University of Vermont

The College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Classics

Faculty Research

Classics faculty research at UVM covers the gamut of Greek and Latin literature and the classical tradition. We have particular strengths in ancient philosophy (including political theory), Greek and Latin poetry, ancient music, Late Antiquity, technological authors, and Greek and Roman historiography. Authors of special interest include Home, Ovid, Cicero, Thucydides, Plato, Seneca, Columella, and Frontinus. Below is a "virtual bookshelf" of some books written by our faculty.

Virtual Bookshelf: A Sampling of Faculty Publications

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Audio Slideshow: Classics Unleashed

Classics professor Mark Usher writes second children's book featuring Diogenes, founder of the Cynic school of philosophy, as a dog.

Faculty Research Currently in Progress

The examples below illustrate the extraordinary depth and breadth of the scholarship currently being undertaken by our faculty. These are just highlights. All of our faculty members are actively engaged in research and writing. Explore the department's work through our faculty profiles.

Ancient Music and Music Archaeology John Franklin works in the emerging field of music archaeology. where scholars reconstruct lost musical traditions from visual representations, instrument remains, theoretical writings, and actual scores (preserved on tablets and on papyrus). Franklin's forthcoming book, Kinyras: The Divine Lyre, explores an historical relationship between a legendary priest-king of Cyprus and the god Kinnaru of Ugarit, who was the personified sacred lyre of West Semitic temple music of the Bronze Age. A second, more general stiuduy is also well underway: The Middle Muse: Mesopotamian Echoes in Early Greek Music. Learn more about John Franklin.

"Calendar Girls" in Ovid Angeline Chiu is currently writing a book on Ovid's use of female characters and literary genres in his treatment of Roman identity in his calendrical poem Fasti. She also works on the interplay among Latin literature and Roman topography, Latin epic, and the classical tradition. Her latest article examines the changing nature of Julia, Caesar's daughter, in Lucan's epic poem Pharsalia. Learn more about Angeline Chiu.

Columella and ancient Roman farming The research of Robert Rodgers (Lyman-Roberts Professor of Classics) focuses primarily on producing critical editions of Greek and Roman technological authors' handbooks about, e.g., veterinary medicine, agriculture, Rome's aqueduct system. He is currently producing an edition of the agriculturalist Columella for the Oxford Classical Texts series. He is also working on a critical edition of the Greek Geoponika. Learn more about Robert Rodgers.

Cicero's On Duties Walter Roberts sees Cicero's treatise On Duties as a misunderstood and neglected text. Roberts seeks to rehabilitate the work as a classic of Western moral reflection arguing that On Duties supplies the best exposition of the ethical mandate to defend vulnerable persons. He is currently working on an essay with translation of this important text, with the intent of bringing to the fore the moral imperatives Cicero thinks are incumbent on persons in positions os power. Learn more about Walter Roberts.

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