- Latin literature. Special interests include ancient comedy, Virgil, and classical ideas about the mind, psychiatry, or mental illness; hence two recent projects look at schizophrenia in classical literature from an unorthodox perspective: the first discusses Orestes in Aeschylus' Libation Bearers and the second looks at Apuleius' Golden Ass. I am increasingly interested in the application of social psychology to classical texts. The first fruit of this approach is a paper to be called "The Lucifer Effect in Plautus' Captivi." It tries to show how Phil Zimbardo's Stanford Prison Experiment of 1971 puts Plautus' play in an entirely new light.
Spring 2016 Office Hours:
Wine Culture (CLASS 2810/VIEN 2810) this course includes an option section conducted entirely in Latin.
Latin FLAC - Foreign Language Across the Curriculum (LATIN 3212)
Graduate Seminar in Latin (LATIN 7272)
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. I love the language and the literature and can't get enough of it!
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). "The Lucifer Effect in Plautus' Captivi."
(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 111.
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.
- On Virgil:
2015. 'Freudian Bullseyes in Classical Perspective--The Psycholinguistics of Guilt in Virgil's Aeneid.' Wordplay and Powerplay in Latin poetry, de Gruyter.
(This essay brings to light a new reason why Aeneas kills Turnus at the end of the Aeneid.)
- On psychiatry or mental illness:
(in press). "The Myth of Paranoid Schizophrenia in Classical Perspective: Aeschylus' Libation Bearers and the Legacy of Thomas Szasz." For an edited volume on the Legacy of Thomas Szasz.
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).
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.