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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

Education

B.A., The College of William and Mary
M.A., M.L.I.S., Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh

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

Dr. Haller’s scholarly interests include Homer and Archaic Greek poetry; the Classics in popular culture; reception studies, especially the reception of the Classics among the English Romantics; women in the ancient world; and the influence of a classical education on early American thinkers such as Thomas Jefferson, George Wythe, Francis Daniel Pastorius, and Nathaniel Hawthorne. He is a firm believer in the importance of a humanistic education to living a principled, reflective, and responsible life.

He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, and regularly presents his scholarship at regional and national professional organizations such as CAAS and CAMWS; he has also served on a range of committees, including as Co-Chair of the Educational Programs Committee, as Faculty Secretary (Fall 2012-Spring 2013), and as a member of the Academic Excellence and Experiential Learning subcommittees of Strategic Planning (2013-2014), the INTEL Committee, Academic Effectiveness Committee, and the Faculty Mentoring Advisory Committee.

Dr. Haller also serves 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 has 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.

His hero is his great grandfather Harry William Mann, who spent his life as a Pennsylvania Dutch carpenter, first learning English when he attended a one-room schoolhouse, but who somehow still managed to read voraciously in German and English, write poetry, serve in the infantry during World War I, and build homes for himself and for his children.

Of late, Dr. Haller is uniting his avocation and his vocation by attempting to read some world’s great children’s books to his son Keats William Haller.

Recent Service

  • Coordinator, Department of Classics, VWC
  • Humanities Representative to Undergraduate Research Committee, VWC
  • Area Chair, Classical Representations in Popular Culture, Southwestern Popular/American Culture Association
  • Successfully obtained Virginia Department of Education approval for a Teaching Endorsement in Latin for VWC. Students who major in Latin and complete the requisite coursework in Education will now be able to leave VWC prepared to teach high school Latin.

Recent Events Organized

  • “O Latest Born and Loveliest Vision Far”:  The 2016 Virginia Wesleyan College Symposium on The Romantics and the Classics, November 17-19, 2016. A news release about this Symposium from the Society for Classical Studies’ webpage can be found here.
  • Classics Department Lecture Series, Spring 2016:  Rabbi Michael Panitz, “Flavius Josephus:  Judaism for a Roman Audience.” 6:00 Thursday, April 7, 2016.

 

Recent Scholarly Work

  • Dr. Haller will present a paper entitled, “New England Trout and Midas in the Shadow of Monument Mountain: The Yankee Reception of Classical Mythology in Nathaniel Hawthorne’s A Wonder Book,” at the annual meeting of the Southwestern Popular/American Culture Association in February of 2017.
  • A peer-reviewed volume co-edited by Dr. Haller on the Classics in popular culture can be found here.
  • A recent review of a work on Women in the Ancient World to which Dr. Haller has contributed can be found here.
  • Further publications can be viewed here.

 

 

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