University of Vermont

College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Classics

Faculty - Francis R. Bliss, Professor Emeritus

Francis R. Bliss, Professor Emeritus

Contact Information
Email: Framcis.Bliss@uvm.edu
Phone: (207) 652-2232
Address: RFD 240, New Vineyard, ME 04956

Francis Bliss came to UVM in 1966 from Case Western Reserve, where he had been Chair of the Classics Department. Until his retirement from UVM in 1979, he taught all levels of Greek and Latin as courses in literature in translation and ancient history. His research ranged widely in the literary and material remains of ancient Mediterranean culture. He has published important articles on Homer, late fifth-century Athenian literature and Latin literature of the Augustan period and early Empire.

Professor Bliss graduated with a B.A. degree from Bowdoin, began graduate work at Yale, and after service in the armed forces in WW II earned his Ph.D. degree at the University of North Carolina in 1951. He continues his long interest in the Classical Association of New England, which bestowed upon him its Barlow-Beach Distinguished Service Award.

At home in Maine, Francis is very adept with his machinery.   In addition to putting a snow blower to good use, he continues to cut, split and stack 3 cords of wood every summer and still manages to have a good pile of it left at the end of the year. He and his wife Frances are both organic gardeners.

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