Honors College Welcomes University of Pennsylvania Professor to Speak on Roman Antiquity

April 24, 2013
FarrellJoseph Farrell, Ph.D. (Courtesy Photo)

Media contact: Terry Goodrich, (254) 710-3321

WACO, Texas (April 24, 2013)--Written in the Latin language, Roman literature remains an enduring reflection of the culture and traditions of ancient Rome.

Baylor University's Honors College welcomes Joseph Farrell, Ph.D., professor of classics at the University of Pennsylvania, for a lecture on Roman antiquity.

Farrell will present "How Modern Was Roman Antiquity?" at 3 p.m. Friday, April 26, in Memorial Drawing Room in Memorial Residence Hall, 1425 South Seventh St.

"Professor Farrell is among the finest philologists of our time," said Alden Smith, Ph.D., Associate Dean of the Honors College in Baylor's College of Arts & Sciences.

"He has a unique pedigree, with mentors as superb as Agnes Michaels, G. N. Knauer and James J. O'Donnell.

Farrell has made his mark at the University of Pennsylvania, in terms of his publication record, editorship and the 15 dissertations he has directed. Among his publications, most prominent is "Virgil's Georgics and the Traditions of Ancient Epic" (1991). Many of the dissertations Farrell directed have led to fine academic careers, including John McMahon, Ph.D., professor of classics at LeMoyne College; Benjamin Lee, Ph.D., professor of classics at Oberlin College; and Baylor's own Alden Smith, professor of classics in the College of Arts & Sciences.

"Students who come to Dr. Farrell's lecture will learn not simply the intertextual nature of literature, but how texts from Virgil to Machiavelli and beyond, intersect with and inform the human experience, i.e., our lives," Smith said.

"Literature speaks to life at least as much as life informs the literary imagination. Such thoughtful symbiosis of life and art is the hallmark of all of Dr. Farrell's work."

For more information on the lecture, contact the honors college at 254-710-1523.

by Rebecca Malzahn , student newswriter, (254) 710-6805


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