Dr. Holly M. Sypniewski
Chair, Department of Classical Studies
Director, Honors Program (Fall 2011)
Office: John Stone Hall 203
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. She is currently working on the Vergilian Appendix, Aeneid book V 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. Yates
Office: John Stone Hall 200
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
Ph.D. candidate, Brown University
B.A. Classics, Ohio Wesleyan University
Professor Lewton-Yates specializes in the ancient novel and Latin pedagogy. She teaches introductory Latin and coordinates the Latin Pedagogy Initiative at Millsaps. She is also the Millsaps liaison to the Mississippi Junior Classical League.
The following Millsaps faculty members teach courses which are cross-listed with the Classical Studies department and/or courses which count toward the Classical Studies major and minor requirements.
Dr. Michael L. Galaty
Professor of Anthropology
Chair, Department of Sociology/Anthropology
Office: Sullivan-Harrell 343
Ph.D. Anthropology, University of Wisconsin-Madison
M.A. Anthropology, University of Wisconsin-Madison
B.A. Anthropology, Grinnell College
Dr. Galaty teaches courses including Introduction to Archaeology and World Prehistory, the Archaeology of Greece, the Archaeology of Bronze Age Greece, Archaeology of Europe, the Archaeology of Empires and Conquest, GIS and Mediterranean Archaeology, as well as in the IDST core. His interests include the archaeology of Europe, the Balkans in particular, regional analysis, and ceramic studies. His dissertation research - which addressed ceramic manufacture and consumption in the Mycenaean state of Pylos - was conducted in Greece with the Pylos Regional Archaeological Project and was published as Nestor's Wine Cups (British Archaeological Reports #766, 1999).
Dr. James E. Bowley
Professor of Religious Studies
Chair, Department of Religious Studies
Office: Christian Center 9
Ph.D, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion
Dr. Bowley teaches courses in biblical studies, Abrahamic traditions, and religion and literature including: Classical Hebrew, Introduction to Religious Studies, Introduction to Hebrew Scriptures (Old Testament), and New Testament and Early Christianity. Some of Dr. Bowley's publications include Guided Tour of Israel's Sacred Library: An Introduction to the Hebrew Scriptures, The Dead Sea Scroll Concordance, Moses in the Dead Sea Scrolls: Living in the Shadow of God's Anointed, "Josephus' Use of Pagan Sources" in Pursuing the Text , and "The Compositions of Abraham" in Tracing the Threads: Studies in the Vitality of Jewish Pseudepigrapha. Dr. Bowley also takes students to Israel for both field studies and archaeology-based courses.
Dr. Bennie Reynolds
Visiting Assistant Professor of Religious Studies
Office: Murrah Annex 218
Ph.D. Religious Studies, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
M.A. Religious Studies, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
M.Div., Duke University Divinity School
B.A. Religion, Wofford College
Dr. Reynolds teaches courses on the religions of the ancient Mediterranean and the ancient Near East, especially as found in Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek literature. His research interests include Second Temple Judaism, the Dead Sea Scrolls, apocalypticism, divination, and comparative semitic linguistics. He is currently finishing a monograph on the poetics of ancient Jewish apocalypses and co-editing a collection of fifty essays that attempt to integrate the Dead Sea Scrolls into the study of other ancient texts, languages, and cultures.
Emeritus / Emerita Faculty
Dr. Catherine R. Freis
Office: John Stone Hall 201
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 and is currently co-authoring a 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.