Recent News

Devin Gleeson, Edward Nolan, and Molly Ostheller at lunch at the CHS
 (Pictured, from L to R in foreground: Devin Gleeson, Edward Nolan, and Molly Ostheller at lunch at the CHS) UW Classics students are now contributing to the first-ever electronic multitext edition of Homer. In June three of our undergraduates—Molly Ostheller, Devin Gleeson, and Edward Nolan (now off to graduate school at Vanderbilt) —took part in an inter-collegiate summer seminar at the Center for Hellenic Studies in Washington, DC. The two-week seminar was devoted to the Homer Multitext project housed at the Center: the students learned the fundamental facts about oral and textual... Read more
We are delighted and excited to welcome to the Department for the 2012-13 academic year Visiting Fulbright Scholar Professor Yongyi Li of Chongqing University (China).  More about Professor Li: Prof. Yongyi Li obtained his PhD in American and British Literature from Beijing Normal University, where he taught between 2003 and 2009. Since 2009, he has been teaching at Chongqing University. During the 2012-2013 school year, he will be a Fulbright research scholar at the Department of Classics, University of Washington. His major fields of inquiry include Romantic and Modernist poetry, Roman... Read more
Oil Jar with Paris and Helen (detail), attributed to the Painter of the Frankfort Acorn, vase-painter; and Phintias, potter. Greek, Athens, 420-400 B.C.
Our own Professor Ruby Blondell will be giving a talk at the Getty Villa in Malibu on Saturday, September 15, on Helen, the subject of her forthcoming book.  For details on the lecture click here.
On June 16th, Dave Brodhead, a senior majoring in Classics and recipient of a Jim Greenfield Scholarship for 2012-13, and the department's own Professor Cathy Connors came together to provide young, 4th-grade students and their families the chance to explore the cosmos.  "I was looking for a way to get my students excited for university education," said Brodhead, who teaches a Sunday-school class each week, "and I knew that Professor Connors wouldn't pass up the opportunity."  The team prepared a day of activities, which included exploring the cosmos from both the ancient and modern... Read more
Edward Franks (MA '66) has kindly sent the Department a copy of a major book completed in August 2012 and entitled The Role of Vicars and the Functioning of Dioceses within the wider Administrative System of the Later Roman Empire: An investigation of a senior mid-level management position, principle lines of authority, and major interdepartmental transmission belts for the conduct of state business with the major emphasis on the period 285-450 A.D. A Response to 50 years of usurpations, civil wars and foreign invasion, 235-285 A.D., the Making of a 'Fail-Safe' civilian bureacratic... Read more
Under the leadership of our very own Professor Jim Clauss, who has been the Director since 2007, the UW Honors Program has recently been named the 'Best of the West' by John Willingham, author of A Review of Fifty Public University Honors Programs.  Congratulations to Jim and his colleagues in Honors for this signal accomplishment!  For the full story click here.  To learn more about the University Honors Program, click... Read more
Four members of the department are just back from the quadrennial Feminism and Classics conference, on the theme Crossing Borders, Crossing Lines, at Brock University. Deb Kamen presented a paper on "Fictive Sale and the Manumission of Prostitutes in Ancient Greece", and Ruby Blondell gave one entitled "Playing on the Gender Boundary: Gorgias’ Helen". Two of our graduate students, Melissa Funke and Alex Kennedy, likewise presented papers, Melissa on "The Curious Case of Heracles' Apology in Euripides' Auge", and Alex on "Neaira and Phormio: the Problem of Natural... Read more
Jennifer K. Stuller (BA, Comparative History of Ideas 2005), now a prominent expert in female super and action heroes, plays a central role in a new documentary that was a smash hit at the 2012 Seattle International Film Festival. Jen writes, "I became involved with Wonder Women! The Untold History of American Superheroines when director, Kristy Guevara-Flanagan, approached me after a presentation I'd given at the Comic Arts Conference at WonderCon on feminism in Lois Lane and Wonder Woman comic books of the 1970s. She was interested in how my work investigated ways... Read more
I am taking part in the CHS (Center for Hellenic Studies, Washington D.C) Kyklos project, designed to foster graduate research on the Epic Cycle. To participate in the project, the graduate students work on essays with support from an advisor at their home institution and present their work at the annual international videoconference. One of the international group of faculty acts as a respondent and the student receives input from an advisory committee, which consists of several participating scholars. The group of scholars who participate in the project and will take part in this year's... Read more
Professor Alex Hollmann recently published an edition, translation, and commentary of a curse tablet in Greek found in a disused well in late-antique Antioch. The curse is directed against a greengrocer named Babylas and calls on the god Iao (the Greek transliteration of the Old Testament god Yahweh) to bind and destroy the greengrocer "just as you struck the chariot of Pharaoh", a clear reference to the episode described in the Book of Exodus. Professor Hollmann was surprised and delighted to find a Canadian science journalist, Owen Jarus, wanted to write a piece about the tablet and his... Read more