2018 Annual Meeting Program


October 4-6, 2018

The Inn at Penn

           Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


Program Committee

Henry V. Bender, Saint Joseph’s University, CAAS Past President and Past Program Coordinator

Frederick J. Booth, Seton Hall University, CAAS Past President

Corey Brennan, Rutgers University

Mary Brown, Saint Joseph’s University, CAAS Executive Director

Elizabeth Butterworth, Hunter College

Deborah Carter, Linganore High School

Kathleen Durkin, Garden City High School, CAAS Delegate to the American Classical League

Thomas Falkner, McDaniel College

Barbara K. Gold, Hamilton College, CAAS Past President

Michael Goyette, Hunter College and Riverdale Country School

Judith P. Hallett, University of Maryland, College Park, CAAS Past President and Program Coordinator

Leah Himmelhoch, Hobart and William Smith Colleges

Kerry Horleman, Haddonfield Memorial High School

Lawrence Kowerski, Hunter College, City University of New York

Krystal Kubichek, Clearview Regional High School

Maria Marsilio, Saint Joseph’s University, CAAS Past Second Vice President

Matthew McAuliffe, St. Andrew’s School

Devondra McMillan, The Lawrenceville School

Konstantinos P. Nikoloutsos, Saint Joseph’s University

Jason Pedicone, The Paideia Institute for Humanistic Study

Victoria Pedrick, Georgetown University

Nancy Rabinowitz, Hamilton College

Ann R. Raia, The College of New Rochelle, CAAS Past President

Norman Sandridge, Howard University

John H. Starks, Jr., Binghamton University SUNY, CAAS President

Karin Suzadail, Owen J. Roberts High School, CAAS Past President and Officer-at-Large

Katherine Wasdin, George Washington University

Gareth Williams, Columbia University



4:00 pm–8:00 pm      Registration               Foyer Woodlands C

4:00 pm–8:00 pm      Set-up for Exhibitors and Vendors          St. Marks Ballroom

5:00 pm–5:30 pm      Meeting of the 2017–2018 Finance Committee  Chancellor Board Room

5:30 pm–7:30 pm      Dinner Meeting of the 2017–2018 Executive Committee Chancellor Board Room

 7:30 pm–9:30 pm      Meeting of the 2017–2018 Board of Directors Suite 300


6:30 am–8:00 am       Continental Breakfast (water stations in breakout rooms) Foyer CD

 7:00 am-8:00 am      Woodlands D             Please join members of the Women’s Classical Caucus and the Lambda Classical Caucus at a breakfast to find out more about the WCC and the LCC and their programs, in particular new developments in mentoring and progress on combatting sexual harassment.

Nancy Rabinowitz and Mark Masterson, organizers

8:00 am–5:00 pm      Registration  Foyer Woodlands C

8:00 am–5:00 pm      Exhibitors and Vendors St. Marks Ballroom


 8:00 am – 10:00am

Woodlands D             Panel One: Turn Back Time: Intentional History and Re-presentations of the Past

Nicholas D. Cross, Queens College, City University of New York, and Emyr Dakin, The Graduate Center, CUNY, presiding

Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes: Ritual Contexts for the Evolving Ionian Migration Myth  

Nicholas D. Cross

The Rhetorical Strategies of Sophistic Orators in the Cities of the Black Sea

Emyr Dakin

Between Tyrians, Greeks and Carthaginians: Origin and Purpose of the Foundation Legend of Gades

Pamina Fernandez Camacho, Universidad de Almeria, Spain

Reframing the Identity of an Old City: On the Bequest of Caius Vibius Salutaris

Georgios Tsolakis, Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, New York University

The Poetics of Political Fear in Lucan’s Bellum Civile

Irene Morrison-Moncure, New York University—Gallatin



Suite 300                    Paper Session A: Homeric Identities and Utterances

Lawrence Kowerski and Jason Pedicone, presiding

Performing Parody: A Reassessment of Thersites in the Iliad

Amy Lewis, University of Pennsylvania

Ethnos in the Iliad

Mary Jean McNamara, The Graduate Center, CUNY

I Solemnly Swear…Or Do I?” Two ‘Unsworn’ Oaths, Classical Comparanda, and Their Significance

John Marshall, The Catholic University of America



Woodlands C            Paper Session B: Greek Emotions and Lived Realities

Fred Booth and Henry Bender, presiding

Megaloprepeia and Religious Dedications: Polycrates and the Gift of Rheneia to Delian Apollo

Bonnie McCutcheon, Wilson College

Cynicism in Theocritus Idyll 16: The Graces in Heat

Noah Davies Mason, The Graduate Center, CUNY

Coded Rhetoric? Searching for the Real Lives of Hellenistic Non-elites

Bonnie MacLachlan, University of Western Ontario




Regent Ballroom       Paper Session C: Latin for the Imperial Millennium

Maria Marsilio and Gareth Williams, presiding

Worth Her Weight: Coupling and Eating in Petronius’ Satyrica

Karen Klaiber Hersch, Temple University

Lucan’s Tres Libri: A Reconsideration of arrangement and argument in the Bellum Civile

Patrick J. Burns, New York University

The Garb of Allegory: Clothing the Abstract Feminine in Later Latin Poetry

E.V. Mulhern, Temple University



10:00 am–10:30 am   Coffee Break and Refreshments

St. Marks Ballroom




10:30 am -1:00 pm

Woodlands D             Panel Two: Race and Ethnicity Syllabus Workshop for the College and High School Classroom

David Wright, Rutgers University, and Jackie Murray, University of Kentucky, presiding

Panelists: Maggie Beeler, Temple University; Dani Bostick, John Handley High School; Denise McCoskey, Miami University; Kassandra Miller, Union College; Elina Salminen, University of Michigan



Woodlands C             Panel Three: Gender, Class and Power in Plautine Comedy

Barbara K. Gold and Sharon L. James, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, presiding

Sexuality and Subversion in Plautus

Serena S. Witzke, Wesleyan University

The Wife in Charge, the Husband Humiliated: Power Reversals in Plautus’ Casina

Barbara K. Gold

Amoena Stephanium: Sexuality and Independence in the Domestic Ancilla of Plautus’ Stichus

Sharon L. James

Masculinity and Power on the Roman Stage

Anne Feltovich, Hamilton College

Matronae on Stage and in the Audience: Investigating the Reactions of Roman Wives to Plautine Comedy

Kelly McArdle, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill


Suite 300                   Paper Session D: Plato and Greek Philosophy

Kathleen Durkin and Norman Sandridge, presiding

Peritrope, or Retorsion, Arguments from Antiphon and Socrates

David Murphy, Nightingale-Bamford School

Plato’s Crito: Tragedy and Philosophical Dialogue

Thomas Falkner, McDaniel College

Grief and Consolation in Plato’s Phaedo

Thomas Moody, CUNY



Regent Ballroom       Paper Session E: Roman Historical Personages and Places

Annette Baertschi, Bryn Mawr College, and T. Corey Brennan, presiding

The Motivations of Sextus Pompeius

Dustin Cranford, University of Maryland, College Park

The Egadi Rostra and Roman Public Contracting

Jan DeWitt, University of Michigan

Per Flores Medio in Discrimine: the Roman Concept of a Sanctuary

William Soergel, University of Michigan


1:00 pm–2:30 pm

Woodlands AB          Luncheon: President John H. Starks, Jr., presiding

Ovatio for Jane Dunlap, The George School, presented by Judith P. Hallett; Ovatio for Anne Reidel Smith, The Shipley School, presented by Henry Bender; Gratulatio to David Murphy and Mervin Dilts for their new Oxford Classical Text of Antiphon and Andocides, presented by Ann Raia  



2:30 pm-5:30 pm 

Woodlands D             Panel Four: Afro-Greeks: A Panel in Honor of Emily Greenwood

Sarah Derbew, Harvard University, and Patrice Rankine, University of Richmond, presiding

“The Names that We Gave Them”: Classicism and Power in 18th Century Jamaica

Margaret Williamson, Dartmouth College

Inclusive Pedagogical Approaches: Incorporating the African Diaspora into the Classical Classroom

Sarah Derbew

The Problem of the Exemplar

Patrice Rankine

Response:  Emily Greenwood, Yale University


Woodlands C             Panel Five: Current Issues in Sexuality Studies in Classics:                                               Where Are We Now, Where Might We Be Going?

Mark Masterson, Victoria University, Wellington, NZ, and Nancy Rabinowitz, presiding

Orestes and Pylades: Boy Friends or Boyfriends?

Nancy Rabinowitz

Three Epigrams on Sexual Assault in the Greek Anthology

Steven Smith, Hofstra University

Were Female Martyrs Transgendered?

Barbara Gold

The Benefits of Reparative Reading of Same-Sex Desire

Mark Masterson



Room 603                   Paper Session F: Athenian Stagecrafters

Devondra McMillan and Victoria Pedrick, presiding

Satchmo in Macedon? Revisiting Euripides’ “Exile”

Dennis Alley, Cornell University

Charm and Sublimity: Platonius on Eupolis

R.J. Barnes, Bryn Mawr College

Dionysiac Dolphins and Grapes in Aristophanes’ Frogs

Katharine Stevens, Rutgers University

Subtlety and Remembrance in the Book-Culture of Aristophanes’ Frogs

Emmanuel Aprilakis, Rutgers University




Suite 300                    Paper Session G: Latin Textualities in and from the Long First Century BCE

Deborah Carter and Konstantinos P. Nikoloutsos, presiding

An Embedded Deliberative Speech at Rhetorica ad Herennium 4.1-10

Wesley Hanson, University of Pennsylvania

Just Kidding Around? Banter and Politeness in Varro’s De Re Rustica

Jonathan Hall, University of Otago, NZ

Deus Inludens…Flenti Similis: Catullus’ Ariadne and Ovid’s Bacchus

Sergios Paschalis, Harvard University

Hunger Hits Home: Erysichthon in the Modern Environmental Consciousness

Robert Santucci, University of Michigan




Regent Ballroom       Paper Session H: Gendered Approaches to Roman Scenarios

Matthew McAuliffe and Katherine Wasdin, presiding

S.C. De Bacchanalibus: Viticulture, Whores, and Land Grabs

Mary Brown

Cinaedus Galbinatus: Cultural Perception of the Color “Green” and its Gender Associations with Pathici in Rome

Tommaso Gazzarri, Union College

                                    Ille Tenet Speculum: Using the Mirror to Reflect Effeminacy

Nicole Nowbahar, Rutgers University

Transportation to and from Penn Museum will be provided by Philadelphia Trolley Works, leaving from the Hotel’s Walnut Street entrance. For walkers, Penn Museum is located at 3260 South Street, 19104

5:45 pm-6:45 pm       Clack Reception (Open Bar and Refreshments)

Penn Museum


6:45 pm-7:45 pm

Penn Museum           Clack Lecture

Speaking Bones: Classical Philology in Black Experimental Writing

Emily Greenwood


8:00 pm

Woodlands AB          Dinner: Karin Suzadail presiding.

                                    Ovatio for Mary Brown, presented by Maria Marsilio;

Gratulatio for Lee Pearcy, presented by Gareth Williams;

Presentation by 2018 Hahn Scholarship Winner, Katrina Moore, The Graduate Center-CUNY; Presentation of the Barbara McManus Award to Henry Bender by Irene Murphy, St. John’s College High School, Regional Director for Washington, DC


9:45 pm

Woodlands C             Classics and Social Justice Networking Meeting

Nancy Rabinowitz, organizer




SATURDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2018      


6:30 am–8:00 am       Continental Breakfast Foyer CD

7:00 am – 8:00 am      Regent Ballroom       Breakfast Meeting for Independent Scholars      

8:00 am–12:00 pm    Registration  Foyer Woodlands C

8:00 am–5:00 pm      Exhibitors and Vendors St. Marks Ballroom


8:00 am-10:00 am 

Woodlands C             Panel Six:  A Living Legend of Salubritas et Eruditio: Classics in the Cheltenham Township Schools. In memory of Stephen B. Cohen, CHS ’63, Professor of Law, Georgetown University (1945-2018)

Judith P. Hallett and Jane Cody, presiding

Panelists:  Robert Abel, MD, Thomas Jefferson University; Jane Neide Ashcom, Princeton University Art Museum; Daniel Bronson, Montclair University; Jane Merriam Cody, University of Southern California; Thomas DiGiulio, Cheltenham Public Schools; Morton Simon, Jr., Montgomery McCracken Walker and Rhoads LLP; Willard Spiegelman, Southern Methodist University


Woodlands D             Panel Seven: Roundtable, Precipitating Change in the SCS: A Focus on Undergraduate Education

Erik Shell and Helen Cullyer, Society for Classical Studies, presiding


Regent Ballroom       Paper Session I: Caesarian Intersections

Karin Suzadail and John Starks, Jr., presiding

Caesar’s Historical Ambitions

Kurt Raaflaub, Brown University

Caesar and Transalpine Gaul

Kathryn Williams, Canisius College

Statuary Analogies and Cicero’s Judgment of Caesar’s Style (Brutus 262)

Christopher van den Berg, Amherst College

Caesar in Iraq: Interrogating Political Narratives in Ancient and Modern Contexts

Talia Chicherio, The McLean School


Suite 300                    Paper Session J: Bodies and Rocks in the Classical World

Michael Goyette and Krystal Kubichek, presiding

Morals and Minerals: The Didactics of Stone Lore from Pliny the Elder to Isidore of Seville

Karen Carducci, The Catholic University of America

Expectent Praemia Palmae: Modern Sports, Writing and Classical Allusions

Kenneth Sammond, Fairleigh Dickinson University

The Hoplite Aspis, Spear and Ancient Greek Combat: A Black Belt’s Perspective

Leah Himmelhoch

10:00 am-10:30 am

St. Marks Ballroom Coffee Break sponsored by American Classical League and Book-Signing by Author Kurt Raaflaub, The Landmark Julius Caesar

 10:30 am-1:00 pm

Woodlands D             Panel Eight: The Landmark Julius Caesar (LMJC): A New Resource for Latin Teachers and Students

Kurt Raaflaub, and Karin Suzadail, presiding

Panelists: Karin Suzadail; Robert B. Strassler, Independent Scholar, Boston; Hans-Friedrich Mueller, Union College; Kurt Raaflaub.



Suite 300                    Panel Nine: Heroines Rising from the Depths of Misogyny: Women and Classical Themes in Modern Cinema

Walter Penrose, San Diego State University and Melanie Subacus,  Villanova University, presiding

The Epic Amazon: Dominant on Horseback and in the Home

Kenneth Tully, Villanova University

The Unwanted Gaze? Feminism and the Reception of Amazons in Wonder Woman

Walter Penrose

Clothes Make the Woman: Character Coding through Female Costumes in Classics-Themed Adventure Films

Valentina DeNardis, Villanova University

Inclusive Myth-Making in the Reception of Homer’s Odyssey

Melanie Subacus


Regent Ballroom       Paper Session K: Felices Qui Potuerunt Rerum Cognoscere Causas: Lucretius and Vergil

Barbara Gold and Ann Raia, presiding

Lucretius On the (Un)reliability of the Senses

Pamela Zinn, Texas Tech University

Cyrene, Her Nymphs, and the Implications of Incongruity in Vergil’s Fourth Georgic

Selena Ross, Rutgers University

Multa Veterum Praecepta: Vergil’s Correction of Cato’s De Agri Cultura

Maya Chakravorty, Boston University

Arma virginis cano: an Allegorical Review of Vergil’s Camilla

Christina Villarreal, Bryn Mawr College


Woodlands C             Workshop following up on Panel Six: Spotlighting the Study of Classics in our Secondary Schools: How to Salute the Present by Surveying the Past

Judith P. Hallett and Jane Cody, presiding


1:00 pm-2:30 pm  

Woodlands AB          Luncheon. John Starks, Jr., presiding.

Ovatio for Thomas Falkner, presented by Victoria Pedrick; Ovatio for Deborah Carter, presented by Krystal Kubichek.

Business Meeting and Elections


2:30 pm-4:30 pm

Woodlands C             Panel Ten: Undergraduate Research Session, co-sponsored by Eta Sigma Phi.

Katherine Panagakos,  Stockton University, Regional Director for Southern New Jersey and Trustee, Eta Sigma Phi, “words of welcome”

Thomas Falkner and Leah Himmelhoch, presiding

Seneca’s Tragic Pedagogy: Philosophy through Drama. Mentor: Kristina Meinking

Lucy Crenshaw, Elon University

Marriage as a Rape and Death: Flower Imagery in the Homeric Hymn to Demeter. Mentors: Clare Carroll and Nicholas Cross

Allison Thorsen, Queens College

Redefining Medea’s Magic and Power in Ovidian Poetry. Mentors: Britta Ager, Colorado College, and Maria Marsilio

Caelie McRobert, Vassar College

Prudentius and his Synthesis of Pagan and Christian Literature. Mentor: Eddie Lowry, Jr.

Mark Krause, Ripon College  

Suite 300                    Panel Eleven: Workshop. Eos Reads: Gwendolyn Brooks’                                     ‘The Anniad’

Sasha-Mae Eccleston, Brown University; Mathias Hanses, Pennsylvania State University; and Caroline Stark, Howard University, presiding.


Woodlands D             Panel Twelve: Deciphering Identities in the Ancient Black Sea Region

  1. Corey Brennan and Valeriya Kozlovskaya, Independent Scholar, presiding

Dacian Copies of Roman Money

  1. Corey Brennan

The Language of Images in the Northern Pontic Region

Maya Muratov, Adelphi University

Sign-Bearing Artifacts in the Northern Pontic Region

Valeriya Kozlovskaya

Thracian Religion and Greek-style Monuments

Dobrinka Chiekova, The College of New Jersey

Political Culture and Identity in the Northern Pontic Region

Angelos Chaniotis, Institute for Advanced Study



Regent Ballroom       Paper Session L: Pedagogical Possibilities, Reception Realities

Elizabeth Butterworth and Judith P. Hallett, presiding

Out in the Open: The role of Online Platforms in Teaching and Research

Sonya Wurster, BELA Academy High School and La Trobe University, Australia

Teaching Caesar: Approaches to the Rhine Crossing, Bellum Gallicum

Christina Kraus, Yale University

Post-Classical Intellectualism in the Latin Classroom

Zachary Taylor, Cambridge University, UK

Meet the Romans, Meet Yourselves: Student Agency and Authentic Learning in Latin

Kristina Meinking



4:30 pm–6:30 pm      Meeting of the 2018–2019 Board of Directors

Regent Ballroom


  • 2019 CAAS Annual Meeting will be held at the Sheraton Silver Spring, MD, October 10 to October 12


  • 2020 CAAS Annual Meeting will be held at Hotel DuPont in Wilmington, DE, October 8 to October 10


Contributors and Supporters of the 2018 Annual Meeting


Saint Joseph’s University

Professor Judith Hallett

American Classical League

Society for Classical Studies

Bolchazy Carducci

Ardian Group Credentials, Jeff Shelton

Professor C. Brian Rose

Penn Museum

Women’s Classical Caucus

Lambda Classical Caucus





CAAS Leadership Initiative Grants



2018 – 2019 Grant Recipients




Martha Pearlman, NJJCL State Chair, Supporting Events at the 2018 New Jersey Junior Classical League.


2017- 2018 Grant Recipients


David Withun, Savannah Classical Academy, Savannah Symposium on African History and Liberal Education: In Celebration of the Life and Legacy of Williams Sanders Scarborough.


Caroline Stark, Howard University, “Black Classicists” Exhibition Series.


Elizabeth Macaulay-Lewis, The Graduate Center, The City University of New York, Antiquity in Gotham: Podcasting and Mapping the Reception of Classical Architecture in New York City.


2016- 2017 Grant Recipients


Bill Clausen, Washington Latin Public Charter School, Teaching Latin Better.


Nancy Sorkin Rabinowitz, Hamilton College, Gathering Stories at the Edge of the World: Classics and Social Justice. A performance by Rhodessa Jones and members of the Medea Project: Theater for Incarcerated Women.

2015- 2016 Grant Recipients


Santino DeAngelo, Columbia University, Narcissus: An Ancient Roman Pantomime.


Barbara K. Gold, Hamilton College; Michael Arnush, Skidmore College; Jane Chaplin, Middlebury College, Summer Institute for the Collaboration of Liberal Arts Colleges to Broaden and Strengthen the Contribution of Classics to a Diverse Student Audience.


Lee T. Pearcy, Bryn Mawr College, Classicizing Philadelphia: Digital Resources for a City’s Dialogue with Greece and Rome


Jason Pedicone, The Paideia Institute for Humanistic Study, Living Latin in New York City.


2014 – 2015 Grant Recipients


Judith P. Hallett, University of Maryland, College Park and Sarah B. Ferrario, The Catholic University of America, The Washington Ancient Mediterranean Seminar: An Inter-Institutional Forum for Scholarly Mentoring and Exchange.


Lee T. Pearcy, Bryn Mawr College, Classicizing Philadelphia: Digital Resources for a City’s Dialogue with Greece and Rome


2013 – 2014 Grant Recipients


Ronnie Ancona, Hunter College, CAAS Leadership Initiative Partners: Support and Outreach to Latin Teachers in the Classical Association of the Atlantic States Region.


Lee T. Pearcy, Bryn Mawr College, Classicizing Philadelphia: Digital Resources for a City’s Dialogue with Greece and Rome


            2017–18 Grant Recipients


Program Grant Recipients

  • Jerise Fogel, Montclair State University, outdoor performance of Euripides’ Helen (April 20–27, 2017)
  • Kerry Horleman, Haddonfield Memorial High School, New Jersey Junior Classical League State Convention (April 29, 2017)
  • Tom Falkner, McDaniel College, Theater of War event at the CAAS Annual Meeting (October 6, 2017)
  • Del Maticic and Rebecca Sausville, New York University, graduate student conference on “Wilderness, Frontiers, and New Worlds” (November 4, 2017)


Resource Grant Recipients

  • Sarah Peirce, Fordham University, lecture/master class by Professor Frank Coulson (April 27–28, 2017)
  • Craig Jacobs, Bayonne High School, field trip to the Metropolitan Museum of Art (December 8, 2017)


Professional Development Grant Recipients

  • Elizabeth Ann Hestand, Central High School of Philadelphia, participation in Conventiculum Lexintoniense/Academia Latinitatis Fovendae (July 22–31, 2017)
  • Lucinda Jaffe, Bridgewater Raritan High School, participation in the Paideia Institute tour “Caesar in Gaul” (July 22–August 5, 2017)
  • Anthony Parenti, Boys’ Latin Charter School, participation in the Vergilian Society tour “Gladiators and Roman Spectacle,” (July 23–August 5, 2017)
  • Martha Pearlman, Clearview Regional High School, participation in the Villa of the Antonines Archaeological Field School (July 2–29, 2017)
  • Eric Mentges, Northwest Pennsylvania Collegiate Academy, participation in a workshop on “Starting the War with CI” (August 3–4, 2017)
  • Kathleen Kirsch, Catholic University of America, participation in the American Academy of Rome Program in Paleography and Codicology (January 8–19, 2018)
  • Ronnie Ancona, Hunter College/CUNY Graduate Center, participation in the Paideia Institute Living Latin in NYC workshop (February 17–18, 2018)










Past CAAS Awards Recipients





Kenneth Meehan, S.J.

Joseph Russo

Rebecca Scarborough

John Warman, beatae memoriae



Geraldine Visco






Shelley P. Haley

Edward S. Sacks



Sarah Pomeroy






Frederick Booth

Linda Fabrizio

William Klingshirn



Erich Gruen


McManus Leadership Award:

Judith P. Hallett






Jennifer Roberts

Carl Rubino

Dan Tompkins






Martha Davis

Andrew Miller

Paul Properzio





William J. Mayer

Barbara Pavlock

David Sider





Janet Marion Martin

David J. Murphy

David Porter


McManus Leadership Award:

Barbara F. McManus (inaugural eponymous recipient)



The names of honorees from earlier in the organization’s history are archived here: https://caas-cw.org/wp/caas/awards/past-ovationes-recipients/