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Department of Classical Studies


Dr. Holly SypniewskiDr. Holly M. Sypniewski
Associate Professor
Chair, Department of Classical Studies
Director, Core Curriculum

Office: John Stone Hall 203
Phone: 601.974.1299
Email: Holly.Sypniewski@millsaps.edu

Ph.D. Classics, University of Wisconsin-Madison
M.A. Classics, University of Wisconsin-Madison
B.A. Classics, University of Cincinnati

Dr. Sypniewski teaches Greek and Latin as well as courses on Roman civilization. Her research interests include Vergil, the Classical Tradition, Hellenistic poetry, mythography and Roman elegy. Her current research projects include articles on the Vergilian Appendix and Renaissance translations of Homer's Iliad. She is also co-authoring an article on Dante and Ovid with Dr. Anne MacMaster. She regularly teaches Millsaps study-abroad courses in Italy.


Dr. David C. YatesDr. David C. Yates
Assistant Professor

Office: John Stone Hall 200
Phone: 601.974.1294
Email: David.Yates@millsaps.edu

Ph.D. Classics (Ancient History), Brown University
M.A. Classics, University of Colorado, Boulder
B.A. History and Classics, University of Virginia

Dr. Yates teaches Greek and Latin literature with a focus on historiography. His research interests include political history (particularly that of Classical Greece and the late Roman Republic), Greek social memory, and Byzantine uses of the Roman past. Currently he is working on the ancient tradition surrounding the evacuation of Attica during Xerxes' invasion of Greece in 480 B.C.

Prof. Jennifer Lewton-Yates
Instructor of Classics

Office: John Stone Hall 201
Phone: 601.974.1327
Email: Jennifer.Yates@millsaps.edu

Ph.D. candidate, Brown University
B.A. Classics, Ohio Wesleyan University

Professor Lewton-Yates specializes in the ancient novel and Latin pedagogy. She teaches Greek and Latin courses at all levels and civilization courses such as Classical Myth.  She helps Millsaps students pursue careers as Latin teachers as the coordinator for the Latin Pedagogy Initiative at Millsaps and as the Millsaps liaison to the Mississippi Junior Classical League.

 Emeritus / Emerita Faculty

Dr. Catherine FreisDr. Catherine R. Freis
Professor, Emerita

Office: John Stone Hall 201
Email: Catherine.Freis@millsaps.edu

Ph.D. University of California at Berkeley
M.A. University of California at Berkeley
B.A. Brooklyn College

Dr. Freis retired in 2008 after teaching at Millsaps for over 30 years. She taught Greek and Latin languages and literatures as well as civilization courses on myth, drama, epic, tragedy and art. She has published in the field of drama and language pedagogy.  Her most recent publication is commentary on George Herbert's Greek and Latin poetry with Dr. Greg Miller and Dr. Richard Freis. She is co-author of Ancient Greek Alive.