A Day in the Life of A Classicist is a monthly column on the SCS blog, celebrating the working lives of classicists.
Nadya Williams is Associate Professor of History at the University of West Georgia.
As an academic who is also a homeschooling mom, crazy is the normal for me. I am married to another academic, and thus we set our schedule together. To make sure that we have at least some time together as a family, we start the day with a family breakfast around 8 am. By 9 am, the 12-year-old starts his homeschooling day (he has a list of assignments to work through, and I check as needed), and I start the work day. Sometimes the toddler gets out his toy computer, and starts pounding on it in imitation of mama typing. Solidarity!
What did battle look like at the chest to chest range on the ancient battlefields of Europe and the Near East? The sheer brutality, shock, and visceral nature of Classical Warfare has intrigued classicists, historians, and military officers alike for centuries. I am among those both inspired and intrigued by the idea of battle within the phalanx and legions; I teach “The History of the Military Art (Western Warfare)” as well as lead a thesis colloquium on Greek and Roman Warfare at the United States Military Academy, West Point, NY.