Fields of Interest
Research areas of special interest include the representation of nature and geography in Greek and Roman literature, the study of women in Greek and Roman antiquity, and the adaptation and transformation of classical texts, especially the ancient Greek and Roman novel. Several recent projects explore ways that women interacted with classical Greek and Roman texts during the centuries when women were generally excluded from formal study of the classics.
In addition, I have worked closely with many students who have gone on to pursue careers in K-12 teaching, and I maintain an active interest in outreach projects that promote the teaching of Classical subjects in k-12 settings. Recent and ongoing projects include developing materials for teaching Latin in elementary school classrooms, serving as course coordinator for UWHS Latin 103 and Latin 307, facilitating afterschool Latin courses at the middle school and high school levels, and working with teachers on strategies for teaching classical literature in translation.
- Catherine Connors, "To Hell and Back: Comedy, Cult and the House of the Meretrix," G. F. Franko and D. Dutsch, eds. A Companion to Plautus (John Wiley and Sons, 2020), 151-63.
- Catherine Connors 'A river runs through it: Waterways and narrative in Strabo' in Daniela Dueck, ed. The Routledge Companion to Strabo, 207-18.
- Catherine Connors and Cindy Clendenon, "Mapping Tartaros: Observation, Inference, and Belief in Ancient Greek and Roman Accounts of Karst Terrain," Classical Antiquity 35.2, 147-188 Download PDF (386.91 KB)
- Catherine Connors, ‘Nothing to do with Fides?: Female networks and the reproduction of citizenship in Plautus’ Casina’ Roman Drama and its Contexts: Trends in Classics 34 (2016) , ed. S. Frangoulidis, S. Harrison, G. Manuwald, 275-88.
- 'In the Land of the Giants: Greek and Roman Discourses on Vesuvius and the Phlegraean Fields,'llinois Classical Studies Vol. 40, No. 1 (Spring 2015), pp. 121-137
- Catherine Connors, 'The Sobbin' Women: Romulus, Plutarch, and Stephen Vincent Benét' Illinois Classical Studies 38 (2013), 127-48.
- Catherine M. Connors, Cindy Clendenon. "Remembering Tartarus: Apuleius and the Metamorphoses of Aristomenes." Trends in Classics 4. Walter de Gruyter: 2012.
- Catherine M. Connors. "Eratosthenes, Strabo and the Geographer's Gaze." Pacific Coast Philology 46.2 Special Issue: Literature, Culture and the Environment (2011): 139-52.
- Catherine M. Connors. "Politics and Spectacles." The Cambridge Companion to the Greek and Roman Novel. Cambridge University Press: 2008. 162-181.
- Catherine M. Connors. "From turnips to turbot: allusion to epic in Roman satire." The Cambridge Companion to Roman Satire. Cambridge University Press: 2005. 123-45.
- Catherine M. Connors. "Metaphor and Politics in John Barclay's Argenis." Ancient Narrative Supplement IV: Metaphor in the Novel and the Novel as Metaphor. 2005. 245-74.
- Catherine M. Connors. "Monkey Business: Imitation, Authenticity and Identity from Pithekoussai to Plautus." Classical Antiquity 23.2 (2004): 179-207.
- Catherine M. Connors. Petronius the Poet: Verse and Literary Tradition in the Satyricon. Cambridge University Press: 1998.
- Catherine M. Connors. "Babylonian Stories and the ancient Novel: Magi and the limits of empire in Iamblichus' Babyloniaka." Proceedings of the International Conference on the Ancient Novel 4, ed. D. Konstan and B.D. MacQueen.
- Reading the Odyssey: A Workshop for Teachers
- Veni Vidi Emi: A Latin version of a familiar property game
- Fabulous Latin: Etymology in Stories
Research Advised: Undergraduate Senior Essays
- Madisson Wiebe, The Importance of Disability Theory in Classics (Senior Essay 2022)
- Yiru Luo, "The Representation of Rape Motifs in the Founding Narratives of Rome" Senior Essay 2020.
- Owen Coats, The Fallen Science: The Tradition and Skepticism of Ancient Astrology. Senior Essay 2020.
- Emily Zhang, "Timeless Journey: The Odyssey in a video game." (Senior Essay 2019)
- Sarah Barrie, “…Along with me you enjoyed fame as a medical practitioner”: The similarities and differences between midwives and female physicians in the ancient world (Senior Essay 2018)
- Michelle Delcid, Ancient Female Agency and its LInk to my Feminism
- David Jekel, Narrative and Thematic Connections between Plautus' Amphitruo and Euripides' Bacchae
- Brittany Neiman, Mythological Weddings and Athenian Marriage
- Benjamin Ransom, Bringing the Gods on Stage: Anthropomorphic Deities in Plautus' Amphitruo and Molière's Amphitryon
Research Advised: Graduate Dissertations
- Konnor Clark, Giton’s Performance of Status in the Satyrica. Diss. 2019
- Laura Zientek. The Landscape of Civil War: Geography, Ecphrasis, and Philosophy in Lucan's Bellum Civile.
- Lissa Crofton-Sleigh. The Building of Verse: Descriptions of Architectural Structures in Roman Poetry. Diss., 2014
- Ashli J. Baker. Apuleius' Political Animal: A Socio-Cultural reading of identity in the Metamorphoses. Diss., 2011.
Research Advised: Undergraduate Senior Theses
Research Advised: Publications Film/Video Projects Undergraduate Class Projects
Research Advised: Undergraduate Honors Theses
- CLAS 430 C: Greek And Roman Mythology
- CLAS 490 A: Supervised Study
- GREEK 102 A: Introductory Greek
- GREEK 102 B: Introductory Greek
- GREEK 300 B: Introductory Greek, Accelerated
- LATIN 102 A: Introductory Latin - Course Website
- LATIN 102 D: Introductory Latin
- LATIN 102 E: Introductory Latin
- LATIN 102 F: Introductory Latin
- LATIN 300 B: Introductory Latin, Accelerated
Latin 475: Improvement of Teaching Latin. Cross listed with the College of Education as EDC&I 438. I teach this as an overload on demand for those preparing for a career in teaching Latin. Eleven students who have taken this class are now teaching or enrolled in teacher preparation programs. We focus on a task-based approach to world language instruction that combines study of the structure of language with hands-on activities and games.
Eucation 502: Advanced Practicum in Classroom Teaching and Management. This two credit practicum is required as part of the process of adding an endorsement in World Languages (Latin) to a Washington State Teaching Certificate. Taught as an overload as necessary for those pursuing the endorsement.
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News & Events
- International Archaeology Day (IAD) a Huge Success! - November 15, 2021
- Spring quarter 2021 Movie Nights - January 26, 2021
- Chair's Letter 2016 - July 1, 2016
- Active learning in the Latin Classroom - July 1, 2016
- Professor Catherine Connors wins Distinguished Teaching Award! - April 4, 2016
- Brandi Boseovski (BA '12) receives a Zeph Stewart Latin Teacher Training Award - April 30, 2014
- UW Latin in the High Schools - April 22, 2014
- Two Classics majors awarded Mary Gates Research Scholarships - March 20, 2013
- 4th-Graders Explore the Cosmos (with a little help from Classics!) - July 2, 2012
- From Classics to Wonder Women! A former student recounts the inspiration provided by two faculty members - May 31, 2012
- Q&A with UW Classics (Virtual Session for Admitted Students & Families) - April 17, 2023 - 5:00pm
- Undergraduate Open House - November 5, 2021 - 4:00pm
- International Archaeology Day (AIA) - October 23, 2021 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm
- Cancelled – UW in the High School Latin Annual Training - May 30, 2020 - 12:00pm
- Undergraduate Open House - October 11, 2019 - 2:30pm
- UW in the High School Latin Annual Training - May 18, 2019
- Til death do us part: The enduring appeal of the Orpheus & Eurydice Legend - May 17, 2016 - 7:00pm
- UW in the High School Latin 103 Annual Subject Training - May 14, 2016 - 11:15am
- Reading Homer's Odyssey: A workshop for teachers - June 23, 2014 to June 26, 2014