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.
In my 2019-20 sabbatical I dedicated myself to working on the commentary I’ve long wanted to write, on Juvenal’s fifth book of Satires. I also continued to explore Juvenal's adaptation of material from Martial's Epigrams, including in a paper that I gave at the Langford Conference on ancient curses and curse poetry at the Florida State University.
My volume on the archaeological excavations carried out at ʿAin el-Gedida (Dakhla Oasis, Upper Egypt) was released in 2019. In 2020, I published two articles: one, on the transformation of the sacred landscape in Egypt’s Western Desert in late antiquity, appeared in the American Journal of Archaeology; the other, on geometric painting in late antique Egypt, was published in the Journal of Roman Archaeology. In 2020–2021, I will be on pre-tenure leave at the University of Sydney, Macquarie University (also in Sydney), and at Dumbarton Oaks in Washington D.C. My plan is to work on my next book project, preliminarily entitled Early Christianity in Egypt’s Western Desert: The Fourth-Century Church at Amheida.
In the Summer of 2019 I participated once again in the Corpus Hermeticum translation group led by Professor Christian Wildberg at the University of Pittsburgh, where we translated tractate no. 18, thus finishing our re-translation of the entire Greek Corpus Hermeticum and bringing the project one step closer to publication. I then returned to my work on Christian apocryphal books in the Coptic language with a visit to the Special Collections library at Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania, where I transcribed unpublished fragments of the Book of the Foreigner (Allogenes) from Codex Tchacos and collated them with the rest of the manuscript. After that, I traveled to Norway, where I presented my research on Allogenes to scholars of ancient religions at a conference hosted by the University of Oslo. My work on Allogenes, including a new Coptic edition, English translation, and literary-historical analysis of the entire book, was subsequently published in the Bulletin of the American Society of Papyrologists (2020, pp. 235-276). In addition, two of my translations of ancient Coptic books, never before translated into English, were published in the volume New Testament Apocrypha: More Noncanonical Scriptures (Eerdmans, 2020), namely a book of archangel mythology entitled The Investiture of the Archangel Gabriel, and a sermon condemning heretical books written by the Egyptian bishop John of Parallos. Amid these publications, I continue working on my long-term project of writing the Hermeneia Series commentary on the Gospel of Judas for Fortress Press.
This fall I have an article "Galen on the Definition of Disease" appearing in the American Journal of Philology. My first book, Cutting Words: Polemical Dimensions of Galen's Anatomical Experiments, will be published in the Brill series Studies in Ancient Medicine this December (https://brill.com/view/title/58864). In the coming spring I am giving a couple of talks. I have now resumed work on an article about mental illness, especially a curious case of love-sickness, in the case histories of Galen's On Prognosis. I am also wrapping up work on a contribution to the Oxford Handbook of Galen and a piece in a collected volume on medicine and law in the Roman world.
I continue my work on ancient Greek and Roman music and theater, with papers forthcoming or recently published entitled "Vergil in Roman Musical Theater," “Meter, Music and Memory in Roman Comedy,” “Ludic Music in Ancient Greek and Roman Theater,” “Music in Roman Drama,” and "The State of Roman Theater c. 200 BCE.” Also in progress is a long-term project on music in ancient theater, including a database of all the meters in extant Greek and Roman drama, which I am completing with the aid of numerous Washington University students and colleagues at our Humanities Digital Workshop.
I’ve recently finished a commentary for the Cambridge Greek and Latin Classics series on Cicero’s Pro Milone, which is slated to appear in summer 2021. I’m now working on a digital critical edition of Ovid’s Ibis and its scholia. Smaller projects include seeing a couple of articles through the review process (one on Cicero, one on a pedagogical topic), as well as preparing a conference presentation on the delightful Latin poet Terentianus Maurus.
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).