Recent News

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
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