Department of Classics Faculty
Dr. Anthony Corbeill
Anthony Corbeill, Professor of Classics, received his B.A. from the University of Michigan and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Classical Languages from the University of California at Berkeley (1990). He has held fellowships at the Thesaurus Linguae Latinae in Munich, Germany (a comprehensive dictionary of the Latin language), the American Academy in Rome, the Institute for Research in the Humanities (Madison), and All Souls College (Oxford). His research focuses on Roman literature and cultural history. He has published two books: Controlling Laughter. Political Humor in the Late Roman Republic (Princeton University Press 1996), which focuses on the meaning of humorous political invective, especially in the oratory of Cicero; and Nature Embodied. Gesture in Ancient Rome (Princeton University Press 2004), a survey of the meaning of gesture in the contexts of prayer, mourning ritual, and political invective, as well as on the correlation between facial expressions and political power, and the significance of thumbs. His current book project on The Boundaries of Sex and Gender in Ancient Rome explores relationships between grammatical gender and Latin poetry, archaic gods, and hermaphrodites. He has also published on ancient sexuality, education, and Latin poetry; for additional information, see his list of publications.
Dr. Pamela Gordon
Pamela Gordon, Chair and Associate Professor of Classics, received the B.A. in Ancient Greek from Oberlin College and the M.A. and Ph.D. in Ancient Greek from Bryn Mawr College. At KU she teaches Greek and Latin at all levels, as well as courses on Greek and Roman literature in translation. Scholarly interests include gender studies, the cultural history of Epicureanism, and the Roman reception of Greek culture. Publications include: "Phaeacian Dido: Lost Pleasures of an Epicurean Intertext," Classical Antiquity 17.2 (1998); "The Lover's Voice in Heroides 15: Or, Why is Sappho a Man?" in Roman Sexualities, edited by Judy Hallett and Marilyn Skinner (Princeton University Press, 1998); "Some Unseen Monster: Rereading Lucretius on Sex," in The Roman Gaze, edited by David Fredrick (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2002); The Invention and Gendering of Epicurus (University of Michigan Press, 2012); and the article on "Epicureanism" in the new Encyclopedia of Ancient History (Wiley-Blackwell, 2012). Her work on gender and Epicureanism was supported by a grant from the American Council of Learned Societies. She is also the proud author of the introduction to Stanley Lombardo's Sappho (Hackett 2002).
Dr. Stanley Lombardo
Stanley Lombardo, Professor of Classics, is a native of New Orleans. He has a B.A. from Loyola University in New Orleans, an M.A. from Tulane University, and a Ph.D. from the University of Texas (1976). In 1976 he joined the faculty at the University of Kansas, where he served as department chair for fifteen years and teaches Greek and Latin at all levels, as well as general courses on Greek literature and culture. He was awarded a Kemper Teaching Fellowship by the university and a Mortar Board Teaching Award. Since 2004 he has served as Director of the University Honors Program. Professor Lombardo's publications are primarily literary translations of Greek poetry, including Homer's Iliad (Hackett, 1997; reviewed in the New York Times, 7/20/97; recipient of the Byron Caldwell Book Award; performed by Aquila Theatre Company at Lincoln Center, 1999), Homer's Odyssey (Hackett, 2000; reviewed in the New York Times, 7/09/00, and a New York Times Book of the Year), and translations of Plato, Hesiod, Callimachus, Sappho (a finalist for the 2003 Pen Literary Award for translation), Virgil's Aeneid (a finalist for the 2005 Pen Literary Award for translation), and most recently, Dante's Inferno (Hackett, 2009); and most recently, Ovid's Metamorphoses (Hackett 2010). He maintains an interest in Asian philosophy and has co-authored a translation of the Tao Te Ching and co-edited an anthology of Zen texts. He is currently working on translations of Dante's Purgatorio and Paradiso. Professor Lombardo has given lectures and dramatic readings of his translations on campuses throughout the country, as well as at such venues as the Smithsonian Institution , the Chicago Poetry Center and on C-SPAN and National Public Radio. His recordings of his translations of Homer are available as audio books (Parmenides Publishing).
Dr. Emma Scioli
Emma Scioli, Associate Professor of Classics, has a BA in Italian from Connecticut College (1993), and an MA and PhD (2005) from UCLA. She was an instructor at the Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studiers in Rome in 2001-2002, and held a two-year Kress Fellowship at the American Academy in Rome (2003-2005). She teaches Latin at all levels in addition to courses on Roman civilization and literature in translation. Professor Scioli's research interests include Latin poetry, dreams and sleep in antiquity, and Roman art. Her current projects include a book on dreams and visual experience in Latin elegiac poetry and a study of representations of the hermaphrodite in Roman art. Her article on women's dreams in Latin epic poetry appeared in TAPA (May 2010). She recently co-edited a volume of papers from an international conference entitled Sub Imagine Somni: Nighttime Phenomena in Greco-Roman Culture (Edizioni ETS: Pisa, 2010).
Dr. Michael Shaw
Michael Shaw, Associate Professor of Classics, received his B.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin. His main interest is Greek literature, and his most recent effort is the introduction and notes for a translation by the classicist and poet Ann Carson of Sophocles' Electra, which appeared in 2009 in the volume The Complete Sophocles: Volume II: Electra and Other Plays (Greek Tragedy in New Translations) published by Oxford University Press. Prof. Shaw has also taught courses in Greek Literature in translation, Greek tragedy in modern versions, and undergraduate and graduate Greek and Latin. Professor Shaw is also involved in historic preservation and has served as president of the Lawrence Preservation Alliance and the Kansas Preservation Alliance.
Professor Shaw also serves as Undergraduate Advisor.
Dr. Philip Stinson
Philip Stinson, Assistant Professor of Classics, joined KU's Classics faculty in 2007. He earned degrees in Architecture and architectural history / theory from Ball State University, Harvard University, and UCLA (B.Arch. 1991, M. Des. St. 1995, MA 2001, respectively), and in History of Art and Classical Archaeology from New York University (Ph.D. 2007). At KU, he teaches courses in Greek and Roman archaeology and art history, and in the history, theory, and methods of classical archaeology. His main research interests include the archaeology and architecture of ancient Greek and Roman cities, Roman wall-painting, and the digital humanities. He recently published an article on the perspective systems used in Roman Second Style wall-painting (AJA 115). In 2010 Phil received a large collaborative grant to study the ancient water systems of southern Afghanistan. Working as an excavator-architect at the excavations of Aphrodisias and Sardis, in western Turkey, recent publications include a chapter on the Roman Civil Basilica of Aphrodisias in Aphrodisias Papers 4 (JRA Suppl. 70, 2008), and a chapter on an early Classical painted tomb at Sardis in Love for Lydia, Sardis Report 4 (Harvard Univ. Press, 2008). In addition, his archaeological reconstructions appeared in K. Welch's The Roman Amphitheatre from its Origins to the Colosseum (Cambridge, 2007), and have appeared in other articles and exhibitions including Google Earth Ancient Rome 3D.
Professor Stinson also serves as Undergraduate Advisor and Curator of the Classics Slide Collection.
Dr. Tara Welch
Tara Welch, Associate Professor of Classics, completed degrees in Latin and Greek at USC (B.A. 1990), Oxford University (M.A. 1993) and UCLA (Ph.D. 1999). At KU, she teaches Latin at all levels as well as courses in Roman and Greek literature and civilization. Professor Welch's research interests are in Latin poetry, particularly of the Augustan age; the city of Rome; and Roman mythology. Her publications include a book on the late poetry of the elegiac poet Propertius, The Elegiac Cityscape: Propertius and the Meaning of Roman Monuments (Ohio State University Press 2005) and articles on Propertius, Roman elegiac poetry, Horatian satire, and Vergil. In addition she co-edited the book Oxford Readings in Propertius for (forthcoming Oxford University Press 2012). Her current project is a comprehensive study of the myth of Tarpeia in Rome. This project, for which she was awarded the NEH Summer Stipend and the Hall Center Humanities Research Fellowship, mines Roman literature, architecture, coins, religious practice, and law to understand how Tarpeia's myth was a vehicle Romans used to explore their own identity, to consider tensions in their social and political ideology, and to scrutinize their relationships with each other and with other communities. Professor Welch is a member of the American Philological Association, CAMWS, the International Plutarch Society, and the Women's Classical Caucus. She is on the steering committee of the latter.
Professor Welch also serves as Undergraduate Advisor.
Professor Welch also serves as Undergraduate Advisor.
Dr. John G. Younger
John G. Younger joined the department of Classics in 2002. Since then he has also taught for the Humanities and Western Civilization Program, the Museum Studies Program, and the Department of Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies, of which he served as chair 2008-2012. He has a BA in History (with two other majors fulfilled: Classics and Music) from Stanford University, and an MA and PhD in Classics from the University of Cincinnati. Professor Younger's research focuses on the Bronze Age Aegean (especially art [particularly sealstones and engraved fingerrings] and writing and administration [especially Cretan Hieroglyphic and Linear A]) and on classical Greek art, especially sculpture and architecture. He has written books on Minoan-Mycenaean sealstones and Music in the Aegean Bronze Age, and he has edited a book on Augustus; he has also written numerous articles and reviews on various Bronze Age and Classical topics. Since 1990, Younger's research has also included women, gender and sexuality. For a complete list of his publications, see his website: http://people.ku.edu/~jyounger/aegeanet.html. Professor Younger's professional memberships include the American Philological Association (APA), member and former Fellow of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens (ASCSA), Archaeological Institute of America (AIA), British School of Archaeology at Athens (BSA), and the Women's Classical Caucus (WCC) and the Lambda Classical Caucus (LCC) of the American Philological Association. He is AIA Vice-President for Publications, ASCSA Chair of Information Technology, editor emeritus of AJA Book Reviews, and co-creator and manager of AegeaNet, an email discussion group centered on the pre-classical Aegean world since 1993 (http://people.ku.edu/~jyounger/aegeanet.html). He has two dogs.