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We thought you'd all enjoy reading this fascinating account from alumna Bobbie Sahr about her time here at the UW and her experiences with Department of Classics and beyond: ***** Bobbie Sahr (née Smith) graduated from the UW in 1960 with a BA in Education (fulfilled at that time with Latin courses), with minors in French and History.  Bobbie, who has kept many of her Latin texts throughout the years (and admits to writing translations in them, as we all have!), recalls her time here fondly: “The Classics Department was delightful.  I had Dr. Grummel for the majority of my classes and thought... Read more
Our new hire, Professor Sarah Levin-Richardson, was recently interviewed by New York magazine about the project she is working on at the American Academy in Rome this year, thanks to her Rome Prize (previously reported in here).   Please click here to read the article!
Readers of modern Greek familiar with Professor MacKay's article 'New Light on Negropont' will be interested to learn that that article has now been translated into modern Greek by a group running a blog in large part about the History of Euboea and Chalkis.  As Professor MacKay notes of his article, "it dusts away a great deal of the anti-historical chauvinism that has hitherto disfigured most writing about mediaeval and Ottoman Negropont." The article (in modern Greek) may be read here.  The original (in English) may be... Read more
On Tuesday, October 21 at 7:30 PM in the Glenn Hughes Penthouse Theatre, our own Ruby Blondell will be delivering a lecture entitled "'Advertised for 2700 Years and Now You Get Her!' - Helen of Troy on the Silver Screen" as part of the Performing Arts Lecture Series.  For information on this lecture and to obtain tickets ($10, free for UW students), and on the series in general, please click here.  Professor Blondell describes the lecture thus: "In an era that believes beauty is in the... Read more
In this space we highlight current news reports that feature Classics in one way or another.  Vladimir Putin and Hercules.  You must read this...click here. (10/15/14) Our own Professor Clauss consulted on...Big Foot.  Click here if you don't believe us. Augustus' stables in Rome to be reburied...for lack of funding.  Click... Read more
In 2008 Lauren Du Graf earned her BA in Comparative Literature at the UW, though she also took many classes here in the Department of Classics, with a minor in Latin, and indeed was one of our more accomplished students.  The following fall Lauren entered the graduate program in English and Comparative Literature at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  Not surprisingly, Lauren's academic success has continued in graduate school.  Currently at work on her dissertation on 'Little Magazines and Literary Salons: The Transatlantic Modernism of Charles Henri Ford', Lauren was the... Read more
It is with deep sadness that we report the passing of Karl Griggs on July 14, 2014.  Karl had just completed his first year in our graduate program, having come to us last fall from the University of California, Santa Cruz, where he completed a BA with highest honors in Anthropology and Classics.  In the all too brief time Karl was with us, he dazzled faculty and fellow students alike with his prodigious language skills and intellect. Karl loved traveling, and had acquired a reputation as a warm host and  a devotee of Latin scrabble.  He clearly had a very bright future ahead of him, and he... Read more
Emeritus Professor Pierre MacKay recently traveled to St. Louis University in St. Louis, Missouri, where he delivered a paper entitled 'The Euripus Channel at Negropont during the Middle Ages' at the Second Annual Symposium on Medieval and Renaissance Studies (June 16-18, 2014).  Professor MacKay's paper may be read online here.
It is with great sadness that we report the passing of Diskin Clay (PhD '67), who was one of the first recipients of a PhD from this department in the early years of the graduate program. Diskin was a towering and much respected figure in our field.  Up until his retirement in 2008 he was R.J.R. Nabisco Distinguished Professor of Classical Studies at Duke University.  He had a long and distinguished academic career, and will be sorely missed by those of us who knew him.  For details on his life and career, please click ... Read more
We're a tad late in reporting this happy news, but Brad Cook (PhD '96 and an Assistant Professor of Classics at the University of Mississippi) was named the winner of the Rhetorica Prize for his article 'Swift-boating in Antiquity: Rhetorical Framing of the Good Citizen in Fourth-Century Athens', published in Rhetorica 30.3 (2012).  The $1,000 prize, awarded at the Biennial Conference of the International Society for the History of Rhetoric held last July in Chicago, honors the best essay published in volumes 29 and 30 of Rhetorica.  Congratulations to Brad for this... Read more

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