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Benjamin Haller

Benjamin Haller

Associate Professor of Classics and Chair of the Classics Department
Chair of the Comprehensive Liberal Studies Program

Office Location: Birdsong 107
Phone: 757-233-8811
Email: bhaller@vwc.edu
Department/s: Classics

Benjamin Haller received a B.A., Summa Cum Laude, in Classics with a specialization in Ancient Greek from the College of William and Mary and a Ph.D. in Classics from the University of Pittsburgh.  His dissertation addressed the poetics of landscape description in Homer's Odyssey, and since completing his dissertation he has published peer-reviewed articles on Homer and related topics in highly competitive journals such as TAPA and CP

He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, and regularly presents his scholarship at regional and national professional organizations such as CAAS and CAMWS.

Dr. Haller is Coordinator for the Classics Department, and has taught every Classics, Latin, and Greek course in the catalog. This term he is teaching seven independent studies in addition to his regular teaching load.

He has served on a range of committees, including as Co-Chair of the Educational Programs Committee, as Faculty Secretary (Fall 2012-Spring 2013), as a member of the Academic Excellence and Experiential Learning subcommittees of Strategic Planning (2013-2014). Currently he serves as a member of the INTEL Committee, of the Academic Effectiveness Committee, and of the Faculty Mentoring Advisory Committee.

Dr. Haller also engages in service to the profession, serving as Area Chair for the Classical Representations in Popular Culture panel of the Southwest Popular/American Culture Association and scholarship chair for the Tidewater Classical Symposium's annual scholarship fund, and to the community, having been active with a number of human rights-related groups such as the campus Homeless Shelter, Amnesty International, and the Tidewater area LGBT "Reel it Out" film series.

From Fall 2015 to Spring 2016, he will be teaching on a Tuesday-Thursday schedule to accommodate the addition to the family of his son Keats, born May 13; he will return to a regular schedule in Fall 2016.

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Journals

Day, Kirsten and Benjamin Haller. 2014.  “καλ?ν ?νθρωπ?νου β?ου κ?τοπτρον:” Popular Culture as a Pedagogical Lens on Greco-Roman Antiquity. Dialogue: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Popular Culture and Pedagogy 1(1). http://journaldialogue.org/issues/issue-1/popular-culture-as-a-pedagogical-lens-on-greco-roman-antiquity/

Haller, Benjamin S. 2014. "The Labyrinth of Memory: Iphigeneia, Simonides, and Classical Models of Architecture as Mind in Chris Nolan’s Inception (2010)." Dialogue Vol 1.

Haller, Benjamin S. 2013. “Dolios in Odyssey 4 and 24:  Penelope's Plotting and Alternative Versions of Odysseus's ν?στος." Transactions of the American Philological Association 143.2: 263-92.

Haller, Benjamin S. 2014. “Homeric Parody, the Isle of the Blessed, and the Nature of Paideia in Lucian's Verae Historiae.” In The Ancient Novel and the Frontiers of the Genre. A Supplementum to the journal Ancient Narrative.

Haller, Benjamin S. 2009. "The Gates of Horn and Ivory in Odyssey 19: Penelope's Call for Deeds, Not Words." Classical Philology 104:397-417.

Edited Volumes

Day, Kirsten, and Benjamin Haller, co-editors. 2014. "ΚΑΛΟΝ ΑΝΘΡΩΠΙΝΟΥ ΒΙΟΥΚΑΤΟΠΤΡΟΝ”: Popular Culture as a Pedagogical Lens on Greco-Roman Antiquity.  A special issue of Dialogue:  The International Journal of Popular Culture and Pedagogy.  

Encyclopedias

Haller, Benjamin S. 2011. "Doulichion." In Blackwell Homer Encyclopedia, ed. Margalit Finkelberg. Oxford: Blackwell. 

------. 2011. "Echinades." In Blackwell Homer Encyclopedia, ed. Margalit Finkelberg. Oxford: Blackwell. 

------. 2011. "Geography." In Blackwell Homer Encyclopedia, ed. Margalit Finkelberg. Oxford: Blackwell. 

------. 2011. "Ionian Islands." In Blackwell Homer Encyclopedia, ed. Margalit Finkelberg. Oxford: Blackwell. 

------. 2011. "Ithaca." In Blackwell Homer Encyclopedia, ed. Margalit Finkelberg. Oxford: Blackwell. 

------. 2011. "Landscape." In Blackwell Homer Encyclopedia, ed. Margalit Finkelberg. Oxford: Blackwell. 

------. 2011. "Zakynthos." In Blackwell Homer Encyclopedia, ed. Margalit Finkelberg. Oxford: Blackwell.

------. 2009. "Antigone." In The Oxford Encyclopedia of Ancient Greece and Rome, ed. Michael Gagarin. New York: Oxford University Press.

------. 2009. "Narcissus." In The Oxford Encyclopedia of Ancient Greece and Rome, ed. Michael Gagarin. New York: Oxford University Press.

------. 2009. “Pandora.” In The Oxford Encyclopedia of Ancient Greece and Rome, ed. Michael Gagarin. New York: Oxford University Press.

------. 2009 “Pygmalion.” In The Oxford Encyclopedia of Ancient Greece and Rome, ed. Michael Gagarin. New York:  Oxford University Press.

 

Book Reviews

Haller, Benjamin. 2016. “Powell (B.B.) (trans.) Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey and Powell (B.B.) (trans.) Homer: the Odyssey.” CR 66.2.

 

Online Publications

Contributor of articles and Collaborator to the Online Companion to Raia, Ann, and Cecelia Lusching, Judith Lynn Sebasta. 2005.  Worlds of Roman Women:  A Latin Reader.  Newburyport, MA. Focus:  http://www2.cnr.edu/home/araia/companion.html.

Ancient Greek Language, Literature, and Culture
Homer
Ancient Greek Epic
Ancient Latin Language, Literature, and Culture

This represents a sample of recent courses taught by this professor. For the most current course information, consult WebAdvisor "Search for Courses".

Spring

CLAS330*01 Tpc:Ancnt Epic:J.R.R. Tolkien

CLAS105*01 Classical Mythology

CLAS105*02 HNRS: Classical Mythology

CLAS450*01 TU:Senior Seminar in Classics

LATN305*01 TU:Tpc:Latn Prose:Medieval La

GREK213*01 TU:Intermediate Ancient Greek

LATN213*01 TU: Intermediate Latin

GREK122*01 TU:Beginning Ancient Greek II


Fall

CLAS105*01 Classical Mythology

CLAS209*01 Greek History

LATN111*01 Beginning Latin I

CLAS209*02 HNRS: Greek History

LATN306*01 TU:Tpc:Poetry Virgil's Aeneid

LATN305*01 TU:Tpc: Latn Prose - Seneca

LATN306*02 TU: Tpc: Virgil

CLAS450*01 TU:Senior Seminar in Classics

LATN305*02 TU: Topics in Latin Prose


Winter

CLAS360*01 Classical Virginia