Grex Ludouicopolitanus escapes the rain during March meeting

| Read Story

On Saturday, March 24, the Grex Ludouicopolitanus fled the rain at the Botanical Gardens and took shelter at a nearby coffee shop. There they read and discussed a poem by Horace about springtime. The group's next meeting will take place toward the end of April and will be the last of the academic year.

New Ampersand program to offer unique engagement with ancient Greece

| Read Story

Greece: Age of Pericles is a new First-Year Ampersand Program aimed to offer an intensive and thorough engagement with ancient Greece and its legacy. Students will gain a profound understanding of ancient Greek culture and literature through various readings, discussions, and in-class and on-site activities, focusing specifically on fifth-century Athens. 

Sophomore Classics major wins Phi Beta Kappa Book Award

| Read Story

The department has learned that Madison Ihrig, Classics major in the class of 2020, is one of this year's recipients of the Burton M. Wheeler Book Award of the WU chapter of Phi Beta Kappa.

PhD student wins Dean’s Award for Teaching Excellence

| Read Story

PhD student Joe MacDonald has been selected as one of the recipients of this year's Dean’s Award for Teaching Excellence. This award recognizes Joe's superb performance as an instructor of Arts & Sciences undergraduates over the past two years. Joe has taught Introductory Latin, a freshman seminar on the emperor Nero, and Latin 3161. The department is delighted to see Joe's work recognized!

Tom Keeline wins Summer Seed Grant from the Center for the Humanities

| Read Story

Professor Tom Keeline has been awarded an Arts & Sciences Summer Research Seed Grant from the Center for the Humanities. Professor Keeline will use the funds to support his preparation of larger grant applications for his next research leave, when he will work on his digital critical edition of Ovid's Ibis. Congratulations, Professor Keeline!

MA student accepts teaching position

| Read Story

The department warmly congratulates second-year MA student Jennifer Wiebe, who has been offered, and has accepted, a position at the Vanguard School in Colorado Springs (not pictured!). 

Zoe Stamatopoulou speaks at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

| Read Story

In February 2018, Prof. Stamatopoulou gave a paper on "Women, Politics, and Entertainment in Plutarch's Symposium of the Seven Sages" at a workshop on "Plutarch and Gender", hosted by the Classics department at UIUC.

Two Wash U faculty members present their work at the Center for Hellenic Studies

| Read Story

In January 2018, two Wash U faculty members, Kate Wilson and Zoe Stamatopoulou, participated in a workshop on "The Logic of Lists", hosted by the Center for Hellenic Studies in Washington, D.C. Prof. Wilson gave a paper entitled "The Biological and the Literary in Nicander’s Catalogs" and Prof. Stamatopoulou presented on "Embedded Lists of Maxims in Plutarch’s Symposium of the Seven Sages”.

Senior Classics major accepted into prestigious graduate program across the pond

| Read Story

The department congratulates Russell Clark, Class of 2018, on his acceptance into the MPhil program in Assyriology at the University of Cambridge. Russell has done outstanding work as a Classics major, including advanced work in both languages and an honors thesis nearing completion; we wish him the best in the next stage of his academic journey! 

WashU Classics Club Reads Aristophanes' Birds

| Read Story

Members of the Washington University Classics Club hosted a reading of Aristophanes’ Birds at the home of Professor Tim Moore. Faculty and students from Washington University and St. Louis University joined in.

Department mourns loss of past Biggs Resident in Classics

| Read Story

The department is deeply saddened to learn of the death of Dr. Eleanor Winsor Leach, Ruth N. Halls Professor in the Department of Classical Studies at Indiana University at Bloomington and our Biggs Family Resident in Classics in spring of 2000. Professor Leach was to have been our guest again this April at the Biggs Residency Reunion colloquium. Her legacy of scholarship, teaching, and mentoring will be honored at the event. 

A Grex Ludouicopolitanus Dinner Party

| Read Story

On Saturday, February 17, the Grex Ludouicopolitanus met at Rigazzi's restaurant to eat Italian food and speak ancient Italian, aka Latin. While enjoying toasted ravioli and other local delicacies, we discussed Latin literature written in the past two centuries, and especially the remarkable Hungarian Latinist known as Arcadius Avellanus.

Subscribe to Ursus

Ursus, the Classics Department newsletter, is published annually. This includes updates on our faculty and students, recognition for those who have achieved honors in our department, news on our alumni, and so much more. If you would like to be added to the Ursus mailing list and receive our newsletter by e-mail, please contact us at

see past issues