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Winter-Spring 2012 Newsletter

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Letter from the President

As our capital campaign draws to a close (we still need everyone to help: be sure you are counted!), the APA is in a better position both to survive the challenges of our times and to seize the opportunities.  But we must continue to use our human and financial capital wisely as we do our best to assure that the Association knows and seeks to provide what members actually need and want, and promotes our field as effectively as possible within and without.  Now is the time to take stock, review priorities, and plan for the future.  And so in late March the Board of Directors, as planned (see the Executive Director’s Report for 2011), conducted a weekend retreat facilitated by Laura Lewis Mandeles, our development advisor.  Attending were the Executive Director; the Financial Trustees; the President, President-Elect, and two past Presidents; the divisional Vice Presidents; three Directors at large; a former President of the American Classical League; and to advise about issues affecting “adcons” (adjunct or contingent faculty), a non-classicist from the New Faculty Majority. The retreat was productive and promising, and this letter is a good opportunity to fulfill one of its next steps: to communicate to membership about the results of the retreat.

Report of 2011-2012 Nominating Committee

The Nominating Committee met for two full days this year, first at the Chicago O'Hare Hilton on November 12, 2011, and then again on January 5, 2012, at the APA annual meeting in Philadelphia.  The committee's deliberations and subsequent conversations of the co-chairs with potential candidates yielded a slate of twenty-seven candidates to fill thirteen vacancies in eleven offices to run in the 2012 elections.  Four of the candidates self-nominated and were deemed suitable for their preferred positions.  The slate is appended to this report.

The Committee sought to identify qualified candidates who would reflect the diversity of the Association in terms of type of institution, region, gender, research interests, and rank.  We were also attentive to the current composition of the committees, particularly the stated need of the Program Committee for specialists in ancient history and philosophy.  As in the past, the Committee made an effort to reach out to younger or mid-career candidates who might not have yet had the opportunity to participate in the governance of the APA.

Communication of Outcomes in Case Involving Plagiarism

In September 2009, the Vice President for Professional Matters, Professor James May, received from a member of the APA, Professor Jenny S. Clay, a complaint that her work and that of others had been plagiarized by Mr. Stephen Evans in his doctoral dissertation, Hymn and Epic: A Study of their Interplay in Homer and the Homeric hymns, which was published by the University of Turku in Finland as volume 244 of the Humaniora series of the Annales Universitatis Turkuensis in 2001.

The APA Statement on Ethics provides that:

The most fundamental ethical obligation of any scholar is to give full and proper credit to all sources involved in research, whether these sources be the published work of other scholars or the unpublished work of students or colleagues. Material taken verbatim from another person’s published or unpublished work must be explicitly identified with reference to its author. Borrowed ideas or data, even if not directly quoted, must be explicitly acknowledged. Revised reprints and translations of earlier work should be identified as such.

Accordingly, the matter was referred to the APA’s Subcommittee on Professional Ethics for an investigation. The Subcommittee found cause to believe that plagiarism had been committed and referred the matter to the Board of Directors, who transmitted the Subcommittee’s findings to the relevant Finnish authorities. The panel appointed by the Rector of the University of Turku to investigate the matter has found the allegations justified. The Rector has accepted the panel’s final report and sent it to the APA for publication.

Statement Approved by the APA Board of Directors
March 24, 2012

Report to APA Members About L’Année philologique

Members may have seen a petition posted to the website of L’Année philologique (, expressing concern about funding for the German office of L’Année.  Here is a brief account of the situation, of which the APA Board has been aware since January, and how we have decided to proceed.

The Société Internationale de Bibliographie Classique (SIBC), based in Paris, is the international not-for-profit organization that oversees L’Année.  The German office is one of six self-sustaining offices that prepare entries for L’Année;the others are in Paris (the main editorial office), Genoa, Granada, Lausanne, and Durham, NC.  This last is the American Office, which is the responsibility of the APA and reports to our Research Division.  The funds raised in our current Gateway Campaign to date ensure the continued operation of the American Office (though we continue to solicit contributions to meet all NEH challenge grant requirements), but the APA is very concerned about the health of the German Office, which prepares a significant amount of the content in each issue of L’Année: its funding is up for renewal in a difficult fiscal climate.

Search for Editor of Transactions of the American Philological Association

Professor Katharina Volk has indicated her intention to complete her term as Editor at the 2014 Annual Meeting.  The Editor, who must be a member in good standing of the Association, is initially appointed for four years, with the possibility of extension for a maximum of two additional years.   The new editor's term officially begins in January 2014 and will cover volumes 144-147 and the years 2014-2017.  As Editor Designate, however, the new editor will begin to receive submissions in early 2013 and spend the summer and fall of that year preparing the 2014 issues for the press.  Professor Volk will complete the two issues for the year 2013.

The editor of TAPA has sole responsibility for editorial content, and must acknowledge submissions, select referees, and inform authors whether submissions have been accepted.


C. J. Goodwin Award of Merit

Award for Excellence in the Teaching of Classics

Award for Excellence in Precollegiate Teaching

Reports of Vice Presidents

The Education Division continues to be active on a number of fronts, from discussing plans for a web-based classics informational page, to continuing efforts at increasing the number of (much needed) certified Latin teachers, to preparing panels, to giving awards related to teaching, travel, and professional study, to supervising the production of publications related to the Division’s mission. The Division’s committees and committee chairs continue their much-valued work, providing excellent service to APA.

With the help of Sam Huskey, the Education page of the APA website has been further revised and updated. New information on Education Division Committee-sponsored panels has been posted. This includes material from the Committee on Ancient History and the Education Committee. The Education page continues to be the place to go to find the recent APA-ACL Standards for Latin Teacher Preparation: and the Report on State Certification Requirements in Latin: Please pass the word to your colleagues about these two important documents.

Talk continues about a web-based information page for classics. This past spring Professor Kitchell came up with an idea for such a page and reached out to many members of the profession to see where it might be housed. After some discussion that included from APA, Adam Blistein, Sam Huskey, and me, and from ACL, President Peter Howard, it was decided that both APA and ACL would be part of this project.  Such a hub is intended to be broadly informational, but also to be a source of details, such as enrollment figures in classics, that could be useful for departments in jeopardy or ones looking for information to contextualize and/or justify their programs. Much of this information is already available. The plan is to get it all in one easy-to-reach spot. For the Joint APA-ACL Committee on Classics in American Education’s (JCCAE’s) meeting at the ACL Institute in 2011, Dr. Blistein drew up a summary of the list of terms that might appear on such a webpage. At this point the regional classics organizations have been brought into the conversation. How and where this page will be implemented is still under discussion. 

Development of an electronic network of people involved in Latin teacher training is something JCCAE is pursuing. In addition, an effort is being made to gain further information on who is training Latin teachers and where, how many new teachers are in the pipeline etc., state by state. This added information and communication will help to strengthen efforts to support current and future Latin teacher training.

Assessment is an issue that has been the subject of ongoing discussion by the Education Committee and JCCAE. One recent development is that APA will be linking to a site developed by Kenny Morrell for Sunoikisis at the Center for Hellenic Studies, which will be posting examples of classics assessment plans.

ACTFL (American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages) is currently developing a Latin reading comprehension exam that can be given to individuals at various levels of competence. This will be an exciting new assessment tool for our field.

For the first time, APA offered CEUs (continuing education units) for attendance at the APA Annual Meeting. Many pre-collegiate level teachers need to acquire such units. While the response to this new opportunity was small this year, the Education Division considers this a valuable way of encouraging pre-collegiate teachers to attend the Annual Meeting while providing a concrete reward for such attendance that is recognized by their school districts. Thanks to Chris Francese, Valentina  DeNardis, and Sherwin Little for help with thinking this through and/or arranging it.       

There continues to be a need for certified teachers of Latin at the pre-collegiate level. JCCAE continues to discuss ways to fast-track potential secondary-level teachers to certification. The Standards for Latin Teacher Preparation has been distributed to foreign-language supervisors in state departments of education and will shortly be sent to Deans of Education in schools with classics programs.  In addition, JCCAE continues to discuss the possibility of and logistics for sponsoring a Latin teaching methods course, to be taught by a master teacher, for which some financial assistance would hopefully be provided to participants. This could help to speed up the path to certification for some and could provide a Latin-specific methods course to potential teachers who might not otherwise have such a course available to them. We hope that the Standards for Latin Teacher Preparation will be an aid to all who are involved in preparing Latin teachers, as well as to future (and current) Latin teachers themselves.

The APA publication, Careers for Classicists, which has not been revised for about a decade, is currently being rewritten by its author, Ken Kitchell, in conjunction with the members of the Education Committee. The Committee has now seen a draft of the new version and has offered its comments to Professor Kitchell. We hope to have the final draft by late spring and to have it published before too long after that time. It will appear online for the first time and will have a print run as well.   

The next APA Guide to Graduate Education is currently being produced and should appear by sometime this spring. This version will have a small print run, but will also be available online for the first time. This is a very important change, which reflects how those of us already in the profession and students investigating graduate schools typically seek information. The Guide will now include information about Post-Baccalaureate programs as well as Ph.D. and M.A. programs. In the future, we hope to encourage departments to include even more information. This might include number of degrees awarded, job placement records/information, teaching experience available, time to degree etc. Self-reporting via departmental websites would have the advantage of providing a context for this information, e.g., a lot of teaching experience can lead to a longer time to degree etc. The APA Education Committee is very strongly in favor of having departments provide as much material as is necessary for graduate school applicants to make informed choices about where to apply and what program to attend, if admitted. There is some discussion about devising a statement for APA Board consideration and possible adoption about what it would recommend departments include in the future. Discussion about future information to be included in the Guide, if desirable, could begin any time after the publication of the forthcoming Guide.

The Education Committee sponsored a panel at the 2012 APA Annual Meeting in Philadelphia entitled, “Teaching about Classics Pedagogy in the 21st Century,” organized by Eric Dugdale (Gustavus Adolphus College) and Ronnie Ancona (Hunter College and CUNY Graduate Center). Speakers included the two organizers plus Michael Goyette (CUNY Graduate Center), Andrew Reinhard (American School of Classical Studies at Athens), Laurie Haight Keenan (Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers), and William Batstone and Anna McCullough (both from Ohio State University). There was a large audience (about 100 people in the room for at least part of the panel and most there for the entire time), which confirmed the sense that this was an important topic. The speakers addressed various aspects of what future classics professors should know about pedagogy when embarking upon teaching and how and when that knowledge can or should be acquired. The needs of the beginning teacher, technology, textbooks, teaching at small vs. large schools, and what Ph.D. programs can contribute to the pedagogical development of their graduate students are some of the issues that were addressed. Abstracts for the panel can be seen on the APA Education page:  A classics journal has asked the panel organizers to submit the papers for publication, which they have agreed to do. Plans are already underway for the Education Committee’s proposed panel for the 2013 Annual Meeting in Seattle, to be organized by Nigel Nicholson. The topic will be Teaching Literary Theory. The focus will be not on theory per se, but on how literary theory can be incorporated into undergraduate and graduate level education.

The APA Committee on Scholarships for Minority Students met at the APA Annual Meeting and decided on two winners.  $3500 will be awarded to Mahmoud Samori of Columbia University and $2600 to Nicole Gonzalez of the University of Kansas.  Raffle tickets continued to be sold on site at the Meeting. This allowed the Committee to raise a couple of hundred dollars selling tickets all day Friday and Saturday. The book raffle was a great success.  A record number of presses contributed, which allowed for eleven winners. The number of APA committee appointees has been enlarged to compensate for the departure of AIA-appointed committee members, now that AIA has withdrawn from the Committee. The newly constituted group is energetic and ready to take on the task of accomplishing its work.

The Committee on Ancient History has been active in reaching out to make contacts with other relevant organizations. The Committee is currently pursuing contacts with the American Historical Association, the Association of Ancient Historians, and the Economic History Group of the World History Association. The panel “Law in the Undergraduate Curriculum” was the committee’s very successful panel at the 2012 APA Annual Meeting. Organized by Celia Schultz and Serena Connolly, it featured an excellent group of speakers: Bruce Frier (University of Michigan), Victor Bers (Yale University), Leanne Bablitz (University of British Columbia), and Kevin Crotty (Washington & Lee University), with Adriaan Lanni (Harvard University) as respondent. The respondent unfortunately could not attend, but provided a response that was read. The panel was dedicated to the late Ernst Badian.  The abstracts are available on the APA Education page: A panel on "Teaching History and Classics with Inscriptions" for APA 2013 is being organized with speakers including a number of distinguished scholars. Topics to be included are:  teaching with inscriptions, inscriptions and new technologies, and epigram and inscriptions.

Making awards to teachers continues to be a very important part of the work of the Education Division. The 2011 APA Award for Teaching Excellence at the Collegiate Level went to William C. Stull, Colgate University. The 2011 APA Awards for Excellence in Pre-Collegiate Teaching went to Anna Andresian, Regis Jesuit High School, Aurora, Colorado, and Sherwin Little, Indian Hill Exempted Village School District, Cincinnati, Ohio. These winners were recognized at the Plenary Session of the APA Annual Meeting. Complete citations recognizing them can be read at: and

The following individuals served on these awards committees: Collegiate, Elizabeth Vandiver, chair, Gregory Aldrete, and Mary English; Pre-Collegiate (subcommittee of JCCAE), Ronnie Ancona, Peter Howard, Mark Pearsall, and Stanley Burstein.  For former APA President Kathleen Coleman’s excellent interviews with last year’s winners, go to:

With the new funding available from the gift of Daniel and Joanna Rose, the Teaching Award amounts (for both college level and pre-collegiate) were raised in 2011 to $500 per award, with an additional $200 for the winner’s institution for materials to be chosen by the winner. This is a considerable jump from the previous level of $300 per winner with no added institution funding. The Committee is very grateful to the Roses for their generous support.

Funding from the ongoing Capital Campaign will allow for some “Next Generation” scholarships starting in fiscal year 2012 to be given for professional development in line with last year’s recommendations from the Education Committee as reported in the APA Board minutes for Jan. 9, 2011. In addition to the increase in the teaching awards, the Committee suggested a new award category of funding be set up for pedagogy development, open to both college and pre-collegiate teachers. Funding would ideally be a minimum of $500 and a maximum of $2500, depending on the nature of the project to be funded.  A second new award category proposed would be used for Latin teacher training leading towards certification.  A possible funding level of up to $1500 was discussed. Details about these new awards should be available in winter 2013.

I would like to thank the following individuals rotating off committees and committee chair positions for their service to the Education Division: Carlin Barton and Serena Connolly, Committee on Ancient History; Eric Dugdale, chair, Coffin Traveling Fellowship Committee; Sanjaya Thakur (rotating off as chair, but reappointed as member), Committee on Scholarships for Minority Students; and Elizabeth Vandiver, chair, Committee on the Awards for Excellence in the Teaching of Classics.  I look forward to working with the following new committee members and chairs: Denise Demetriou and Saundra Schwartz, Committee on Ancient History; Nigel Nicolson and Greta Ham, incoming chair, Coffin Traveling Fellowship Committee; Ricardo Apostol, Emily Greenwood, James Ker, Victoria Pagán, Sanjaya Thakur, and Mira Seo, incoming chair, Committee on Scholarships for Minority Students.

Respectfully submitted,
Ronnie Ancona
February 15, 2012

  1. I am very pleased to be serving as Vice-President for Outreach. I especially thank my predecessor, Judy Hallett, for her outstanding support and guidance. In my first few months on the job, I have been impressed by the Division’s excellent committee members and their strong commitment. Much good work is being done, but there are opportunities to do more.
  2. Outreach Events at the 2012 meeting. Many events involving outreach/classical receptions/interdisciplinary work take place at the APA meeting, sponsored by different constituencies. This is just as it should be—the more the better! Events sponsored by our Division include:
    1. The Outreach Division panel on “Classica Africana” organized by Eugene O'Connor and Ken Goings was very well-attended and successful, with strong papers and lively responses from the audience, which included Cornel West. The topic for next year’s Divisional panel is (as befits an Olympic year) “Sport and Spectacle in the Classical World.”

      In addition to the Africana panel, the Division sponsored a Workshop on “Classics in Action;” topics included classics in prison and papers on theatrical projects which reach out to military personnel and veterans, including Peter Meineck’s discussion of his Ancient Greeks/Modern Lives, for which he was awarded the 2010 Scholarly Outreach Prize. This nationwide project, sponsored by APA and funded by a major NEH grant, is in its second year of bringing classics-focussed events to public libraries, arts centers, theaters and museums across America. The room was packed and the discussion animated; obviously “engaged classics” is an area of great interest, and the papers offered examples of “how to do outreach.”

    2. The Committee on Classical Tradition and Reception panel focussed on the current state of reception studies, in honor of the committee’s name change. Two theoretical papers by major scholars were followed by two case studies, each on Latin America. The panel was very well attended and the discussion spirited; the only problem was insufficient time, since the panel was presented in a two-hour slot. The 2013 COCTR panel topic is “Islamic and Arabic Receptions of Classical Literature,” and the 2014 panel topic has already been decided: it is “World War I and Classical Receptions.” Finally, a proposal from Joanna Paul (The Open University) for a joint APA-Classical Reception Studies Network workshop on the teaching of reception from comparative British and American perspectives has been accepted for the 2013 meeting.
    3. The Committee on Ancient and Modern Performance continued its tradition (established in 2002) of presenting a staged reading at the meeting. This year’s script was The Jurymen, a comic take on the last days of Socrates written by Katherine Janson and directed by Amy R. Cohen. The performance was lively and the audience responsive. Next year’s production will be Elektra, Electra, et Cetera by Benjamin Switzer, a wild play which has lots of fun with tragedy (Aeschylus, Sophocles and Euripides all appear as characters); I’m directing.

      The CAMP panel focussed on “travelling” theater (in different senses), with papers on regional theater in the West, Alexander’s theatricals, Seneca, and a Chinese opera version of Antigone. Next year’s panel topic is “Bodies in Motion,” on choral movement.

      In response to an APA member’s request by the CAMP committee discussed creating guidelines for criteria to assess the work of scholar-practitioners; the committee plans to consult the Divisions of Professional Matters and Research in this process.

  3. After a year’s lapse, the Outreach journal Amphora has a wonderful new team of editors: Ellen Bauerle and Wells Hansen, who are full of energy and good ideas. This is a moment of major transformation in publishing—the central issue being how to balance print and electronic publication—so everything is in flux, but they are dealing with it with the help of the dedicated editorial board. Amphora’s connection with the APA website is crucial—people need to be able to get to Amphora online easily—and APA Information Architect Samuel Huskey has been very helpful.
  4. An event endorsed by APA and the Outreach Division: On January 6, 2012 a panel of experts including leading Twombly scholars and classicists discussed Twombly’s Fifty Days at Iliam (sic) at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. This “painting in ten parts,” completed in 1978, evokes incidents from the Iliad (in Pope’s translation) in Twombly's characteristic synthesis of words and images. I hope that there will be more such worthy events outside the APA meeting itself endorsed by the association. This is a very effective and inexpensive way to put our “brand” out there. Of course all endorsed events must be worthy, but ideally the approval process will be easy and quick.
  5. No Scholarly Outreach Prize was awarded in 2011. Given the number of worthy outreach projects taking place across the country, I hope that this important recognition will be awarded every year. I am working to encourage applications and nominations; some clarifiction of the criteria might help. The possibility of raising the monetary award has been discussed; that would be nice, of course, but as the 2009 awardee I considered the money much less important than the honor and the framed plaque.
  6. Thoughts for the future. I am planning to 1) prepare a kind of handbook on “how to do outreach;” 2) create a network of regional classics outreach workers; 3) work to connect The Dionysiac, a very helpful listserv run by Hallie Marshall which announces performances of interest to classicists, to APA.

Finally, during my first months in this position I have come to believe that the meaning of Outreach within the APA needs clearer definition. People within the organization have different ideas about what this division does, and at times this leads to misunderstandings. I think it is very desirable, therefore, to create a mission statement or manifesto defining the organization and goals of the Outreach Division. I plan to work on such a statement over the summer and hope to present to the APA Board of Directors in fall. Judy Hallett has kindly offered to help, and I will ask former Vice-Presidents for Outreach Barbara Gold and Jennifer Roberts for their input. I welcome the comments of all APA members about this important topic. 

Respectfully submitted,

Mary-Kay Gamel

The Division of Professional Matters includes under its jurisdiction the Subcommittee on Professional Ethics, the Committee on Placement, the Committee on the Status of Women and Minority Groups, and the Classics Advisory Service.  Here follow brief reports from each committee, covering matters that were discussed at the annual APA meeting in Philadelphia.

Subcommittee on Professional Ethics and the Professional Matters Committee.  Various questions were presented for consideration by the Subcommittee on Professional Ethics; as always, our deliberations are strictly confidential.  The communication of outcomes is still pending in one case that has occupied the Subcommittee for the past year. 

The Professional Matters Committee spent a significant amount of time discussing the problems and challenges of data collection on behalf of the Association.  The most recent APA census of classics departments has again elicited a response rate of well under 50%.  The Committee believes that the time has come for the APA to reevaluate in a systematic manner all of its surveys, our methods of data collection, and the goals that we wish to accomplish through data collection.  We realize that the services of a professionally trained expert in this area will be required in order to do the job properly.  The topic of data collection will be the most important agenda item issuing from the Professional Matters Division at the Board’s upcoming strategic planning retreat.

Committee on Placement (Submitted by Erich Gruen).  The Placement Committee was mercifully free of serious complaints about misconduct by individuals or institutions. The only messages of note from APA members recommended speedier posting of job notices and earlier scheduling of interviews for the Annual Meeting. The Committee discussed these matters through e-mail exchanges and again at the Annual Meeting.

The Committee meeting in Philadelphia addressed three main issues with which we have been grappling electronically over the past several months and for which we have now made recommendations as follows: (1) The Placement Service should post job notices as soon as they come in, and assign slots for interviews which would then be scheduled by individual institutions (as is done by the AHA and the MLA) rather than by a central office. (2) Skype interviews, if needed, should duplicate face-to-face interviews as far as possible; they should not be used for pre-screening of candidates, but take place at the Annual Meeting or shortly thereafter, with all search committee members present. (3) A panel at next year’s Annual Meeting, sponsored by the Placement Committee, should discuss alternative career opportunities for classicists and archaeologists, with panelists representing a range of other occupations from university administration to high-tech businesses.

Committee on the Status of Women and Minority Groups (Submitted by Joy Connolly).  In recent years the Committee on the Status of Women and Minority Groups has divided its energies in two directions: data collection and advocacy, with emphasis on data collection.  CSWMG has overseen surveys in three areas: Placement (for job candidates), the field (sent to chairs to collect demographics and curriculum offerings), and Journals (sent to journal editors, to collect gender and race data of reviewers and submitters).  At the January 2011 meeting chaired by Stephen Trzaskoma (UNH), we agreed that the collection of statistical information is crucial to the APA’s self-understanding, but we also noted that the collecting process is cumbersome, the response rates are low and getting lower, and the APA’s publication of the reports is erratic. 

This year the committee strongly reiterates the conclusions of last year, and calls for action.  We ask the Board of Directors during their upcoming retreat to review all procedures for gathering information, to establish clear goals and guidelines for publishing and preserving survey information, and most important, to hire professional assistance in shaping surveys and collecting data.  We would like to emphasize that professional help is necessary at the start of any survey, because goals must be articulated before the questions are designed in order for the information to be useful.  To sum up: CSWMG is not equipped to handle these surveys.  Comprehensive change is needed.   

We also agreed that the APA needs to explain more clearly and persuasively to departmental chairs the rationale behind collecting the information.  With only 145 Classics chairs responding to the demographics survey out of over 400, it seems clear that the unwillingness to take the survey is only partly due to its length and cumbersome design: we also believe chairs fail to understand or take seriously the importance of the information being gathered and its role in strengthening the field at a time of widespread budget cuts.  The committee is ready to assist the Board or the APA office if it can be of help crafting an appeal to chairs.   

Despite ongoing concerns about the survey procedures, under Steve’s leadership in 2010-11 CSWMG wrapped up a demographic report on the field which is now online at the APA website, as well as placement data for the years 2007-09. This year we submitted to Adam Blistein a report written by Helen Morales, Greg Thalmann, and Sander Goldberg summing up the 2010-11 Journals survey. 

In January 2011, CSWMG decided to turn our energies to the advocacy front. To this end, we organized a sponsored panel at the 2012 Annual Meeting that follows an innovative format, “Authors Meet Critics.”  The panel, “Race and Reception,” featured two authors of recently published books, Emily Greenwood (Yale) and Jim Tatum (Dartmouth). The critics were Simon Goldhill (Cambridge), Patrice Rankine (Purdue), Sydnor Roy (Temple), and Cornel West (Princeton).  Attendance was large, between 100-150 people, questions were lively, and a videotape was made that will be posted on the APA website.  We expect to propose another panel this year, most likely on a Roman or Rome/Asia theme.   

The CSWMG also discussed ways to reach out to historically under-represented groups in the field, and we plan to post syllabi and other advice on outreach under the CSWMG’s webpage on the APA website.   Greg Thalmann (USC) now takes over as chair. 

Classics Advisory Service (Submitted by John F. Miller). 

  1. Since last January’s meeting in San Antonio the CAS has responded to four calls for help with threatened programs.  Two of these were in the United Kingdom, two in the United States.  I collaborated closely with the President, Kathleen Coleman, on letters to administrators.  Prof. Coleman’s letter to the Wall Street Journal on the situation at Texas A&M University (jointly with Liz Bartman of AIA) afforded to the general public a Classics voice on the growing trend of strict data-based assessment.
  2. We heard back from four departments on whose behalf we worked last year.  Two (at universities in the UK) seemed to have been spared any significant cuts.  One (at a liberal arts college) was granted a tenure-track line and allowed to maintain departmental status for now, with the dean’s decision pending on request for an additional position which would guarantee critical mass of faculty.  One program (at a university) was likely to be maintained with a broader focus but no longer with departmental status.
  3. We assisted two liberal arts colleges and two state universities with names for program reviews of their Classics departments.
  4. We advised one liberal arts college on the creation of a new major program in Classics and Medieval Studies.

Respectfully Submitted,

James M. May

The Division of Publications closes 2011 and the term of the incumbent Vice President with mixed news.

  1. The search for an editor for the monographs series has stalled.  We have pursued this for two years with no results.  Discussion in the committee at the January 2012 meeting will pursue next steps.  My own view is that the difficulty reflects some important ambivalence about the mission of APA monographs in the first instance and about the fate and future of scholarly publishing in the second.  Just at the moment, books by classicists are published in abundance and there are very, very few inquiries or submissions to us (one manuscript in the last twelve months, no inquiries).  But the digital landscape shifts its bits and bytes under our feet and the sense, embodied in an important report Don Mastronarde did for us a couple of years ago, that a “digital monograph” series lies in the future is strong.  Concrete attempts, however, some led by Don, some by Textbooks Editor Sander Goldberg, to give shape to such an initiative have run aground on the absence of robust partners.  At least twice, we have thought we had some interesting prospects, only to see financial difficulties on the other side wipe them out.  Meanwhile, we await the next iteration of Oxford Scholarship Online from OUP, which remains our partner for the books we have in the pipeline.
  2. The appointment of the APA’s first Information Architect, Professor Sam Huskey of Oklahoma University, has been a great success, with a refreshed website, more use of networked communications channels (e.g. Facebook and Twitter), and a much better procedure for posting information from multiple sources in the Association, no longer depending on a single “web editor” to handle every file that goes up.  Much more remains to be done and I remain concerned here as with our other endeavors that our dependency on volunteer labor by senior scholars is an insecure model for future progress.
  3. Two questions of importance remain open. 

    First, the question of "the portal" – that is, what we imagine doing to fulfill the mission, created in a very different technological environment, set for us by the campaign; and, second, the question of "publishing the APA" – that is, taking up the challenges Sam outlines and defining and supporting a function that will gather, organize, and disseminate information from and through the APA that attracts and promotes the attention of teachers and students.  Resources for either task will not be found merely by hoping for a series of volunteers like Linda Wright, Robin Mitchell-Boyask, and Sam Huskey, whose service we should remember to honor again at this juncture. 

    These issues seem to me to lead directly to the long-term planning exercise that the Finance Committee has wisely proposed.  We are no longer at a point where a small committee can think about how we should publish our monographs, make a recommendation, and go on.  These are issues central to the organization's and, in many ways, the profession's future, in a time when many of our stable assumptions seem not so stable any more.

    James J. O’Donnell
    Vice President for Publications, 2008-2012

Katherina Volk reported that TAPA was doing well; 2011 had seen an increase in submissions. Sander Goldberg reported (in absentia) that the Textbook Series was also doing well with several new volumes in preparation. Both Sander and Katherina will be ending their terms soon; searches for their replacements will begin this summer.

The APA Monograph Series, on the other hand, has not been able to find an editor. In view of this, and in the absence of any clear rationale for having a monograph series, the Publications Committee recommends that the series be discontinued, although all past commitments would be honored. At the same time we will explore the possibility of expanding the scope of the Textbook Series to include other sorts of resources (including on-line resources).

The main task of Publications in the near future will be to work out the details of the merger with the Research Division. The Vice Presidents of the two Divisions will work together on this and present recommendations to the Board in September.

Michael Gagarin
Vice President for Publications, 2012-2013

Report of the Editor of Transactions


In 2011, the journal published two issues, 141.1 (spring; containing papers by James Porter, Miguel Herrero de Jáuregui, John Heath, Mary Boatwright, Randall Pogorzelski, Tim Stover, and Giovanni Ruffini) and 141.2 (autumn; containing Dee Clayman's Presidential Address and papers by William Stull, Jennifer Ferriss-Hill, Julia Hejduk, Edward Champlin, Ephraim Lytle, and Stefan Tilg).  Issue 142.1 (containing papers by Peter Gainsford, Geert Roskam, D. S. Levene, Michael Sampson, Yelena Baraz, Silvia Montiglio, and Regina Höschele) is currently in press and expected to be published in late spring.


The journal received 52 submissions, of which 3 were resubmissions.

Not sent out for review 2
Rejected  24
Accepted 12
Asked to revise and resubmit 6
In progress 8

Greek literature 19
Latin literature 21
Greek history/culture 1
Roman history/culture 6
Greek art/archeology 1
Roman art/archeology 1
Philosophy/law 2
Other 1

Male authors  31
Female authors 22
Total (includes 1 co-authored paper)

Respectfully submitted,

Katharina Volk, Editor
4 January 2012

Reports on Placement and Classics Departments from CSWMG

The APA's Committee on the Status of Women and Minority Groups has prepared tables analyzing activity in the APA/AIA Placement Service for the years of 2006-07, 2007-08, and 2008-09.  They can be seen at  The Committee has also analyzed results of the Departmental Census that gathered data for the 2006-2007 academic year:

In Memoriam

Report on Classics Dissertations for 2010-2011

This report contains information on dissertations completed and begun in the 2010-2011 academic year.  We hope to publish data from 2011-12 before the end of 2012.

Boston University
Jeffrey Henderson reporting


  • Tyler T. Travillian, Social and Literary-Historical Studies on the Corpus Priapeorum (J. Henderson)

In Progress:

  • Sophie Klein, Playing the Part: Dramatic and Social Performance in Horace's Sermones and Epistles (P. Johnson)

Bryn Mawr College
A.A. Donohue reporting


  • Nicholas G. Blackwell, Middle and Late Bronze Age Metal Tools from the Aegean, Eastern Mediterranean, and Anatolia: Implications for Cultural/Regional Interaction and Craftsmanship (J. Wright)
  • Angela Ziskowski, The Construction of Corinthian Identity in the Early Iron Age and Archaic Period (J. Wright)

In Progress:

  • Johanna Best, The Religion of Ancient Greek Roadways (A.A. Donohue)
  • Nicole Colosimo, Votive Practice in Archaic and Classical Greece (A. Lindenlauf and A.A. Donohue)
  • Stella Diakou, Lapithos: The Iron Age Cemeteries. The Upper Geometric/Kato Kastros Cemetery (J. Wright)
  • Steven Karacic, Late Bronze Age Tarsus in the Hittite Empire and the Implications for Hittite Imperial Policy (P. Magee)

University of Buffalo SUNY
Bradley Ault reporting


  • Benjamin Costello, IV, An Analysis of the Architecture and Material Culture from the Earthquake House at Kourion, Cyprus (J. T. Peña)
  • William S. Duffy, Legacies of an Imaginary People: The Phaeacians after Homer (C. Higbie )
  • Scott Gallimore, An Island Economy: Ierapetra and Crete in the Roman Empire (J. T. Peña)
  • Matthew Notarian, Civic Transformation in Early Imperial Latium: An Archaeological and Social History of Praeneste, Tibur, and Tusculum (S. L. Dyson)
  • Panagiota A. Pantou, Mycenaean Society Outside the Palaces: A Study of Late Helladic IIB-IIIB1 Corridor Buildings (L. V. Watrous) 

University of Calgary
Lisa Hughes reporting


  • Arda Harms, The Metaphorical Conceptualization of Emotions in Plutarch (P. Toohey)

In Progress:

  • Lesley Bolton, Muscio's Gynaecia: A Translation and Commentary (H. Sigismund Nielsen)
  • Lindsay Penner, The Family Dynamics of the Julio-Claudian Households (H. Sigismund Nielsen)
  • Amber J. Porter, Empathy, Sympathy and Compassion in the Work of Aretaeus of Cappadocia (P. Toohey)
  • Katherine Tipton, Roman Insulae: The Archaeology and Social History of Roman Tenement Housing
  • (H. Sigismund Nielsen)
  • Nicole Wilson, A Greco-Roman Culture of Pain: An Analysis of Physical Pain in Antiquity (P. Toohey)

University of California Berkeley
Graduate Group in Ancient History and Mediterranean Archaeology
Janet Yonan reporting


  • Ryan A. Boehm, Synoikism, Urbanization, and Empire in the Early Hellenistic Period (E. Mackil)
  • Timothy D. Doran, Demographic Fluctuation and Institutional Response in Sparta (E. Mackil)
  • Jeffrey E. Pearson, Contextualizing the Nabataeans: A Critical Reassessment of their History and Material Culture (E. Gruen)
  • Amy Russell, The Definition of Public Space in Republican Rome (E. Gruen)
  • Joel M. Rygorsky, Economies of Archaic Sicily: The Archaeological Evidence from the Northeastern Euboian Settlements (E. Mackil)

In Progress:

  • Lisa Eberle, The Constitution of the Local between Greek City and Roman Administrative Unit. A Social History of Citizenship, 350 BC to 50 AD (E. Mackil)
  • Laura Pfuntner, Cities and Settlement in Sicily under the Roman Empire (C. Noreña)
  • Gregory Smay, When Kings Become Philosophers: The Late Republican Origins of Cicero's Political Philosophy (C. Noreña)
  • Randall Souza, Archaeologically Visible Groups in Late Classical and Early Hellenistic Sicily (E. Mackil)

University of California Los Angeles
Kathryn Morgan reporting


  • Michael Brumbaugh, Constructing Ideologies of Kingship in the Hymns of Kallimachos (K. Morgan)
  • Ellen Snyder, The Gendered Construction of the Res Publica in Livy's Ab Urbe Condita (A. Richlin)
  • Brian Walters, Heads of State: Decapitation and the Roman Body Politic (S. Butler)

In Progress:

  • Suzanne Lye, The Underworld in Ancient Greek Literature (K. Morgan)
  • Craig Russell, Homer's Possible Worlds (A. Purves)  

University of California
Tri-Campus Graduate Program in Classics
(Irvine, Riverside, San Diego)
Cynthia Claxton reporting


  • Debra Freas, Escaping the Past: Seneca's Troadesand the Literary Tradition (A. Zissos)
  • Ben Sullivan, Masters of the Country: Aspects of Archaic Greek Land Warfare (M. Miles)
  • Jesse Weiner, Mutable Monuments and Atomistic Poetry in Lucan's Bellum Civile (J. Porter)

In Progress:

  • Kourtney Murray, Seeds of Immortality?  Images of Writing in Plato's Phaedrus (P. duBois)

Catholic University of America
William E. Klingshirn reporting

In Progress:

  • Brent Douglas Gilbert, The Image of God, Greek Medicine, and Trinitarian Polemic in Gregory of Nyssa's De Hominis Opificio (W. McCarthy)

University of Chicago
Kathleen Fox reporting


  • Daniel Bandstra, The Art and Nature of the Sublime in the Peri Hupsous of Longinus (D. Wray)
  • Hannah Minkus, Encountering Mortality: Life, Death, and Divine Identity in the Major Homeric Hymns (D. Wray)
  • Aaron Seider, Creating the Past: Memory in Vergil's Aeneid (S. Bartsch)
  • Frances Spaltro, Why Should I Dance for Athena? Pyrrhic Dance and the Choral World of Plato's Laws,   (E. Asmis)

In Progress:

  • Paul Keen, Land of Experiment: The Ptolemies and the Development of Hellenistic Cyprus 310-58 BC (A. Bresson)
  • Jessica Seidman, Loci Memoriae: Place and Memory in Latin Literature (P. White)
  • Tobias Joho, Style and Necessity in Thucydides (E. Asmis)
  • Diana Moser, Representations of Deviance and Criminality in the Roman World (S. Bartsch)
  • Jacobo Myerston, Theological Etymology in Enuma elisand Early Greek Cosmogonies (C. Faraone)
  • Natasha Bershadsky, Fighting over the Boundaries of the Past: Ideologies, Rituals, and Politics of Border Conflicts in Archaic and Classical Greece (J. Hall)
  • Geoffrey Benson, The Invisible Ass: Encountering the Unseen in Apuleius Metamorphoses (D. Wray)
  • Alexander Lee, Image-Making and Mathematics in the Argumentative Structure of Plato's Republic (E. Asmis) 

Duke University
Clare Woods reporting


  • Jake Butera, The Land of the Fine Triremes:  Naval Identity and Polis 'Imaginary' in 5th Century Athens (S. Dillon)
  • Laura Aline Ward, Philosophical Allurements: Education and Argument in Ancient Philosophy (P. Euben and D. Clay)
  • Akira Yatsuhashi, In the Bird Cage of the Muses: Archiving, Erudition, and Empire in Ptolemaic Egypt (P. Burian)

In Progress:

  • Daniel Griffin, Hero Cult, Tragedy, and Democracy in Fifth Century Athens (P. Burian)
  • Clifford Robinson, Exemplary Writing and Dying Philosophically in the State of Exception (P. Burian)
  • Jessica Vahl, Native Hardship, Resentment, and Revolt in the Roman Empire: The Case of the Batavians (M. Boatwright)

University of Florida
Andrew Wolpert reporting


  • Jaime Claymore, Post Reditum: Cicero's Forensic Repositioning (L. Sussman)
  • Dustin Heinen, Dominating Nature in Vergil's Georgics and Statius' Silvae (V. Pagán)
  • Lindsay Rogers, Statuary, Character, and Modes of Viewing in Euripides (R. Wagman)

In Progress:

  • Megan Daly, Germanicus and the Dead in Tacitus' Annals (V. Pagán)
  • Andreas Kramarz, Good and Bad Music: The Power of Music in Greco-Roman Antiquity and in Modern Human Science (J. Rea)
  • James Lohmar, The Anatomy of Roman Epic: A Study of Poetic Violence (J. Rea)
  • Michael Ward Boler, Gnomes in Bacchylides (J. A. Foster)
  • Patrick Lake Plato's Homeric Dialogue: Homeric Quotation, Paraphrase, and Allusion in the Republic(R. Penella)

Harvard University
Alyson Lynch reporting

Completed 2008-09

  • Sarah Burges Watson, The Poetics of Orpheus (A. Henrichs)
  • Valeria Sergueenkova, Natural History in Herodotus' Histories (M. Schiefsky)
  • Completed 2010-11
  • Sarah Insley, Constructing the Sacred Center: Constantinople as a Holy City in Early Byzantine Literature (J. Duffy)
  • Isabel Köster, Roman Temple-Robbery (K. Coleman)
  • Peter O'Connell, Prose as Performance: Seeing and Hearing in the Forensic Speeches of Antiphon, Andokides and Lysias (A. Henrichs)
  • Justin Stover, Reading Plato in the Twelfth Century: A Study on the Varieties of Plato's Reception in the Latin West Before 1215 (J. Ziolkowski)

In Progress 2010-2011

  • Claire Coiro Bubb, Galen's Anatomical Works and Demonstrations: Audience and Context (M. Schiefsky)
  • Robert Cioffi, Imaginary Lands: Ethnicity, Identity, and Exoticism in the Ancient Novel (A. Henrichs)
  • Lauren Curtis, The Choral Poetics of Hellenistic and Roman Poetry (A. Henrichs)
  • Tiziana D'Angelo, Painting Death with the Colors of Life: Hellenistic Funerary Painting from Magna Graecia (A. Staehli)
  • Andrew Johnston, The Sons of Remus: Memory, Community, and the Construction of Local Identity in Roman Gaul and Spain (E. Dench)
  • Andrea Kouklanakis, Blame as Satire in the Odyssey (G. Nagy)
  • Duncan MacRae, Books of Numa: Antiquarianism, Writing and the Making of Roman Religion (E. Dench)
  • Christopher Parrott, Geography in Statius' Silvae (K. Coleman)
  • Ariane Schwartz, Horace and His Readers in Early Modern Europe (R. Thomas)
  • Yvona Trnka-Amrhein, The Sesonchosis Novel (A. Henrichs)

Indiana University
Eleanor Winsor Leach reporting


  • Joshua Congrove, Friendship, Authority and Rhetoric in the Letters of St. Augustine of Hippo (E. Watts)

In Progress:

  • Michael Holstead, Homeric Rituals of Arming (J. Ready)
  • Robert J. Nichols, The Rhetoric of Timoria in Athenian Forensic Oratory (M. Christ)

University of Iowa
Mary Depew reporting

In Progress:

  • Christian Preus, The Art of Aeschines:  Anti-Rhetorical Argumentation in the Speeches of Aeschines (C. Gibson)
  • Sharada Price, Courtesans in the Second Sophistic (C. Gibson)

Johns Hopkins University
Matthew Roller reporting


  • Lochlan Shelfer, The Temple as Courtroom: The Confession Stelai of Imperial Lydia (M. Roller)

In Progress:

  • Benjamin Periello, Wrestling with Hermes: Cults of the Gymnasium in 4th Century Athens (S. Montiglio)
  • Tim Phin, Living to Learn: Pedagogy and Imagination in the High Roman Empire (M. Roller)

University of Michigan
Department of Classical Studies
Arthur Verhoogt reporting


  • Dina S. Guth, Character and Rhetorical Strategy: Philip II of Macedonia in Fourth-Century Athens
  • (S. Forsdyke)
  • Evangeline Lyons, Hellenic Philosophers as Ambassadors to the Roman Empire: Performance, Parrhesia and Power (S. Ahbel-Rappe)
  • Rajesh Mittal, Time and History in Virgil's Aeneid (D. Potter)
  • Julia P. Shapiro, Politics and the Body: The Physiognomic Strategy in 4th-Century Athenian Oratory (S. Forsdyke and R. Scodel)

In Progress:

  • Evelyn Adkins, Social Status, Identity, and Displacement in Apuleius' Golden Ass (D. Potter)
  • Emily Bembeneck, Multi-Linear Narrative in Ancient Greek Oral Epic and New Media (R. Scodel)
  • Matthew Cohn, The Admonishing Muse: Ancient Interpretations of Personal Attack in Old Comedy (R. Janko)
  • Joe Groves, "Good Faith" and Empire: Roman Accounts of Roman Imperialism (D. Potter)
  • Katherine Lu, Herakles and Heroic Failure (R. Scodel)
  • Michael McOsker, The Poetics and Practice of Philodemus (R. Janko)
  • Jonathan Rowland, Footnotes to Sappho: An Examination of the Female Poets of Greece (R. Scodel)

University of Michigan
Interdepartmental Program in Classical Art and Archaeology
Alexander Zwinak reporting


  • Lydia Herring-Harrington, Strategies of Communication in the Shrines of Pompeii (E. Gazda and L. Nevett)
  • Hima Mallampati, Acquiring Antiquity: The Early History of Classical Collections at the University of Michigan and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (J. Cherry and E. Gazda)
  • Alexander Nagel, Colors, Gilding and Painted Motifs in Persepolis: Approaching the Polychromy of Achaemenid Persian Architectural Sculpture, c. 520-330 BCE (E. Gazda and M. Root)

In Progress:

  • Laura Banducci, Foodways and Cultural Identity in Republican Italy (E. Gazda and N. Terrenato)
  • Henry Colburn, Archaeology of Empire in Achaemenid Egypt (M. Root)
  • Jason Farr, The Quarries of Gabii and Lapis Gabinus (N. Terrenato)
  • Ryan Hughes, Colchis Beyond the Walls: The Eastern Vani Regional Survey (C. Ratté)
  • Lynley McAlpine, Luxury and Meaning in Roman Wall Painting: A History of Marble in the Four Pompeian Styles (E. Gazda)
  • Marcello Mogetta, The Origin of Roman Concrete: An Archaeological Study of Technological Change in Republican Italy (N. Terrenato)

University of Michigan
Interdepartmental Program in Greek and Roman History
Sara Forsdyke reporting


  • Karen Acton, Vespasian Augustus: Imperial Power in the First Century CE (D. Potter)

In Progress:

  • Michael Leese, Economic Decision-Making in Classical Athens (S. Forsdyke and B. Frier)
  • Elizabeth Platte, Mapping Monasticism: Egypt and Empire in Late Antiquity (R. Van Dam)

University of Minnesota
Nita Krevans reporting


  • Paul Lesperance, Symbols and Objects on the Sealings from Kedesh (A. Berlin)

In Progress:

  • Don Burrows, The Art of Deception: Longus and the Ancient Novel (N. Krevans)
  • Andrew Willey, Discovering a Higher Law: Cicero's Creation of a Roman Constitution (S. Cole and G. Sheets)

University of Missouri
Raymond Marks reporting


  • Casey Shamey, The Mechanics of Roman Religion: The Functionality and Aspectualization of the Gods (D. Trout)
  • Philip Waddell, The Directed Gaze: Enargeia and Film in the Annales of Tacitus (D. Trout)

In Progress:

  • Andrew Smith, The Proto-Reception of Homeric Authority (J. Foley)

New York University
David Sider reporting


  • Danielle Lalonde, Τreaty-Making and Spectacle in Latin Poetry (J. Connolly)
  • Ian Lockey, The Atrium House in Aphrodisias, Caria (C. Ratté)

In Progress:

  • Stephen Kidd, Nonsense and Laughter in Greek Comedy (D. Sider)
  • Nathalie Sado Nisinson, Greek Heroes, Roman Rituals: Cult and Culture Clash in Ovid's Heroides(D. Levene)
  • Joel Ward, Watching History Unfold: The Uses of Viewing in Cassius Dio, Herodian and the Historia Augusta (D. Levene)
  • Brett Wisniewski, Spell-casting in Augustan Poetry: Magic and Discourses of Power (A. Becker)

University of North Carolina
William H. Race reporting


  • Elizabeth M. Greene, Women and Families in the Auxiliary Military Communities of the Roman West in the First and Second Centuries AD (W. Riess)
  • Derek Smith Keyser, Horror in Euripides Hecuba and Heracles (P. Smith)

In Progress:

  • T. H. M. Gellar-Goad, De Rerum Natura and Satire (J. O'Hara)

Ohio State University
Anthony Kaldellis and Erica Kallis reporting


  • David Gura, A Critical Edition of Arnulf of Orlean's Philological Commentary to Ovid'sMetamorphoses (F. Coulson)
  • Adria Renee Haluszka, The Semiotics of the Sacred (S. Iles Johnston)
  • Katarzyna Jazdzewska, Platonic Receptions in the Second Sophistic (A. Kaldellis)
  • Anna Irene Peterson, Laughter in the Exchange: Lucian's Invention of the Comic Dialogue (T. Hawkins)

In Progress:

  • Joseph Danielewicz, The Philosophical Function of Parody in Plato (B. Heiden)
  • Samuel Flores, The Role of Solon and Pericles in Plato's Dialogues (B. Heiden)
  • Gabriel Fuchs, The Reception of Ovid's Poetry from Exile in the Renaissance (F. Coulson)
  • Benjamin McCloskey, Xenophon's Kyrou Amathia: The Deceitful Narrative and Birth of Tyranny (A. Kaldellis)
  • Maxwell Paule, Canidia: A Literary and Anthropological Analysis of Horace's Witch (F. Graf)
  • Agapi Stefanidou, Poetics after Plato: Plato and Hellenistic Poetry (T. Hawkins)
  • Mark Wright, Triumviral Metahistory: Writing the Past during the Roman Civil Wars (W. Batstone)

Princeton University
Stephanie R. Lewandowski reporting


  • Pavlos Avlamis, Aesopic Lives: Greek Imperial Literature and Urban Popular Culture (F. Zeitlin)
  • Kellam Conover, Bribery in Classical Athens (A. Ford)
  • Gil Gambash, The Roman State's Response to Local Resistance (B. Shaw)
  • Jacob L. Mackey, Rethinking Roman Religion: Action, Practice, and Belief (R. Kaster)
  • Emily Pillinger, Great Expectations: The Poetry and Poetics of Inspired Prophecy (D. Feeney)
  • Meredith Safran, Civis Romana: Women and Civic Identity in Livy, AUC I (D. Feeney) 
  • Carey Seal, Philosophy and Community in Seneca's Prose (R. Kaster)
  • Andreas T. Zanker, Narratives of Cultural Pessimism in Horace's Odes and Epodes (A. Feldherr)

In Progress:

  • Michelle Andrews, Dis-figured Apotheosis and the Crisis of Poetics: Dueling Models of Immortality and the Destabilization of the Poet's World in Vergil's Eclogues (A. Feldherr)
  • Anya Dolganov, An Empire of Law: Legal Culture and Imperial Administration in the Age of the Severi
  • (B. Shaw)
  • David Kaufman, Studies in the Stoic Theory of the Emotions (H. Lorenz)
  • Rose MacLean, Cultural Exchange within Roman Society: The Role of Written Texts in the Dialogue between Freed Slaves and Elites During the Early Empire (B. Shaw)
  • Emily Master, The Leges Iuliae: Augustus, the Law, and the New Order (B. Shaw)
  • Danielle Meinrath, Exemplarity in Ovid's Metamorphoses (A. Feldherr)
  • Mallory Monaco, Plutarch on the Greek World after Alexander (C. Güthenke)
  • Simon Oswald, The Eternal Muse: The Genre of Permanent Poetry (J. Katz)
  • Jason Pedicone, The Birth of Latin Lyric: Metrical Self-Consciousness and the Measure (D. Feeney)
  • Andrew Siebengartner, Dining in Latin Epic (D. Feeney)
  • Geir Thorarinsson, Naturalism in Peripatetic Ethics: Alexander of Aphrodisias on Virture, Justice, and оἰκείωσις (C. Wildberg)
  • Daniel Tober, Local Historiography in Classical and Hellenistic Greece (N. Luraghi)
  • John Tully, Internal and External Connectivity in the Hellenistic Cyclades (M. Gygax)
  • John-Paul Young, The Ethical Republic: Philosophical Innovations of Cicero's De Officiis (R. Kaster)
  • Donna Zuckerberg, Dramatists in Dialogue: The Influence of Aristophanic Parody on Euripides (A. Ford)

Rutgers University
Timothy Power reporting


  • Elizabeth Gloyn, The Ethics of the Family in Seneca (L. Kronenberg)
  • Benjamin W. Hicks, The Process of Imperial Decision-Making from Augustus to Trajan (T. C. Brennan)
  • Kathleen Shea, (Re)visions of Love: Augustan Visual Culture in Ovid's Amores (L. Kronenberg)

In Progress:

  • Andriy Fomin, How Dio Wrote History: Dio Cassius' Intellectual, Historical, and Literary Techniques (S. Takacs)

Stanford University
Richard Martin reporting


  • Melissa Bailey, To Separate the Act From the Thing: Technologies of Value in the Ancient Mediterranean (J. Trimble)
  • Kathryn Balsley, The Performance of Justice in Imperial Latin Literature (A. Barchiesi)
  • Sebastian DeVivo, A Theory of the Traumatic Object in Ancient Greece: War, Memory, Materiality (M. Shanks)
  • Courtney Roby, The Encounter of Knowledge: Technical Ekphrasis Between Alexandria and Rome (R. Netz)
  • Darian Totten, Scales of Connectivity in the Late Antique Landscape: Religious, Economic and Social Networks in Southern Italy (J. Trimble)

In Progress:

  • Foivos Karachalios, The Politics of Judgment: Dispute Resolution and State Formation in Archaic Greece (R. Martin and J. Ober)
  • James Kierstead, Social Capital in Democratic Athens (J. Ober)
  • Sarah Murray, Imports, Trade, and Society in Early Greece (1400-700 BCE) (I. Morris)
  • John Sutherland, Investment in Economic Infrastructure in the Roman Empire (W. Scheidel)

University of Toronto
Victoria Wohl reporting


  • Donald Sells, Old Comedy and Its Performative Rivals of the Fifth Century (M. Revermann)

In Progress:

  • John Abad, Religion and Identity in Roman North Africa: The Apologetics of Tertullian (A. Bendlin)
  • Vichi Ciocani, Inventing Virginity: Bodily and Generic Boundaries in the Ancient Novel (H. Mason)
  • Carl Hope, The Political Economy of the Flavian Dynasty (C. Bruun)
  • Cara Jordan, Deceptive Appearances in Contextualizing Aesopic Fable (H. Mason)
  • Laura Mawhinney, Rhapsodes and Symposiasts: Conflated Poetics in Early Greek Epic (J. Burgess)
  • Sarah McCallum, Erotic and Sepulchral Elegy in the Second Half of Virgil's Aeneid (A. Keith)
  • Jaclyn Neel, Creative History, Political Reality: Imagining Monarchy in the Roman Republic (A. Bendlin)
  • Mariapia Pietropaolo, The Grotesque in Roman Elegy (A. Keith)
  • Melanie Racette-Campbell, The Construction of Masculinity in Propertius (A. Keith)
  • Eric Tindale, Ancient Lists and the Intersection of Myth and History (R. Höschele)
  • Christopher Wallace, Evolutions of the Hellenistic Polis (E. Lytle)

University of Virginia
Sara Myers reporting

In Progress:

  • Andrew Beer, Socrates and the Art of Healing Souls: A Study in Socratic Rhetoric (J. Mikalson)
  • Rachel Bruzzone, Biaios Didaskalos: Violent Education in Thucydides' Battle Narratives (J. Dillery)
  • Daniel Moore, Progress, Learning, and the Benefit of History in Polybius (J. Dillery)
  • Georgia Sermamoglou-Soulmaidi, Plato's Euthydemus: An Interpretation (J. Clay)

University of Washington
Catherine Connors reporting


  • Ashli J. E. Baker, Apuleius' Political Animal: A Socio-Cultural Reading of Identity in the Metamorphoses (C. Connors)
  • Richard Fernando Buxton, A Model of Conflict: The Metonymic Function of Stasis in Xenophon's Hellenica (D. Kamen)
  • Robin Greene, Muse without Measure: Callimachus and the Greek Prose Traditions (J. J. Clauss)

In Progress:

  • Melissa Funke, Euripides and Gender: The Difference the Fragments Make (R. Blondell)
  • Jaime Volker, Caesarian Conflict: Portrayals of Julius Caesar in Narratives of Civil Strife (A. Gowing)

University of Wisconsin-Madison
William Bach reporting


  • Elizabeth A. Brinnehl, Medusa's Blood: Lucan, Libya and the Geography of Anger (C. Newlands)
  • Kristian L. Lorenzo, Ancient Greek and Roman Naval Victory Monuments (W. Aylward)
  • Kristian A. Ehrhardt, Drinking Alfresco: The Erotics of the Pastoral-Sympotic Mode (P. Rosenmeyer)

In Progress:

  • Alexander E. W. Hall, To the Beguiling Dance of the Gods: Genre and the Short Homeric Hymns (P. Rosenmeyer)

Yale University
Judith Goldberg reporting


  • Graziela Byros, Reconstructing Identities in Roman Dacia:  Evidence from Religion (J. Matthews)
  • Noah Dion, Genesis by the Book:  Augustinian Literalism in the Latin Epic Hexaemeron and Milton's Paradise Lost (J. Matthews and J. Rogers)
  • Tommaso Gazzarri, Res sine Nomine. A Study of Theory and Practice of Metaphors in Seneca's Epistulae Morales (K. Freudenburg)
  • John Oksanish, Building the Principate:  A Literary Study of Vitruvius' de Architectura (C. Kraus)
  • Anke Rondholz, The Versatile Needle:  Hosidius Geta's Cento Medea and its Tradition (J. Matthews and C. Kraus)

In Progress:

  • Leanna Boychenko, Callimachus' Book of Hymns:  Poet, Narrator, Voice (E. Bakker)
  • Claudia Rammelt, The Impact of the Emergency Renaissance Thucydides on Machiavelli's Istorie Fiorentine (E. Greenwood and A. Capodivacca)
  • Christopher Simon, Roman Etymologies:  Languages, Memory & The Rhetoric of Cultural Identity
  • (C. Kraus and J. Fisher)
  • Jelle Stoop, Praise Anathemata and Attalid Patronage in Response to the Macedonian Wars (J. Manning)
  • Caroline Stark, The Role of Knowledge in Ancient and Renaissance Conceptions of Man (C. Kraus)

Departmental Membership

The American Philological Association (APA) invites college and university departments offering programs in classical studies to become departmental members.  The APA instituted this category of membership as a way of giving recognition to those departments that are willing to support the entire field while they do the essential work of passing on an understanding of classical antiquity to each new generation of students.  Departmental members will be listed on the Association's web site, in an issue of the Association's Newsletter, and on a page in the Annual Meeting Program.  The APA will issue outstanding achievement awards to students designated by the department.  Departmental members will also be able to obtain certain APA publications and other benefits at no charge, and they will support two important international classics projects in which the APA participates:  the American Office of l'Année philologique and its fellowship to the Thesaurus Linguae Latinae (TLL).  Departmental dues revenue that exceeds the value of benefits received will be used to support these two projects and, in the case of the TLL Fellowship, will make the APA eligible to receive matching funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) which is currently the major supporter of this project.

For more on departmental membership, including the membership form and a list of current departmental members, click here.

Using Images in Teaching and Publications

The APA web site now contains information that will help scholars to locate and use images in their scholarship and teaching.  The Presidential Panel that Kathleen Coleman organized for the 2012 annual meeting was devoted to this topic, and she assembled the information on the web site to complement the presentations made there.

2012 Coffin Fellowship

It is with great pleasure that I announce the winner of the David D. and Rosemary H. Coffin Fellowship for Travel in Classical Lands.  From a strong field of applicants, Ms. Catherine Venturini of Ridgewood, N.J., emerged as a dedicated teacher not only to her own students and school but one active in outreach to the larger classics community in her region.

Ms. Venturini has received both her BA and MA from Hunter College of the City of New York. For the last twelve years she has taught Latin at Ridgewood High School. Additionally, she has taught courses on Roman satire and Latin pedagogy at Hunter College as an adjunct for the last two years. 

In describing Ms. Venturini’s teaching, a former student remarks that she chose Latin “based on minor reasons and only vague interest” but discovered under Ms. Venturini “a passion that would shape both the way I learned and my life as a whole…. Ms. Venturini’s energy and passion for her subject was catching. Even if what I was learning was demanding, thanks to her positive playful spirit, the curriculum was never boring or unpleasant.” A school administrator remarks: “Ms. Venturini has a thirst for knowledge and professional development largely unrivaled among our staff. She frequently participates in programs that supplement her own understanding of the teaching of Latin, and is always on the lookout for extracurricular activities and experiences that will enhance student learning.” Ms. Venturini’s participation in the Vergilian Society’s summer program (The Italy of Caesar and Vergil: A Workshop for Teachers) will not only help prepare her for the new AP syllabus but for leading a student trip to Italy in spring 2013.

I would like to thank my colleagues on the committee, Dr. Nigel Nicholson and Dr. Bronwen Wickkiser, for their deliberation, and Adam Blistein for his help with the process.

Greta Ham

Highlights of the 143rd Annual Meeting

The APA held its 143rd Annual Meeting in conjunction with the Archaeological Institute of America (AIA) in Philadelphia, PA, from January 5-8, 2012.  It was one of the largest meetings in our history, with over 3,000 members, guests, and volunteers from both societies registered.  Jeremy McInerney and Robin Mitchell-Boyask chaired the APA's Local Arrangements Committee, and with their colleagues provided extremely valuable support to the staff and made it possible to carry out the many tasks associated with the meeting.

The APA Program consisted of 68 paper sessions.  Twenty-seven of these were developed by the Program Committee from submitted abstracts.  Panels proposed by APA committees, affiliated groups, and individual APA members were also presented.  APA once again collaborated with AIA in presenting Roundtable Discussion Sessions, and, for the first time, there was an APA poster session.

Author Daniel Mendelsohn began the meeting with a flourish by giving a reading from a forthcoming book about visiting classical lands with his father.  His talk, a fund-raising event for the Gateway Campaign, was a moving reminder of why APA members devote their lives to the study of classical antiquity.  Kathleen Coleman’s Presidential Panel was entitled, "Images for Classicists”.  The APA web site now contains material that complements the session and that is designed to help scholars locate and use images in their teaching and research.  The following day at the Plenary Session President Coleman gave a Presidential Address entitled "Bureaucratic Language in the Correspondence between Pliny and Trajan". 

The Committee on Ancient and Modern Performance once again offered a staged reading of a play with classical content.  Amy R. Cohen directed Katherine Janson’s play The Jurymen.  The play, written in the style of Old Comedy, was the author’s senior paper at Randolph College and looks at the events of 399 BCE in Athens.  The play can be read on the web site of the journal Apollon.  Four members won prizes consisting of books donated by exhibitors at the Minority Scholarship Committee's annual raffle.

At the business meeting the members approved a modification of the By Laws to combined the Publications and Research Divisions effective January 6, 2013.  The business meeting was also devoted to a short report from President Coleman, the announcement of election results, and a brief report by Executive Director Adam D. Blistein (see next item) acknowledging the contributions of both members and nonmembers to the success of the annual meeting and to the operations of the Association during the past year.  The business meeting concluded with the transition of the Presidency from Prof. Coleman to Prof. Jeffrey Henderson.  The Executive Director's report, normally published before the meeting, appeared in February.

As has become traditional, the list of APA members whose deaths were reported to the Association during the past year was read at the Plenary Session.  That list was published on page 40 of the Summer/Fall 2011 Newsletter

Acknowledgments of Service to the APA

[These acknowledgments were read at the Business Meeting of Members on January 8, 2012.]

On several counts, total registration, number of job candidates, number of exhibitors, this 143rd meeting of the Association was the largest in my twelve years as Executive Director, and quite possibly in our history.  Many people contributed to this great success, and, in addition, a number of people conclude significant terms of service to the Association at this meeting.  We need to thank each one.

Daniel Mendelsohn got the meeting off on the right foot by donating his time at an event to benefit our Gateway Campaign.  His reading from his forthcoming book and his conversation with the audience afterwards reminded us why we are so eager to devote our lives to the study of Classical civilization.

Jeremy McInerney of the University of Pennsylvania and Robin Mitchell-Boyask of Temple University served as Local Arrangements Chairs and recruited the volunteers that we need to run the meeting.  They also prepared a wonderful guide to the city for us.

The Philadelphia Marriott Hotel and the Loews Philadelphia Hotel provided sleeping and meeting rooms and an enthusiastic staff that made us very welcome.  The staff of Experient, Inc., Linda Walter and Michael Gray, helped us and the AIA to negotiate contracts for this meeting, and they provided extremely valuable assistance in both making arrangements in advance of the meeting and in handling events here.

Andri Cauldwell, AIA meeting coordinator, successfully managed a growing exhibit show which is now much more than just a book display and organized the opening reception at the University Pennsylvania Museum.

Sam Huskey, Information Architect, worked miracles to post the program, abstracts, and other annual meeting information on our web site.

Heather Gasda, as usual, successfully attended to all the logistical details of the meeting, helped the Program Committee to use a not-always-accommodating online review system, and then, along with Sam, produced printed and online programs and abstract books.

Renie Plonski implemented complete automation of the Placement Service and made the process as welcoming as possible in a barely improved job market.  We welcome comments on the online system and hope to make it even more effective next year.  For the first time, many candidates and institutions knew their final schedules well in advance of their arrivals at the meeting.

Julie Carew, our Development Director, continues to manage the annual giving and Gateway campaigns, organized the Daniel Mendelsohn reading, and oversaw the production of special materials for the meeting. 

This year's Program Committee consisted of Joseph Farrell, Chair, Elizabeth Asmis, Kirk Freudenburg, Maud Gleason, and Corinne Pache.  Liz completes a 3-year term on the Committee at this meeting, and we appreciate her hard work on the last 3 programs. 

Amy Cohen directed the traditional CAMP performance, a reading of The Jurymen to an enthusiastic audience. 

The Presidential Panel was entitled "Images for Classicists"  Kathleen invited Albert Henrichs, Katherine Dunbabin, Timothy O'Sullivan, and Andrew Burnett to give some valuable examples of how they combine the study of text and images.  Kathleen's Presidential Address, "Bureacratic Language in the Correspondence between Pliny and Trajan", carefully analyzed the language administrators use when they communicate with each other, a subject very close to my own heart.

Finally, a number of officers conclude terms of service on the Board of Directors as this meeting.  They are

  • Dee L. Clayman, President (2010)
  • Judith P. Hallett, Vice President for Outreach (2008-2012)
  • James J. O'Donnell, Vice President for Publications (2008-2012)
  • John Marincola, Director (2009-2012)
  • Carole E. Newlands, Director (2009-2012)

We are grateful to all of them for their dedicated service.

And, thank you all for attending this historically large meeting in a time of reduced support for travel, unsettling new approaches to airport security, and Spring semesters that seem to start earlier and earlier for more and more institutions each year.  Please join me in thanking the people I have listed for their contributions to this meeting and to the Association.

Adam D. Blistein
Executive Director

Executive Director's Report

This is a report on activity in the Association Office during 2011, and I apologize for not producing it in advance of the recent annual meeting as I have in recent years.  This report is intended to supplement information about Board and committee meetings and especially the reports of our very hard-working vice presidents that appear on the web site and in the Newsletter.  The following paragraph appears, with few changes, in each of my annual reports, but it bears repeating at least once a year if not more often.

The APA is ambitious in that it operates programs that are similar to and sometimes even more sophisticated than those of much larger learned societies.  If Classics is to continue to be a core discipline of the humanities, we have to do the kinds of things that, e.g., MLA, AHA, College Art, and Religion do for their fields with a third or a fifth as many members.  Volunteer labor, substantial amounts of it, is the only way we can provide the kinds of essential services that our bigger sisters do, and I am grateful to the many APA members who take on our work without compensation and sometimes without reimbursement of expenses.

Reminder for Organizers of Panels at 2014 APA Annual Meeting

Organizers of affiliated group and organizer-refereed sessions that have been approved for presentation at the 2014 meeting in Chicago are reminded that calls for abstracts for their sessions should be sent to the Association Office no later than September 21, 2012.  If any APA committees wish to issue a call for abstracts for the Chicago meeting, we ask that they observe the same deadline if possible.  See the APA web site for samples of previously published calls for abstracts. 

Call for Volunteers for 2013 Annual Meeting

Members are invited to serve as volunteers at the 144th Annual Meeting of the Association in Seattle, WA this coming January.  Assignments include assistance in the Registration Area, monitoring session rooms, and supporting the Placement Service.  Interested members should contact Heather Gasda in the Association Office by October 1, 2012.  The Chair of the Local Arrangements Committee will develop a schedule of volunteer activity in late Fall.

In exchange for eight hours of service (either in one continuous or in two 4-hour assignments), volunteers receive a waiver of their annual meeting registration fees.  It is not necessary to be an APA member to volunteer.

2012-2013 Placement Service Now Open

The automated system for the 2012-2013 APA/AIA Placement Service is now open and accepting registrations by candidates, subscribers, and institutions.  As was the case last year, registrants will need to create an account at and then purchase the service(s) they wish.  Registrants who used the Service last year may (but are not required to) adopt the same username and password as before; however, they will still need to create a new account.  Detailed instructions for registering for the service and then taking advantage of its features are available at the Placement web site. 

Meetings/Calls for Abstracts

Funding Opportunities

APA Office Publications Order Form

Officers, Directors, & Committees For 2012

Editorial Policies for APA Newsletter

  1. The editor of the Newsletter has the right to edit all submissions to conform to proper style and appearance.
  2. The editor of the Newsletter will accept announcements by affiliated organizations and Association members, under the following conditions:
    1. The editor will accept submissions up to 250 words. Submissions exceeding this word limit may be edited at the discretion of the editor.
    2. No affiliated group or member can expect to have more than one submission published in a calendar year. Additional submissions will be published, space permitting, and at the discretion of the editor. No submission from a member or affiliated group with financial indebtedness to the APA will be printed unless any debts to the Association are fully paid.
    3. The editor may defer publication of a submission for reasons of space or layout.
    4. The editor may reject any submission which he/she does not deem to be of interest to the members of the Association, or which is more properly a paid advertisement.
    5. The editor has final decision in the layout of all submissions.
  3. Submissions sent to the editor via e-mail as an attached word processing file are preferred.  Submissions may be returned if they are not in a form suitable for publication.  Heavily formatted electronic files, e.g., of posters, will not be accepted.  To the extent possible, please follow the style regularly used in the Newsletter for announcements of meetings and of funding opportunities.
  4. Submissions should be received by the 15th of February, May, August, or November for publication in that season's issue.Persons wishing to ensure prompt publication of their announcements on the APA's Web Site (as well as in the Newsletter)should submit information separately to the Editor of the Web Site.  See the link, "Guidelines for Submissions" at

Adam D. Blistein
Newsletter Editor

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Important Dates For APA Members
(All deadlines are receipt deadlines unless otherwise indicated.)

September 14, 2012: Nominations for Precollegiate Teaching Awards

September 21, 2012: Calls for Abstracts for Organizer-Refereed and Affiliated Group Panels for 2014 Annual Meeting

September 28, 2012: Nominations for Pearson Fellowship

October 15, 2012: Applications/Nominations for Editor of TAPA

November 14, 2012: Nominations for APA/NEH Fellowship to TLL

January 3-6, 2013: 144th Annual Meeting, Seattle, WA

January 2-5, 2014: 145th Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL

January 8-11, 2015: 146th Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA

January 7-10, 2016: 147th Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA

January 5-8, 2017: 148th Annual Meeting, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

January 4-7, 2018: 149th Annual Meeting, Location to be Determined

January 3-6, 2019: 150th Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA

Capital Campaign News

I'm writing on behalf of our hard-working Gateway Campaign Committee with a mid-summer progress report: good news, and a reminder that there is still time to be counted if you haven't yet contributed. 

We have raised nearly $2,350,000 of our $2,600,000 goal, and discussions continue to go well with a major foundation from which we are seeking a gift of $300,000.  We expect to know in October whether we will receive this capstone gift, which would put us comfortably over our goal.  Accordingly the NEH has extended our deadline for claiming all matching funds from July 31 to December 31. 

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