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
Edward Nolan, a senior Classics major who will graduate in June, was recently named a Dean's Medalist in the College of Arts & Sciences. Each year, the College of Arts and Sciences presents the Dean’s Medal to four exceptional graduating seniors, representing the College’s four divisions—arts, humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences. Additionally, Edward received a Timeless Award in recognition of his leadership potential. (Established this year in honor of the UW's 150th anniversary, Timeless Awards celebrate leaders of the past, present and future.) Edward will be enrolling... Read more
Larry Bliquez gave a talk at the University of Mississippi last November on his favorite topic: Greco-Roman Surgical Instruments . Brad Cook, who earned his Ph.D here in 1996 and now teaches at Ole' Miss, was the instigator of the visit. Larry had worked with the surgical equipment in the David Robinson Collection at Ole' Miss back in the 1980's; so the talk was accompanied by an exhibit of this material. Over 170 townspeople and students from the University and local grammar and high schools attended. It's great when you are the only act in town. Our stay in Oxford allowed my wife Pat and... Read more
Alum Patricia Anne Clark, who completed her PhD in Classics in 1993, recently saw the publication of her book A Cretan Healer's Handbook in the Byzantine Tradition, Text, Translation and Commentary (Ashgate 2011). A full description of the book may be found on the publisher's website here. Patricia is currently Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Greek and Roman Studies, University of Victoria, Canada.
Pierre MacKay's recent publication about the 17th-century Seyahatname or 'Travel Journal' by Turkish traveller Evliyâ Çelebi has confirmed his reputation as one of the leading experts on this text. The following, translated by Google with many revisions by Professor MacKay, is an excerpt from a recent book about Çelebi: In 1975, Pierre A. MacKay, Professor of Classics and of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at the University of Washington (Emeritus) recognized the significance of the Seyahatname (Travel Journal)in the larger framework of the Ottoman intellectual world.... Read more
When Professor Ruby Blondell published her article "'Third cheerleader from the left': from Homer's Helen to Helen of Troy,' in the inaugural issue of Classical Receptions Journal 1 (2009) 4-22 (the full text of the article may be read here), she did not expect that among her admiring readers would be David Thomson, the Bishop of Huntingdon. Click here... Read more
Fans of Professor Jim Clauss will doubtless recall his memorable trip with the UW men's basketball trip to Greece in the summer of 2007. He recently repeated the experience, but this time with the women's team on their trip to Scandinavia. Instead of Socrates, however, the subject of Professor Clauss's course was, appropriately enough, Norse mythology and Northern European folktales. Click here for the full story.
Our very own Professor Ruby Blondell and her work on Helen of Troy was recently featured in the September 2009 issue of A&S Perspectives. "Revisiting Helen of Troy" in A&S Perspectives
A gemstone of Alexander the Great was found by a UW participant in the archaeological field school run by Professor Sarah Stroup at Tel Dor (Israel). The articles below provide more details about this impressive discovery. "UW student discovers precious gemstone" in the Seattle Times, September 2009 "Archaelogogy Field School's a Gem--Literally" in A&S... Read more