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!


Donald Haggis garnered the Archaeological Institute of America’s Best Practices in Site Preservation Award for the Azoria Project in Crete, Greece.

Co-director Margaret Mook and Prof. Haggis work with local specialists to preserve the site as they excavate, creating a sustainable eco-archaeological tourist site. We applaud their innovative work, and invite you to learn more about and to support the Azoria Project. READ MORE >>


Haggis examines an artifact

Donald Haggis was recently awarded a three-year Collaborative Research Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, entitled “The Azoria Project Excavations: A Study of Urbanization on Crete, 700-500 B.C.”

The award of $250,000 constitutes a significant contribution to on-going excavations at Azoria, which are scheduled to reopen in 2013 for a second five-year campaign, co-sponsored by The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the American School of Classical Studies at Athens. The Azoria Project is the excavation of an early Greek city (seventh to sixth centuries B.C.) on the island of Crete in the Aegean, studying urbanization and the changing sociopolitical and economic organization of an emergent urban community in the transition from the Early Iron Age (1200-700 B.C.) to Archaic periods (700-600 B.C.).

Earlier this year, The Archaeological Institute of America recognized Prof. Haggis and the Azoria Project with its “Best Practices in Site Preservation Award.” Click here to learn about the Azoria Project.


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.


Caitlin Hines


Senior Caitlin Hines was featured in the newsletter for The Classical Association of the Middle West and South. Hines was spotlighted for winning the Manson A. Stewart Scholarship last spring.

“The Manson A. Stewart scholarship has been a great resource for funding my senior honors thesis, a gendered approach to the lexicon of Ovidian elegy with reference to the vocabulary of Propertius and Tibullus,” Hines remarked. She is completing this project under the mentorship of Sharon L. James.


The library journal Choice has selected Sharon L. James and Sheila Dillon‘s A Companion to Women in the Ancient World as an one of its Outstanding Academic Titles of 2012 in Ancient History.

“Choice grants this award to fewer than three percent of the books that are sent to it for review,” Prof. James explained. “My co-editor, Sheila Dillon, and I — along with our thirty-nine contributors — are very pleased that our Companion is one of them.”

Additionally, the Association of American Publishers gave the volume honorable mention in its 2012 PROSE Awards under the category of “Single Volume Reference in Humanities and Social Sciences.”

Prof. James partnered with Prof. Dillon, associate professor of art history at Duke University, to co-edit the volume for Wiley-Blackwell.


We congratulate the winners of our annual Herington Prize in Latin and Greek poetry performance for the fall 2012. Undergraduates Heather Swanson and Caitlin Hines respectively impressed the departmental judges with their Latin and Greek readings, and Zack Rider bested his fellow graduate students with a Greek passage of his own choosing.

The Herington Prize was established in 1999 by Maynard and Florence Mack in honor of John Herington. Two undergraduates who perform the best reading of preselected Latin and Greek poems are awarded $200 each. The graduate winner receives a rare book donated by Sara Mack, professor emerita.


In the spring of 2013 Sharon L. James garnered the University’s William C. Friday and Class of 1986 Award for Excellence in Teaching. The University gives only one Friday award annually to a faculty member who exemplifies excellence in teaching. It is named in honor of the University’s late chancellor.

The University recognized Prof. James and other honored instructors during halftime at the UNC-Virginia Tech Feb. 2 men’s basketball game.

“William C. Friday was one of the great leaders of higher education in U.S. history,” Prof. James said. “To say that I was surprised to receive a teaching award established in his name would be a major understatement! I had no idea that I had been nominated. I’m extremely honored, and I would like to thank the colleagues and especially the students who supported my nomination.”

The award comes at the end of a very busy 12 months for Prof. James, who co-directed the National Endowment for the Humanities Summer 2012 Institute: Roman Comedy in Performance and received news that Choice selected her co-edited volume, A Companion to women in the ancient world, as one of its “Outstanding Academic Titles of 2012.” The Association of American Publishers also gave the volume honorable mention in its 2012 PROSE Awards. Established by members of UNC’s 1986 graduating class, the award includes a stipend of $5,000.

We congratulate Prof. James on her well-deserved honor!