Recent News

photo of the collaborative team
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.   
Poster for Helen of Troy on Screen Starring Ruby Blondell
Professor Ruby Blondell recently spent a week at Oberlin College presenting the Martin Classical Lectures on the theme Helen of Troy on Screen. Her four lectures covered representations of Helen in the silent movie era and the Hollywood epics of the 1950s, ending with the TV shows Star Trek and Xena: Warrior Princess. She also had the pleasure of spending time with recent Ph.D. graduate Naomi Campa, who is at Oberlin with a Mellon post-doctoral fellowship.
image for Vespertine Opera and Philharmonia Northwest production of Fauré's Penelope
Professor Olga Levaniouk brought her perspective on Homer's Penelope to a round-table discussion at Effable and Ineffable: Gabriel Fauré and the Limits of Criticism, a conference sponsored by the UW School of Music and the Simpson Center for the Humanities held October 22-24, 2016.  The conference featured Fauré's rarely performed opera Pénélope by Vespertine Opera in conjunction with Philharmonia Northwest and the UW School of Music. See more at Read more
View of interior of Denny Hall during renovation
While the Classics Department is spending 2015-2016 in Condon Hall, work proceeds to restore and rebuild Denny Hall, where Latin and Greek have been taught since the University moved to its present site in 1895. See more at the Capital Projects Office    
poster for Sophocles' Electra, translated by Frank McGuinness, presented by the undergraduate Theater Society October 22-Nov 1
The UW Undergraduate Theater Society is mounting a production of Sophocles’ Electra beginning on October 22nd, and two of our graduate students, Charles Carver and Anna Simas, consulted as dramaturgs for the production. Carver and Simas both have a personal interest in Greek tragedy, but approach the material from different points of view (military history and feminist theory, respectively), and brought both perspectives to the table as dramaturgs.   Says Carver of his duties toward the actors, “We are helping to better acquaint them with ancient dramatic convention and the context... Read more