Anne Browning Nelson lived in several states ranging from Michigan to North Carolina as a child but considers New England her home. She did not begin her study of classics until entering Mt. Holyoke College in South Hadley, Massachusetts. She had a free space in her freshman year schedule and, since she had heard graduate students at a seminary complaining about the required year of Greek, she decided to prove them wrong.  She had entered college intending to major in English, but was waitlisted for a course that fall semester, and by the spring term, she was so impressed with her Greek professor, Marlene Flory, that Anne continued with Greek and began her study of Latin the next year.  After graduation from college she taught Greek for three years at the same seminary and, now certain that she wanted to teach, applied to graduate school in Classics.  She received the Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in 1995.  Her dissertation combined her interests in Greek and theology and examined the biblical commentaries of the Alexandrian Christian scholar, Didymus the Blind.  She is currently revising this dissertation for publication.
             Anne taught in secondary schools in
New England for several years before embarking on a career in higher education.  In 2001 she was Visiting Assistant Professor at Monmouth College, where she introduced a popular course on Cleopatra and was initiated into Monmouth College's Gamma Omicron Chapter of Eta Sigma Phi, the National Classics Honorary Society. She has also taught at Austin College in Sherman, Texas, and at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota. She is currently a lecturer at Assumption College in Worcester, Massachusetts, where she enjoys teaching Roman history and Latin. Thus she has progressed from two Presbyterian-founded colleges to a Lutheran and now a Catholic college and has come full circle back to New England. She presently lives in the Worcester area with a Rhodesian Ridgeback dog named Saffron and a cat named Quinsigamond.
            She is excited to be able to return to Monmouth for the Fox Lecture, since she greatly enjoyed her time at MC in 2001.

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