentary on Jason and the
Catherine Connors has been working recently on the neo-Latin novels of
John Barclay and will publish a biographical essay on him in the
Biographical Dictionary of English Classicists in addition to a paper
on "Metaphor and Politics in John Barclay's Argenis." SHe also
gave a paper on Lucan's Nile at a conference on Lucan at Princeton last
Alain Gowing's second major work, Empire and Memory. The Representation
of the Roman Republic in Imperial Culture, will be published by
Cambridge in early 2005. In addition to being president of CAPN
and serving as Secretary of the Advisory Council of the American
Academy in Rome, Alain led this year's Rome program and gave a paper on
historical memory at the Lucan conference at Princeton and the annual
C. May Marston Lecture at Seattle Pacific University.
Michael Halleran continues to serve the University as a Divisional Dean
in the College of Arts and Sciences. This year, he is teaching an
honors seminar on "Greek Tragedy and the Tragic."
Daniel Harmon wrote a number of articles for inclusion in a
multi-volume encyclopedia of mythology and religion to be published by
the Brown Reference Group in England. The topics include Faunus,
Lares, Mars, Minerva, Neptune, Penates, Romulus and Remus, Rome, Venus,
Quirinus, and Rhea Silvia. He also served in the Faculty
Senate. Though he retired formally at the end of Summer 2004, Dan
will teach 40% time for the next several years.
Stephen Hinds was honored by being named the Byron W. and Alice L.
Lockwood Professor of the Humanities for 2003-06. In addition to
giving numerous invited lectures nationally and internationally,
Stephen has turned his gaze to Petrarch in recent years, publishing a
paper entitled "Petrarch, Cicero, Virgil: Virtual Community in
Familiares 24.4" in MD with another article, "Defamiliarizing Latin
Literature, from Petrarch to Pulp Fiction" destined for publication in
Olga Levaniouk received a grant from the Loeb Library Foundation to
work on epichoric myth and traditional allusion in the Odyssey and is
teaching this Fall (2004) at the University of Rethymnon, Crete, with
whom we have an exchange program. Her research projects include
studies of Dionysus, Penelope and the Pandareids, Erinna's Distaff, and
Pindar's Olympian 1. Olga serves as Assistant Editor of "Greek
Studies: Interdisciplinary Approaches" (Lexington).
Timothy Power's paper "The Aulete as Actor: Sound and Vision in
Athenian 'New Dithyrambs'" was accepted for presentation at "The
Context of Dithyramb" in Oxford. He is currently working on
papers dealing with the representation of musical exotica in Athenian
Drama and the genre and authorship of the Deipnon, attributed to
Philoxenus. Tim also serves as Assistant Editor of "Greek
Studies: Interdisciplinary Approaches."
Sarah Culpepper Stroup is currently working on several article-length
projects involving Martial, Greek Rhetoric in Rome, and the
"Ritufaction" of violence in Rome. Her paper "Nisi in bonis: the
'Republicizing'of amicitia in Cicero's Laelius" was given at last
year's APA by colleague Alain Gowing, as Sarah was expecting the latest
departmental arrival: Max. Last summer, Sarah returned, with Max,
to the excavation at Tel Dor, Israel, for the second year of a Getty
Pierre MacKay has given a number of papers nationally and
internationally on various issues regarding Negropont and has received
a grant from the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation.
UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA
Greetings--main news from UBC is that Shirley Sullivan stepped down as
Head last autumn because of illness and former Head Tony Barrett was
asked by the Dean to look after the department while an international
search for a new Head was organized. We also have a
new colleague in Egyptology, Prof. Thomas Hikade who did his PhD at
Heidelberg and who works at Abydos, Hierakonpolis and in the
Sinai. His specialty is Egyptian lithics. A long term
sessional lecturer, Lyn Rae, who did her PhD with James Russell has
been appointed to a new tenure track Instructor position. Another
recent colleague, Franco de Angelis, took part in the
Sicilian/Scandinavian excavations at Monte Polizo in western Sicily
last summer with ten UBC students. Franco's new book on Megara
Hyblaea and Selinous has also just appeared and he was appointed
Distinguished Junior Research Professor to mark his accomplishments.
Hector Williams continued his study seasons with various colleagues and
students at Stymphalos and Mytilene last summer. He organized the
Gold Medal Symposium at the annual meeting of the AIA in Boston this
January to commemorate the achievements of the winner, Professor
Lionel Casson of NYU (still publishing at 90).
WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY
Burma and Rick Williams are doing some research in the
Bibliothèque Nationale in Paris and in South Wales over spring
break as part of their work on Roman math.
Kathy Meyer and Mary Jane Eng are continuing their work on Femina
Willamette's Classical Studies Program continues to grow. This year, we
have 6 majors and 16 minors, up from 1 major and 4 minors in Spring
2004. Because of the unabatedly strong demand, we are also able to offer
2 sections each of Elementary Latin I and II for the third year in a
For Spring 2006, we have applied
for a grant to hold the first
Oregon Undergraduate Conference in Classical Studies at
Willamette University but there is no word yet whether the grant will be
Ortwin Knorr received tenure and
promotion to Associate Professor
this Spring. He also had two articles accepted. "Three
Orators and a Flawed Argument (Hor. Sat. 1.10.27-30)" will appear in
Classical Journal 100.4 (2005), and "Cherchez la
Femme: Horace's Ship Ode, Carm. 1.14" will be published in TAPhA. In
early November 2004, Ortwin presented a paper
entitled "Terence's Topsy-Turvy Comedy" at the Annual Conference of the
Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association in Portland, OR. Next
June, he will speak about "Metatheatrical Farce in the Comedies of
Terence" at the international Terentius
Poeta conference which will be held at the Freie Universitaet Berlin in
Germany. In addition, Ortwin continues to organize a
series of six or more speakers for the lively Salem society of the AIA
and just wrote a report on the 2003-2004 job market for the
Joint AIA/APA Committee on Placement that will be published in the next
Mary Bachvarova's article "Topics
in Lydian Verse: Accentuation
and Syllabification" will appear in Journal of Indo-European
Studies 32 (2004). Three other articles are also forthcoming: "The
Eastern Mediterranean Epic tradition from Bilgames and Akka
to the Song of Release to Homer's Iliad" in Greek, Roman, and Byzantine
Studies 45 (2005), "Relations Between God and Man
in the Hurro-Hittite 'Song of Release'" in Journal of the American
Oriental Society, and "Oath and Allusion in Alcaeus fr. 129"
in Horkos: Proceedings of the International Conference on the Oath, eds.
A. Sommerstein (Nottingham) and J. Fletcher
(Western Ontario). In addition, Mary was the co-organizer of an
international conference, "Greeks, Hittites and their
Neighbors", at Emory in September, along with Billie Jean Collins
(Emory) and Ian Rutherford (Florida State/Reading). She
also talked about "The Poet's Point of View and the Prehistory of the
Iliad" at this occasion. Currently, she is preparing the
conference proceedings for publication. Recently, Mary presented
"Actions and Attitudes: Understanding Greek and Latin verbal
paradigms" at the APA convention in Boston in January 2005, and at this
February's Langford Conference at Florida State
University, she spoke about "Divine Justice Across the Mediterranean:
The Context of Orestes' Trial in Aeschylus." For late
April, she has been invited to give a talk entitled "Local word-smiths
and supra-local audiences: Hittite perspectives" at the "Poeti
vaganti" conference at Cambridge University in the U.K.
Scott Pike, a
geoarchaeologist focusing on Mediterranean
archaeology, will join Willamette's faculty as an Assistant Professor
of Geology and Environmental Science in Fall 2005. Scott received
Ph.D. from the University of Georgia with a thesis on the archaeological
geology and geochemistry of Pentelic marble. From 1995-1997, he directed
the Wiener Laboratory at the American School of Classical Studies in
Athens. Currently, he is involved in a major international excavation in
Italy, the Sangro Valley Project. He comes to us from Lynchburg Collge
in Virginia, where he served as the treasurer of the local AIA society,
and we are looking forward to his future contributions to our
interdisciplinary major in Classical Studies.
NEWS FROM INDIVIDUAL MEMBERS
I was delighted to receive individual notes from members this year, and
I am very glad to be able to post them.
Although not currently associated with a university, I teach non-credit
Latin classes at PCC. While enrollment in that venue can be
unpredictable, we are about to complete a full 1st year Latin course
(perhaps a first at PCC). I have been asked to teach a community ed
Latin course in West Linn next fall.
As well as tutoring Latin and Classical Greek privately, I'm also in
the process of marketing Galore Park language textbooks. My students
use their Latin series with spectacular results.
A few of us gather throughout the year to read Greek and Latin texts.
I do miss all the folks in CAPN territory!
I'm not sure what to include for news other than the fact that I have
this new position and moved away from the CAPN area, but still plan to
active participant. On a personal note, I have been very warmly
here at the University of Saint Thomas. In december I was awarded
Dummer Center for Women Curriculum Development Grant to work on a new
for Saint Thomas, "Perceptions of gender in classical antiquity", and
couple of weeks ago I was asked by Frank Theatre in Minneapolis to
participate in a panel, a post-performance discussion of their
"The Women of Troy", a single play based on Euripides' "Trojan Women"
"Hecuba." The play runs through march 20; our panel was
last Sunday (Feb.
Dr. Thomas Talboy, who teaches
Latin at Santa Catalina School in Monterey,
California, has worked hard to increase interdisciplinary studies at his
school. Last he had organized a successful project on Hildegard
He brought together members of the Language, Art, Music and History
departments to create a cross-campus (lower and upper schools) project
celebrated the life of a medieval woman. The project was capped
successful visit of Dr. Linda Marie Zaerr (Boise State University) who
individual class discussions and ended three days with a public
which she dramatized and immortalized Hildegard's life, writing and
Tom is also the founder and director of Ubiquity International.
this company to provide quality educational tours both for students and
families as well as for educators. Motivated by the belief that
deserve something more, Tom creates trips in which educators are
participate as Topic Specialists. Topic Specialists are experts
with the travelers a deep love of their field of study.