Recent News

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