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June 14, 2021
By Catherine Connors We are saddened to report that Rochelle Snee, who earned her M.A. and Ph.D. at the University of Washington, passed away during 2020. Her research focused on religious and political developments in Byzantium.  She served on the faculty at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma for many years and is also fondly remembered as an active member of the Classical Association of the Pacific Northwest. We wish to include here in its entirety the obituary which appeared in the ... Read more
June 11, 2021
Classics PhD candidate Sarah Brucia Breitenfeld received the highly competitive 2021 Excellence in Teaching Award, given to only two graduate students in all of UW-Seattle. This award was created "to recognize the contributions of graduate student instructors to the scholarship of teaching and learning." Here's how Sarah's excellence was described: After taking one of... Read more
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June 9, 2021
Congratulations to the students of the Classics community at the University of Washington for their accomplishments over the past academic year, 2020–2021! DEGREES CONFERRED AND EXPECTED Ph.D. in Classics Emma Brobeck Dissertation: "Craftsmen, Identity, and Status in the Literature of Flavian Rome" M.A. in Classics Nicole SpethMA Paper: "Changing Viewpoints, Comedy, and Obscenity in the Suburban Baths" MAJORS B.A. in... Read more
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June 2, 2021
Classical Studies major and UW Women's Volleyball star Maria Bogomolova was profiled in Perspectives, the College of Arts and Sciences newsletter. Read more here!
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April 28, 2021
Congratulations to the recipients of the 2021-2022 Simpson Center Fellowships, including three UW Classics graduate students! Here are the winners, along with their exciting projects: Barclay Simpson Scholars in Public: Kaitlyn Boulding (PhD Candidate, Classics) The Death and Afterlife of Cleopatra, a Radical Audio Guide Society of Scholars Fellows: Sarah Brucia Breitenfeld (PhD... Read more
April 26, 2021
by Stephen Hinds Grace Funsten (PhCand) and Adriana Vazquez (PhD '17) are among the five Ancient Studies winners, and the 32 winners across the arts and humanities at large, of the 2021-22 Rome Prize, which brings together scholars and artists for year-long residential fellowships in the American Academy in Rome, beautifully situated high on the Gianicolo. Grace's project is titled 'En versus... Read more
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April 16, 2021
by Stephen Hinds Congratulations to Matthew Gorey, whose book Atomism in the Aeneid: Physics, Politics, and Cosmological Disorder was published in March by Oxford University Press; it seems like no time ago that Matthew was defending the dissertation prototype here in Seattle.  The front cover image shows 'Neptune calming the tempest from Book I of the Aeneid' by Marcantonio Raimondi (ca. 1515-16).  The back cover tells us on excellent authority that the book 'makes an... Read more
March 24, 2021
By James Clauss Alum Jackie Murray (PhD '05), Associate Professor in the Department of Modern and Classical Languages, Literatures and Cultures at the University of Kentucky, recently received the College of Arts and Sciences Award for Promotion of Diversity and Inclusion. The committee that selected her noted in particular her work on race and ethnicity, which is “innovative, timely, and a much needed challenge to the presumptive whiteness of Classics as a scholarly discipline,” and her... Read more
March 21, 2021
The Department of Classics at the University of Washington stands in solidarity with the Asian, Asian American, and Pacific Islander communities in the wake of the horrific shootings in the Atlanta area. We are deeply saddened by the deaths of Daoyou Feng, Hyun Jung Grant, Suncha Kim, Paul Andre Michels, Soon Chung Park, Xiaojie Tan, Delaina Ashley Yaun, and Yong Ae Yue. We affirm that experiences of racism have been a persistent and ugly reality for Asian Americans since the first immigrants... Read more
March 1, 2021
by James Clauss W. Royal Stokes received his BA in History at the University of Washington in 1958 and an MA in Classics in 1960. While in Classics he studied with John McDiarmid, Tom Rosenmeyer, Paul Pascal, Robert Lenardon, Bill Grummel and Bill Read, who was at that time also the head of the UW Press. Dr. Stokes went on to receive his PhD at Yale in 1965 upon completion of his dissertation Studies in Homeric Formulas directed by Christopher Dawson and Adam Parry. He taught at the... Read more