(l-r) Professors Hanna Roisman, Kerill O'Neill and Joseph Roisman participating in a conference at Be'er Sheva University, Israel.
All three members of the Classics Department faculty made the list of the six best professors at Colby College [Choosing the Right College: The Whole Truth about America's 100 Top Schools, by Jeffrey O. Nelson and Gregory Wolfe (1998), 143].
Roisman (B.A. and M.A. Tel Aviv University; Ph.D. University of Washington)
devotes the bulk of her time to teaching and research in Greek literature,
language, and Classical Reception in Film and TV. She has served as the Chair
of the Department for several years, and has overseen the rapid growth of the
Department in that time. She is currently engaged in research on Euripides’
tragedy Electra and on Lucian’s Dialogues of Courtesans. Hanna has
published numerous journal articles and book chapters focusing on Homer’s
Iliad and Odyssey, Hesiod’s didactic epics, Greek Elegy, the plays of
Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides, and Classics and Contemporary Film
and TV. She is the author of the following books: Loyalty in Early Greek Epic and Tragedy, Hain 1984; The Odyssey Re-Formed, with F. M. Ahl,
Cornell University Press 1996; Nothing is
As It Seems: The Tragedy of the Implicit in Euripides' Hippolytus, Rowman
and Littlefield 1999; Euripides'
Alcestis, A Commentary for Students,
The University of Oklahoma Press, 2003, with C.E.A. Luschnig; Sophocles: Philoctetes Duckworth, 2005; Sophocles: Electra, translation with
notes, Focus Classical Library, 2008. Her commentary in collaboration
with C.A.E. Luschnig on Euripides’ Electra
is to come out next year published by The University of Oklahoma Press. She
has been appinted as the main editor of the first ever Encyclopedia of Greek Tragedy to be
published by Blackwell.
Drs. Joseph Roisman, Hanna Roisman and Kerill O'Neill participating in a conference in Argentina
Joseph Roisman, Department Chair (B.A.
and M.A. Tel Aviv University; Ph.D. University of Washington) is our resident
Ancient Historian. He teaches a wide range of courses covering Greek and Roman
history and culture and ancient military history. He has chaired the Department
several times, and together with his colleagues contributed to its impressive
growth. He has published extensively in Greek history, historiography, and
literature, with an emphasis on military history, the Age of Alexander and his
successors, and Greek rhetoric. He authored and edited the following books: The General Demosthenes and his Art of
Military Surprise (Stuttgart 1993); Alexander
the Great: Ancient and Modern Perspectives (ed., Lexington, Mass. 1995); Brill's Companion to Alexander the Great
(ed., Leiden 2003); The Rhetoric of
Manhood: Masculinity according to the Attic Orators (Berkeley 2005); The Rhetoric of Conspiracy in Ancient Athens
(Berkeley 2006). His book Greek
History: The Ancient Evidence from Homer to Alexander the Great, coauthored
and coedited with John Yardley, is expected to be published by Wiley-Blackwell
in 2010. He is currently engaged in editing with Ian Worthington A Companion to Ancient Macedonia
(forthcoming 2010), and is writing a monograph on the veterans of Alexander the
Kerill O'Neill, (B.A.
Trinity College, Dublin; Ph.D. Cornell University) follows two different tracks
in his teaching and research: Latin literature and Prehistoric Archaeology. He
also teaches a cycle of mythology courses. His scholarly work consists of
publications and papers on Latin Love Elegy, Greek Tragedy, Intertextuality,
and Neolithic and Bonze Age society in the Aegean. His philological research
interests focus on the influence of erotic magic on Latin love elegy and on the
interaction of modern cinema with ancient culture. He is currently completing a
book provisionally entitled Songs of the Magic Muse: Erotic Spells and the
Discourse of Latin Love Elegy.He
also serves as the Field Director of the Mitrou Archaeological Project, an
international excavation and survey focused on a Bronze Age site in Greece (www.mitrou.org).
Planned Sabbatical Leaves:
Kerill O'Neill 2010/11
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