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Visiting Scholars

The Visiting Scholars Program was established in 2011, when the Department of Classical Languages, with the support of the Behr Fund, invited Professor Joshua Katz of Princeton University to come to Exeter for a two-week residency during his sabbatical. So successful was his visit that the Department made the commitment to invite at least two classical scholars every year thereafter, with the goal of exposing Exeter students to college-level research in such fields as philology, linguistics, papyrology, history and archaeology. The average length of stay has become one week, during which time the Visiting Scholar teaches four lunch seminars focused on a single theme and delivers one lecture open to the public.


Joshua Katz, Cotsen Professor in the Humanities and Professor of Classics, Princeton University
Seven lunch seminars: “An Introduction to Historical and Comparative Linguistics” and “Constructed Languages”
Two public lectures: “What is English and How Do We Know?” and “Language on the Verge”

Caroline Alexander, Independent Scholar
Four lunch seminars on the Iliad: “Achilles”, “The World of the Iliad”, “Greeks and Trojans”, and “Dulce et decorum est”
Public lecture: “Heroic Ideals: Shackleton and the Endurance”


R. Scott Smith, Professor of Classics, University of New Hampshire
Four lunch seminars: “Did the Greeks Believe in their Myths?”
Public lecture: “How Did the Greeks Believe in their Myths?”

Ellen Oliensis, Professor of Classics and Comparative Literature, University of California at Berkeley
Four lunch seminars: “Reading Ovid’s Daphne”
Public lecture: “How to Make Over a Classic”


Joel Christenson, Associate Professor of Philosophy and Classics, University of Texas at San Antonio
Four lunch seminars: “The Odyssey and Modern Psychology”
Public lecture: “Why We Must Keep Destroying Our World(s): From the Trojan War to Zombies”

Bridget Buxton, Associate Professor of History, University of Rhode Island
Four lunch seminars: “Applied Classics: A Problem-Solving Toolkit”
Public lecture: “Underwater Archaeology: The New Holy Grails”

William Sullivan, Doctoral Candidate, University of Chicago
Lunch and evening seminars: “An Overview of Roman Law” and “A Case Study in Roman Law”

Paul Allen Miller, Professor of Classics and Comparative Literature, University of South Carolina
Lunch seminar: “Libertas in Roman Satire”

Msg. Daniel Gallagher, Office of Latin Letters, Vatican City
Two lunch seminars: “Latin in the Vatican” and “Loquamur Latine!”


Joshua Katz, Professor of Classics and Linguistics, Princeton University
Four lunch seminars: “An Introduction to Historical and Comparative Linguistics”
Public lecture: “Ancient Egypt and its Hieroglyphs”

Richard Jenkyns, Emeritus Professor of the Classical Tradition, Oxford University
Seven lunch seminars: “The Epic Tradition: Heroes, Gods, and Places” and “The Classical Tradition in Architecture”
Two public lectures: “Was Jane Austen Modern?” and “Roman Gods and the City of Rome”


Ann Vasaly, Associate Professor of Classical Studies, Boston University
Lunch seminar: “Running for Office in the 1st century BCE”

Paul Christesen, Professor of Classics, Dartmouth College
Assembly and lunch seminar: “Dying to Succeed: Achilles and His Dilemma, Past and Present”


Brian McGing, Regius Professor of Greek, Trinity College, Dublin
Lunch seminar: “Gift of the Sands: Writing Paper from Ancient Egypt”


Emily Greenwood, Professor of Classics, Yale University
Evening seminar: “Greek Tragedy and the Geo-Politics of Suffering”
Assembly: “Make Your Words Count”

Timothy Barnes ‘97, Harvard Society of Fellows
Lunch seminar: “Prehistory of the Greek Language”


Robert Littman ’61, Professor of Classics, University of Hawaii
Lunch seminar: “The Greco-Roman Mummies of the Bahariya Oasis, Egypt"

Alfonso Moreno ’91, Tutorial Fellow, Magdalen College, Oxford
Lunch seminar: “The Agonistic Revolution: Re-thinking Athenian Democracy”

David Potter ’75, Professor of Greek and Roman History, University of Michigan at Ann Arbor
Assembly: “The Olympics: Ancient and Modern”
Lunch seminar: “Roman Gladiators”

Joshua Katz, Professor of Classics and Linguistics, Princeton University
Eight lunch seminars: “An Introduction to Historical and Comparative Linguistics” and “Four Chapters in the History of Latin: A Hands-On Workshop”
Two public lectures: “Ancient Egypt and its Hieroglyphs” and “The English Language: What It Is, How It Got This Way, Where It Is Going”