Location: Bowdoin / Barbara Weiden Boyd

Classics

Barbara Weiden Boyd

Winkley Professor of Latin and Greek

Contact Information

bboyd@bowdoin.edu
207-725-3501
Classics

Sills Hall - 106



Teaching this semester

CLAS 3310. Imagining Rome

Barbara Weiden Boyd
The mythical fate-driven foundation of Rome and the city’s subsequent self-fashioning as caput mundi (capital of the world) have made the city an idea that transcends history, and that has for millennia drawn historians, poets, artists, and, most recently, filmmakers to attempt to capture Rome’s essence. As a result, the city defined by its ruins is continually created anew; this synergy between the ruins of Rome -- together with the mutability of empire that they represent -- and the city’s incessant rebirth through the lives of those who visit and inhabit it offers a model for understanding the changing reception of the classical past. This research seminar explores the cycle of ancient Rome’s life and afterlife in the works of writers and filmmakers such as Livy, Virgil, Tacitus, Juvenal, Petrarch, Shakespeare, Keats, Goethe, Gibbon, Hawthorne, Freud, Moravia, Rossellini, Fellini, Bertolucci, and Moretti. All readings in English.

LATN 1102. Elementary Latin II

Barbara Weiden Boyd
A continuation of Latin 1101. During this term, readings are based on unaltered passages of classical Latin.



Barbara Weiden Boyd: Bowdoin College: Classics

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 has recently completed a book on Ovid's reception of Homer, to be published by Oxford University Press. 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 classical 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 for two years while teaching classical studies 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 the Goodwin Award Committee of the SCS/APA, and is the President-Elect of the Vergilian Society. 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.

I. Research and Scholarly Books

Ovid’s Literary Loves: Influence and Innovation in the Amores, The University of Michigan Press, 1997.
    http://www.press.umich.edu/titleDetailDesc.do?id=15170

Brill’s Companion to Ovid (ed.), E.J. Brill Publishers, 2002.
    http://www.brill.nl/brills-companion-ovid
    
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.
    http://www.mla.org/store/CID39/PID406

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.

  

II. Articles in Refereed Journals

“Ovidian Encounters with the Embassy to Achilles: Homeric Reception in Metamorphoses 8 and Heroides 3,” Paideia: Rivista di filologia, ermeneutica e critica letteraria 70 (2015) 27-41.

Cydonea mala: Virgilian Word-Play and Allusion,” Harvard Studies in Classical Philology 87 (1983) 169-74.
    http://www.jstor.org/stable/311256

“Tarpeia’s Tomb: A Note on Propertius  4.4,” American Journal of Philology 105 (1984) 85-87.
    http://www.jstor.org/stable/294630

“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.
    http://www.jstor.org/stable/284151

 “The Death of Corinna’s Parrot Reconsidered: Poetry and Ovid’s Amores,” The Classical Journal 82 (1987) 199-207.
    http://www.jstor.org/stable/3297900

    --Reprinted in Oxford Readings in Classical Studies: Ovid, edited by Peter Knox (Oxford University Press, 2006).
    http://www.oup.com/us/catalog/general/subject/ClassicalStudies/LiteraryCriticism/?view=usa&ci=9780199281152

    “Propertius on the Banks of the Eurotas (A Note on 3.14.17-20),” Classical  Quarterly 37 (1987) 527-28.
    http://www.jstor.org/stable/638859

    “Virtus Effeminata and Sallust’s Sempronia,” Transactions of the American    
    Philological Association 117 (1987) 183-201.
    http://www.jstor.org/stable/283966

    “Non hortamine longo: An Ovidian ‘Correction’ of Virgil,” American Journal of Philology 111 (1990) 82-85.
    http://www.jstor.org/stable/295262

    “Vergil’s Camilla and the Traditions of Catalogue and Ecphrasis (Aeneid 7. 803-817),” American Journal of Philology 113 (1992) 213-34.
    http://www.jstor.org/stable/295558
    
    “Non enarrabile textum: Ecphrastic Trespass and Narrative Ambiguity in the Aeneid,” Vergilius 41 (1995) 71-90.
    http://www.jstor.org/stable/41587135
    
    “Celeus rusticus: A Note on Ovidian Wordplay in Fasti 4,” Classical Philology 95 (2000) 190-93.
    http://www.jstor.org/stable/270458
    
    “‘Celabitur auctor’: The Crisis of Authority and Narrative Patterning in Ovid, Fasti 5,” Phoenix 54 (2000) 64-98.
    http://www.jstor.org/stable/1089091
    
    “Arms and the Man: Wordplay and the Catasterism of Chiron in Ovid, Fasti 5,” American Journal of Philology 112 (2001) 67-80.
    http://www.jstor.org/stable/1562019

    “When Ovid Reads Vergil … : A Response and Some Observations,” Vergilius 48 (2002) 123-30.
    http://www.jstor.org/stable/41587271
    
    “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.
    http://www.jstor.org/stable/4543288

    “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.

 

III. Book Chapters and Invited Essays

“Ovid’s Circe and the Revolutionary Power of carmina in the Remedia amoris,” in Roman Literary Cultures: Domestic Politics, Revolutionary Poetics, Civic Spectacle, edited by Alison Keith and Jonathan Edmondson (University of Toronto Press, 2016) 111-23.
http://www.utppublishing.com/Roman-Literary-Cultures-Domestic-Politics-Revolutionary-Poetics-Civic-Spectacle.html

“Repeat after Me: The Loves of Venus and Mars in Ars amatoria 2 and Metamorphoses 4,” in Repeat Performances: Ovidian Repetition and the Metamorphoses, edited by Laurel Fulkerson and Tim Stover (University of Wisconsin Press, 2016) 47-68. 
https://uwpress.wisc.edu/books/5534.htm

   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.
    http://www.mla.org/store/CID58/PID84
    
    “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.
    http://www.jstor.org/stable/4353033

    “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.
    http://www.oupress.com/ECommerce/Book/Detail/5/a%20concise%20guide%20to%20teaching%20latin%20literature
    
    “Becoming Augustus: The Education of Octavian,” in M.S. Cyrino, ed., Rome Season One: History Makes Television (Blackwell Publishing, 2008), 87-99.
    http://www.wiley.com/WileyCDA/WileyTitle/productCd-1405167769.html
     
    “Ovid’s Remedia amoris,” in P.E. Knox, ed., Blackwell’s Companion to Ovid (Blackwell Publishing, 2009) 104-19.
    http://www.wiley.com/WileyCDA/WileyTitle/productCd-1405141832.html
    
    “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.
    http://www.wiley.com/WileyCDA/WileyTitle/productCd-1444330373.html

    “’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.
    https://ohiostatepress.org/index.htm?/books/series%20pages/cmmi.htm

    “The Triumvirate of the Ring in Rome,” in Monica Cyrino, ed., Rome Season Two: Trial and Triumph (Edinburgh University Press, 2015) 74-87.
    http://www.euppublishing.com/book/9781474400275

IV. Textbooks

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.
http://www.bolchazy.com/Vergils-Aeneid-10-12-Pallas-Turnus-P3274.aspx
        
 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

V. Presentations

"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.

“Diventare Medea: Ovidio e i confini dei generi,” Università degli Studi di Roma “Tor Vergata” (Roma Due), Dipartimento di Antichità e Tradizione Classica; Rome, Italy, March 10, 2009.

“Virgil and the Genre(s) of Ovid’s Remedia amoris,” 13th Congress of the Fédération Internationale des Études Classiques (FIEC), Berlin, Germany, August 28, 2009.

“Example and Imitation: Shared Identity and Living Tradition in Augustan Rome,” Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, MN, October 22, 2009.

“The (Snake) Doctor Is In: Ovid and the Arrival of Aesculapius in Rome,” University of Minnesota, Department of Classics and Near Eastern Studies; Minneapolis, MN, October 23, 2009.

“Island-Hopping: Ovid’s Ariadne and Her Texts,” Minnesota Classical Association, University of St. Thomas, Minneapolis, MN, October 24, 2009.

“Ovid’s Circe and the Power of carmina in the Remedia amoris,” Classical Association of Canada, Québec, CA, May 11-13, 2010.

“The (Snake) Doctor Is In: Ovid and the Arrival of Aesculapius in Rome,” University of Pennsylvania, Department of Classical Studies; Philadelphia, PA, October 1, 2010.

“Odysseus’ Return on Madison Avenue,” Conference on Nostos: War, the Odyssey, and Narratives of Return, sponsored by the Program in Comparative Literature at the University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC, March 25, 2011.

“Odysseus’ Return on Madison Avenue,” Classical Association (UK) annual conference, Durham University, Durham, England, April 18, 2011.

“Adventures in Genre: Ovid’s Remedia Amoris,” Rice University, Department of Classics; Houston, TX, February 6, 2012.

“Beginning an Epic (Journey): Homer’s Telemachus and Ovid’s Phaethon,” Classical Association (UK) annual conference, Exeter University, Exeter, England, April 14, 2012.

“Rhetorics of Weaving: ‘Narrative Interlacement’ and Synchronicity in Ovid’s Metamorphoses,” Association of Literary Scholars, Critics, and Writers annual conference, University of Georgia, Athens, GA, April 6, 2013.

“The ‘old philological instinct’: Commenting on Ovid’s Remedia amoris,” annual conference of the Classical Association of the Midwest and South, Presidential Panel (invited participant), Iowa City, IA, April 19, 2013.

“Repeat after Me: Ovid’s Revisions of a Homeric Tale (The Loves of Venus and Mars in Ars amatoria 2 and Metamorphoses 4),” 14th Congress of the Fédération Internationale des Études Classiques (FIEC), Bordeaux, France, August 26, 2014.

“Repeat after Me: Ovid’s Revisions of a Homeric Tale (The Loves of Venus and Mars in Ars amatoria 2 and Metamorphoses 4),” Duke University Department of Classical Studies; Durham, NC, September 22, 2014.

“Repeat after Me: The Loves of Venus and Mars in Ovid, Ars amatoria 2 and Metamorphoses 4,” University of North Carolina-Greensboro Department of Classical Studies; Greensboro, NC, February 10, 2015

“Translation Matters,” a talk in honor of the Arthur Vining Davis Professorship of Latin and Greek at the Roxbury Latin School; Roxbury, MA, March 31, 2015

“Fire-Walking on Soracte: A Modest Proposal,” Symposium Cumanum (“Revisiting Vergil and Roman Religion”), Villa Vergiliana, Cuma (Naples), Italy, June 24, 2015.

“Repeat after Me: The Loves of Venus and Mars in Ovid, Ars amatoria 2 and Metamorphoses 4,” University of Kansas Department of Classics; Lawrence, KS, September 10, 2015

“Aeneas, Augustus, and Family History in the Roman Landscape,” The Oliver Phillips Lecture at the Phillips Colloquium, University of Kansas; Lawrence, KS, September 12, 2015

“Ovidio e l’ambasceria ad Achille,” Università degli Studi di Roma “Tor Vergata” (Roma Due), Dipartimento di Antichità e Tradizione Classica; Rome, Italy, December 15, 2015.

“Ovid’s Homeric Elegy,” Classical Association (UK) annual conference, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Scotland, April 9, 2016.

“Genre and Intertextuality in Ovid’s Homer,” Classical Association of Canada annual conference, Québec, CA, 11 May 2016.