CURRENT POSITION: Professor
Department of Classics
Allendale, Michigan 49401
Phone: (616) 331-3600
Ph.D., Classics, 1983. The
B.A., Latin, 1970.
Professor of Classics, 2007-
Associate Professor of Classics, 2000-07
Chair of Department, 2000-03
Associate Professor of English, 1996-2000
Assistant Professor of English, 1993-96
Visiting Associate Professor of Classics, 2003-04
Research Associate, Departments of Greek and Latin, 1992-93
Visiting Assistant Professor of Latin, 1991-92
Assistant Professor of Classics, 1985-91
Assistant Professor of Classics, 1983-85
Abelards Historia Calamitatum and Heloises Epistula ad Abaëlardum. Edition and
commentary in preparation for Bryn Mawr Latin Commentaries.
Abelard and Heloise: The Letters and Other Writings. Hackett Publishing Co., 2007.
Articles and Reviews
Heloise: Second Letter to Abelard.
Heloise: First Letter.
Review of P. J. Davis, Seneca: Thyestes.
of Calamities. Translated with
Review of S. J. Harrison, J. L. Hilton, and V. J. C. Hunink, Apuleius: Rhetorical Works.
American Journal of Philology 124 (2003): 156-160.
Riding Homer Out on a Rail.
Give Up the Beginning?: Junos Mindful Wrath (Aeneid 1.37).
18 (1993): 14.
What to Do With Seneca. Bryn Mawr Classical Review 3 (1992): 420-28.
Review of T. G. Rosenmeyer, Senecan Drama and Stoic Cosmology. Renaissance Quarterly 43
Yale French Studies 76 (1989): 185-210.
Dancing at the End of the Rope: Optatian Porfyry and the Field of Roman Verse.
Transactions and Proceedings of the American Philological Association 115 (1985):
Review of L. Kaiser, Early American Latin Verse. Classical Outlook 62 (1985): 103.
Plexed Artistry: Aratean Acrostics. GLYPH:
SELECTED LECTURES AND CONFERENCE PAPERS
Asserting Agency in the Early Middle AgesHeloise. Medieval and Early Modern Seminar:
and the Problem of Agency in the Pre-Modern Era,
Heloise: Philosopher and Writer.
A Brief for the Translation of Violence. Arts and Humanities Faculty Symposium on
The Senecan Paradox of the Actor. Conference on Seneca in Performance, Northwestern
November 9, 1996.
Freedom and Euripides Orestes. VIIth International Meeting on Logos and Art, International
Obsessive-Compulsive Literature of the Late
Caesars Commentaries as Historiographic Narrative. Congrès de la Fédération Internationale
des Associations dÉtudes Classiques, Québec, Canada. August 1994.
Heard Melodies: The Sounds of Ancient
History in Virgils Aeneid.
The Ancient Carmen
Workshop on the Roman Comic Theater.
Literary Repetition in
Performing Against the Plot in Terences Eunuch: Phaedria Takes Off. Panel on Comic
Acting and Dramatic Structure, Annual Meeting, American Philological Association,
Poetry for the End of Empire.
Seneca in the Seventeenth Century.
Nec Sit ModusLet There Be No End: Narrative and Theatrical in Senecan Drama.
Conference, Society for the Study of Narrative Literature,
Pattern Poetry in the Ancient World.
The Problem of Ancient Music.
Music and Myth in Pythian 12. Conference on Pindar in Performance, University of
Renaissance Lullabies. Keynote Address, Annual Meeting, Classical Association of New
The Latin Poetry of Permutation. Conference on The Call of the Phoneme, Society for the
Latin Poetry and Pedagogy. Annual Meeting,
The Naeniae of Giovanni Pontano. Congresso Internazionale, Centro Studi Umanistici
Above Suspicion: Caesars Narrative Technique. Panel on Narratology, Annual Meeting,
Myths of the Goddess: Jane Harrison, Robert Graves, and Altmans Three Women. Annual
Philological Association of the
On Performing Ancient Music.
HONORS AND AWARDS
Fellow of the
Vice-President, Board of Governors, Society of
RELATED PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
Hackett Publishing Co., 1992-98
Pantheon Books, 1990
Hackett Publishing Co.
Parmenides Publishing Co.
Producer/director of radio series broadcasting dramatic adaptations of ancient and medieval
literary works, KUT-FM, Austin, TX, 1976-79.
Elementary and Intermediate Latin; Horaces Odes; Mediaeval Latin Literature;
Introduction to Latin Literature; Ancient Drama; Classical Theater Workshop; Notions of the Classics (Classics Capstone); English Composition: Exposition and Argument; Classical Literature (epic and tragedy); British Literature I (medieval and renaissance); Renaissance Literature (English drama); Modern World Masterpieces; Topics in Literature: Comedy; Topics in Literature: Virgil, Dante, Milton; Studies in Drama; Honors College Classical World I and II
Elementary Latin; Advanced Greek; independent reading course on Roman
In translation: Classical Epic; Ancient Comedy; Seminar in Classical Literature
(Senecan Drama and Its Tradition)
Elementary and Intermediate Latin; Roman Comedy; Literature of the Empire
In translation: Comedy From Aristophanes to Woody Allen.
History of Roman Republican Literature; independent reading course in Roman
Elementary and Intermediate Latin; Catullus and His Age; The Origins of
Drama: Terence; Roman Drama: Seneca; Virgils Aeneid; independent
reading courses on Seneca, Ovid, Propertius, Catullus, Lucretius; supervision of
Senior Theses and Junior Independent Work on Servius, Catullus, Lucretius,
Virgil, Horace, Roman Elegy, Plautus, Propertius, Euripides, ancient music,
G. Leopardi, E. Pound.
In translation: Homer and the Tragic Vision; The Ancient Comic Tradition;
Studies in the Classical Tradition.
Catullus, Survey of Latin Literature: the Republic; Senecan drama; independent
reading courses on archaic Latin literature; reader of dissertations on Catullus,
Elementary and Intermediate Latin; Roman Lyric Poetry.
In translation: Comedy; Music in the Ancient World; The Tradition of
Romance: Homer to Shakespeare.
Senecan Tragedy; Survey of Latin Literature: the Empire.
SELECTED COMMITTEE AND ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICE
University Task Force on Minor in Chinese, 2006-
University Institutional Representative to the
University Institutional Representative to the Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies, 2002-
University Faculty Personnel Policy Committee, 2001-03, 2005- ; Chair, 2002-03
University Committee on Housing 2008 (
Department of English,
University Task Force on Academic Reorganization, 2003
Division of Arts and Humanities Dean Search Committee, 2002-03
Department of Classics, Chair, 2000-03
Division of Arts and Humanities, Executive Committee, 1998-2003
Division of Arts and Humanities Curriculum Committee, 2001-02
University Academic Senate, Executive Committee of the Senate, 2000
Department of Music, Student Essay Competition, Juror, 2000
University Task Force on Classics, Chair, 1999-2000
Division of Arts and Humanities, Chair-elect, 1998-99; Chair, 1999-2000
Classics Coordinating Committee, Chair, 1995-2000
Coordinator of Classics, 1995-2000
Department of English Personnel Committee, 1996-99; Chair, 1997-99
Shakespeare Festival Committee, 1997-98
Department of English, Chamberlain Scholarship
Department of English Lecture Series Committee, Chair, 1995-97
Department of English Chair Search Committee, 1993-94
Latin, Greek (ancient), French, Italian, German