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Credits, Contributors, Collaborators


Ann R. Raia is broadly trained in Greek and Latin literature, archaeology, and history, with particular interests in drama, epic, and the teaching of Latin and Greek using technology. Former long-time Director of the Honors Program, she has taught classics at The College of New Rochelle since 1964. She is the creator of the Juvenal Project, co-creator and administrator of the Iona Latin Program, and a builder on V Roma. She has served as President of the New York Classical Club and is currently President of the Classical Association of the Atlantic States. She co-authored the intermediate Latin anthology Worlds of Ancient Women: A Latin Reader (Focus, 2005).

Judith L. Sebesta has taught Latin, Roman art and archaeology, and women in antiquity at the University of South Dakota since 1972 where she has received several awards for her teaching and research. Since 1993 she has presented the persona of "Claudia," a weaver in the time of Constantine, to a number of middle school classes. She focuses her research on Roman women and Roman costume and has made several international presentations on Roman costume and clothing, as well as published a number of articles on these topics. Her book publications include the Worlds of Roman Women: A Latin Reader (Focus, 2005) and, co-edited with Larissa Bonfante, The World of Roman Costume (University of Wisconsin Press, 1994 repr. 2001; review). She has served as Vice President of the American Classical League and received their Emeritus/Emerita Award in 2008. She is Executive Secretary of The National Committee for Latin and Greek. In recognition of her teaching and research at her university, she received the following awards: Harrington Lecturer, 1994; Belbas-Larson Teaching Award, 2003; Professor of the Year, 2003; Cutler Award in Liberal Arts, 2004 (inaugural year); Friend of Education (American Education Week), Vermillion Southeast Unit of Retired Teachers, 2005 (for her presentations as Claudia, matrona Romana); Monsignor James Doyle Humanities Teaching Award, College of Arts and Sciences, 2012.

Editorial Consultants

Liz Gloyn is a lecturer in Classics at Royal Holloway, University of London. Having received her Ph.D. in 2011 from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, she is currently preparing a book manuscript examining the ethics of the family in the philosophical works of Seneca. She contributed, among others, text-commentaries on Tacitus' Pompeia Paulina and Ovid's Ars Amatoria. Her research interests include Latin literature, especially Seneca; Roman philosophy, especially Stoicism; gender and the family; and classical reception, particularly in film. She is the author of an article on Fortunata in Petronius' Satyricon. Reflections on her work can be found on her blog.

Anne Leen is Professor of Classics at Furman University in Greenville, SC. She received a 2012 Excellence in Teaching Award from the South Carolina Independent Colleges & Universities. In addition to lessons and an activity, she contributed funerary inscriptions for Julia Victorina and Anna Isias, Cicero's Laelia; she worked with her Intermediate Latin class (Matthew Arnold, Will Gray Beach, Robert-Lawton Pratt, Jess Renneker, Nathan M. Rowland, Lois Smith, Kathleen Wade) to prepare Propertius' Elegy 3.23 and mentored four funerary monument projects now on site (Alison Bressler, Chelsea Brewer, Katie Phillips, Alexander Rice). She teaches Latin and Greek language and literature, mythology, and Roman civilization; with research interests in late Republican Latin literature, ancient rhetoric and oratory, and Roman social and cultural history, she has published on Lucretius and Cicero.

Maria S. Marsilio is Professor of Classics and and Director of the Honors Program at Saint Joseph’s University. Her teaching and research interests and specializations are in Greek and Roman epic and lyric, Roman comedy, and sexuality and gender in antiquity. She is author of Farming and Poetry in Hesiod’s Works and Days (2000), as well as articles on Hesiod, Plautus, Catullus and Martial. Since her sabbatical in 2007 she has authored six commentaries (Livy's Tarpeia, Catullus' Postumia, Cicero's Clodia Metelli, Horace's Chloe, Horace's Leuconoe, and Plautus' Erotium) and mentored three others. Maria has presented papers at conferences of the American Philological Association, the American Classical League and various regional classical organizations; she served on the Program Committee, chaired the Grants Committee, and is a member of the Awards Committee of the Classical Association of the Atlantic States.

Barbara F. McManus has wide-ranging interests in ancient literature, society and culture, with particular focus on the study of women in antiquity, the history of the Classics profession in the United States, and the role of the Internet in the teaching and learning of Classics. She is currently Co-Director of The VRoma Project and treasurer of the EnCore Consortium; she has served as President of the Classical Association of the Atlantic States and Vice President for Professional Matters of the American Philological Association. Barbara has contributed generously and consistently to the content of Companion from designing activities to composing text-commentaries and processing digital images. The co-authors gratefully acknowledge her creativity, scholarship and expertise in support of this project.


Kirsty Corrigan is an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Kent, having also taught Latin there for several years as Associate Lecturer. With research interests especially in the areas of Latin literature, classical mythology, and women in the ancient world, she obtained a PhD in Classical & Archaeological Studies from Kent in 2010; her thesis, which explored the portrayal of Medea in Latin literature, has been published as Virgo to Virago: Medea in the Silver Age. She contributed two annotated monologues written for Medea by Ovid and Valerius Flaccus. Since her recent completion of a biography of Marcus Junius Brutus, entitled Brutus: Caesar's Assassin, she has also submitted a poem of Martial's to Companion on Porcia, Brutus' wife.

Benjamin Stephen Haller is Assistant Professor of Classics and Classics Department Coordinator at Virginia Wesleyan College, where he has taught courses on Women in the Ancient World, the Ancient World in Cinema, J.R.R. Tolkien, Homer and the Trojan War, Classical Virginia, VWC Classics Abroad (study-trip to Italy), and Greek, Latin, and Classical Studies. He has published articles and given conference presentations on topics ranging from Homer's Odyssey and Lucian of Samosata to the use of Simonides' memory palace in Chris Nolan's film Inception. He holds a B.A. in Classics (Summa Cum Laude) from the College of William and Mary, and a PhD in Classics from the University of Pittsburgh.

John Jacobs is Assistant Professor of Classics at Loyola University Maryland, where he teaches courses in Greek, Latin, and Classical mythology. He specializes in Latin epic and historiography of the Late Republic and Early Empire. His publications include articles on Cicero's De divinatione and Silius Italicus' Punica as well as reviews for the Bryn Mawr Classical Review. In addition to his PhD in Classics from Yale University, he holds a degree in Assyriology. He is currently working on a number of projects related to the revision of his dissertation on the Punica into a book.

Ann O. Koloski-Ostrow is Professor of Classical Studies and Chair of the Department at Brandeis University, where her full faculty profile may be found. She has generously shared with the editors of Companion images from her vast collection and contributed her expertise to the Eumachia and Sacerdotes extra Romam webpages.

Keely Lake teaches Latin and Ancient Greek at Wayland Academy. She has a B.A. degree in Classics from the University of South Dakota and a Ph.D. in Classics from the University of Iowa. She has served CAMWS as the Wisconsin VP, the WCC as the High School Liaison, and the APA as a member of the Outreach Committee. She is current secretary of the Vergilian Society, President-Elect of the Wisconsin Association for Language Teachers, and a Workshop Consultant for the College Board.


Lara Christine Carlson is a graduate assistant in the English department, working toward a Masters degree in Literature at the University of South Dakota and teaching English Composition to college freshmen. She completed her funerary inscription project for Dr. Judith Sebesta's Spring '11 Intermediate Latin class, revising it for e-publication as a model student project. Lara hopes to continue studying languages throughout graduate school.

Donald Connor teaches Latin and is Head of the Classics Department at Trinity School in New York City. He is currently a regional representative for the Classical Association of the Atlantic States; he was a reader for several years for the Advanced Placement Latin Examinations and a member of the Latin Test Development Committee. He has given talks at regional and national classics conferences, and has published articles in the journal Classical Outlook of the American Classical League and on the College Board website.

Erin Daley is a Latin and English double major in the class of 2009 at The College of New Rochelle. She prepared an ur-version of the Vergil Camilla commentary as part of her final project in Ann Raia's Spring 07 course "Roman Women." A native of Brockton, MA, she has a passionate interest in mythology and plans to enroll in a Classics Study Abroad summer session.

Edmund F. DeHoratius teaches Latin, Classical Literature, Medieval Literature, and Archaeology at Wayland High School in suburban Boston. He is the Chair of the CANE Scholarship Committee, the Past-president of the Classical Association of Massachusetts, and a member of the ACL/ APA Joint Committee for Classics in American Education. He has presented papers at state-wide, regional, and national classics conferences, and has published articles in the New England Classical Journal, the International Journal of the Classical Tradition, and Classical Journal. He has two books forthcoming from Focus Publishing: an Ovid reader and a workbook for Susan Shelmerdine's Introduction to Latin.

Danielle DeLancey is an English major and Latin minor, studying for K-8 dual education certification in the class of 2009 at The College of New Rochelle. She prepared an ur-version of the Tacitus Messalina commentary as part of her final project in Ann Raia's Spring 07 course "Roman Women." A native of New Rochelle, NY, she plans to complete her Latin minor as an enhancement of her goal to teach English in Middle School.

John J. Dobbins, Associate Professor of Classical Art & Archaeology at the University of Virginia, he specializes in ancient Roman art and archaeology. His research focus has been on Italy where he is the Director of the Pompeii Forum Project. He is an Associate Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities at the University of Virginia.

Emma Fikkert is a student at the University of South Dakota pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in the major field of History and minor fields of Latin and Psychology. She drafted ur-versions of the commentaries on the Valerius Maximus passages on Amesia and Afrania as part of her final project for Judith Sebesta's Fall '07 course (Latin 491). A native of Storm Lake, IA, she plans to attend law school, earning a joint JD degree with an MA in History, furthering both of her interests.

Brian K. Harvey, Associate Professor of Classics in the Department of Modern and Classical Languages at Kent State University, is the author of Roman Lives: Ancient Roman Life as Illustrated by Latin Inscriptions (Focus 2004). He has generously contributed texts and images to Companion from his book and his epigraphic website.

Kyle Helms is a PhD student in Classical philology at the University of Cincinnati. Prior to arriving at UC, he received his BA (Classics and Philosophy) from the University of Florida and his MA (Classics) from the University of Iowa. In addition to contributing to Companion, Kyle is also a collaborator for the Suda On Line project, an online translation of a Byzantine encyclopedia that preserves a great amount of information about the ancient world. A passionate Latin teacher, Kyle has also worked as an editorial assistant for the Bulletin of the American Society of Papyrologists. His research interests include Latin and Greek language and literature, papyrology, and ancient scholarship and literary criticism.

Lora Holland is Associate Professor of Classics at the University of North Carolina at Asheville. She teaches Greek and Latin language and literature, as well as a course on Greek and Roman religions. Her research interests include religion in archaic and republican Rome, the history of women in Roman religion, Artemis and Diana cults in Italy, and the nexus of Roman and Etruscan cult practices. She has published on topics in Greek tragedy, Plutarch, Plautus, and Roman religion.

Kerry Horleman is a graduate of Saint Joseph’s University with a Bachelors degree in Classical Studies and a minor in Secondary Education. In her final semester she was a student teacher at Boys' Latin Charter School in Philadelphia, where she taught three Latin I classes and a Roman history elective. As a member of Dr. Marsilio's advanced Latin class she contributed to Catullus 36; she submitted the Hersilia passage from Livy in fulfillment of an Independent Study with Dr. Marsilio. She plans to enroll in a Masters Degree program, in pursuit of a career teaching Latin at the middle/high school level.

Sarah Hull is a graduate student at CUNY Hunter, earning a Master's degree in Adolescent Education: Latin for grades 7-12; she completed her undergraduate work at the University of South Florida in Classics, graduating with an Honors degree Magna cum laude. Her interests include bringing to life historically under-represented social groups in Roman society and the mythological Medea. Captivated by Latin since she began high school, she looks forward to sharing her love of all things Roman with her students (see her lesson plan on Marriage).

Jeremy Lemcke is in the Honors Program at the University of South Dakota, completing a Bachelor of Science degree in History with a Latin minor. He contributed to the webpage on defixiones and submitted several annotated entries for the bibliography. Originally from Southern Minnesota, he graduated from Sully Buttes High School in Onida, SD. After earning his degree, he plans to apply to graduate school for a Masters degree in history.

Chris Ann Matteo is a comparative literary critic by training, with concentrations in ancient Greek, Latin, British and World literatures. She teaches middle and high school Latin as well as classical influences on literature, art and film. At the University of Maryland, her course, The Classical Grand Tour, is sponsored by the Department of Classics. Web Editor for the Women's Classical Caucus, Chris Ann also serves on the Outreach Committees of the American Philological Association and the Classical Association of the Atlantic States, and is newly appointed to the Editorial Board of Amphora.

Elizabeth McCauley teaches Latin and English and is head of the Latin Department at Merion Mercy Academy in Merion, PA. She graduated from Saint Joseph’s University in May 2008, receiving her Bachelors degree magna cum laude with a major in Latin and minors in English and Ancient Studies. She prepared an ur-version of the commentary to Horace Odes1.5 as her final project for Maria Marsilio's Spring '08 course in Lyric Poetry.

T. Davina McClain, Associate Professor of Classical Studies and Director of Louisiana Scholars' College at Northwestern State University, was formerly at Loyola University of New Orleans. Her special areas of research are women in the ancient world and Livy. She is a member of the APA Outreach Committee and the Committee on the Status of Women and Minorities, as well as Assistant Editor of Amphora for the American Philological Association.

Kathryn McDonnell is Assistant Professor of Greek and Roman Art and Archaeology, Latin Language and Literature, Roman Material Culture, Women in Antiquity, Late Antiquity at the University of California in Los Angeles. Her research interests focus on Roman funerary monuments, the archaeology of slavery, and the archaeology of gender, and she is the co-director of the excavations at San Martino in Torano di Borgorose, Italy.

Lisa Millen is currently a Ph.d student in historical theology at Regent University. She has a Master of Arts degree in History from the University of South Dakota and a Master of Arts degree in Theological Studies from the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary. For seven years she taught church history courses at Trinity Bible College in North Dakota. Previously she taught middle school history and English for ten years. Lisa currently resides with her family in Sioux City, Iowa where she teaches distance education courses while she finishes her degree.

Maxwell Teitel Paule is a graduate student at Ohio State University, where he is in the final stages of completing his dissertation on Horace's witch Canidia. He contributed the passage Horace Sermo I.8. In the fall, he will be a visiting assistant professor of Classics at Earlham College.

María Concepción Palomo Ramos is a librarian and researcher at the Centro de Estudios de la Mujer, Universidad de Salamanca (España). She contributed a Bibliography listing books and articles in Spanish on ancient women.

Stacie Raucci is Assistant Professor of Classics at Union College in Schenectady, NY. Her research and teaching interests are Roman poetry, sex and gender in antiquity, and reception of the ancient world, especially in film and dance. She is guest editor of a forthcoming issue of Classical and Modern Literature on the ancient world in film and is currently completing a project on vision in Roman love elegy.

Alexander Rice is a member of the class of 2013 at Furman University. He completed the Funerary Inscription project on Sextia Psyche as his final assignment in Professor Anne Leen's Intermediate Latin class. He is from Herndon, VA., enjoys music a lot and likes to play the cello in his free time.

Vincent J. Rosivach, former Director of Classical Studies at Fairfield University, is the author of The System of Public Sacrifice in Fourth-Century Athens (Atlanta 1994) and When a Young Man Falls in Love: The Sexual Exploitation of Women in New Comedy (London and New York 1998), as well as more than a hundred articles and reviews on topics ranging from the politics of Athens in the seventh century B.C. to chattel slavery in eighteenth-century New England.

Beth Severy-Hoven, Associate Professor and Chair of Classics at Macalester College, specializes in Roman history and the history of women in the ancient Mediterranean. Author of Augustus and the Family at the Birth of the Roman Empire (Routledge 2003), her recent work involves the wall painting in a house in Pompeii and the roles of women in different dynasties of the Roman Empire. She supervises the January in Rome program.

Lisa Sannicandro received her PhD in Classical Philology in 2008 at the University of Padova, Department of Ancient Studies. Her doctoral thesis is on the female characters in Lucan's Pharsalia. She prepared an ur-text of the passage from Lucan's De Bello Civili containing Cornelia's first speech to Pompey the Great. At this time she is working in Thesaurus Linguae Latinae in Munich on a fellowship.

Amber Skoglund completed a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and English at the University of South Dakota. She drafted the ur-text of the commentary to Dido's death from the end of Vergil's Aeneid IV her final project for Judith Sebesta's Fall '07 course (Latin 491). A native of Sioux Falls, SD, she is attending graduate school in Library and Information Science in preparation for a career as a librarian.

Janet Stephens is a professional hairdresser since 1991 and an independent researcher on ancient hairdressing praxis. She has presented her work at the Archaeological Institute of America conference (Poster Session 2J: "Julia Domna: Forensic Hairdressing," January 6, 2012) and the Walters Art Museum. She has many videos online demonstrating her recreations of ancient hairstyles. Her article "Ancient Roman Hairdressing: on (hair)pins and needles" is published in the Journal of Roman Archaeology 21[2008]. She has a bachelors degree in Dramatic Art from Whitman College.

John H. Starks Jr is Assistant Professor of Classics at Binghamton University. The syllabus for his Latin course De vitis mulierum Romanarum requires as course texts both Worlds of Roman Women: A Latin Reader (Focus, 2005) and Online Companion.

Web Designer

Barbara F. McManus (see full profile above), a self-taught web programmer and talented designer, is responsible for the elegant layout and vibrant colors of the Companion website, as well as for the design of templates for the text-commentaries and instruction pages. She continually enriches the website with her own customized digital photos for the Worlds and Text pages and with corrective magic for faulty coding. The co-authors are profoundly grateful for her generous and expert support of this project.

Web Technicians

Jillian DeFour, Director of Computer Lab Operations, Academic Computing Services, The College of New Rochelle.
Dan Gehlson, Student Technology Fellow, History Department, The University of South Dakota.
Crystal Gorden, Student Technology Fellow, History Department, The University of South Dakota.
Mary Job, Confidential Secretary, County of Albany, Department of Management and Budget; Web Design Consultant.
Deryx Scott, Academic Web Developer, The College of New Rochelle.

Ann R. Raia and Judith Lynn Sebesta
June 2014