Floyd A. Cailloux Centennial Professor of Classics
University Distinguished Teaching Professor
University of Texas at Austin
Return to fulltime teaching has been great; in the past three semesters it included a large (270 students) intro course on Greek civilization, a class with a limit of 80 students on Greece and Rome in film, several upper-division courses on various Roman poets, and a graduate seminar on Vergil. While my International Max-Planck Research Award (see home page for details) ended in February of 2014, publications from it keep coming: Memoria Romana: Memory in Rome and Rome in Memory (publ. in May 2014 with the American Academy in Rome); Cultural Memories in the Roman Empire (Getty Museum Publications, Dec. 2015); and Memory in Ancient Rome and Early Christianity (Oxford Univ. Press [England], Jan. 2016). In addition, numerous books, chapters, and articles by the grantees of the project; also, Augustus: introduction to the life of an emperor (Cambridge University Press 2012) has been doing well in both print and electronic formats and was published in German by the classy Philipp von Zabern Verlag: Augustus: sein Leben als Kaiser (2013). I love the complementary aspects of research/publication and teaching at various levels - it's a great existence.
In the summer of 2014, I once more directed the Rome program for selected UT honors students, which again went very well. While third time was a charm (and this will be the last time for me), it added to a very hectic year, as 2014 marked the 2000th anniversary of Augustus' death and I took on several commitments, incl. keynotes at the conferences in the U.K. and Australia (Todd Memorial Lecture in Sydney). So 2015 is the first summer in some 10 years I've been able to spend close to home (I just returned from a short 10-day trip to London and Germany), giving me time to attend to the production of the Getty and OUP volumes and work on the revision of the Intro to Ancient Rome course, which is already filled to capacity (275) at this point of registration for fall. And, of course, there is always time to visit with the (grand)kids in L.A. and WI, incl. the wedding on the Riviera Maya of my younger son John in March.
Can't believe next year I'll have been for 50, yes: fifty!, years at UT; got here with my Ph.D. at the age of 24 (you know, in the permissive 60's they gave Ph.D.'s away :) and it's been quite a trip - you don't run out of things to do in a place like this. If anything, I feel like 50 (or younger); to the dismay of the pharma industry, I'm doing great w/o any meds whatsoever. Siempre adelante!