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OFFICERS 2017-2018

PRYTANIS (PRESIDENT)   Julia Romero
HYPARCHOS (VICE-PRESIDENT)   Allison Stanich
GRAMMATEUS (SECRETARY)   Katie Wolfe
CHRYSOPHYLAX (TREASURER)   Abby Brock
PYLOROS (SERGEANT AT ARMS)   Emma Eichenberger

MEMBERS 2017-2018

Riley Anderson
Emma Asbury
Sarah Attkisson
Shannon Becker
Abby Brock
Stephanie Buckler
Liam Deihr
Emma Eichenberger
Kati Justice
Shannon Keene
Skyler Larsen
Amanda Leonard
Amanda Liverette
Helen Makriyianis
Nolan Perugini
Brandon Roby
Julia Romero
Allison Stanich
Sierra Tisdelle
Meagan Wilkinson
Katherine Wolfe
Associate Member:  Rachel Caudill

Faculty Advisor: Liane Houghtalin

INDUCTED SPRING 2017

Riley Anderson
Emma Asbury
Abby Brock
Emma Eichenberger
Skyler Larsen
Helen Makriyianis
Brandon Roby
Allison Stanich
Sierra Tisdelle
Meagan Wilkinson

HONORARY MEMBERS

Dr. Joseph M. Romero (inducted March 19, 2006)
Ms. Sally Davis (inducted October 23, 2009)
Prof. JeanAnn Dabb (inducted March 26, 2010)
Dr. Federico Schneider (inducted March 18, 2011)
Prof. Suzanne Sumner (inducted March 15, 2013)
Ms. Martha G. Abbott (inducted March 23, 2016)
Ms. Linda S. Montross (inducted March 23, 2016)

 

ANNUAL LECTURES

2017
Adrienne Hagen (Washington & Lee University)
“Duty and the Beast:  Understanding Human Nature through Depictions of Animals in Antiquity”

2016
Christopher A. Gregg (George Mason University)
“Myth and Masculinity in Pompeian Frescoes”

2015
Josiah Osgood (Georgetown University)
“Cicero and the Republic’s Last Laugh”

2014
Betsy Morrell Bryan (Johns Hopkins University)
“Festivals of Drunkenness in New Kingdom Egypt:  Evidence from the Temple of Mut and Elsewhere”

2013
Susann Lusnia (Tulane University)
“The Amazing, Colossal Temple:  Bacchus & Hercules on the Quirinal”

2012
Shawn O’Bryhim (Franklin & Marshall College)
“All for the Love of a Statue:  Agalmatophilia in Ancient Greece”

2011
Eric Casey (Sweet Briar College)
“Carrying Across:  Metaphors of Cultural Translation in the Letter of Aristeas”

2010
Barbara Tsakirgis (Vanderbilt University)
“Renewing, Reusing, and Recycling in the Ancient Greek Household”

2009
Carol Mattusch (George Mason University)
“Pompeii, Mt. Vesuvius, and the Grand Tour”

2008
Peter Schertz (Virginia Museum of Fine Arts)
“Made from Life:  A Terracotta Portrait Bust in Boston”

2007
N. Gregson Davis (Duke University)
“‘Afro-Greeks’ in Search of Home: The Motif of the Underworld Journey in the Poetry of Aime Cesaire and Derek Walcott”

2006
Jean MacIntosh Turfa (University of Pennsylvania Museum)
“Love, Death, and Magic in Etruscan Urns”

2005
Patricia Rosenmeyer (University of Wisconsin)
“The Locus Amoenus in Greek and Latin Poetry: What’s Love Got to Do with It?”

2004
Jeannine Diddle Uzzi (University of Southern Maine)
“Rethinking Romanitas: Barbarian Babies in the Art of the Roman Empire”

2003
Naomi J. Norman (University of Georgia)
“Putting People back into the City: The Archaeological Evidence for Carthage”

2002
Rose Mary Sheldon (Virginia Military Institute)
“Toga and Dagger: Espionage in the Ancient World”

2001
Christina Salowey (Hollins University)
“Kore: A Maiden’s Story”

2000
Gregory N. Daugherty (Randolph-Macon College)
“Fires and Firemen in Nero’s Rome”

1999
John D. Mac Isaac (Mary Washington College)
“Nemea: The Other Olympic Games”

1998
Liane Houghtalin (Mary Washington College)
“The Sanctuary of Poseidon at Isthmia”

 

ANNUAL CLASSICAL ESSAY CONTEST

Latin students attending Spotsylvania, Stafford, and Fredericksburg schools, or whose teacher is a member of the Fredericksburg Area Latin Teachers’ Association (FALTA), are eligible to enter the Annual Classical Essay Contest.

Please e-mail Prof. Liane Houghtalin with questions about the contest at lhoughta(at)umw.edu

TOPIC FOR THE 2017-2018 CLASSICAL ESSAY CONTEST

Essay topic:  The influence of Latin and ancient Greek and Roman culture is almost ubiquitous in modern life. Employing at least three examples, tell how learning about Roman culture and Latin language and literature has affected your awareness of these strong Greco-Roman influences.

The following links to a flyer giving the topic and information for the submission of the essays.

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The following links to a cover sheet for the essays.

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TOPIC FOR THE 2016-2017 CLASSICAL ESSAY CONTEST

 

Essay topic: According to Suetonius (Vita Divi Iuli 32), Julius Caesar said as he crossed the river Rubicon, Iacta alea est. (“The die is cast.”)  By crossing the Rubicon into Italy proper, Caesar started a civil war that ended with him as the head of Rome.  His quote captures a sense of the wild risk he took to gain everything, and how if he had not been so lucky, he easily could have lost everything.  When have you, or someone you have known, taken a wild risk in life, and how did that risk turn out?

WINNERS OF THE 2016-2017 CLASSICAL ESSAY CONTEST

First Place, Senior Division
Dylan Letellier, Riverbend High School (Mark Keith, Teacher)

Second Place, Senior Division
Lauren Rose, Riverbend High School (Mark Keith, Teacher)

Honorable Mention, Senior Division                                      Brianna D’Albis, Riverbend High School (Mark Keith, Teacher)

First Place, Junior Division
Rana Ansari, Ni River Middle School (David Yates, Teacher)

Second Place, Junior Division
Noah Zinkhan, Riverbend High School (Mark Keith, Teacher)

Honorable Mention, Junior Division                                      Caroline Whichard, Riverbend High School (Mark Keith, Teacher)