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Professor Catherine Connors’ excellence in teaching and her support of teaching Latin in K-12 education was recognized this year by the conferring of the prestigious Distinguished Teaching Award.  Congratulations Cathy! To read more about this award and this year's recipients, please click HERE
Mosaic depicting Aion, god of eternity, surrounded by a celestial sphere
Students in Prof. Bruce Balick's Cosmologies and Cultures course study theories of the origins of the universe. They learn about the Big Bang Theory, and place that in the context of human history and culture through lectures from seven guest speakers across the University. Jim Clauss contributed his expertise on Greek stories of the origin of the cosmos, the Greek word for the ordered universe. On April 19 Physics and Astronomy is sponsoring 'Cosmology, Cultures, and the Big Bang', including lecture, student presentations, and faculty panel discussion. See more in A&S Perspectives: ... Read more
students in Rome
"Excited, eager, enthusiastic, exhilarated. These words can’t come close to describing how thrilled we are to travel to Rome." So writes Justin Schmidt of the UW Men's Basketball team. In partnership with the UW Athletics Department, Sarah Stroup is leading a group of students, including student athletes, to Italy for a two week intensive study of sport and spectacle in ancient Rome, with a focus on gladiatorial games. Based at the UW Rome Center, the program also includes field trips to Pompeii and other sites in Italy, along with plenty of good food. Student reports of their travels are... Read more
Roman in a toga; illustration from Vice Verba Latin game
Christina Vester (PhD ’04) and Pauline Ripat (PhD ’03) have transformed their fond Seattle memories of playing Latin and Greek verb conjugation games in class into a lively and appealing – and free – game for Apple and Android devices. Working in collaboration with coder Darren Osadchuk and illustrator Rick Sealock, Christina (Associate Professor of Classical Studies at the University of Waterloo) and Pauline (Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Classics at the University of Winnipeg) have recently released Vice Verba to help students of Latin master verb forms.... Read more
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Early in Winter term 2016, a large group of faculty, students, alumni and friends gathered for a spacious and thought-provoking talk by Professor Gregory Nagy, visiting as this year's John B. and Mary K. McDiarmid Lecturer. Nagy's ‘Rethinking of Sappho in light of the Newest Fragments’ used recently deciphered papyrus fragments to add to what is known of the most famous female Greek poet, illuminating how the songs of Sappho both mark particular occasions and celebrate the power of song itself to capture and transcend the passing of time. Central to Nagy's arguments were several analyses of... Read more
Sarah Levin-Richardson lectures at Stanford
Professor Levin-Richardson was honored to be invited back to her alma mater, Stanford University, to deliver a talk on “Oppression and Agency in Pompeii’s Purpose-built Brothel.” Speaking to a full house, Prof. Levin-Richardson explained how careful examination of the brothel’s material record—its architecture, archaeological finds, frescoes, and graffiti—can illuminate the physical, social, and emotional experiences of those who worked in Pompeii’s most famous brothel two thousand years ago. In the end, the talk gave voice to a group of men and women who were marginalized in antiquity, and... Read more
René-Antoine Houasse, “The Dispute of Minerva and Neptune” (1689)
Prof. Kate Topper has just published "Pandora's Ballot Box: The Myth of the Irresponsible Female Voter."  The lively -- and timely-- essay appears in the on-line journal Eidolon, whose motto is 'a modern way to write about the ancient world.' See the essay here:  
Meghan C. Lescault, Providence College ’16 (Walpole, Mass.) spent the summer researching Virgil’s Aeneid with her faculty mentor, Dr. Robin J. Greene, assistant professor of history.
Robin Greene's work with one of her students at Providence College was recently featured in the Providence College Magazine.  The project, titled 'Speech and Silence in Virgil’s Aeneid', was supported through the college's Undergraduate Research Grant Program. See more at
As usual, UW Classics will make a strong showing at the annual meeting of the Society of Classical Studies held jointly with the Annual Meeting of the Archaeological Institute of America (January 6-9, 2016, in San Francisco). Alexander Hollmann is speaking on "Curse Tablets and Wells in Private Houses in Antioch" on the program of the AIA. At the SCS, Graduate students Joshua Hartman and Bridget Langley are delivering papers on “Julian as Citizen: Attic Oratory and the Misopogon” and “Female Plumbers in the Metamorphoses: Women Talking Water,” respectively. Ruby Blondell is... Read more
Owl sits on fence outside Denny Hall at night
A passer-by on a recent evening spotted this owl on the fence outside Denny Hall.