Azoria Project accepting volunteer applications

Donald Haggis’s Azoria Project is now accepting volunteer applications for its summer 2014 field school. Applications are due April 1, and may be accessed through the Azoria website.

The Azoria Project has received international acclaim for its innovative Archaeological practices, winning the Archaeological Institute of America’s award for Best Site practices and a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Co-directers Donald Haggis and Margaret Mook are lauded for simultaneously excavating and preserving the Early Iron Age-Archaic site on the island of Crete. They involve and educate locals in creating an eco-archaeological tourist site.

This is an opportunity for students to gain archaeological experience in the field and to culturally immerse themselves in the Greek culture. Volunteers will live alongside locals in Pacheia Ammos and Kavousi, two villages near the site, and work with students and locals at the site.




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 >>


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!


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.


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.


We are pleased to announce that Rachel Mazzara has won the Epps Prize in Greek Studies and Nicky Curtis the Herington Scholarship this spring 2013 semester.

“I feel very honored to have been chosen for the Epps Prize, and I’m grateful to all of the professors and classmates who have taught and encouraged me while I’ve been at UNC,” Mazzara said in an emailed reaction to her award.

The faculty award Epps Prize to one junior or senior undergraduate or graduate student of Greek who shows “the greatest interest and promise in coming to understand the Greek language, literature, history, and outlook.” It is named for Preston Epps, who taught in the department for many years.

Faculty grant the Hernington Scholarship of $450 to one first-year, sophomore, or junior Classics major or minor to further his or her studies at UNC or abroad. Preference is given to promising Greek students.