CAPN Bulletin 37.2

News from Members

Beverly Berg is teaching Ancient Rome and Medieval Women and Men this academic year at Linfield College. She directed a classical program this past summer for the Vergilian Society in Campania, Lucania, and Apulia, and will be offering a Vergilian program in summer of 2007 visiting Roman sites in Friuli and Croatia. She hopes to see some CAPN members on the program--don't forget, if you're a teacher you can apply for a scholarship.



  Kasey Reed, BA summa cum laude in History and Latin 2006, was honored as one of the „top Ten Scholars” graduating from BSU this past year, has received a national Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society Graduate Fellowship, and is now in the MA program in Greek studies at the University of Reading in Britain. Matt Recla, MA with Honors in Ancient History and Latin 2006, is now studying for a Ph.D. in Religious Studies and History at the University of California, Santa Barbara, with a full graduate assistantship.
  The two year-six term Latin Minor program has started over this fall with over 40 students; and there are over 40 students as well in the fall Ancient Greece, and spring Ancient Rome courses.
  Dr. Charles Odahl of History and Classical Languages gave papers on „Christian Minters at Constantinian Arles” at the spring CAPN meeting in Portland, and on „Constantine the Great and Christian Imperial Theocracy” at the fall Rocky Mountain European Scholars Consortium conference at Provo; and several other presentations related to his current book Constantine and the Christian Empire (2004 Hb, 2006 expanded Pb) to university and public groups through the 2006 year which is the seventeenhundredth anniversary of Constantine’s acclamation as emperor. He has started a followup book on Helena and the Holy Land. 


Classics enrollments at PLU continue to be strong: this year, for the first time, two sections of Latin 101 filled and the first year Greek class was good as well. The History Channel program, Rome: Engineering and Empire, in which Eric Nelson participated, won two Emmy awards and spawned an engineering series on the came channel. Eric served as historical consultant for the Greece and Age of Alexander portions.  He says to all: "Check your junk mail carefully before deleting--I very nearly erased the producer's original inquiry as spam!" He is currently working with the History of Medicine Research Collective at the University of Victoria to organize a mini-conference, April 21st, 2007, entitled "Patient's Tales: Narrations and Representations from the Other Side of Medicine." The conference covers antiquity to early modernity; a description and call for papers from both faculty and students (deadline Feb. 1) is posted on the CAPN site.  Rochelle Snee, after a brief return as Department chair pro tem last year and a forced office move due to building renovation (mirabile motu!), continues her teaching and scholarly projects; she recently received some much-needed manuscript photos and is looking forward to getting a closer look at them.


Walter Englert is teaching Beginning Greek, advanced Latin (Augustine's Confessions), and Freshman Humanities in 2006-2007. He has written articles on nineteen ancient atomists for the Routledge Biographical Encyclopedia of Ancient Scientists, ed. P. T. Keyser and G.L. Irby-Massie (forthcoming 2007), and was co-author (with Osamu Muramoto) of  “Socrates and temporal lobe epilepsy: a pathographical diagnosis 2400 years later,” Epilepsia 47: 652 March 2006. He is continuing to work on Cicero’s philosophical works and issues in Hellenistic philosophy.  He also was the coordinator of the nineteenth annual Reed Latin Forum for Oregon and Washington high school Latin teachers and students in November, 2006, and assisted the Classic Greek Theater company stage a production of Euripides’ Orestes (in English) at the Reed College amphitheater in September, 2006

Ellen Millender received tenure last December at Reed College and is now enjoying the immense power that she wields as Chair of the Classics Department!  This year she is teaching Latin 110 (beginning Latin), Greek 210 (Lysias 1 and 3), the "Rise of the Roman Empire," and "Women in the Ancient World."  During this year, Ellen's article, “The Politics of Spartan Mercenary Service," appeared in Sparta and War, a volume edited by Stephen Hodkinson and Anton Powell, while during the summer she presented a paper on Xenophon's treatment of Spartan commanders in his Anabasis at a conference on Sparta and Xenophon in Lyon, France.  An expanded version of this paper, entitled "Foxes at Home, Lions Abroad: Spartan Commanders in Xenophon’s Anabasis,” will appear in an edited collection in 2007.

After four years as a visitor at Reed, Alex Nice bid us adieu in May, to take up a post at Willamette – see below! He is still very much a presence at Reed, however, team-teaching the senior humanities symposium and coaching swimming.

Nigel Nicholson has had a busy CAPN year, hosting the 2006 meeting at Reed, and attending the ACL conference and NCLG meeting in Philadelphia in June. His classes have included new classes on Xenophon’s Anabasis and Martial’s epigrams; actually, it has been something of a Martial semester, as Ralph Mohr of Marshfield, Coos Bay, delivered the keynote address at this year’s Latin Forum on Martial, to much applause. After Aristocracy and Athletics in Archaic and Classical Greece was published by Cambridge University Press last fall, he has begun, with the support of a Millicent McIntosh fellowship, a book uniting Pindar’s victory odes and the laureate poetry of Ted Hughes. A second project, on athletes, anecdotes and civic identity, produced talks at CAPN in the Spring and at the University of Calgary in September, and a review article, “Pindar, History and Historicism,” will soon appear in Classical Philology.

Sonia Sabnis is delighted to have joined the Classics Department at Reed, where she is teaching Humanities and Latin.  Over the summer she traveled from Poughkeepsie (where she had a pre-doctoral fellowship at Vassar College) to Portland via St. Louis, where a Mellon grant allowed her to study a 14th c. manuscript of Apuleius at the Vatican Film Library at Saint Louis University.  This research resulted in a paper delivered at the Medieval Latin Congress in Toronto.  She also delivered two lectures for the Sunoikisis Intercampus advanced Greek and Latin courses, gave a paper on Psyche's lamp at PAMLA, and (most importantly) completed her Berkeley dissertation on Apuleius' Metamorphoses.


At Seattle Pacific University, Owen M. Ewald is preparing his second
annual C. May Marston Lecture, "Keep It Short--Writing and Teaching
History in the Roman Empire."  This lecture will be delivered at 7:30 pm
on February 15th, 2007 in Demaray Hall 150, and all CAPN members are
cordially invited to attend.  He continues to work on the authors he
treated in his dissertation--Florus, Granius Licinianus, and Lucius
Ampelius--while he develops new upper-level courses on Livy and
Eusebius.  He is also advising honors projects on Nicolaus of Cusa, John
Dryden, Saint Cecilia, the Bishops' Bible, and liturgical use of Greek
in the Latin West.


Lowell Bowditch is currently serving as chair of the department.  She has an article forthcoming in Comparative Literature Studies 43.3 (2006) 306-25, on "Propertius and the Gendered Rhetoric of Luxury and Empire: A Reading of 2.16."

Mary Jaeger's article, "Livy, Hannibal, and the Temple of Juno at Croton," has appeared in the fall issue of TAPA.  She is preparing a course on Food in the Ancient World.

Jeffery Hurwit has been busy giving lectures:„What’s Wrong with this Picture: The Dexileos Stele and the Problem of Heroic Nudity,”  Archaeological Institute of America, Portland Chapter, December 16, 2006; and publishing articles: „The Problem with Dexileos: Heroic and Other Nudities in Greek Art,” American Journal of Archaeology (forthcoming, January 2007));  „Lizards, Lions, and the Uncanny in Early Greek Art,” Hesperia 75 (2006), 121-136;  "Space and Theme: The Setting of the Parthenon," in J. Neils, ed., The Parthenon: From Antiquity to the Present (Cambridge University Press, 2005), 9-33; and  „The Parthenon and the Temple of Zeus at Olympia‰  in J. Barringer and J. M. Hurwit, eds., Periklean Athens and its Legacy: Problems and Perspectives (University of Texas Press, 2005), 135-145.

 Malcolm Wilson article (co-authored with Demetra George) “Anonymi de Decubitu: Contexts of Rationality” is forthcoming in the Museion volume of the (Ir)rationality conference of CACW/CAPN 2005.  He wrote the article for “Aristotle” for the Biographical Encyclopedia of Ancient Natural Science.  He is currently working on Hippocrates of Chios' theory of comet and Aristotle’s method in the Meteorologica.  He gave a talk “A Somewhat Disorderly Nature: Unity in the Meteorologica” at the University of British Columbia in November.


  Eric Orlin, currently on sabbatical after having received tenure, has an
article ("Augustan Religion and the Reshaping of Roman Memory") in a
forthcoming special issue of Arethusa devoted to the theme of "Reshaping
Rome: Space, Time and Memory in the Augustan Transition." 
  Aislinn Melchior, who has been awarded a competitive junior sabbatical for next year, has an article forthcoming in Classical Philology: "Twinned Fortunes and the
Publication of Cicero's Pro Milone."  Also, she has a recent BMCR review of
Andrew Riggsby's "Caesar in Gaul and Rome." 
   Bill Barry has made a triumphal return to teaching this year after several years serving the Dark Side of the Force as a dean.  Marco Zangari, in his second year as adjunct for us,
has designed a scrumptious and intoxicating new course for next spring:
"Ancient Table Talk: Greek and Roman Dining Practices and Rituals." 
   David Lupher is in the second year of a three-year special professorship devoted
to trumpeting the classical tradition in the New World.  Recent visitors to
campus in connection with this professorship have been Gregson Davis of Duke
and Susan Ford Wiltshire of Vanderbilt.  Sabine MacCormack of Notre Dame
will visit us next spring.  Lupher's book "Romans in the New World:
Classical Models in Sixteenth-Century Spanish America" (U. of Michigan
Press) finally became affordable this past May with the appearance of a
paperback edition.


Ruby Blondell coedited a special issue of Helios on the topic of Ancient Mediterranean Women in Modern Mass Media, in which her paper "How to kill an Amazon" appears.  "From Fleece to Fabric: Weaving Culture in Plato's Statesman" appeared in Oxford Studies in Ancient Philosophy.  Ruby gave papers at various conferences, including Holy Men in Tights: A Superheroes Conference  (Melbourne) and completed her term as Graduate Program Coordinator this past year.

James Clauss gave a paper entitled "Nicander's Poem of the Earth" at the University of Siena at Arezzo, published three book reviews (Phoenix, BMCR, and Classical Review), and currently has three article and three book projects at various stages of preparation.  Jim will complete his five-year term as departmental chair this year.  He continues to serve as an advisory editor for Focus Classical Library.

Catherine Connors published a paper on "Metaphor and Politics in John Barclay's 'The Loves of Polyarchus and Argenis" in Metaphor in the Ancient Novel.  Cathy continued to work on her study of Roman Geographies, thanks to a Simpson Center for the Humanities Research Fellowship. She led a week- long seminar on teaching Neronian literature for the Sunoikisis project of the Associated Colleges of the South at Southwestern University, and gave a paper on Lucan at Rhodes College.

Alain Gowing published a book review in BMCR and is presently working on five separate article-length studies pertaining to ancient historiography.  His book Empire and Memory was the topic of a graduate conference at the U. of Victoria.  Alain serves as the Secretary of the Advisory Council of the American Academy in Rome and is a member of the editorial board of Classical Antiquity and associate editor of BMCR.

Stephen Hinds saw the publication of "Dislocations of Ovidian Time" in La représentation du temps dans la poésie augustéenne/Zur Poetik der Zeit in augusteischer Dichtung and the reprint of "Booking the Return Trip: Ovid and Tristia 1" and "Generalising about Ovid."  Stephen gave papers on Ovid and on Seneca at UC Berkeley, Trinity College Dublin, Williams College and the annual CAPN meeting.

Alexander Hollmann, who joined the department last year, published "The Manipulation of Signs in Herodotus' Histories" in TAPA 135.2 (2005).  At present, Alex is working on three separate book-length projects ranging from Herodotus, to Old Comedy, to curse tablets, that is, in addition to sharing parental duties for young Anton, the newest departmental arrival.

Olga Levaniouk, the mother of young Anton, has a number of projects in the works, including a book review, papers on Erinna and Homer, and a book on myth and performance in the Odyssey.  Olga is on the editorial board for Lexington Press and the Center for Hellenic Studies.

Timothy Power won a Fellowship to the Center for Hellenic Studies.  His book, The Culture of Kitharoidia, is being published by Harvard University Press.  He gave two papers at the U. of Victoria: "Terpander and Early Kitharoidia" and "Comedy and the Reception of Music in Athens."  Tim serves on the editorial board for Lexington Press.

Sarah Culpepper Stroup's paper "Invaluable Collections: The Illusion of Poetic Presence in Martial's Xenia and Apophoreta," published in a collection of essays, was described by a reviewer as "theoretically sophisticated and intellectually exhilarating" and her piece in Arethusa  ("Designing Women") won the WCC award for "Best Article, 2004."  Sarah gave a presentation at last year's APA and two at the U. of Calgary.

EMERITI.  Lawrence Bliquez has several scholarly papers at various stages of preparation, including an article that he coauthored with UW undergraduate Emily Munro (BA '04).  Daniel Harmon taught a graduate course in Classical linguistics and courses on Cicero and Satire.  Pierre MacKay published the paper "St. Mary of the Dominicans: The Monastery of the Fratres Praedicatores in Negropont." Paul Pascal, when asked what he was up to, reported "Aut lego vel scribo, doceo scrutorve sophiam."

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