Recent News

We are pleased to report that Christina Vester (PhD '04 ) has recently been awarded a 2014 Distinguished Teaching Award at University of Waterloo, where she is an Associate Professor of Classical Studies (click here for the announcement).  And this is on top of an Arts Teaching Award she won in 2013 (click here for that award).  (The Distinguished Teaching... Read more
NB: Since we first posted this story on January 27, a splendid article on the Department and its efforts to achieve diversity has appeared in the March 2014 issue of Perspectives, the Newsletter of the College of Arts & Sciences (click here for the story) as well as an article in the March 10 issue of Daily (click here for that story).   We are proud to announce that the Department of... Read more
The website for the 'Wings of Artemis' exhibit (click here for information on the exihibit) is now live.  Click here to visit it! Please note, too, that the exhibit catalog is available for ordering (in either hard or paperback) from  Please click here to travel to the relevant link.  The catalog is in fact quite gorgeous and fabulous: even if you... Read more
Professor Olga Levaniouk has filed the following update on the Homer multitext project (click here for a last year's report on this marvelous undertaking): This summer for the second time a team from the Classics department took part in an inter-collegiate undergraduate seminar at the Center for Hellenic Studies in Washington, DC. Two of our students, Dillon Gish and Beni Ransom, spent two weeks at the Center; as their accompanying faculty member, I was there for the first week.  Our... Read more
On Monday, October 14, a very special exhibition entitled 'Under the Wings of Artemis: The Crossroads of Scholarship and Art.   Themes from the Academic Works of the University of Washington Classics Faculty Reflected In Modern Book Arts' will open in Special Collections in the UW's Allen Library.  The exhibit will run through February 21, 2014 (Special Collections is open from 10 am - 4:45pm
M,Th, F; and 10 am-7:45 pm Tues and Wed; it is closed on weekends.  Visitors to the exhibit should check in at the reception desk.) This very special exhibit -- organized by Lauren Dudley, local... Read more
Ruby Blondell will be presenting some of her new material on the 1927 movie The Private Life of Helen of Troy, plus Helen in Xena Warrior Princess, at GeekGirlCon 2013 right here in Seattle ( The  session is at 10 am on Saturday, October 19. Following the session, Professor Blondell will be signing copies of her new book, Helen of Troy, from 11.00-11.50
Professor Sarah Stroup is fresh back from another successful season at Tel Dor.  Among the more exciting finds this summer was evidence for the cinnamon trade: click here for the story! And for a full account of the summer's activities at Dor, see the full story here. And for the fascinating perspective of one student participant, click... Read more
Professor Jim Clauss is accompanying the UW volleyball trip on a 13-day European exhibition tour, providing the athletes with a valuable educational experience in between their matches and for which they will earn UW credit.  Jim is a veteran of this experience, having previously accompanied the UW men's basketball team on a trip to Greece in 2007 and the UW women's basketball team's trip to Scandinavia in 2011. For details on the volleyball team's trip,... Read more
The UW's George Stamatoyannopoulos, a professor of medicine and genome sciences, is part of a team of research scientists who have uncovered the origins of the Minoans.  To read the full story (along with a link to the paper, of which Dr.  Stamatoyannopoulos is the senior authors), click here.
Professor Hollmann lent his expertise on curse tablets to an article on the Roman gold ring that may have inspired The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.  The ring will be featured in an exhibit at The Vyne in southern England.  To read the article click here.