The Monmouth College Department of Classics


the Twenty-Third Annual

Bernice L. Fox Classics Lecture

Re-constructing and Rowing on the Trireme Olympias


James M. May

 Professor of Classics, Provost and Dean

at St. Olaf College



James M. May has taught at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota since 1977 where he currently serves as Professor of Classics as well as Provost and Dean. A native of Ohio, Prof. May earned a B.S. Ed. (Latin & English) at Kent State University in 1973 and a Ph.D. (Classics) at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill in 1977. With his colleague Anne Groton, he is the co-author of 38 Latin Stories. In 1990 and again in 1993 Prof. May was one of 170 rowers who powered the trireme Olympias, a replica of an ancient Greek warship, around the Aegean Sea. In this talk he will discuss the history of triremes in the ancient world, the projec tto construct a ship according to ancient design and his experiences as a rower on this ship, Olympias.


7:30 P.M.

Monday, March 3, 2008

The Morgan Room

Poling Hall

Monmouth College
Monmouth, Illinois

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