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About the Authors

MARK MORFORD is Professor Emeritus of Classics at the University of Virginia, where he joined the faculty in 1984 after teaching for twenty-one years at The Ohio State University and serving as Chairman of the Department of Classics. He also served as Kennedy Professor of Renaissance Studies at Smith College, where he holds a research appointment in the Mortimer Rare Book Room of the Neilson Library. As Vice President for Education of the American Philological Association he actively promoted the cooperation of teachers and scholars in schools and universities. Throughout his fifty years of teaching he has been devoted to bringing together teachers of classical subjects and teachers in other disciplines. He has published books on the Roman poets Persius and Lucan and the Renaissance scholar Justus Lipsius (Stoics and Neostoics: Lipsius and the Circle of Rubens), as well as many articles on Greek and Roman literature and Renaissance scholarship and art. His book The Roman Philosophers was published in 2002, and his book on The Ancient Romans will be published in 2011.

ROBERT LENARDON is Professor Emeritus of Classics at The Ohio State University, where he was on the faculty for twenty-five years and served as Director of Graduate Studies in Classics. He has taught at several other universities, among them the University of Cincinnati, Columbia University, and the University of British Columbia. He was a Visiting Fellow at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge University, and has written articles on Greek history and classics and a biography, The Saga of Themistocles. He has served as book review editor of The Classical Journal and presented radio programs about mythology in music, a subject dear to his heart. The afterlife of classical subjects and themes in literature, music, film, and dance have also become favorite areas of teaching and research. For the fall semester of 2001, he was appointed Visiting Distinguished Scholar in Residence at the University of Louisville, Kentucky. His translations from the Greek Anthology have been set to music by Gerald Busby, Songs from Ancient Greek, for tenor and piano (premiere, Carnegie Hall, 2005). He is at present completing a book about the Persian Wars.

MICHAEL SHAM is Professor of Classics at Siena College, where for the past sixteen years he has developed a small but vigorous program. Throughout his teaching career he has been dedicated to bringing the value of a classical education to a wider audience. He has worked to bring together scholars, writers, and artists across traditional academic disciplines to explore the continually renewed vitality of the classical tradition. He has written and spoken on a wide range of scholarly interests, including the influence of Ovid’s Metamorphoses on contemporary American poets and the adaptation and production of Greek tragedy for the contemporary stage. He has himself written an adaption of Euripides’ Iphigenia in Aulis to some acclaim. He is responsible for both the Companion Website and Instructor’s Manual for Classical Mythology. He was a contributing author to A Companion to Classical Mythology (Longman, 1997). He is currently working on a book about the influence of the lliad and Odyssey on contemporary culture.

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