Babcock Launches ‘The Well-Laden Ship’

Robert Babcock‘s recent publication, The Well-Laden Ship, charts new territory as the first translation of the early
BobBabcockcroppedeleventh-century Latin poem that taught young students not to “look a gift horse in the mouth.”

Originally compiled by Egbert of Liège, the poem served as a schoolroom reader in the Middle Ages. It consists of many still-familiar proverbs, fables, and folktales derived from the Bible, ancient poets, and the common vernacular. As part of the Dumbarton Oaks Medieval Library series, the text contains facing-page translations, making it easy for one to compare the English and Latin texts. As a result, Babcock’s translation of this rare reader provides early Latin derivations of not only Vergil and Juvenal but also “Jack Sprat” and “Little Red Riding Hood.”

The Well-Laden Ship will provide its reader a better understanding of the medieval education and poetry that informs our modern proverbial wisdom and folklore.


Emily BaragwanathWe congratulate Emily Baragwanath for winning the 2013 Philip and Ruth Hettleman Prize for Artistic and Scholarly Achievement.

“What a tremendous surprise and delight it was to be awarded this prize,” Baragwanath exclaimed by email.

The University awards just four faculty members at the advanced assistant or junior associate level with the Hettleman Prize. Other winners this year are from the fields of science and medicine. In addition to being awarded $5,000, all recipients are given the opportunity to deliver a University lecture during the academic year. Because Baragwanath is spending this academic term researching at Germany’s University of Heidelberg, however, the Alexander von Humboldt Fellow will present her lecture in the 2014-2015 academic year.


The Graduate School recently recognized Elizabeth Robinson, PhD ’13, for her many academic achievements and research experience in Italy.

Robinson, a member of The Graduate School’s Royster Society of Fellows, spent the last four years researching her dissertation on the ancient town Larinum, living on-site in the small village of Larino that rests on top of the ancient settlement. In the fall, she will begin her position as an assistant professor at the Duke University Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies in Rome.

To learn about Robinson’s experiences in Italy, visit The Graduate School’s website. READ MORE >>


James J. O'HaraWe are pleased to announce that the Student Undergraduate Teaching and Staff Awards Committee recognized James J. O’Hara for  providing outstanding undergraduate instruction.

Since 1989, the committee has recognized select faculty and teaching assistants who “on the basis of demonstrated teaching excellence, success in
positively affecting a broad spectrum of students both in and outside of
the classroom, and creation of a dynamic learning environment.” In addition to an award certificate, Prof. O’Hara received a $5,000 award at the Chancellors’ Award Ceremony.


Emily BaragwanathEmily Baragwanath has captured an Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship that will enable her to research at Germany’s University of Heidelberg for over a year.

“I am very excited and honored to have received a Humboldt Fellowship,” Prof. Baragwanath said. “It provides me with a tremendous opportunity not only to pursue my own research, but also to engage with scholars in my field at a university that is one of the oldest and most esteemed in Europe.”

From January 2013 to June 2014, Prof. Baragwanath will work on her monograph, provisionally titled Women, Narrative, and Agency in Xenophon. She will examine Xenophon’s representation of women, how it relates to larger issues of friendship and leadership, and what it reveals about his approach to history, narrative, explanation, and literary invention.


Murphey Hall continues to be home for a number of accomplished undergraduates.

Rachel Mazzara has published a translation of Catullus poem 51 in the Denison University undergraduate Classics journal, Ephemeris. Rachel’s project was born as writing assignment in Ted Gellar-Goad’s spring Latin 204 course.

“She’s extremely bright and will make this department proud as she pursues a career in Classics,” said Prof. Gellar-Goad, who is now serving as a post-doctoral fellow at Wake Forest University after finishing his Ph.D. here.

Rachel, however, is not the only promising young talent in the department. She, Caitlin Hines, and Henry Ross were all inducted into the University’s Phi Beta Kappa chapter last spring. Further, the Classical Association of the Middle West and South honored Caitlin with a Manson A. Stewart Scholarship. One of six undergraduates recognized for being “outstanding young Classicists,” Caitlin will use the $1,000 award to further her studies in the department.

We congratulate these promising juniors for their great accomplishments!


Watch the institute online here.

Watch the institute online here.

Clever slaves, braggart soldiers and cooks, enticing courtesans, and shouting fathers from ancient times are now on YouTube. The product of Sharon James’s National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute: Roman Comedy in Performance, these experimental videos will serve as teaching and learning tools for those studying the often troubling but funny genre.

Co-directed by alumnus Timothy Moore, the institute was a collaborative project involving 23 professors and three graduate students and visiting faculty members. Participants created multiple performance versions of scenes from Plautus and Terence by experimenting with staging, actors, translation, choreography, and more. By doing so, they crafted an excellent series of scenes that relates the ancient plays to our modern society.

Click here to use the performances for your own teaching, research, and learning.


Much of Berthold L. Ullman’s material on the manuscript tradition of Catullus is now openly available via Dr. Dániel Kiss’s new website, Catullus Online.

Prof. Ullman (professor of Latin 1944-1959), one of the leading scholars of Latin paleography and manuscript traditions of his generation, bequeathed to the department his invaluable collection of facsimiles, transcriptions and notes. Prominent among them are material on the manuscript tradition of Catullus, which incorporated the earlier notes of William Gardner Hale and Euan T. Sage and which were the basis of a projected edition that Ullman did not live to complete.

Dr. Kiss, a research fellow at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, developed the website as a repository of conjectures on Catullus, compiling material from prominent libraries throughout the world. Dr. Kiss made several trips to the department over the years to consult the Hale-Ullman Papers, part of the department’s special collections in Ullman Library.