My four-year commute to Europe, and the Ruhr-Universität Bochum (RUB) in particular, has been over for almost a year. I am tremendously grateful to my hosts there, whose Philological Faculty also awarded me an honorary doctorate, and the Max-Planck Society who made it all possible. Now I am in the process of winding up our highly successful project on memory in ancient Rome, Memoria Romana. We've sponsored 31 grantees and organized several international conferences and workshops; see the home page for details. As you can see there, a goodly number of publications are forthcoming, incl. Memoria Romana: memory in Rome and Rome in memory, a supplementary volume to Memoirs of the American Academy in Rome (scheduled for publication in the spring 2014). It has been a busy and productive time - what an opportunity! It's been wonderful, too, to see that my two former project assistants at UT and several of our dissertation grantees have landed good tenure-track jobs - not a given these days, esp. in the humanities. Also on the publication front, Augustus: introduction to the life of an emperor (Cambridge University Press) is doing well in both print and electronic formats and has already been published in German by the classy Philipp von Zabern Verlag: Augustus: sein Leben als Kaiser.
Happy to be back in the arena with 270 students in an intro course on Greek civilization (yes, our tests are mostly essay - critical thinking and writing abilities are a good thing to develop) and a variety of upper-division courses in Latin and classical civilization, incl. a course on "Values and Leadership in Greece and Rome" with reference to modern theories and examples of leadership, esp. American presidents (Joseph Nye's latest book is on the syllabus). And I look forward to resuming, in the summer of 2014, directing the Rome program for selected UT honors students, a fantastic group in both 2008 and 2009. As for life beyond UT, I gave keynotes at conferences in Ann Arbor, Leeds, and Leiden and there are some more coming up in 2014, the 2000th anniversary of Augustus' death, incl. the Todd Memorial Lecture in Sydney.
Most of all, I am grateful to have such wonderful family on both sides of the Atlantic and to be able to see them often. That puts everything else into perspective.