While Spring 2018 was a much-needed sabbatical, this past year proved to be a busy one on all fronts. Both semesters entailed much work on two separate book projects (one on northern Greek coinage, the other on Hellenistic religious associations) and a bevy of articles, ranging from judges on the island of Kos to Hellenistic coinage at the city of Kyme.
I recently enjoyed a relatively calm (but snowy) SCS meeting in Boston, where I gave a talk on Juvenal’s adaptations from Martial in the opening of Satire 1, and a short trip to New York in February to serve on the jury for the American Academy in Rome’s Rome Prize in Ancient Studies. This summer I began work on the commentary I’ve long wanted to write, on Juvenal’s fifth book of Satires.
It was a wonderful first semester at WashU! In terms of research, I delved into the revisions of my forthcoming book on the excavations at the Egyptian site of ʿAin el-Gedida. I also worked on an essay for a volume on Coptic Studies and began developing new collaborative projects.
I presented new research on a medieval Coptic apocryphon, the Investiture of the Archangel Gabriel, at the 2017 annual meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature in Boston, and prepared the first English translation of the text, to be published in the forthcoming anthology More Christian Apocrypha (Eerdmans, 2019). In December, I conducted the public review of a dissertation written in the History of Religions department at the University of Lund, Sweden, and served on its final defense committee in May. In the Summer of 2018, I returned to the Nebraska “Coptic Camp” for a week of intensive sight reading with John D. Turner at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and participated again in Christian Wildberg’s Corpus Hermeticum translation group in Princeton.
Over the winter break I presented a paper at the Society for Classical Studies on the reception of Galen's work in the preface of Vesalius' De humani corporis fabrica. After returning from parental leave in the spring I submitted two articles for publication [whose titles are omitted here for blind review!]. This coming year I will be on leave to complete my first book manuscript, Cutting Words: Polemical Dimensions of Galen's Anatomical Experiments. I have had the great fortune to receive support for this leave from the Center for Humanities here at Washington University and the Loeb Classical Library Foundation.
In my first year post-chairmanship, I have enjoyed dedicating more time to research. Two pieces of mine appeared this year in Greek and Roman Musical Studies: “Stinging Auloi: Aristophanes, Acharnians 860-71,” and “Music in the Time of Vergil: Insights from a Symposium.” I completed essays on “Meter, Music and Memory in Roman Comedy” and “Ludic Music in Ancient Greece and Rome” for forthcoming volumes and, with WashU MA student Amanda Kubic, a contribution on Plautus’ Miles Gloriosus for Oxford Bibliographies Online.
I spent the spring semester on parental leave. I’m happy to report that my first book, The Reception of Cicero in the Early Roman Empire: The Rhetorical Schoolroom and the Creation of a Cultural Legend, was published in July 2018.
This was a busy year of teaching at WashU, both old standbys like Homer, and some brand new classes like The Greek World. This summer, I went back to my alma mater, the University of Pennsylvania, to present at the Penn-Leiden Colloquium on Ancient Values, and to a tiny village in the Netherlands called Ravenstein, for a conference on technical poetry in a renovated convent.
This past academic year was a busy one. I served as the department’s Director of Graduate Studies for the first time, I submitted a few articles for peer-review, and I gave papers at the University of Iowa, the Center for Hellenic Studies in Washington D.C., the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and the Institute of Mediterranean Studies in Rethymnon (Greece).