Winkley Professor of Latin and Greek
Sills Hall - 106
Who was Cleopatra, the last Pharaoh of Egypt and lover of two Roman leaders? Explores the historical character and inspirational charisma of a woman who has informed Western discourses of power, gender, and cultural identity for more than two millennia. Drawing on a variety of media, considers how Cleopatra’s image has shaped and been shaped by the cultural contexts in which she appears. Readings include works by Virgil, Horace, Plutarch, Boccaccio, Shakespeare, Shaw, and Wilder; other sources to be studied include portrayals of Cleopatra by Hollywood and HBO.
Ovid’s “Fasti,” an elegiac poem on the Roman calendar in six books, is the focus of much recent scholarship on Roman literature and culture. Rather than being read, as formerly, as an escapist and antiquarian foray into the byways of Roman religion and folklore, it is now read as a political poem—perhaps the most explicitly political of Ovid’s career. Considers contemporary readings of the poem in an attempt to make sense of what it means to call Ovid an Augustan poet. In addition to reading three books of the “Fasti” in Latin, students read and discuss the whole work in translation. Research seminar.
Barbara Weiden Boyd, Henry Winkley Professor of Latin and Greek, holds a B.A. from Manhattanville College, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Classical Studies from the University of Michigan. In addition to offerings in Greek and Latin languages and literatures, Boyd teaches courses on ancient epic, Rome in the age of Augustus, Rome as a site of cultural memory and identity, and the Ovidian tradition. She has chaired the Classics Department repeatedly, and is one of the co-directors of the Mellon Initiative in Mediterranean Studies at Bowdoin.
Her scholarly specialization is Latin poetry, especially the works of Virgil and Ovid. She has published widely on a variety of Roman writers, including Virgil, Propertius, Tibullus, Ovid, and Sallust. In addition to continuing work on a commentary on Ovid's Remedia amoris, she is currently writing a book on Ovid's reception of Homer. Her project was awarded fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities (2014-2015) and the National Humanities Center (2014-2015). She also serves as Latin editor for the series Oxford Greek and Latin College Commentaries, designed specifically for students in their first 2-4 years of Latin study. She has a lively interest in contemporary receptions of classic motifs, and has published articles on the BBC-HBO series Rome and on the Odyssey theme in the AMC series Mad Men.
Boyd has travelled and studied extensively in Italy, where she lived while teaching classical studies for two years at the Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies in Rome. She is a former member of the Board of Directors of the Society for Classical Studies (formerly the American Philological Association)., and now serves on the Goodwin Award Committee of the SCS/APA. A past member of the executive committee of the Discussion Group on Classics and Modern Literature in the Modern Language Association, Boyd is committed to supporting and sustaining dialogue between and among the disciplines of the humanities, especially on literary and cultural topics.
Ovid’s Literary Loves: Influence and Innovation in the Amores, The University of Michigan Press, 1997.
Brill’s Companion to Ovid (ed.), E.J. Brill Publishers, 2002.
Approaches to Teaching the Works of Ovid and the Ovidian Tradition (co-edited volume, with Cora Fox), in the MLA Approaches to Teaching World Literature series, 2010.
Cydonea mala: Virgilian Word-Play and Allusion,” Harvard Studies in Classical Philology 87 (1983) 169-74.
“Tarpeia’s Tomb: A Note on Propertius 4.4,” American Journal of Philology 105 (1984) 85-87.
“Parva seges satis est: The Landscape of Tibullan Elegy in 1.1 and 1.10,” Transactions of the American Philological Association 114 (1984) 273-80.
“The Death of Corinna’s Parrot Reconsidered: Poetry and Ovid’s Amores,” The Classical Journal 82 (1987) 199-207.
--Reprinted in Oxford Readings in Classical Studies: Ovid, edited by Peter Knox (Oxford University Press, 2006).
“Propertius on the Banks of the Eurotas (A Note on 3.14.17-20),” Classical Quarterly 37 (1987) 527-28.
“Virtus Effeminata and Sallust’s Sempronia,” Transactions of the American
Philological Association 117 (1987) 183-201.
“Non hortamine longo: An Ovidian ‘Correction’ of Virgil,” American Journal of Philology 111 (1990) 82-85.
“Vergil’s Camilla and the Traditions of Catalogue and Ecphrasis (Aeneid 7. 803-817),” American Journal of Philology 113 (1992) 213-34.
“Non enarrabile textum: Ecphrastic Trespass and Narrative Ambiguity in the Aeneid,” Vergilius 41 (1995) 71-90.
“Celeus rusticus: A Note on Ovidian Wordplay in Fasti 4,” Classical Philology 95 (2000) 190-93.
“‘Celabitur auctor’: The Crisis of Authority and Narrative Patterning in Ovid, Fasti 5,” Phoenix 54 (2000) 64-98.
“Arms and the Man: Wordplay and the Catasterism of Chiron in Ovid, Fasti 5,” American Journal of Philology 112 (2001) 67-80.
“When Ovid Reads Vergil … : A Response and Some Observations,” Vergilius 48 (2002) 123-30.
“Itala nam tellus Graecia maior erat: ‘Poetic Syncretism’ and the Divinities of Ovid, Fasti 4,” Mouseion series III.3 (2003) 13-35.
“Two Rivers and the Reader in Ovid, Metamorphoses 8,” Transactions of the American Philological Association 136 (2006) 73-108.
“On Starting an Epic (Journey): Telemachus, Phaethon, and the Beginning of Ovid’s Metamorphoses,” Materiali e discussioni per l’analisi dei testi classici 69 (2012) 101-118.
Tum pectore sensus vertuntur varii: Reading and Teaching the End of the Aeneid,” in W.S. Anderson and L. Quartarone, eds., Approaches to Teaching Vergil’s Aeneid (MLA Publications, 2002), 80-86.
“The Amores: The Invention of Ovid,” in B.W. Boyd, ed., Brill’s Companion to Ovid (E.J. Brill, 2002), 91-116. [url above]
“Textbook and Context: ‘The Next Aeneid,’” Classical World 99.2 (2006) 166-69.
“A Poet Restored: Contemporary Scholarship and the Teaching of Ovid,” in R. Ancona, ed., A Concise Guide to Teaching Latin Literature (University of Oklahoma Press, 2007), 21-52.
“Becoming Augustus: The Education of Octavian,” in M.S. Cyrino, ed., Rome Season One: History Makes Television (Blackwell Publishing, 2008), 87-99.
“Ovid’s Remedia amoris,” in P.E. Knox, ed., Blackwell’s Companion to Ovid (Blackwell Publishing, 2009) 104-19.
“Comprehending the Microcosm, Exploring the Macrocosm: An Introduction to the 2009 APA/ACL Panel on Transformations of Ovidian Myth,” The Classical Outlook 86.4 (2009) 121-22.
“Ovid in Modern Translation,” in Barbara Weiden Boyd and Cora Fox, eds., Approaches to Teaching the Works of Ovid and the Ovidian Tradition (Modern Language Association Publications, 2010) 34-38. [url above]
“Surveying Pedagogy and Practice: A Report on the MLA Survey” (co-authored with Cora Fox), in Barbara Weiden Boyd and Cora Fox, eds., Approaches to Teaching the Works of Ovid and the Ovidian Tradition (Modern Language Association Publications, 2010) 39-46. [url above]
“Approaches to Teaching the Works of Ovid and the Ovidian Tradition: Introduction” (co-authored with Cora Fox), in Barbara Weiden Boyd and Cora Fox, eds., Approaches to Teaching the Works of Ovid and the Ovidian Tradition (Modern Language Association Publications, 2010) 49-56. [url above]
“Island-Hopping: Reading Ovid’s Ariadne and Her Texts,” in Barbara Weiden Boyd and Cora Fox, eds., Approaches to Teaching the Works of Ovid and the Ovidian Tradition (Modern Language Association Publications, 2010) 225-33. [url above]
“Teaching Ovid’s Love Elegy,” in Barbara Gold, ed., Blackwell’s Companion to Roman Love Elegy (Wiley-Blackwell, 2012), 526-40.
“’One equal temper of heroic hearts’: Nostos, Home, and Identity in the Odyssey and Mad Men,” in Sheila Murnaghan and Hunter Gardner, eds., Odyssean Identities in Modern Cultures: The Journey Home (Ohio State University Press, 2014) 192-210.
“The Triumvirate of the Ring in Rome,” in Monica Cyrino, ed., Rome Season Two: Trial and Triumph (Edinburgh University Press, 2015) 74-87.
1a. Vergil’s Aeneid 10 and 12: Pallas and Turnus, Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers, Inc., 1998; repr., 1999; 2000; 2001; 2002; 2005.
1b. Accompanying Teacher’s Guide (including translation and and questions for discussion), Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers, Inc., 1998; repr., 1999; 2000; 2001; 2002.
2a. Vergil’s Aeneid: Selections from Books 1, 2, 4, 6, 10, and 12, a complete revision of portions of the text, notes, and vocabulary, and expansion and modernization of the appendices in the 1930 textbook by C. Pharr, Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers, Inc., 2001; repr. 2002.
2b. Second Edition, revised and with new introduction, 2004; repr., 2008.
2c. Accompanying Teacher’s Guide (including translation and questions for discussion), Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers, Inc., 2002. http://www.bolchazy.com/prod.php?cat=latin&id=584X
3a. A Vergil Workbook (with Katherine Bradley), Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers, Inc., 2006.
3b. Accompanying Teacher’s Manual, Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers, Inc., 2007. http://www.bolchazy.com/prod.php?cat=latin&id=6145
4a. A Vergil Workbook (with Katherine Bradley), Second Edition, fully revised and supplemented with new material, 2012.
4b. Accompanying Teacher’s Manual, Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers, Inc., 2012. http://www.bolchazy.com/A-Vergil-Workbook-Second-Edition-P3165.aspx
5. Vergil’s Aeneid 8 and 11: Italy and Rome, Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers, Inc., 2006. http://www.bolchazy.com/Vergils-Aeneid-8-11-P3362.aspx
6a. Vergil’s Aeneid: Selected Readings from Books 1, 2, 4, and 6 (combining selections from the 2001 volume, Selections, with new text, notes, and vocabulary), Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers, Inc., 2012.
6b. Accompanying Teacher’s Guide (including translation and questions for discussion), Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers, Inc., 2012. http://www.bolchazy.com/Vergils-Aeneid-P3167.aspx
7a. Vergil's Aeneid: Expanded Collection: Book 1 and Selections from Books 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 11, and 12, Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers, Inc., 2012.
7b. Accompanying Teacher’s Guide (including translation and questions for discussion), Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers, Inc., 2013. http://www.bolchazy.com/Vergils-Aeneid-P3510.aspx
8a. Vergil's Aeneid: Expanded Collection: Book 1 and Selections from Books 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 11, and 12, Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers, Inc., 2012.
8b. Accompanying Teacher’s Guide (including translation and questions for discussion), Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers, Inc., 2013. http://www.bolchazy.com/Vergils-Aeneid-Expanded-Collection-P3510.aspx
"Theseus and the Reader in Ovid, Metamorphoses 8,” Classics Faculty Literary Seminar, Cambridge University, February 26, 2003.
“Becoming Medea: Genre, Gender, and the Children of the Queen,” panel on Ovid’s reception, Modern Language Association, San Diego, CA, December 28, 2003.
“Intertextuality’s Golden Age: Aurea saecula in Virgil and Ovid,” invited speaker, panel on Intertextuality in Roman Poetry, 12th Congress of the Fédération Internationale des Études Classiques (FIEC), Ouro Preto, Brazil, August 25, 2004.
“The Invention of Sacrifice (and the Reinvention of the Golden Age) in Ovid, Fasti 1,” Classical Association of Canada, Banff, Alberta, May 13, 2005.
Invited Keynote Speaker, “Reading Daedalus: Portraits of the Artist,” Distinguished Martin Weiner Lecturer, Brandeis University; May 2, 2007.
“The Genre(s) of Ovid’s Remedia Amoris,” Classical Association of Canada, St. John’s, NL, May 22, 2007.
“Translation and Interpretation: Reading Fagles Reading Virgil,” Maine Humanities Council Winter Weekend on Virgil’s Aeneid; Bowdoin College, March 8, 2008.
“Ariadne’s Bed: Ovid’s Ariadne and Her Texts,” Classical Association of the Midwest and South, Tucson, AZ; April 16, 2008.
“Diventare Medea: Ovidio e i confini dei generi,” Alma Mater Studiorum/Università di Bologna, Dipartimento di Filologia Classica e Medioevale; Bologna, Italy, November 12, 2008; Università di Roma "Tor Vergata," Dipartimento di Antichità e Tradizione Classica; Rome, Italy, March 10, 2009.
“The (Snake) Doctor is In: Ovid on the Arrival of Aesculapius in Rome,” Yale University Classics Department, New Haven, CT, January 23, 2009.