- Latin literature. Recent and ongoing interests include ancient comedy, Virgil, the biblical story of Susanna and the Elders (I think it's a Greek comedy), psycholinguistics, and psychiatry (for the last see here, here, and here; a video version here). Going a little further afield, my two current projects address (1) the madness, or rather schizophrenia, of Orestes in Aeschylus' Libation Bearers and (2) why we ought to blame Joachim Camerarius, a famous philologist of the 16th century, for sparking the witch hunts in Germany in the 1580s.
Fall 2015 Office Hours:
Introduction to Ancient Rome (CLASS 1615)
Latin Prose (LATIN 2201)
Latin Historiography (LATIN 2208: Livy Book 1)
Survey of Latin Literature (LATIN 4204: focus is on ancient drama)
I teach a lot of 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, and Livy + Tacitus.
In fall 2015 I'll offer a new course titled 'Introduction to Ancient Rome.' I used to teach an undergraduate course in English titled "Paranoia and Conspiracy in Ancient Fact and Fiction" (CLASS 2632/COML 2632) and in the Winter Term I routinely teach Greek Mythology (CLASS 2604).
I'm also a huge fan and supporter of The Paideia Institute, having had the great good fortune to teach for the Living Latin in Rome program in summer 2014. If you want to get good at Latin--really good--this is the best way to do it. (You can see more about Paideia in Professor Anthony Grafton's 2015 write-up in The Nation.)
2015. (ed., tr.) Joannes Burmeister: Aulularia and other Inversions of Plautus. Leuven University Press (Bibliotheca Latinitatis Novae).
2014. (ed.) The Oxford Handbook of Greek and Roman Comedy. Co-edited with Adele Scafuro. Oxford University Press.
Newer articles and greatest hits
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 (forthcoming).
2015. 'Freudian Bullseyes in Classical Perspective--The Psycholinguistics of Guilt in Virgil's Aeneid.' Wordplay and Powerplay in Latin poetry, de Gruyter (forthcoming).
- Revised and expanded as 'Von Athen nach Rom: Von dem Griechischen ins Lateinische Komödie,’ in Fragmente einer Geschichte der griechischen Komödie/Fragmentary History of Greek Comedy, Verlag-Antike, 2015.
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)
For golden oldies, B-sides, and book reviews, see here.