Charles Odahl, Professor of Ancient History and Latin, had his
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 academies
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


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:


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 September.

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 treasurer.

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.


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 ceremony
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.


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 Whitman College.


The Whitman College Classics Department is thrilled by the recent
appointment of Elizabeth Vandiver to a tenure-track position.  Professor
Vandiver comes to us most recently from Rhodes College and has taught at the
University of Maryland, Northwestern University, Utah State University and
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 Mountain."  She
is currently working on a book on the British trench poets of the Great War
and their use of allusion to  classical literatures.  Elizabeth says that
she is delighted to be living in the Pacific Northwest.


We have enjoyed this year two visiting collegues, John Dayton  and Claudia Zatta.  
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 Research
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).


We're pleased to welcome our new colleague Aislinn Melchior who completed her
dissertation on *Violence in Late Republican Prose* at the University of
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 recently at
Indiana University and the St. Louis Museum of Art.  She was also just elected
an Academic Trustee of the AIA.

David Lupher recently published *Romans in a New World: Classical Models in
Sixteenth-Century Spanish America* from UMich press, which has received
glowing review from Jim Zetzel in BMCR and from JH Elliott in the New York
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, Aberystwyth.


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 Argonauts.

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 Fall.

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 the Spring.

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 Foundation Grant.


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.


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).


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 Habila.


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
APA newsletter.
       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 his
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.


I was delighted to receive individual notes from members this year, and I am very glad to be able to post them.

Barbara DellaPenna

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.

Lorina Quartarone

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 taken
this new position and moved away from the CAPN area, but still plan to be an
active participant.  On a personal note, I have been very warmly welcomed
here at the University of Saint Thomas.  In december I was awarded the Luann
Dummer Center for Women Curriculum Development Grant to work on a new course
for Saint Thomas, "Perceptions of gender in classical antiquity", and just a
couple of weeks ago I was asked by Frank Theatre in Minneapolis to
participate in a panel, a post-performance discussion of their production of
"The Women of Troy", a single play based on Euripides' "Trojan Women" and
"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 von Bingen.
He brought together members of the Language, Art, Music and History
departments to create a cross-campus (lower and upper schools) project that
celebrated the life of a medieval woman.  The project was capped by the
successful visit of Dr. Linda Marie Zaerr (Boise State University) who led
individual class discussions and ended three days with a public lectures in
which she dramatized and immortalized Hildegard's life, writing and music.

Tom is also the founder and director of Ubiquity International.  He founded
this company to provide quality educational tours both for students and
families as well as for educators.  Motivated by the belief that educators
deserve something more, Tom creates trips in which educators are invited to
participate as Topic Specialists.  Topic Specialists are experts who share
with the travelers a deep love of their field of study.