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A New Member of the Classics Faculty
The Department of Classics is pleased to announce that Dr. Taco T. Terpstra will join us in September as assistant professor. A specialist in the economic history of ancient Rome, Dr. Terpstra received a combined BA and MA in Law from the University of Groningen in 1998 and a second BA and MA in Classics from the same institution in 2003. He earned his PhD in Ancient History at Columbia University in 2011. His dissertation was published early in 2013 under the title Trading Communities in the Roman World: A Microeconomic and Institutional Perspective. He currently holds a postdoctoral fellowship with the University of Heidelberg as part of a research team devoted to the theme of Material, Text, and Culture. In the coming academic year, Professor Terpstra will teach courses on Roman economic history and the archaeology of Pompeii and its neighbors, as well as a freshman seminar.
Office Hours: TTh 2-3 pm and by appointment,
Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Classics
PhD, Classical Archaeology, Stanford University
Melissa Bailey's research interests include the cognitive history of the ancient world, especially the social context of literacy, numeracy, and measurement; Roman economic history and archaeology; and the embodied use of everyday objects (lived environments, dress, objects carried on the body). She has also excavated in Italy and Jordan and has a strong interest in the social and economic transitions of the late antique eastern Mediterranean. She recently received her PhD in Classical Archaeology from Stanford University. Her dissertation, titled "To Separate the Act from the Thing: Technologies of Value in the Ancient Mediterranean," examines how economic tools generated knowledge in varying types of communities within the Roman Empire of the first through the sixth centuries CE. She is an affiliate of the Classical Traditions Initiative.
The Departments of Classics and Theatre, along with the entire Northwestern community, suffered a tragic loss this spring with the passing of assistant professor Kathryn (Kate) Bosher on Saturday, March 23rd, in Evanston after a battle with cancer.
Ann C. Gunter
Professor of Art History, Classics, and in the Humanities
Chair of Classics
PhD, Near Eastern Art History and Archaeology, Columbia University
Ann C. Gunter’s work addresses the visual and material cultural of the ancient Near East and its Eastern Mediterranean neighbors. Her primary research interests include artistic and cultural interaction between the Mediterranean and the Near East; the relationship between material culture and social and cultural identity; and the reception of ancient Greek and Near Eastern art in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
Among her recent publications are Greek Art and the Orient (Cambridge University Press, 2009) and contributions to A Companion to the Archaeology of the Ancient Near East (Wiley-Blackwell 2012) and Critical Approaches to Ancient Near Eastern Art (in press). She is currently editing A Companion to the Art of the Ancient Near East (Wiley-Blackwell) and preparing for final publication the Late Bronze and Early Iron Age ceramics from the site of Kinet Höyük, on Turkey’s Mediterranean coast.
Marianne Hopman studies archaic and classical Greek poetry, with a special interest in how narratives and metaphors mirrored and shaped ancient perceptions of the world. She is the author of Scylla: Myth, Metaphor, Paradox (CUP, forthcoming Dec. 2012) and the co-editor of Choral Mediations in Greek Tragedy (CUP, forthcoming 2013); she has also published articles on Homer, Greek tragedy, the Orphic Hymns, and Juvenal. Her current book project, called Poetry and Communality in Greek Poetry, looks at how poems belonging to three different genres— the Iliad, Alcaeus’ songs, and Aeschylus’ dramas—used linguistic means like metaphors, narratives, and ritual utterances to provide their audiences with various models of collective identity. At Northwestern she teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on classical mythology, Homer, Athenian tragedy, Ovid, and the reception of classical antiquity. She is an affiliate of the Classical Traditions Initiative, the co-organizer of the Kaplan Humanities Institute Classical Receptions Workshop, and the co-director of the French Interdisciplinary Group.Marianne Hopman's homepage
Office Hours: Wed 1-3 pm
Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow
PhD, University of Bristol
Mark Kauntze’s research focuses on the Latin literature and philosophy of the High Middle Ages. He is particularly interested in the transmission of ancient thought, the theory and practice of rhetoric, and medieval accounts of the history of philosophy. He is completing a monograph on the twelfth-century poet Bernardus Silvestris, and working on a critical edition of the second part of Roger Bacon’s Opus maius. He teaches Medieval Latin in the Graduate Classics Cluster.
Office Hours: TTh 12:30-1:40 pm
S. Sara Monoson
Office Hours: TTh 3-4 pm and by appointment
University Hall 304
Office Hours: MTuWF 9:30-12 noon
PhD, Harvard University
John Schafer's research interests focus on the intersection of ancient philosophy and Latin literature, especially in the works of Seneca. He is the author of Ars Didactica: Seneca's 94th and 95th Letters (2009). He also maintains wider interests in Latin literature and lexicography, and spent 2009-10 in Munich contributing to the Thesaurus linguae Latinae. He is an affiliate of the Classical Traditions Initiative.
Tataranni is a 2009 winner of a Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences Alumni Teaching Award. She was also elected five times to the ASG (Associated Student Government) Honor Roll (2006-2009, 2011, 2013). She is an affiliate of the Classical Traditions Initiative.
Office Hours: MW 12-2 pm
Office Hours: MTuW 11-12 noon
James Packer’s major interests include Roman archaeology and the architecture of imperial Rome. His recent excavations in the Theater of Pompey are reported in the American Journal of Archaeology 110 (2006): 93-122; 111 (2007): 505-522 and in the Bullettino della Commissione Archeologica Comunale di Roma 111 (2010). His Architecture of the Roman Forum in the Age of the Emperors (with Professor G. Gorski, Department of Architecture, Notre Dame University) (Cambridge University Press) will appear in 2013.
David Ebrey, assistant professor of philosophy
Ann Gunter, professor of art history
William West, associate professor of English