Recent News

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.
Cynthia Claxton (PhD '87), who is a Lecturer and the undergraduate program director in Classics at the University of California, Irvine, has written a new intermediate level textbook for those learning Classical Greek, which is forthcoming from Yale University Press later this year (in September).  In contrast to a traditional reader, Attica: Intermediate Classical Greek combines guided readings with review discussions and exercises.  It is conceived as a stand-alone text to help students transition to reading primary texts without as much trauma as is often the case.  The readings... Read more
Congratulations to Classics majors Malia Piper and R. Allen Snider, both of whom have been awarded Mary Gates Research Scholarships in support of their Honors Theses. Malia, working under the mentorship of Professor Catherine Connors, is writing on 'Bad Girls: The Role of the Mala in Ancient Greek and Roman Literature'.  The project investigates representations of the mala, the 'bad woman', who gives instruction to young women about managing lovers.   Professor Alex Hollmann is supervising Allen Snider's Thesis on 'Narrative magic: an analysis of some ancient contes... Read more
We are delighted to report that Professor Stephen Hinds has been named UW faculty Katz Distinguished Lecturer for the 2013-2014 academic year. This is a very special honor, the most distinguished award in the humanities at the University of Washington.  The series description reads: "The Katz Distinguished Lectures in the Humanities Series recognizes scholars in the humanities and emphasizes the role of the humanities in liberal education. The series is named after Solomon Katz, who served for 53 years at the UW, as an instructor, professor, Chair of the Department of History, Dean of the... Read more
We are thrilled to report that Nora MacDonald, longtime Latin teacher at Roosevelt High School and one of this Department's most admired and beloved alums (she earned her UW BA in Latin Cum Laude in 1971 and her MA in Latin in 1986), has been awarded the 2012 Award for Excellence in Teaching at the Pre-Collegiate Level sponsored by the American Philological Association and the American Classical League.  As many of our readers will know, Nora is something of an icon among Latin teachers in the Pacific Northwest.  She has passionately and expertly taught Latin to several generations... Read more