Winners of poetry competition announced

We are happy to announce the winners of this year’s Herington Prizes. Among undergraduate readers, Philip Wilson took home the prize for Latin and Emily Fleming for Greek. Each won a $250 prize. Winning a rare book donated by Sara Mack, Brian McPhee presented the best graduate reading.

The annual Herington competition has been held since Maynard and Florence Mack created an endowment for the competition in 1999. Named in honor of John Herington, Prof. Mack’s husband, the undergraduate prize is intended to encourage the performance of poetry and is open to all majors taking Greek or Latin coursework at UNC.

Linderski celebrates birthday with advisees, faculty

In August, former students and colleagues gathered at the Sienna Hotel to celebrate the 80th birthday of Jerzy Linderski, Paddison Professor of Latin Emeritus. The event was organized by three of Prof. Linderki’s dissertation advisees, Tim Moore, PhD ’86; Hans Mueller, PhD ’94; and Christoph Konrad, PhD ’85. To add to the festivities, Corey Brennan, representing Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, and its libraries, presented Prof. Linderski with a certificate of appreciate for Prof. Linderski’s contributions to the field. Dinner was followed by a series of eulogies, to which Prof. Linderski responded with a gracious and elegant speech in Latin. It was an impressive tribute to an outstanding scholar, teacher, and mentor.



UNC-Duke graduate students host workshop on pedagogy

This year the graduate students in Classics at Duke University and UNC are collaborating to organize the Inaugural Duke-UNC Graduate Workshop in Classics Pedagogy, which will take place the weekend of March 28-30, 2014. The workshop addresses an expressed interest among the graduate students in both departments in a wider conversation on pedagogy and its important role in their careers as PhD students and soon-to-be faculty members.

The organizing students received a Kenan-Biddle Partnership Grant to help fund the workshop, and are inviting three professors – Prof. Nita Krevans from the University of Minnesota, Prof. Andrea Berlin from Boston University, and Prof. Joan Connelly from NYU – to speak on pedagogy issues and to teach pedagogy workshops during the weekend.

More information can be found at the website for the event.

Colloquium schedule

Department Seeks Assistant Professor in Greek Prose

The Department of Classics at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in the College of Arts and Sciences seeks an assistant professor in Greek prose for a tenure-track appointment. The area of specialization is open, but we especially welcome candidates working on philosophical and rhetorical prose.  Teaching duties will include graduate courses in Greek prose, as well as undergraduate courses in Greek and classical civilization.  Applicants should demonstrate the potential for excellence in research and a serious commitment to teaching at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. Preference will be given to those with Ph.D. in hand at the time of application. UNC Chapel Hill is an EOE employer. Women and minority scholars are encouraged to apply.  Applicants apply online at and attach a letter of application, a curriculum vitae, and the names of four people who will write letters of recommendation.  Applications must be received by November 13, 2013, for consideration.  Referees will be contacted with instructions for submitting their letters online; the deadline is November 26, 2013. E-mail inquiries should be addressed to: William H. Race, Chair, Greek Prose Search Committee,  The department website is at

Henry Immerwahr, 1916-2013

We are saddened to share that Henry Rudolph Immerwahr, emeritus professor, passed away on Sept. 15, 2013. Prof. Immerwahr’s colleagues and former students remember the international scholar for his innovative intellect and sociable and patient personality.

Memorial services will be held 2 p.m. Oct. 5, 2013 at Carol Woods.

Born in Germany and educated at the University of Florence, the philologist continued his education at the American School of Classical Studies at Athens. There, he met his wife, Sara Anderson Immerwahr. With the outbreak of war, Prof. Immerwahr immigrated to America in 1939, continuing his studies at Yale University and serving in the U.S. Army. After the war and a brief stint at Harvard University, the Herodotus scholar returned to Yale as a professor for ten years before migrating south to Chapel Hill in 1957.

Here, he and his wife became prominent academic and social fixtures in the department. He rose to the rank of full professor by 1963, and she taught part-time for the department before becoming an associate professor in the Department of Art.

“I have so many good memories, often of Henry and Sally together entertaining after evening lectures,” Kenneth Reckford reflected in an email. “They were a wonderful team.”

The congenial professor also helped those around him navigate academia. Prof. Reckford often reaped the bounty of Prof. Immerwahr’s “old and new ways of thinking about Classics” over coffee and doughnuts in Lenoir Hall. “It helped me enormously to discuss Homer with him, and Herodotus and Thucydides, Sophocles, Euripides, Aristophanes, and Plato, but more than that: Henry helped me feel more comfortable personally, both in the scholarly world and in the University, than I had ever felt before. He was my mentor. My corruptor, too: I had never before been a coffee-drinker.”

Coupling his caring attitude with a shrew eye for detail, Prof. Immerwahr thrived as an administrator, especially from 1966 through 1976 while George Kennedy chaired the department.

“Henry, in my fancy, played bishop to George’s king,” Prof. Reckford recalled. “He chewed over problems of individuals, of departmental morale and direction, much as he chewed over problems in Herodotus or Attic vase inscriptions.”

The bishop played a heavy hand in all levels of academic programming, establishing the curriculum requirements that still outline our present day requirements. He especially was credited with organizing the archaeology program and restructuring the graduate philology  programs, particularly re-igniting the Greek Ph.D. program. John Ziolkowski was the first student to complete a Greek Ph.D. thesis in 1963, and Prof. Immerwahr directed a total of 15 dissertations and one thesis while at UNC.

“Henry Immerwahr directed my dissertation and I took several of his courses,” William C. West, a former student and colleague, wrote. “He was a stimulating teacher, because of his knowledge of his subject and ability to convey it.”

“Henry found ways to improve morale,” George Houston explained. “As acting chair, Henry (with Nancy Honeycutt’s help) realized one summer that there was a little extra money in the Department’s annual funds.  The result? A free lunch for the members of the Department, the “First Annual Salad Sling and Chicken Fling.” Although no one tossed salad and chicken the next year, Prof. Immerwahr always remained cognitive of the personal needs of his fellows and students.

When not attending to the needs of others, the “conscience of the department” was diligent with his own academic pursuits. He published Form and Thought in Herodotus (1966) and Attic Script: A Survey (1990), and established an online version of A Corpus of Attic Vase Inscriptions, with printed versions available at UNC, Oxford University, and the American School of Classical Studies at Athens.

“It was the range of his interests, and his expertise in so many of them, that was so remarkable,” Prof. Houston summized. “From elementary Latin to graduate Greek courses, Greek archaeology to literary theory, Latin poetry to Greek vase inscriptions: Henry knew them all.” As a result, he was a member of the American Philological Association, the Archaeological Institute of America, a corresponding member of the Deutsches Archaologisches Institut, and the Philoi of the Gennadeion.

After years of service to UNC, the Alumni Distinguished Professor of Greek retired early in 1977 to serve as director of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens. He and his wife worked at the school where they met until 1982. After which, they returned to Chapel Hill and remained active in department until Sarah Immerwahr’s passing in 2008.

Prof. Immerwahr is survived by his daughter Mary Hiniker and her husband Jerry and their children.



Oct. 30, 1936 to Dec. 20, 2012

We are deeply saddened by the passing of Gerhard Koeppel, professor emeritus. During his decades in the department, Dr. Koeppel’s kindness left an indelible mark on Classical archaeology and his students and colleagues.

“Gerhard was a lovely, gentle man,” Sara Mack, professor emerita remembers. He was “a good teacher with a good sense of humor.”

Cecil Wooten, professor emeritus and former chair of the department, echoes Dr. Mack’s fond memories:

“Gerhard Koeppel was a kind and gentle man who was extremely generous with his time and with his expertise. His help was invaluable to me when I was preparing lectures on Roman painting, sculpture, and architecture for my Roman Civilization class. Not only did Gerhard advise me about bibliography and answer my numerous questions, he even took many of his own slides over to the slide lab and had them copied for me. I will always have a very fond memory of him.”

Dr. Koeppel began his academic career studying ancient Roman art and archaeology at the University of Cologne. Specializing in Roman Historical Reliefs of the Roman Empire, he joined our faculty in the late 1960s. For approximately 30 years, Dr. Koeppel shared his expertise not only with his students and colleagues but with the international archaeological community through numerous publications and professional positions; one of his most important contributions was his catalogue of Roman historical reliefs published as a series of annual articles in Bonner Jahrbuecher from 1983 to 1992. He was a member of the Archaeological Institute of America, the Classical Society of the American Academy in Rome, the Deutscher Archaeologenverband, and Corresponding Member of the Deutsches Archaeologisches Institut. He also was resident scholar at the American Academy in Rome, 1974-75; professor-in-charge of the Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies in Rome, 1980-81, 1989-90, and spring 1998; and director of the American Academy Summer School, 1986-1988.

Born Oct. 30, 1936, Dr. Koeppel passed away Dec. 20, 2012, in Germany. He is survived by wife Anette Koeppel, and by their children and grandchildren, Peter Koeppel and Yordanka Nedyalkova and Oskar; Hertha and Pedro Gabás and family; and Ernst and Heidi Koeppel and family.



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.


“It’s best for this not to happen the same as it does in the comedies, when everyone finds out everything.”



Seeking to understand the meaning behind young husband Pamphilus’s single line from Terence’s Hecyra, Alex Karsten‘s produced “The Noble Lie in Terence’s Hecyra,” a paper he will present during the Eta Sigma Phi panel discussion at the next American Philological Association and Archaeological Institute of America joint annual meeting.The purpose of his research, under the direction of Sharon L. James, was to discover why the three women at the end of the work “choose to hide a very brutal truth in order to help restore a societal and familial order that seems detrimental to their own interests.” In the end, Karsten “found that this concept of the noble lie was not only found throughout the western philosophical tradition, but it was also a very useful key to understanding the befuddling end of this play,” he said.

In addition to participating in the panel discussion, Karsten also was inducted into the Order of the Golden Fleece.

We congratulate Alex for his academic successes!


Several of our graduate students are reaping the bounty of their scholarship. Patrick Dombrowski and Erika Weiberg both received Summer Research Fellowships from The Graduate School, which also granted Serena Witzke a Dissertation Completion Fellowship for the academic year of 2013-2014.

With such aid, Patrick, Erika, and Serena will be able to devote themselves to their dissertations full time during their fellowships. We applaud them for receiving such academic recognition.