- Latin literature. Special interests include ancient comedy, Virgil, and classical ideas about the mind, psychiatry, or mental illness. My two latest projects look at schizophrenia in classical literature from a highly unorthodox perspective. The first discusses Orestes in Aeschylus' Libation Bearers and the second looks at Apuleius' Golden Ass.
Fall 2015 Office Hours:
W 2:15-3:00, F 12:05-12:45
Winter 2016 (January term): Greek Mythology (CLASS 2604)
Introduction to Ancient Rome (CLASS 1615)
Latin Prose (LATIN 2201: Sallust's Bellum Catilinae)
Latin Historiography (LATIN 2208: Livy Book 1)
Survey of Latin Literature (LATIN 4204: focus is on ancient drama)
I mostly teach Latin. In the last five years, graduate courses covered Plautus, Sallust, Lucretius, Suetonius, Ovid, and the survey of Latin literature; undergraduate courses covered Virgil, Catullus, Cicero, Sallust, Livy, and Tacitus.
2015. (ed., tr.) Joannes Burmeister: Aulularia and other Inversions of Plautus. Leuven University Press (Bibliotheca Latinitatis Novae). (See here.)
Newer articles and greatest hits
- On Greek and Roman comedy:
(in progress). 'A Cute Illness in Epidaurus: Morbus hepatiarius and other sick jokes in Plautus' Gorgylio (Curculio).'
2016. Reconsidering Some Plautine Elements in Plautus (Amphitryo 303-7, Captivi 80-4). Classical Journal (forthcoming).
2016. 'Is the Story of Susanna and the Elders based on a Greek New Comedy? The Evidence of Plautus' Casina and Burmeister's Susanna.' In Roman Drama and its Contexts, de Gruyter.
2015. 'Von Athen nach Rom: Von dem Griechischen ins Lateinische Komödie,’ in Fragmente einer Geschichte der griechischen Komödie/Fragmentary History of Greek Comedy, Verlag-Antike.
- On Virgil:
2015. 'Freudian Bullseyes in Classical Perspective--The Psycholinguistics of Guilt in Virgil's Aeneid.' Wordplay and Powerplay in Latin poetry, de Gruyter.
- On psychiatry or mental illness:
(in progress). 'The World's First Paranoid Schizophrenic? A Psychiatric Look at Aeschylus' Orestes.'
2016. 'Joachim Camerarius on Witches, Witchcraft, and Criminal Responsibility, Or, How to Philologize with a Witches' Hammer.' The proceedings of the Camerarius Polyhistor Neolatina conference (Wuerzburg, 2015).
2015. Review essay of W. V. Harris (ed.), Mental Disorders in the Classical World (Brill 2013). Electryone 3.2.
2013. ‘On Being Sane in an Insane Place—The Rosenhan Experiment in the Laboratory of Plautus’ Epidamnus,’ Current Psychology. (reposted at Szasz.com; an oral version here, a summary here.)
For golden oldies, B-sides, and book reviews, see here.