profile

education

2006
Ph.D. in Indo-European Studies
University of California, Los Angeles
1998
M.A. in Latin
UCLA
1996
B.A. in Classics
Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, California

teaching

“For philology is that venerable art which demands of its votaries one thing above all: to go aside, to take time, to become still, to become slow—it is a goldsmith’s art and connoisseurship of the word which has nothing but delicate, cautious work to do and achieves nothing if it does not achieve it lento ... this art does not easily get anything done, it teaches to read well, that is to say, to read slowly, deeply, looking cautiously before and aft, with reservations, with doors left open, with delicate fingers and eyes ….”

Philologie nämlich ist jene ehrwürdige Kunst, welche von ihrem Verehrer vor Allem Eins heischt, bei Seite gehn, sich Zeit lassen, still werden, langsam werden—, als eine Goldschmiedekunst und -kennerschaft des Wortes, die lauter feine vorsichtige Arbeit abzuthun hat und Nichts erreicht, wenn sie es nicht lento erreicht … sie selbst wird nicht so leicht irgend womit fertig, sie lehrt gut lesen, das heisst langsam, tief, rück- und vorsichtig, mit Hintergedanken, mit offen gelassenen Thüren, mit zarten Fingern und Augen lesen ….

—F. Nietzsche, Morgenröthe, foreword (R. J. Hollingdale, trans.)

teaching interests

  • Greek and Latin language
  • Greek and Latin literature, especially poetry
  • mythology of ancient Mediterranean and Indo-European traditions
  • formal approaches to literature

current and upcoming courses

fall semester 2013
Latin 103: Elementary Latin
Latin 225: Reading Latin
Classics 495: Senior Seminar
spring semester 2014
Humanities 101: Ancient Greek World
Classics/Linguistics 295: Introduction to Indo-European
Greek 301: Homer

professional activity

“They assert, at least, that poetry furnishes many aids to wisdom and a happy life, but without the light of grammar it is not possible to discern clearly what the poets’ sayings really mean; therefore grammar is useful ….”

Φασὶ γοῦν ὡς ἡ ποιητικὴ πολλὰς δίδωσιν ἀφορμὰς πρὸς σοφίαν καὶ εὐδαίμονα βίον, ἄνευ δὲ τοῦ ἀπὸ γραμματικῆς φωτὸς οὐχ οἷόν τε τὰ παρὰ τοῖς ποιηταῖς διορᾶν ὁποῖά ποτε ἐστιν· χρειώδης ἄρα ἡ γραμματική ….

—Sextus Empiricus (2nd. c. ce), Against the Grammarians 1.270 (R. G. Bury, trans.)

research interests

  • Greek and Latin language and literature
  • linguistic poetics, especially metrics
  • comparative Indo-European philology

recent and upcoming work

2013. September.
Munich, Germany.
Towards the Reconstruction of the Proto-Indo-European Metrical System: Suggestions from the Italic Perspective. Sprache und Metrik in Synchronie und Diachronie.
2012
Italic Verse: A Study of the Poetic Remains of Old Latin, Faliscan, and Sabellic. Innsbrucker Beiträge zur Sprachwissenschaft. Innsbruck: Institut für Sprachen und Literatur der Universität Innsbruck.
2012. 27 March.
Princeton, New Jersey.
“The Problem(s) of Archaic Latin Versification.” Princeton University Program in Linguistics and Department of Classics.
2011
Eska, Joseph F., and Angelo O. Mercado. “More on the Metrical Structure in the Inscription of Vergiate.” Historische Sprachforschung 124: 227–38.
2011. 24 September.
Gubbio, Italy.
Subocau Suboco: Poetics and Metrics of Umbrian Prayer.” III Convegno Internazionale dell’Istituto di Ricerche e Documentazione sugli Antichi Umbri: “Forme e strutture della religione nell’Italia mediana antica/Forms and Structures of Religion in Ancient Italy.”