Subject to change. Please check back for updates.

All events will take place in the Performing Arts Building at Reed College.

Friday, March 20, 2015

5pm Keynote address: “Grasping Beauty: Pleasure, Cognition, and the Ancient Viewer
Anastasia-Erasmia Peponi, Stanford University

6:30-7:30pm Reception

Saturday, March 21, 2015


Panel A

Panel B

Panel C


Greek and Roman Comedy

  1. “Submissive” Wives in the Comedies of Terence
    Ortwin Knorr, Willamette University
  2. Nothing to do with Fides? Female networks and the reproduction of citizenship in Plautus’ Casina
    Catherine Connors, University of Washington
  3. Reproductions of Classical Greek Drama in the Roman Imperial Period
    Mali Skotheim, Princeton University


  1. 35. A Re-examination of the Minoan “Sacral Knot” Motif
    Ann M. Nicgorski, Willamette University
  2. Roman Fineware Production and Circulation in Central Turkey
    Andrew L. Goldman, Gonzaga University
  3. Elemental Characterization of Roman Imperial Coinage from the Hallie Ford Museum (Salem, Oregon, USA) Using Portable X-ray Fluorescence
    Graham Goodwin, Willamette University

Greek and Roman Philosophy

  1. Narrative Circles in Plato’s Timaeus
    Bess Myers, University of Oregon
  2. Plato and Hymnic Eidography
    Michael E. Brumbaugh, Tulane University
  3. Plato’s Theory of Forms Reconsidered in Cicero’s de Oratore, de Republica, and de Legibus
    David West, Boston University
  4. Philosophy in Cicero’s Speeches
    Walter Englert, Reed College







  1. Greco-Anatolian Festivals and the Iliadic Tradition
    Mary R. Bachvarova, Willamette University
  2. The Lupercalia: Suggestions for a Near Eastern Mythological Influence
    James Gillison, LTC, USA (Ret.)
  3. Did the Carthaginians teach the Greeks and Romans how to swim?
    Karen E. Carr, Portland State University

Greek Poetry

  1. Crowns as Odes: An Unrecognized Metaphor in Pindar’s Epinician Odes
    Christopher C. Eckerman, University of Oregon
  2. Four Reasons Not to Have an Epinician
    Nigel Nicholson, Reed College
  3. A Contest of Genre: Homer, Phanocles, and Apollonius’ Sirens
    Christopher Jelen, University of Oregon
  4. Mixing Wine with Water: The Integration of Poetry and Philosophy in Plutarch’s Erôtikos
    Ryan Franklin, Johns Hopkins University


  1. annus, qui melius per ver incipiendus erat: On Competitive Time Modeling in Ovid’s Fasti
    Christian Badura, University of Münster
  2. Ovid and the Emperor’s New Forum
    Kathleen Shea, Whitman College
  3. The Metamorphoses of Sophocles’ Trachiniai: Greek Tragedy and Questions of Paternity in Ovid’s Apotheosis of Hercules
    Alice Hu, University of Pennsylvania
  4. The Last World: Ovid, Ransmayr, and Me
    Jessica Seidman, Reed College






CAPN Business Meeting




Latin Poetry

  1. A Choliambic Cure: Traces of Hipponax in Catullus 44
    Michael Wheeler, Boston University
  2. Propertian Elegy and Augustan Visions of Hellenism
    Lowell Bowditch, University of Oregon
  3. Gratum nocturno lumine montem: A Man-Made ‘Mountain’ in Lucan’s Bellum Civile
    Laura A. Zientek, University of Puget Sound


  1. The King is Dead, Long Live the King! Who Inherits the Throne When the King of Sparta Dies Childless?
    Gaius C. Stern, UC Berkeley
  2. The Fairest of Constitutions? Democracy and Its Discontents in Herodotus’ Histories
    Ellen Millender and Em Cytrynbaum, Reed College
  3. Violent Tendencies in Xenophon’s Anabasis
    Ashleigh Fata, UCLA
  4. Revolt or Insurgency: Batavians and Germans, Gauls and Romans in 69-70 CE
    Brian Turner, Portland State University

Hybridity and Alterity

  1. The Laestrygonians & Ethical Hybridity in the Odyssey
    Brett M. Rogers, University of Puget Sound
  2. The Animal Contract in Lucretius
    Richard Hutchins, Princeton University
  3. Speculum Alterius: Engaging with the Other in the Writings of Luce Irigaray and Petronius
    Jordan Mitchell, University of Oregon







  1. Visualizing Civic Status in Classical Athens: Mistresses, Maids and Kalos Ephebes on White-Ground Lekythoi, ca. 460-440 BCE
    Ann Patnaude, Independent Scholar
  2. Profit, Marriage, and a Wife like a Bee in Xenophon's Oeconomicus
    Rachel D. Carlson, University of Washington
  3. Unexpected Exempla: Livia and the Macedonian Queens
    Caitlin Gillespie, Temple University

Roman Violence

  1. Echoes of Unrest: Civic Turmoil and the Dramatic Date of Varro’s dRR 1
    Jessica Kapteyn, University of Washington
  2. In Crimine Incendii: The Case Against the Christians and Against Nero for the Great Fire of 64 in Tacitus, Suetonius, and Dio
    Matthew Keil, Fordham University
  3. The Quickening Pace of Positive Suicide Exempla in Tacitus’s Annals
    Anthony Vivian, UCLA
  4. ...Fortuna saeva tradidit cruciatibus...: The Metaphorical Language of Torture and Execution in Apuleius’ Metamorphoses
    Ashli J. E. Baker, Bucknell University

Genres in the Wider World

  1. Asking and Answering: Forms of Dialogue in Ancient Greece, Rome, and India
    Owen Ewald, Seattle Pacific University
  2. Between Poetry and Science: Eratosthenes and Hellenistic Paradoxography
    Matthew Semanoff, University of Montana - Missoula
  3. Beyond Swords and Sandals: Alternative Approaches to Classics and Film
    Ulrike Krotscheck, Evergreen State College