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Contributing Historians

Latin Alive! is honored to have received written contributions from some highly esteemed professors of classical history.  Each unit review chapter features one of these historical vignettes, stories which bring students greater insight into the world of ancient Rome.  Please take a moment to read about our contributing historians and visit their websites.  Each one of these gentlemen, all authors in their own right, have books and resources posted on their website that may prove highly beneficial to you in your classrooms.

Christopher Schlect – Latin Alive!  Books 1, 2, & 3

Christopher Schlect, PhD, has worked in classical and Christian education for over 25 years. As Fellow of History at New Saint Andrews College, he teaches courses in ancient and medieval civilizations, US history, American Christianity, medieval education, and Classical Rhetoric, among other subjects. He has also taught introductory and advanced courses in U.S. history and Ancient Rome at Washington State University. He is the Director of New Saint Andrews College’s graduate program in Classical and Christian Studies. He taught history and the Bible at Logos School in Moscow, ID, for many years, and serves classical and Christian schools around the country through his consulting and teacher-training activities. His published writings appear in various school curricula and other outlets.
Schlect’s research in 20-century Protestant church life has earned numerous competitive grants and fellowships, and he has presented his research at meetings of the American Historical Association, the American Society of Church History, the American Academy of Religion, and the Idaho Council for History Education. He was recently named the 2016–17 distinguished lecturer for the Association of Reformed Colleges and Universities. His historical work includes service as a ranger for the U.S. National Park Service, where he specialized in Protestant missions to the Nez Perce people and interpreted historical sites and material culture for members of the public.
Schlect is a teaching elder at Trinity Reformed Church (CREC) in Moscow, ID. He and his wife, Brenda, have five children, all products of a classical and Christian education. They also have one grandchild.

Dr. Schlect, New St. Andrew’s College

Karl Galinsky – Latin Alive!  Book 2

Dr. Galinsky was born in 1942. He completed high school in Germany, earned a B.A. from Bowdoin in 1963, and his Ph.D. from Princeton in 1966. He has been at UT Austin since 1966 and was tenured at age 26, a full prof. at age 30, and dept. chair at age 32. Dr. Galinsky has numerous publications, especially on Roman civilization, and numerous grants, including a Guggenheim, NEH Fellowships, and many NEH projects such as seminars for college and school teachers. He is active in faculty affairs, including serving as chairman of the Faculty Senate, Graduate Assembly, and Committee on Academic Fredom and Responsibility. He is a frequent consultant to other universities on academic programs, and a frequent lecturer or director of study tours for various organizations to the Mediterranean. Dr. Galinsky has numerous off-campus distinctions such as the National Phi Beta Kappa Lecturer in 1989-90. He is a specialist on the Augustan Age in Rome, which has included work for NPR and PBS.  Most recently Dr. Galinsky was honored to win the International Max-Planck Research Award in the Humanities.

Dr. Galinsky, University of Texas at Austin

Timothy Moore – Latin Alive!  Book 2

Timothy Moore holds degrees from Millersville University and the University of North Carolina.  He has published books on the Roman authors Livy and Plautus and numerous articles on ancient Roman literature, theater, and music. He has received a President’s Associates Teaching Award at the University of Texas and fellowships to study in Rome, Berlin, and Freiburg, Germany. He is currently working on a book on music in ancient Roman comedy.  Dr. Moore currently presides as the Classics Chair for Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.  Besides ancient literature, he is particularly interested in the history of theater, especially medieval Japanese comedy and the American musical.

Dr. Moore, Washington University

  Grant Horner – Latin Alive! Book 3

Professor Grant Horner’s academic specialty is the literature, theology and philosophy of the Renaissance and Reformation, with primary concentration in Milton, Shakespeare, Erasmus, Luther, Calvin and late sixteenth and seventeenth century intellectual and cultural history. His research and writing has focused on Christian Humanism in the Reformation, particularly the complex relationship between developing Reformed thought and Classical Graeco-Roman pagan mythology and philosophy.  He has worked on the citation of classical Greek and Latin authorities by Renaissance writers, published on theology and the arts, and is actively researching and writing a full-length work on John Milton and John Calvin. His book “Meaning at the Movies” on film and theology (Crossway, 2010) was an Amazon bestseller and nominated for Book of the Year in Christianity and Culture by the Book Retailers Association.

Professor Horner has been with The Master’s College since 1999, where he teaches courses on Medieval and Renaissance literature, Film Studies, Shakespeare, Milton, John Calvin, Drama, Poetry and Poetics, Comedy, Critical Theory, Western Art History, Epic, Classical Christian Humanism, and Classical Latin. Each year he teaches art history in Northern Italy for the AMBEX study-abroad program. He also serves as Chair of Humanities in the Rhetoric School at Trinity Classical Academy, the fastest-growing classical school in the nation, where he designed the humanities curriculum.

Professor Horner, The Master’s College

Alden Smith – Latin Alive! Book 3

Alden Smith is Professor of Classics at Baylor University. He studied as undergraduate at Dickinson College and did his graduate work at Vermont (M.A.) and Penn (Ph.D.), where he worked under Prof. Joseph Farrell. Smith taught at Rutgers University before coming to Baylor, where he served as chair of classics for ten years. His main research area is Latin poetry, though he has also published on Pindar and on Greek epigraphy. He currently serves as associate dean in Baylor’s Honors College.

Dr. Smith, Baylor University

Daniel Nodes – Latin Alive!  The Reader

Daniel Nodes is a Professor of Classics at Baylor University, Waco, Texas.  He was the founding chair of classics and Early Christian literature in Ave Maria University, Florida, and he has been chair of classics in Franciscan University of Steubenville, and director of graduate liberal studies in Hamline University, St. Paul, MN.  His publications address intersections of classical literary culture and Christian doctrine over a broad spectrum of literary genres and historical periods from late antiquity through the Renaissance.  Dr. Nodes recently published the first critical edition of Commentary on the Sentences of Petrus Lombardus ‘ad mentem Platonis’ by Giles of Viterbo, 1469-1532 (Brill, 2010).  He is the author of Doctrine and Exegesis in Latin Biblical Poetry (Leeds, 1993) and editor of The Fall of Man: Avitus 1-3 (Toronto, 1985).  He is presently co-editing John Colet’s tractate on the Ecclesiastical Hierarchy of pseudo-Dionysius with Daniel Lochman of Texas State University.  His recent published articles include “Conciliatory Reflections on the Procession of the Holy Spirit in Giles of Viterbo’s Sentences Commentary, Scottish Journal of Theology 64.2( 2011); “A Witness to Theosis Effected: Maximus Confessor on the Lord’s Prayer,” Saint Vladimir’s Theological Quarterly, 54 (2010); The Organization of Augustine’s Psalmus contra partem Donati, Vigiliae Christianae 63 (2009).  Nodes has been a research fellow of the National Endowment for the Humanities, and he received research grants from ACLS and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.  He earned the PhD in medieval studies from the University of Toronto in 1982.

Dr. Nodes, Baylor University